The 52nd Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Parade of Lights

The 52nd Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
Sunday, December 11, 2022 4pm – 8pm
Parade starts at 5:30 pm

Tunaman’s Memorial 

Set Your GPS to:   1718 Shelter Island Dr. San Diego, CA 92106

Bring your favorite side dish or dessert and join the other SDSPS members for an evening at the Parade of Lights.  Hot Dogs, hamburgers, condiments, and water will be provided.

Beer and wine will be allowed (BYOB) but NO GLASS BOTTLES!

Be sure to bring chairs and a small tablePre-Registration is Required. 

Cost is $5 per person. 

The activity for this GMM will be NOTHING! 

Just a day to hang out and enjoy the Parade.  Bring a potential new member.

 Please RSVP your attendance and Potluck Item by December 4, 2022  to Carl Schwartz at or leave a message: 619 528-9111.


America’s Boating Club
Cordially invites you to
The General Membership Meeting
Saturday, November 19, 2022, 6-8 pm
Southwestern Yacht Club (SWYC)
2702 Qualtrough Street, San Diego, CA 92106

Last General Membership Meeting of the year!! Join the other boating club members for an evening together. Come and see what is happening!  Menu includes an entrée, rolls and butter, and Crème Brûlée for dessert.  Beverages are available for purchase.

Entrée choices:

    • Salmon with lemon butter sauce, rice pilaf, and vegetables $44
    • Filet of beef with fingerling potatoes and vegetables $60
    • Mushroom ravioli with vegetables $29

The entertainment for the evening will be  provided by the Education Department!! Come and hear about what they have been doing this
past year.

Please RSVP your attendance and MENU CHOICE by November 15, 2022 to Carl Schwartz at or call at 619 528-9111.

Marine Navigation

Marine Nav

San Diego Sail & Power Squadron
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“Piloting” Course which starts on Mon 24 OCT 2022 at 6:00 PM
Southwestern Yacht Club
2702 Qualtrough St, San Diego, CA
Note: This class includes optional On the Water Training

(Member Price is $70)
(Non-Member Price is $95)
Your Price is $95

Additional Notes

Marine Navigation (currently offered as Piloting) is the first course in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland navigation. This course focuses on navigation as it is done on recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails

The General Membership Meeting


America’s Boating Club®    San Diego
Cordially invites you to

The General Membership Meeting
Sunday, July 10, 2022 2 pm -5 pm

De Anza Cove
2701 N. Mission Bay Drive at De Anza Road

Based on available space. Look for us around the perimeter of the parking lot

Time for a summer BBQ!!! Bring your favorite side dish or dessert and join the other SDSPS members for a day on the bay.  Hot Dogs, hamburgers, condiments, and water will be provided.  Beer and wine will be allowed (BYOB) but NO GLASS BOTTLES!

Be sure to bring chairs and a small tablePre-Registration is Required.

Members are $5.  Guests are $10.

The activity for this GMM will be NOTHING! 

Just a day to hang out with other boating members and catch up.

Please RSVP your attendance and Potluck Item by July 7, 2022  to: Carl Schwartz at or leave a message: 619 528-9111.

Walk-ins welcome.  Bring a potential new member.

South Bay Family Sailing Series – Sailing Instructions: May 21, 2022

Race Announcement3

(Relaxing/No stress/Sail Racing)                            

When:   May 21, 2022
Where:  San Diego South Bay
Time:   12:00pm Local GPS Time Race



    • Start race Q’s 11:45
    • First Warning 11:55-One second blast of the air horn coordinated with GPS time.
    • Group A. –Start 12:00 One second blast of the air horn.
    • Group B.-Start 12:06 One second blast of the air horn.
    • Group C.-Start 12:12. One second blast of the air horn.

It will be a “Pursuit Race

    • Group A: Blew-By-U, Kiss, Fast Sunday, Tom Kat, Pie in the Sky, Miller Time III, Pau Hana, Aragon.
    • Group B: Simplicity, Atsa II, Sanctuary, Bon Temps, Estate Sail
    • Group C:  Tiny Bubbles, Elusive, Ran, Osprey, Consigliere, Marilee Madison 3, Serendipity III
    • If you are not listed above, or are a first-time racer please start at 12 O’clock

Please download and use the RaceQ’s application so you can track the fleet and replay the race.

 Racecourse #4 REVERSE

    • Buoy “R34” to port / Buoy “WR-32A” to starboard (staring line)
    • Buoy “B” to Port
    • Buoy “C” to Port
    • Buoy “R30” to Port
    • Buoy “B” to Starboard
    • Buoy “R26” to Port
    • Buoy “A” to Starboard
    • Buoy “R34” to starboard / Buoy “WR-32A” to port (finish line)

Course Distance 8.6nm

Please Monitor VHF Channel 68 for information, to report problems on the course. Report finish times to Ted Bowler or 619-334-7150 before end of day Sunday 5-22-22.

Yellow “Q” flag should be flown aft, where it can be best seen while racing.

  • “A” (N32 40.465 / W117 08.737) 24inch XL Yellow fender marked “A” in Black Letters.
  • “B” (N32 39.177 / W117 08.575) 30inch White Ball marked with Letter “B” in Black Letters
  • “C” (N32 38.542 / W117 08.195) 22inch Ball marked with the Letter “C” in black letters 

 Reference Navigation Charts for Location of the channel marks used for this race.

Wear Your Life Jacket at Work Day is May 20, 2022


Whether you’re working in the office, at home, in the air, or on the water, all boating enthusiasts can participate in Wear Your Life Jacket at Work Day on Friday, May 20, 2022. This fun day is part of the Safe Boating Campaign, a global awareness effort that encourages boaters to make the most of their boating adventure by being responsible.

“Bring the fun on Wear Your Life Jacket at Work Day! No matter your age, this is a great opportunity to share with others your love for boating – and be entered for a chance to win a prize,” said Yvonne Pentz, communications director of the National Safe Boating Council, a nonprofit dedicated to helping create a safe boating experience for all boaters and the lead organization of the Safe Boating Campaign.

Here’s how to participate:

      1. Wear a life jacket wherever you work
      2. Snap a picture
      3. Post the picture on social media with the hashtag #wearyourlifejacketatworkday
      4. Tag the Safe Boating Campaign (@boatingcampaign)

Boaters will randomly be selected to win prizes from the Safe Boating Campaign throughout the day.

“Share about your favorite boating activity and why you boat responsibly with your family, friends, and colleagues on this day,” said Pentz.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in four out of every five recreational boating fatalities in 2020, and that 86 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

There are many options for boaters when it comes to choosing a life jacket. When selecting a life jacket, a boater should check that it is U.S. Coast Guard approved, appropriate for the water activity, and fits properly.

National Safe Boating Week will take place following Wear Your Life Jacket at Work Day from May 21-27, 2022. During this week, the Safe Boating Campaign will provide daily tips for boaters on social media. Follow the Safe Boating Campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @boatingcampaign.

The Safe Boating Campaign is produced under a grant from the Sports Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. The campaign offers a variety of free and paid resources to support local boating safety education efforts. Learn more at

About the National Safe Boating Council

Established in 1958, the National Safe Boating Council is the foremost coalition for the advancement and promotion of safer boating through education, outreach, and training. For more information about NSBC programs and professional development opportunities, visit

South Bay Family Sailing Series-April 2022


Race Results from our April 16, 2022 race.

The day was quite windy and we had a fleet of 7 boats the Saturday before Easter.

  • Kiss, Aragorn & Pau Hana started at Noon.
  • Atsa II and Simplicity started at 12:07
  • Consigliere and Marilee started at 12:14

The track took us from the start line to the A mark. Kiss was first to round followed by Atsa II. Consigliere, MArilee, Aragorn & Pau Hana all passed the A buoy within feet of each other.  Everyone raced clean around buoy 26 and down the bay to the B buoy.  There was a second white buoy within the close proximity of the B mark and it caused some confusion. with  the actual B mark.  Kiss maintained her lead from start to finish. Consigliere and Atsa II crossed the line within the thinnest of margins, Marilee was a few minutes behind them with Simplicity, Aragorn and Pau Hana closing out the race together.

After hearing some boat to boat chatter on the radio after the race, I reviewed RaceQ’s to determine if anyone had cut the route short and missed the B mark. According to Race Q’s, Consigliere, Marilee and Aragorn did not pass the B mark correctly. You all still had a great race.

Here are the results from Saturday April 16, 2022.

First Across the Line:

      1. Kiss
      2. Consigliere*
      3. Atsa II

PHRF Finish Order:

      1. Kiss
      2. Consigliere*
      3. Atsa II

Collins HC

      1. Kiss
      2. Pau Hana
      3. Simplicity
      4. Atsa II
      5. Marilee*
      6. Consigliere*
      7. Aragorn*

* Completed the course but rounded the incorrect B Buoy.

See you all soon out on the water.


South Bay Family Sailing Series-March 19, 2022


What a race for March. Certainly “March Madness”. Here are the results.

South Bay Family Sailing Series-March 19, 2022
Saturday (?????? Nm.)
Saturday, March 19, 2022 was a wonderful day to be sailing. If you were not out there you really missed a typically fine San Diego sailing day. The sun was shining, with blue skies, and the winds were constant from the west at 10-14 knots. The white caps were just starting to appear on the surface of the water. High tide was scheduled at 10:30 so the current would be ebbing for the whole race.
The Racecourse was a little different. Every boat was to determine their own sequence of buoys. Many questions from captains flew around the internet prior to the race. What is the definition of “rounding”? Is it safe to complete a 270* turn around the buoy?, etc., etc. Well, Dan (Marilee) decided to shake up the course. “March Madness” is a perfect description of the course. At each of the three starts 12:00, 12:05, and 12:10 boats raced off in different directions. We might be able to sail a race like this, however, how would you come up with a way to calculate the finish???? Dan said, “I think I have a way”. It appears he has done it.
There was wonderful participation for this unconventional race. 15 boats were circling the starting line for the beginning of the race, Consigliere, Madison 3, Osprey, Estate Sail, KISS, Ran, Atsa II, Marilee, Malu, Bon Temps, Miller Time III, Aragorn, Serendipity 3, Pau Hana, and Fast Sunday.
We have not seen Mike and crew in Atsa II for a while so it was good to see him back.

Boat across the line order Start Group Finish First across Adj. Finish PHRF HC PHRF Adjusted finish time PHRF FINISH Collins HC
Consigliare 3 1:14:12 1 1:04:12 111 0:51:15 1 11
Madison 3 3 1:15:00 2 1:05:00 114 0:51:42 2 2
Osprey 3 1:15:15 3 1:05:15 60 0:58:15 5 1
Estate Sail 2 1:17:48 4 1:12:48 116 1:01:01 7 8
Kiss 1 1:18:44 5 1:18:44 219 0:53:11 3 6
Ran 3 1:18:46 6 1:08:45 101 0:56:58 4 5
Atsa II 2 1:22:00 7 1:17:00 144 1:00:12 6 7
Marilee 3 1:22:25 8 1:12:25 72 1:04:01 9 12
Malu 2 1:27:17 9 1:22:17 150 1:04:47 11 4
Bon Temps 2 1:27:18 10 1:22:18 140 1:05:58 12 14
Miller Time III 2 1:29:00 11 1:24:00 171 1:04:03 10 10
Aragorn 1 1:34:58 12 1:34:58 267 1:03:49 8 3
Serendipity 3 3 1:40:00 13 1:30:00 114 1:16:42 13 13
Pau Hana 1 1:47:36 14 1:47:36 228 1:21:00 14 9
Fast Sunday 1 2:04:33 15 2:04:33 273 1:32:42 15 15

Congratulations: Osprey, Madison 3, Aragorn, Malu

Our next race is :
Saturday, April 16, 2022. Same time, Same Place
We hope to see you all out on the water again.

South Bay Family Sailing Series-February 19, 2022 Saturday (7.9 nm)


Saturday, February 19, 2022 was a prodigious day for sailing. Blue skies, light winds from the SW were predicted.  Everything was pretty much as the forecasters said.  Actual winds were varying from 8-12 knots. Few white caps on various areas of the racecourse. The tide was high at 11:30 AM and would be ebbing until 5 PM.  The tide would be taking the fleet toward the bridge during the race.

We would like to thank all who attended the Awards Ceremony at Pier 32 Marina last month. I think representatives from most of the boats that raced in 2021 were present.  Food, drink and prizes were enjoyed by all.  A gift certificate to the famous La Maze Steak House in National City was given to Jimi Laughery, dockmaster at Pier 32 Marina, for all his support over the years.  Thank you all who contributed to this effort.

Fifteen boats were circling the starting line for the noon start.  This is the largest number of boats ever assembled for the South Bay Family Sailing Series.  WOW!  Maybe we need four groups leaving the starting line at different times of our pursuit race so we do not have any collisions. The starting horn started the first group consisting of Miller Time III, BlewByU, Fast Sunday, Aragorn, Pau Hana, KISS, and Madam Wu crossed the line. Five minutes later the horn launched the second group Estate Sail, Bon Temps, and Simplicity.  Finally, at 12:10 the third and final group of Marilee, Consigliere, Elusive, Ran, and Madison 3.  Madison 3 is a first-time racer with a Hunter 42.  It appears to be outfitted with numerous sails so should be a fine sailor. We hope to see you out sailing with us often.

WELCOME Madison 3!

It was nice to see KISS, Ran, and Madam Wu out on the water as we have not seen them for a while.

Tacking to the first mark KISS, BlewByU lead the way.  Miller Time III and Fast Sunday were really moving along, and it looks like receiving trophies at the Awards Ceremony have really increased their resolve to win. Reaching to the second mark the boats started to spread out. Slowly the large boats were gaining on the smaller boats passing them one at a time.  By the 5th mark Marilee and Consigliere had moved to the front.  Bon Temps was in third place rounding the final mark and heading for home.  Elusive was about 1/8 mile behind, but on the final downwind leg to the finish line they caught up and beat Bon Temps by 2 seconds.

Crossing the finish line was Marilee 13:39:43, Consigliere 13:39:56,  Elusive 13:42:12, Bon Temps 13:42:14,  Estate Sail 13:44:23, KISS 13:46:28, Ran 13:47:30, BlewByU 13:49:20, Simplicity 13:50:00, Miller Time III 13:54:03, Madison 3 13:55:55 Aragorn 14:00:02, Fast Sunday 14:01:46, Pau Hana 14:12:52, Madam Wu 14:20:00.

Changing all these numbers into corrected time and placing them into the Collins Handicap System we find the following:

Congratulations:  First: Aragorn, Second: Simplicity, third: Madison 3, and forth: Pau Hana


Dan (Marilee) has created a spreadsheet and it is attached to this report.  Please note you will have 1. across the finish line times and places 2. PHRF handicap finish places and 3. Collins Handicap finish places.  Pier 32 Marina will continue to award prizes according to the Collins Handicap System.

However, I understand that sailors are working on giving prizes according to the PHRF Handicap system.  This is GREAT!  More prizes and more winners. What could be better.

Our next race is:  Saturday, March 19, 2022

We hope to see you all there.