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Once again Riviera Magazine hosted their VIP advertisers and fashion moguls on the yacht ‘America’ for a pre-party sail on San Diego Bay. Fifty of their elite 200 person invite list got to enjoy lovely food from Justin Fitzgerald’s “Authentic Flavors” catering and ‘sexy’ drinks from “Snake Oil Cocktail Company” as they cruised the bay for several hours. It was a perfect atmosphere leading up to the bigger party at the University Club.
Sunday 15th was a busy day. Not only was the ‘America’ front & center at the main dock of the San Diego Yacht Club for ‘opening day’, but then had to rush back to our own dock to entertain 72 international guests from networking giant ‘Cisco’. These folks enjoyed a perfect sunny afternoon and early evening with lots to drink, light snacks and amazing atmosphere on board the ‘America’ in San Diego.
Our guest, Ramesh M., shares with us his picture of the pair of Grey whales yesterday that were mating during their migration to Mexico. We first spotted the pair as the male breached three times. It was another great day on the water with perfect weather, flat seas and a total of 4 whales, 20 dolphings and sea lions.
Today had it all agaim with 10 whales, about 50 dolphins, sea lions and beautful blue skies.
The last 2 weeks has seen some amazing sailing & dining events on our beautiful yacht America. Just last night we took the yacht to the San Diego Marriott Marina for a group of 70 guests ready to relax following a busy convention day. The forecast had called for patchy rain all day, and that it did, dropping that last little shower on us just prior to boarding time. The thing is, when the weatherman mentions rain there is usually an attrition rate of at least 20%….particularly if you’re an invited guest and not paying the bill. Well……..what a lovely surprise to see 81 guests board the yacht America, an increase of 15% by comparison to that expected. Off they went for 3+ hours of cold drinks, hot dinner, breaking skies and a sunset in store. You can see in this shot taht the deck is still wet from the last shower of the day, but the food is hot, dry and ready for the taking. The crew of Culinary Concepts did an amazing job in getting this awesome food out of the rain then back on display in a matter of 5 minutes. Check them out on twitter @culinaryconcept
Although not customary at this time of year we had a similar situation last Sunday. My client from Ontario, CA alerted me days earlier to the forecast of showers and scattered thunderstorms for their Sunday afternoon cocktail sail. I was shocked to hear that as I sat at my desk looking at magnificent blue skies just 3 days out. Honestly……I never check the weather in advance of a charter. This is san Diego and even though Mother Nature is a little messed up these days, you can depend on the weather here being beautiful most of the time. It is certainly beautiful by comparison to where some of our guests are visiting from. SO…..I did my best to assure my client that we had a lovely canopy for the yacht if it came to that, but ultimately a little faith in my own weather judgement was requested at this stage. I wasn’t disappointed, and the client and guests were certainly not disappointed by an afternoon that opened up into brilliant blue skies and puffy white clouds for what was a spectacular late afternoon sail with cocktails, nice hors d’oeuvres, a brilliant sunset and the up-close city lights to end their experience.
Doesn’t look like anybody is going to have a good time….does it? Well….there is a bar to compliment some pretty great food from Urban Kitchen Catering. Check them out on twitter @cucinaurbana
I did mention a bar….didn’t I? You know that saying “Location, Location, Location’? Well…we have ‘Atmosphere, Atmosphere, Atmosphere’!
The Blue Whale sightings from ‘America’ have continued to be great so far. As of September 9 we had not missed seeing Blue’s more than one occasion. The summer has also been kind to us with some really nice sunsets as we make our way in from the ocean. In fact, this short clip is a wonderful example of what you look like when you’re out with us on one of these trips.
It is pretty amazing this Blue Whale season we are having! People are sending me video from almost every trip we do. There is currently no shortage of these beautiful creatures gathered off San Diego right now. The America is going out at 3:00 pm, sailing to the regular area, seeing lots od dolphins to compliment the whales, and then sailing in on a great breeze with the sun setting to the West. We can only motor at 8 knots, so these awesome afternoons with the breeze pushing us along at 12 knots plus all the time is so entertaining. The laughing from the kids each time we see a spout, and the cheering any time we see that mighty tail break surface before a dive….is reward for any crew member. Thank you to Joshua Edwards who sent 6 or 7 clips from his trip last Friday, August 26. Josh said they had an amazing time. Here are a couple more clips for you including one from Josh: