For the New Year, my siblings and I were looking for things to do in Southern California. What we ended up was pretty unique for us: our first sail boat ride right on New Year’s Day!
My brother bought a Groupon for South Bay Sailing in Redondo Beach, which was good for an hour of sailing for up to six people.
Safety is very important when sailing! And, it’s good to know South Bay Sailing had our backs. We were actually supposed to go the Friday before New Year, but the weather ended up rainy and cloudy.
South Bay Sailing’s staff called and recommended we postpone to another day, which we found was very good service. Since we didn’t have much days left in California, we decided to go during New Year.
We booked a morning slot so that we have the rest of the day ahead of us.
When we arrived, the helmsman was already there. He quickly went thru the paperwork with my brother, and away we go!
He explained the different parts of the boat and where it’s best for us to sit. The most important part for safety is learning that the boom can swing on big waves so it’s something people need to be cautious about.
Luckily, the morning was really nice and sunny with clear skies!
The interesting parts for me during the sail were the following:
– Seeing a buoy of sealions
– Seeing people do water activities like paddling boats, kayaking, etc
– Seeing a glimpse of a dolphin
– Something techie: there was bluetooth speakers in the sail boat so we were able to connect to it using my sister’s cellphone and listen to some music as we sailed
Overall, sailing with South Bay Sailing was a fun start of the New Year! It was quite relaxing and enjoyable being in the sail boat – I would say even meditative.
This is definitely one of the best things to do in Redondo Beach!
South Bay Sailing
181 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA, USA