Sailing on the Californian

What does it take to get you inspired—to get you fully engaged with life?  For me, it’s adventure.  Send me outside to explore and I will be fully present and having the time of my life.

Sailing on Californian

Why the grin from ear to ear?   Yesterday, aboard the Californian, I went on my very first sail ever!  It truly was an inspired afternoon—with the weather, the wind, and the waves all collaborating to make the experience unforgettable.

Chris Welton

It started off at 12pm with Captain Chris Welton familiarizing the guests with the ship’s rules and procedures.  The crew stood by awaiting orders and chatting warmly with the guests.  Two docents were on board, entertaining us with tidbits of sailing knowledge and historical trivia about the Californian.

Sailing aboard Californian

Once out a ways into the San Diego Bay, I volunteered to help the crew set the sails so the real fun could begin.  I got a crash course on the commands and hauled lines faster than my hands could move.  Before I used to find it comical when people would refer to ships as “she,” but seeing her sails set and full of wind, she sure looked beautiful.


Everyone seemed to be out on the water yesterday.  Countless sailboats, jet skis, and other vessels crossed paths through the shimmering water, Captain Chris, steering clear of them all!  He even let me steer for a minute—but he stood close by.

Topmen go aloft

Watching the topmen go aloft to put the square sails in their gear was like watching a scene from Cirque Du Soleil.  They scaled the ratlines with ease and only clipped in once they arrived at their work stations on the yard.  What an awesome job!

Once out in the open sea, the wind picked up and we were flying.  There is nothing like the wide-open ocean to calm the mind and bring a smile to my face.  I threw on my jacket, thankful to have packed one even though it was 80-something degrees in March.

As we headed back to dock, the crew prepared the guns and fired them toward the Star of India.  The boom reverberated off the many ships and buildings in the harbor, bouncing back loud and strong.  As we docked, we thanked the Captain and the crew and shook out our sea legs.  What an amazing journey!

Let us know if you would like to experience sailing for yourself.  I highly recommend it.

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

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