Monthly Happenings Jan03


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Monthly Happenings

Check each month for the latest happenings in the Harbor!

Ready, Set, Wear It! - Lifejacket World Record Day.

WESTWIND SAILING and the Dana Point Aquatic Foundation sponsored a “Ready, Set, Wear It!” event on May 17 joining participants around the globe to heighten awareness of the importance of wearing a lifejacket and to set a lifejacket world record. The annual event, hosted by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) in partnership with the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC), served as the kick-off to National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23, the official launch of the 2014 North American Safe Boating Campaign. Educating the boating public about the safety and comfort of inflatable life jackets has been a main focus of the North American Safe Boating Campaign. “It was a perfect day with all sorts of boaters on the water,” said Diane Wenzel, of Westwind Sailing and the DPAF. “We were thrilled that the event coincided with our first annual AquaFest! It was the perfect opportunity to reinforce the importance of wearing a lifejacket in a real world setting. We hoped for 100 participants at Ready, Set, Wear It and we got over 110!” AquaFest, hosted at the OC Sailing & Events Center in Dana Point Harbor, is a celebration of the public access safe boating programs offered at the Center. Various programs were showcased including; Westwind Sailing, SOAR Adaptive Boating, The Paddle Academy, I Heart Yoga in the Park and Mariner Sea Scouts. In addition to free stand-up paddling and sailing, free food and goodie bags were offered to participants – thanks to a generous donation from Berkeley Greene at So Cal Sail Sport. U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in almost 71 percent of recreational boating fatalities in 2013, and that almost 85 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.


Summer Sundays 2:30pm to 6pm Two headlining bands playing for 90 minutes each. Food & Beverage area call 949-248-3530.

Sea Terrace Park

  • August 3 – The Fabulous Ultra Tones AND The Sam Morrision Band
  • August 10 – Badd Co., A Tribute to Bad Company AND Led ZepAgain A Tribute to Led Zeppelin

Heritage Park

  • August 17 – The Derek Bourdeaux Group AND AbbaFab
  • August 24 – Midnight Whiskey featuring Anesha Rose AND Springsteen The Premier Tribute


The Mariner Sea Scouts offer a co-ed boating program to youth ages 12-18 designed to allow kids an opportunity to have fun with their friends in boats of all sizes at a very low cost. Recreational sailing and racing opportunities, along with fun weekend trips to Catalina and Channel Islands provide participants an opportunity to become fully competent in handling boats of all sizes. For more info visit Check out our Facebook page for updates!

The Harbor Grill

Are you FOLLOWING US? Follow us on Facebook and keep yourself up to date on our Specials and Promotions, we wouldn’t want you to miss out! How would you like to WIN a Harbor Grill Gift Card? Monthly trivia giveaways give you a chance to receive a 50.00 gift card. Halibut season is in full swing, enjoy fresh Alaskan Halibut Mesquite Grilled while you can. OYSTER THURSDAYS enjoy fresh succulent oysters 9.95 1/2 dozen with 6 unique preparations to choose from. Reservations: 949-240-1416

DaVine Food and Wine

DaVine Food & Wine holds a tasting event on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with music and wines mostly from sunny California. Join them for these great events and pick up some great picnic basket items while you are there. (949) 493-4044 or visit at

Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari - Whale Watching in Luxury on Capt. Dave’s Newest Catamaran!

Gold Medal Winner – Best Whale Watching 2013 Dana Point Times Best of Dana Point Lantern Awards


Luxury Whale Watching on Capt. Dave’s Newest 62-Foot Catamaran Lily, Whale Research/Rescue Safari is a 49-passenger luxury power catamaran with state-of-the-art research and rescue equipment. Enjoy dolphin and whale watching in luxury with a beautifully appointed cabin, climate-controlled pilothouse, shaded upper sundeck, and spacious bow, all with cushioned seating, as well as a fully equipped galley. The sundeck and bow both feature rails enclosed with Lexan® glass for wind protection. Contribute to whale and dolphin research and learn more about the lives of individual animals using our on board ID catalog. Explore beneath the surface with an underwater remote operated vehicle (ROV) that passengers can drive. See and hear dolphins and whales underwater with our hydrophone and underwater camera. A life-size common dolphin, micro-museum of whale and dolphin artifacts, and stunning photographic art throughout the boat immerse passengers in the world of dolphins and whales. Trips are broadcast live on our website. And Mrs. Capt. Dave’s famous triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat!2 and 1/2 hours. $65 per adult and child. Special trips available on November 2, 9, 16, and 23. For reservations please call (949) 488-2828 or visit

Up Close with the Largest Animals on Earth!

Join Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari to experience magnificent whales and mega-pods of wild dolphins aboard our high-tech, never-crowded, catamarans. Daily, year-round, trips can get up close and personal with these breathtaking animals! Dana Point has five species of dolphins, with some pods numbering in the thousands. Only aboard our catamaran Manute’a can you see dolphins underwater, without getting wet, in our Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. Hear below the surface with our research quality hydrophone, too. You’ll learn how these animals live from our experienced naturalists while exploring the micro-museum of whale and dolphin artifacts. Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets give you a really up close encounter! And Mrs. Captain Dave’s yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat on the ride back. Share your whale watching trip LIVE with friends and family back home at Daily trips; 2 and 1/2 hours. $59 per adult, $39 per child (3 to 12). 2 and younger are free. Reservations recommended.

Please call (949) 488-2828 or reserve online at

Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching

Every Tuesday is 1/2 price! All local fishing trips and all whale watching cruises are 1/2 price on Tuesdays!

Whale Watching Trips 

Day Trips Adults: $45 ~ Seniors (55+): $35 ~ Kids (3-12):$25 ~ Kids 2 and under are FREE! 2 Hours. 10am, 12pm, 2pm Join us as we search for whales, dolphin, sea lion and other exciting marine life! All of our cruises are narrated by our expert captains who will educate you on the abundant ocean life on our coast. Trips are all 2 hours long, plenty of time to discover the world that lies beneath! Remember that sightings are guaranteed! If you don’t see A GOOD SHOWING of whales or dolphin, you will get your ticket back and are invited to come out again with us! These “whale checks” never expire.


A complimentary glass of Pride Punch will welcome you aboard! 8pm – 9:30pm every Saturday night through September. Relax as you cruise Dana Point Harbor aboard the 95 ft. Dana Pride featuring upper deck seating as well inside seating in its large galley, making it one of the most comfortable rides on the water. The boat also features a full cash bar including premium wine, beer, and mixed drinks. Sit back, relax and enjoy live music as we cruise through Dana Point Harbor at sunset. $15 per person includes a complimentary glass of our signature PRIDE PUNCH will welcome you aboard! Reserve Today – DANAWHARF.COM 949.496.5794 ext.7

Be sure to join our email club for huge discounts and a special promotion each week! Join here! For more information, visit or call 949.496.5794

Orange County Wine Cruise $49 per person 5:30pm – 7:00pm  This cruise runs Fridays & Sundays.

Join us for a 90-minute evening cruise aboard our luxury catamaran through the beautifully lit up Dana Point Harbor. This cruise will feature a sampling of wines from The Organic Cellar which promotes organically grown and pesticide-free wines as well as a sample platter of cheese, crackers, fruits and nuts that complement the wines. The 63′ Ocean Adventure catamaran also features a full cash bar if you’d like to purchase some additional beverages. Sit back, relax and enjoy the lights of beautiful and charming Dana Point Harbor This cruise includes: ~ 4 tastes of wine from The Organic Cellar which is a winery that infuses great tastes, health, and fine living. Join us in making our lives a little healthier and a whole lot more delicious.? Cheese/cracker/dried fruit/nut sampler? Wine host Additional wine can be purchased aboard the catamaran.

Free Kid’s Fishing Clinic Every Sunday 12:00pm – 12:30pm?  Join us every Sunday for our free kid’s fishing clinic! Dana Wharf is proud to offer a dockside experience for young anglers! Ask the experts and learn new fishing techniques, new hook tying secrets, win raffle prizes and so much more! No reservations are needed! Try out your new techniques on the 1/2 day trip departing immediately after the clinic!

Kid’s Fish FREE! Every Sunday?12:45pm – 5:45pm Join us every Sunday (right after our Free Kid’s Fishing Clinic) for our 12:45pm 1/2 Day Fishing Trip and kids fish free! One child will get a free 1/2 Day Fishing Trip (a savings of $25) per paying adult! Rental gear is included for the kids too! A savings of $12!

For our full public fishing schedule, click here!

Riviera Snorkeling and Dive Charters

Snorkeling is fun and easy. Or come joins us beneath the blue sea scuba diving and explore our fascinating reefs. Riviera Dive Charters and Beach City Scuba offers snorkeling and scuba diving aboard The Riviera. Not a scuba diver, try a quick resort course and learn to dive. The Riviera is the only dive vessel located in the convenient Dana Point Harbor in South Orange County and is an exceptional way to experience Orange County’s local snorkeling and diving. Our local reefs are covered with lush kelp forests where marine life abounds. If you are diving aboard the Riviera you will enjoy a 2 tank local dive trip exploring the reefs and kelp forests of San Clemente, Laguna Beach and Dana Point. Experience divers may want to explore the beautiful wreck dive, The A.C.E. The Riviera is outfitted to accommodate 30 passengers but we only take 20 divers and snorkelers to maximize your comfort! The Riviera provides tanks, weights, food and drinks. Nitrox is available upon request. Call Riviera Dive Charters for your spot today. Tel. 866.400.3483


Orange Coast Magazine has awarded THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER the “The Best in OC 2014″ for their heavenly chocolate. Specifically, ‘Honeycomb, seafoam, fair food, angel food, whatever you call it, the best stuff is here. In the kitchen, melted sugar and baking soda are combined to create a magical foamy texture. Imagine if toffee met meringue. Chunks are coated in milk or bittersweet Guittard chocolate.’ Come down and taste it for yourself! (949) 493-4135


The Mariner Sea Scouts offer a co-ed boating program to youth ages 12-18 designed to allow kids an opportunity to have fun with their friends in boats of all sizes at a very low cost. Recreational sailing and racing opportunities, along with fun weekend trips to Catalina and Channel Islands provide participants an opportunity to become fully competent in handling boats of all sizes. For more info visit or check out their Facebook page at Mariners 936 Sea Scouts. Mariner’s in the News


Special Events!

Got a birthday, reunion, corporate function, scout group, or special event coming up? Why not plan your event with Westwind and bring your group Sailing, Kayaking, or StandUp Paddling. We can arrange a program to fit your group size, time, age and budget. Give us a call! And don’t forget, we can always arrange private lessons in sailing, stand-up paddling or kayaking, or interactive sailing rides just about any time you’d like. So if you have a free day… Come and Play! Give us a call at 949-492-3035.


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Aventura Sailing Association

AVENTURA has a lot of fun and informative events and activities going on. For more information check out their website or for their Newsletter, go to Aventura Newsletter.


THE historic Schooner Curlew was built from the imagination of the legendary American boat designer John Alden. Built to race, she competed in the 20s and 30s with other celebrated yachts, in the style of the rich and famous.

A veteran of WW2, Curlew has since been totally refitted and restored to the highest standards of performance and luxury. Under the power of the lusty wind a yacht like Curlew brings out the free spirited soul of everyone on board.

Sunset Champagne Sail Experience a romantic sunset while sipping champagne with billowing sails overhead, as Curlew cuts her way through the deep blue waters of the Pacific.

Duration: App 2.5 hours


$80.00 Adult

$75.00 Senior (62+)

$75.00 Military or Student with ID

$40.00 Children 2-12

(includes Champagne & light snacks)

Bring: layers of clothing (for warmth), closed toe “active” footwear (no high heels), camera, binoculars, and a sense of romance and adventure.

Book Online www.Zerve/DanaWharf/SunCurl


The center invites you to check out their classes and sailing opportunities. They are also available for meetings, special functions and weddings. They are located at 34451 Ensenada Place (949) 923-2215 and You can take sailing instruction classes for the entire family, or just adults or children as well as boating skills and safety classes, paddle boarding and kayaking classes. Get with the program and join a fitness class jazzercise, body sculpting, yoga and self-defense are all offered.


OC COUNTY BEACH PASSES are available for the County’s s wonderful Harbors, Beaches & Parks. It makes a terrific Easter Basket Gift, Birthday or Thank you gift. You can purchase the Annual Day Use Pass at the OC Sailing & Events Center (formerly the Dana Point Youth & Group Facility), 34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point, (949) 923-2215, or at the OC Dana Point Harbor Office. Check out

Dana Point Marina Inn

The only in Harbor Hotel, The Dana Point Marina Inn has just been voted the Silver Lantern Award for “Best Lodging in Dana Point”. They offer very affordable and competitive rates and have wonderful redecorated rooms and who can beat the view? Restaurants, shopping and activities right at your guests’ fingertips. Give them a call at (949) 496-1203 or visit