We found the San Diego Sailing Academy and signed up for their 7 day ASA 103/104 live-aboard program. We also added the ASA 105 Costal Navigation to our itinerary. We were on the Hunter 30' Boondoggle. We stayed aboard for 7 days and 6 nights. The first 5 days are full of book instruction and hands on training after lunch when the winds normally pick up. You stay at dock the first 4 nights and then have the option to anchor out the last two nights. The private instruction makes for a comfortable course and the instructor was great. SDSA has several boats for instruction and charter.
We had another couple come down to take a day sail with us out 4 miles from shore and hove to so we could relax and have a nice lunch on the water. The whole week was a great experience to practice our sailing skills and learn new ones. It was also a fun accomplishment to take a boat out over night and anchor out.
If you have time and want to get off the boat for a little while. San Diego has a lot to offer. The Gaslamp quarter is a great attraction with historic hotels, restaurants and is home to the Balboa Civic Theater if you want to catch a performance while you're in town. If you're a military buff the USS Midway museum is not to missed. It contains over 60 exhibits that range from the ship's galley to US aircraft that have launched from her decks. While the perfect temperatures and nearly steady winds make for great sailing year round make sure to get off the dock and see what the city has to offer. You won't be disappointed.
SDSA has several boats for charter or you can opt to utilize them for your classes if you're looking into taking some ASA courses. Lisa and I will be taking them out as often as we can to stay proficient, and also to enjoy the beautiful weather away from the middle of the desert.