Sunny Days at San Diego’s Sunroad Marina Boat Show

The great thing about California’s two big bays, San Francisco Bay and San Diego Bay, is they’re both full of sailboats and sailors. We always enjoy getting down to San Diego for the Baja Ha-Ha kick-off, but there’s lots more going on in this last-stop-before-Mexico sailing ground.

It’s a warm, pleasant sailing area with numerous events from Sabot races to San Diego Yacht Club’s Hot Rum Series, the San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race coming up in March, and boat shows. We made a quick trip down to visit with friends and customers at the Sunroad Resort Marina Boat Show running January 23-26. While San Diego has a big powerboat contingent, the show was also chock full of sailboats from Beneteau, Jeanneau, Bavaria, Tartan, Hanse, Elan, Moody, Bali, Lagoon, Fountaine-Pajot, Nautitech and a few more.

Jeff Brown Yachts
We saw Pete McCormick, formerly of North Sails, with Karen and Jeff Brown aboard the new Sirena 64 from Jeff Brown Yachts. Pete will soon be opening the new Jeff Brown Yachts office in Sausalito with Jason Farrow.
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Mexico Harbormasters
The Mexico welcoming committee was on hand: Gabriel Ley from Marina Costa Baja, Nathan from Marina Puerto Escondido, Raffa Alacantara from Marina Riviera Nayarit, Diego Fernandez from Baja Naval, and Fito Espinosa from Marina Coral.
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Barrett Canfield Jeff Thorpe
Barrett Canfield of South Coast Yachts and Jeff Thorpe of Quantum Sails were reconnecting on the Sunroad docks.
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Kenyon Martin Seattle Yachts
Kenyon Martin, formerly of JK3 Yachts, was settling into his new role at Seattle Yachts aboard a brokerage Moody 54.
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San Diego Sunroad Boat Show
The docks were busy for a Thursday. Sunny weather should hold through the end of the show on Sunday.
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San Diego sunset
The quick walk back to the airport was enhanced by the orange glow of a San Diego Bay sunset.
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One of the amazing things about the Sunroad show is that you can easily walk the 1.1 miles from the San Diego airport to the marina. After a great day at the show we did just that, and jumped onto a plane back to that other great California bay to be back in time for tomorrow’s Three Bridge Fiasco.

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