10/11/2006

San Diego Activities

Sail the America's Cup

You can sail on an America's Cup sailboat with Next Level Sailing in San Diego Stars & Stripes / USA 34 Length: 79 feet Weight: 50,000 pounds (85% of the weight is in the ballast) Mast height: 114 feet (11 stories) Upwind Speed: 10-12 knots Downwind Speed: up to 18 knots (in very high winds) "Stars & Stripes." It is arguably the most widely-recognized name among all American sailing vessels. Team Dennis Conner's original Stars & Stripes went to Australia in 1987 and won back the America's Cup in Fremantle, defeating the Aussies'Kookaburra III. Next Level Racing's Stars & Stripes / USA 34 was designed by David Pedrick and built in 1994 by Goetz Boat Works for Team Dennis Conner's single-boat campaign during the 1995 America's Cup in San Diego. Stars & Stripes / USA 34 rose to notoriety by winning the Citizen Cup in 1995, earning the right to defend the Cup on behalf of the San Diego Yacht Club. But in one of the most bizarre twists in the history of America's Cup racing, Conner chose to defend the Cup, not aboard his Stars & Stripes / USA 34, but rather using Young America / USA 36, which he had just defeated in the finals of the Citizen Cup. In head to head competition, Team New Zealand's Black Magic proved to be much faster, defeating Team Dennis Conner in four straight races. The Cup resided in New Zealand until the controversial 2003 victory by the Swiss Team's Alinghi, with Team New Zealand's former skipper, Russell Coutts as its Master. The weather is beautiful in San Diego. Come sailing with us. Public trips available every week. Reserve on-line or call 800-644-3454 Welcome to the ultimate sailing experience: racing, leisure cruising, day charters or learning to sail on our 80-foot International America's Cup Class (IACC) yachts. Next Level Sailing in San Diego, California offers this exhilarating and unique experience to individuals, groups and corporations through our Corporate Sailing, Team Building, Instruction (sailing lessons), Fantasy Sailing Camp programs and Corporate Advertisement. Our boats are among the fastest mono-hull sailing vessels in the world. Your sailing experience with Next Level Sailing will be unforgettable, breathtaking and surprisingly affordable. It's by far the finest sailing experience America's Finest City has to offer. Public Sailing Excursions Aboard Actual America's Cup Yachts! Now there's a faster, more exotic way take in the awe-inspiring scenery of San Diego Bay. Next Level Sailing offers 2-hour public sailing excursions aboard our two 80-foot International America's Cup Class (IACC) racing yachts. You've watched these magnificent, high-tech boats race for sailing's ultimate prize-the America's Cup. But nothing compares to the thrill and excitement of sailing aboard an IACC yacht. With masts that stretch skyward as high as an 11-story building, these precision-engineered racing yachts are the fastest mono-hull sailing vessels in the world. Sit back, relax and hold on to your hat as you glide quietly and effortlessly through San Diego Bay, breezing by popular landmarks, attractions, and military points of interest which may include: * America's Cup Harbor * Coronado Bay Bridge * North Island Naval Airstation * Submarine Amphibious Base * Aircraft Carriers (when in port) * San Diego Convention Center * Downtown San Diego Skyline * Cabrillo National Monument * Star of India and other historic ships * Ocean wildlife, such as seals, sea lions, pelicans and gulls * and much more. Reservations & Pricing There is no minimum group size required, however, reservations are recommended. Make your reservations on the web here or by phone at (800) 644-3454. The cost of a 2-hour Next Level Harbor Sailing Tour is $99 per person. Credit cards are accepted, and Gift Certificates are available. I sailed on an America's Cup yacht in Hawaii and it was one of the most exciting tourist activities I've ever done. -- the Irish Lass Check out the comments for more San Diego Activities Or Click to Add your own recommendation

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irishlass said...

Fly Real Air Combat in Real Aircraft! Just like you've seen on TV and in the movies. Except you'll be doin' the yankin' and bankin'! This is hands-on, heart pounding, adrenaline pumping dogfighting. No pilot's license required--just guts! Many of our pilots are active duty Marine Corps and Navy pilots.

Now hear this: Launch aircraft! Bogey, 12 o'clock high...rat-a-tat-tat...Splash one!

After takeoff, as we go feet wet at the coastline, we turn aircraft over to you so you can get the feel of the controls enroute to
"enemy territory." Once in our operating area, we'll demonstrate an engagement and the maneuvers we discussed during the briefing, and then turn it back over to you for 3 full-on, claws-out dogfights. Afterwards we return to base, and generally fly the overhead break or perform a section landing.

Whole thing takes about 1.5-2 hours.

Pre-flight briefing is 30-40 minutes, man-up, strap in and cockpit checkout is about 15
minutes. Flight is 35-45 minutes. Debrief takes 10-15 minutes.

Go ahead, make an Ace of yourself!

Maximum weight: 250 pounds. Maximum height: about 6'5". Minimum age: No hard limit, around 10. Not for the weak of stomach!

Reservations are required for all flights. We generally fly every Saturday and Sunday at 11AM, 1PM, 3PM, (and 5PM during the Summer). Weekday dogfights are occasionally available, but since most of our
pilots are active-duty fighter pilots, weekday scheduling is not always possible. If you BYOE (bring your own enemy) it's best to call 1-2 weeks in advance to get the time you want. If we're going to provide your adversary
(a.k.a. target), you generally need to give us 3 weeks notice. You'll be booked as "standby"
until we find you a match. Last minute scheduling is occasionally possible so be sure to call if you just gotta do it right now.

Call 1-800-SKY-LOOP (1-800-759-5667) to reserve your flight.