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SAN DIEGO - U.S. Coast Guard crews rescued two men aboard a disabled sailboat approximately 1.5 miles south of Point Loma Tuesday night.
During a training flight, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Sector San Diego was alerted to the people in distress when they launched flares from their 38-foot sailboat at approximately 8:45 p.m.

The aircrew diverted to investigate the flares and saw the men aboard the sailing vessel were signaling to them by waving their arms.
The Jayhawk crew lowered a rescue swimmer to the vessel to assess the situation. It was determined the sailboat was disabled and adrift, had lost the ability to steer, had no means of communication and no anchor.
A 45-foot Response Boat crew from Station San Diego launched to assist the boaters. The Coast Guard boat crew towed the sailing vessel to Shelter Island in San Diego Bay at approximately 11:30 p.m.

Catalina Island News

As usual, October proved to be a busy month!

The Scheyden Catalina Air Show welcomed October with the roar of a F18 fighter jet and some pretty awesome "air-crobatics." After the air show, The Doors (cover band) continued the festivities with a concert at Casino Point.

The 28th Annual Jazz Trax Festival was held the second and third weekends of October this year. The weather was beautiful and so was the music. This event always brings a great crowd of visitors to Avalon.

Avalon Harbor was also thrilled to host several yacht clubs in October: The first weekend of the month brought the Dana Point and Bahia Corinthian yacht clubs; the weekend of the 10th saw Seal Beach and Long Beach yacht clubs; the weekend of the 17th welcomed Shoreline yacht club; and the weekend of the 24th rallied Dana West and Huntington Harbor yacht clubs. A total of more than 90 boats visited with these yacht clubs.

Unfortunately, due to the surge, the Carnival cruise ships were not able to off load passengers on the 6th or 7th. However, in addition to Carnival's visits the balance of the month, we were also pleased to see the Westerdam on the 2nd and Celebrity's Golden Princess on the 3rd and the 21st.

All EMT-trained Harbor Patrol Officers participated in a two day Continuing Education course to maintain their certification. The class was so realistic, that the Sheriff actually received 911 calls from concerned citizens. The rest of the City employees were offered a CPR/First Aid recertification class, as well.

People aboard boats 6,016 Rain .09
Vessels Moored 1,504 Moorings Sold/transferred 4
Vessels Anchored 107 Citations Issued 1
Average High Temp 71 Average Low Temp  61
Average Sea Temp 70 Cruise Ship Passenger Total 20,275

The City's end float and fuel dock floats were sent to dry dock on the mainland for the winter. The Barbara Pearson dock was also removed and a string line has been installed on the east side of the harbor. The string line provides tie-up for skiffs (14 feet or less) and is not subject to the 72 hour restriction however owners are responsible for the maintenance of their boats including checking them after rainfall or other weather event.


San Diego Seal TourSan Diego Seal Tour
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Is it a boat? Is it a bus?

No - it's San Diego's original amphibious water and land adventure.

Commonly known as a duck tour, the San Diego Seal Tour is a fun and unique way to explore the city from the streets and the sea.

This 90-minute fully-narrated journey departs from Seaport Village located on Harbor Drive at the Embarcadero. As you travel along the beautiful Big Bay by land, you will hear stories of early sailors as well as the history of the 14-mile long working bay.

You also will learn about the importance of the military in San Diego. Pass by San Diego International Airport, dedicated to aviator Charles Lindbergh, just one of the many people you will hear about on your San Diego Seal Tour.

Then, you will splash down into the San Diego Bay off Shelter Island, where you begin the water-tour segment of the journey.

As the seal travels through the north end of the Big Bay, keep your eyes peeled for a chance encounter with a California brown pelican.

The Big Bay provides views of Point Loma, home to the Cabrillo National Monument, Naval Air Station North Island, the Point Loma Submarine Base and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The area is a popular playground for seals and sea-lions so keep your eyes out during your San Diego seal tour - make that seal tour.

Return to land where you will return to your starting point via Harbor Drive, passing the Maritime Museum and Cruise Ship Terminal along the way.


SeaWorld San Diego Ticket with TransportSeaWorld San Diego Ticket with Transport
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Experience a day of family-fun at SeaWorld San Diego, one of the world's premier marine adventure parks. Pickup from San Diego hotels is included, so no need to worry about parking or public transport.

Every encounter is a new adventure when you come face to face with the friendly dolphins, magnificent white beluga whales, playful penguins of SeaWorld San Diego. Cut loose and reconnect with your kids, and the kid in you, in Shamu's Happy Harbor.

Plunge into fun and fantasy on Journey To Atlantis. Experience Believe, a visually stunning Shamu show featuring a dynamic original soundtrack. With 200 acres of world-class shows, thrilling rides and unforgettable animal encounters, there's something here for everyone.

Optional: SeaWorld San Diego without Transport


VIP Nightclub PackageVIP Nightclub Package
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San Diego's nightlife scene has come into its own. Tons of clubs have popped up over the last couple of years, contributing to an incredible opportunity to enjoy some of Southern California's best.

Your San Diego-VIP Passport offers over US $350 in VIP value. Plus, you'll get the San Diego-VIP Passports "Local Insider Hints" to make your trip to this incredible beach town.

What you get - No-Line / Cover Included to eleven (11) nightclubs:

Red Circle Cafe
Sidebar (currently closed for renovations until fall 2008)
Onyx Room
On Broadway
Belo (not valid on Saturday night)


San Diego Whale Watching Expedition Cruise
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See magnificent California gray whales on their annual journey from the Arctic to California's Baja Coast on a whale watching cruise from San Diego. If you don't see a whale on the cruise, you'll get a 'Whale check' to try again another time.

Follow the migration of the California gray whale to the warm breeding grounds off the Baja Coast. Seeing a California gray whale in the wild is an exhilarating experience you will never forget. Other marine wildlife may also make an appearance including seabirds and sea lions.

Between December and April the gray whale travels approximately 6,000 miles from the cold waters of the Arctic to the warmer waters of the Baja Coast. Here they give birth to their young and prepare them for the long trek back. On the return trip the young calves can frequently be seen swimming at their sides.


San Diego Sunset Dinner CruiseSan Diego Sunset Dinner Cruise
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Journey along San Diego's historic harbor while enjoying fine food, professional service and live music.

From the San Diego Cruise you'll see amazing sights unfolding, like the submarines from US fleet, the Naval Air station and the soaring Coronado Bridge.

San Diego's distinct skyline, and the soaring Coronado Bay Bridge are all part of an unfolding vista you'll enjoy aboard the San Diego Dinner Dance Cruise.

Enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner prepared fresh by on board chefs, then dance to live music or watch the sights drift by from the outdoor decks.

Departure Point: 1066 N.Harbor Drive

Sailing Time: 7 pm (Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to departure time.)



San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal ParkSan Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park
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Inspired by the African Serengeti and the endless expanses of the Asian plains, the 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park offers you an exotic safari adventure unlike any other outside of Africa itself.

San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park is home to more than 3,500 rare and exotic animals - most of whom roam freely in vast enclosures.

Witness a family of giraffe mingle among the gazelles and cranes while rhinos gather at a watering hole. Observe South African cheetahs lounging on a sunny hill or gaze into the eyes of the majestic California condor.

Board the the Journey into Africa tour for a 45-minute tour past herds of elephants, zebras, and several endangered species.

Venture into the dense forests and grassy savannas at the Heart of Africa, a 32 acre safari trail. Miles of walking trails lead guests to overlooks of lions, tigers and special encounters with exotic creatures. Stroll through Nairobi Village for shopping and dining.

15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido CA 92027
(35 miles north of the San Diego Zoo and east of Escondido)

Opening Hours
1 January to 16 June - 9 am to 4 pm
17 June to 4 September - 9 am to 8 pm
5 September to 7 December - 9 am to 4 pm
8 December to 30 December except 24-25 December - 9 am to 8 pm
24-25 and 31 December - 9 am to 4 pm

Grounds close 1 hour after last admission

Optional: San Diego Wild Animal Park with Transport

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