Yacht Cruises, Charter Sailing off Catalina and Channel Islands California. With Captain and Crew or Bareboat Charter.

"...Twenty six miles across the sea,

Santa Catalina is awaitin' for me..." and YOU!

Savor and enjoy

spectacular Southern California islands and coastline

aboard the DULCINEA, a sleek 48' sloop-rigged yacht.

From daysails and whale watching, to Santa Catalina overnights, to full service, fully crewed yacht vacations. Sun and sea, wind and sky are yours to get into.


Dulcinea, Newport/Ensenada Race, Year2000


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Santa Catalina Island

After a four hour sail from Newport Beach, CA, overnight at Santa Catalina Island’s Avalon Bay (two-day minimum), a beautiful Mediterranean-like full-service island and village rising up the mountainside from the sparkling bay where you'll sleep at anchor or mooring and go ashore by local water taxi ... or row ashore and back in Dulcinea's dingy. (The music goes on but the taxi stops at midnight.) Avalon offers restaurants and bars, shops, bed and breakfasts, concerts and theater, the Casino, shower facilities, hiking trails, golf, bike rentals and... mooring off the palm-tree lined Descanso Beach.


Santa Catalina Island

Anchor out at numerous remote coves and beaches around Santa Catalina Island and swim, snorkel, sun bathe, hike ashore, beach comb, and dine out.... at night, at anchor. Special arrangements can be made for an anniversary, birthday, special event, ...honeymoon.





Channel Islands

Off Oxnard and Santa Barbara, the Channel Islands offer remote and unspoiled anchorage and beaches for swimming, snorkeling, sun bathing, and hiking Nature Conservancy trails through long abandoned olive groves and windswept and sun-drenched canyons. No facilities - grilled dining at anchor. Four day minimum from Newport Beach/Balboa.



Day Cruises

Sail and sunbathe on Dulcinea's ample deck, whale watch, anchor out at Emerald Cove or Laguna Beach and snorkel the reef, swim, and picnic on-board. Hands-on sailing and instruction or kick back and be the total guest on board this comfortable vessel. Hammock also furnished.



Whale Watch (hopefully)

Half day in your own personal vessel as the gray whales migrate to the Baja in the fall and return to Alaskan waters in the spring, two to ten miles offshore.



Evening Harbor Cruise

You and your party or guests arrive at and depart from your favorite harbor-side restaurant for an evening harbor cruise as a perfect ending to your guest's special event.




Business Event

Full service, fully crewed transportation and meeting place for your deductible business conference, seminar, leadership or client relationship-building event. Private and confidential.


Race and Crew

On the Dulcinea to Santa Catalina, the Channel Islands, San Diego, Ensenada, Mexico, or anywhere a race is on. Contact for schedule.




Rates include equipped vessel and licensed captain, six passengers maximum.


Captain , the skipper and owner of the Dulcinea, is a 15-year sailing veteran of Greek, Turkish, South Pacific, and Californian waters, a U.S. Coast Guard 100 ton licensed captain, certified marine surveyor and delivery captain, ASA-certified sailing and navigating instructor, certified SCUBA diver, and licensed professional engineer (past life). He loves and respects the sea and enjoys helping others share the pleasures and challenges of the sea with him.


The Dulcinea , a beautiful 1986 Hunter 45 sloop-rigged yacht,  accommodates six passengers in private and semi-private berths.

Accommodations include two private cabins with double-berths and heads and showers, and a large salon (14' beam) that converts to a double and a single berth.



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