Featured School: Marina Sailing Newport Beach

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Marina Sailing is California’s largest sailing club. Since 1962, they have offered a welcoming environment for new sailors to learn and pursue their sailing passions. As a member, you have access to six beautiful locations maintaining a fleet of over seventy yachts. On top of that, there are thousands of members to share your passion with. The Newport Beach location has been in operation for over twenty years at the Bayside Marina.

 This month’s Featured School is Marina Sailing, Newport Beach  

Where They Sail

Newport Beach, founded in 1906, is the pristine destination for sailors and beachcombers alike. James Irvine and James McFadden in the late 1800s crafted what is today a sailing paradise for all. Newport Beach offers year-round sailing opportunities with a temperate climate and protected waters. A consistent warm summer breeze carries you along with picturesque views of Santa Catalina Island and the famous Orange County beaches. After a relaxing day on the water, enjoy exquisite dining and entertainment within walking distance. The Balboa Island Ferry has transported people and vehicles across the bay for over one hundred years! Balboa Island offers fine dining at the Pavilions, streetside cafes, boutique shops, and even the Fun Zone for the kids.

Balboa Pavilion and surrounding docks in Newport Beach, circa 1924

Sailors from around the world will feel at home in Newport’s rich boating culture. From daily regattas in the summer to historic boating events, there is always a reason to get on the water. Unlike many harbors, Newport Beach offers first-class sailing inside its waterways. Hoist the sails and get into the action immediately as you tack and jibe up and down the harbor. If you want to take your skills to the next level, point your compass to Santa Catalina Island! This ~30 nautical mile journey is filled with breathtaking views and sea life. Pick up a mooring ball or simply drop an anchor along the coast. Catalina Island is the ultimate destination for sailors looking to get away from it all. 

Catalina Island at Two Harbors

You can find Marina Sailing Newport Beach at 201 E. Coast Hwy located just in front of the Bayside Bridge. Our fleet of sailing yachts is docked in the pristine Bayside Marina offering exclusive parking, and private bathroom/shower access. Even better, our location allows the sailing to begin as soon as you leave the slip. Come and visit us today to see for yourself! 

What They Teach 

Marina Sailing Newport Beach offers the complete ASA curriculum to accommodate sailors of every level. Whether you are just starting out or looking to complete your Celestial Navigation certification, we’ve got you covered. The team at Marina Sailing Newport Beach strives to offer comprehensive instruction by focusing on the needs of each student. We offer custom classes to enhance individual comprehension and mastery over the challenging aspects of sailing. Our mission is to offer safe, fun, and skill-based learning opportunities to all our members. Check out our course list HERE.

Ever wanted to turn your passion for sailing towards a rewarding career? Becoming an ASA-certified instructor is the perfect way to invest in yourself while spreading the satisfaction of sailing. Marina Sailing Newport Beach offers instructor qualification courses (IQC) for every level. ASA board member and IQC instructor Dave Lumian will meticulously walk instructor candidates through the challenging yet rewarding process needed to succeed in this role. To sign up, simply navigate HERE to the ASA IQC page to see when our next available course is. 

Meet Their Instructors 

Marina Sailing Newport Beach is proud to support a wealth of professional instructors who are passionate about teaching. Our instructors provide decades worth of experience to each and every lesson. As licensed US Coast Guard captains, you can count on having a safe and engaging learning experience on the water. All nine of our instructors have not only mastered their craft but are well versed in teaching students at any level. Director of Instruction, Chuck Ullman of the Ullman Sailing Family, offers unparalleled local knowledge and expertise that you can count on. Even more, Marina Sailing’s diverse network of ASA licensed instructors allows us to match our students with the ideal instructor. 

Molly Huddleston, an ASA Instructor, sailing off the coast of Newport Beach, CA

Their Programs

Charter Club: Marina Sailing Newport Beach maintains a fleet of sailing yachts for a bareboat charter. After you’ve finished your ASA certifications, you can skipper our diverse fleet of monohulls and catamarans ranging from 27ft-42ft. Taking your family on a relaxing sail can be the best way to practice and master your newfound skills.  

Racing Clinic: Every summer, we offer racing clinics to members looking for a thrilling afternoon on the water. Students start by learning the rules and basic strategy onshore. Then, cast the lines and hoist the sails as you crew in one of the many regattas throughout Newport Harbor. This unforgettable experience will have you craving more!  

Skippered Charters: Let our Coast Guard captains take over for you. Enjoy the boating experience without the stress.  

Corporate Events: Sailing is a highly effective team bonding experience. Give us a call to organize a corporate event today. 

Club Sails: Each week, we offer day sails to our members at affordable prices. Members will be able to learn from each other while having increased opportunities to practice their skills outside of the lesson environment. 

Marina Sailing – Newport Beachwww.marinasailing.com(949) 548-8900333 Bayside DrNewport BeachCA92660USA
Courses Offered:
101, 103, 104, 105, 106, 110, 114, 118