Dock Talk

18th
Mar '17

Santa Barbara Local Seafood

Post by Kim Selkoe, Executive Director of Commercial Fisherman of Santa Barbara What would Santa Barbara be without our vibrant harbor? Our working waterfront is one more way that Santa Barbara amazingly pulls off a timeless authenticity that is matched by few American coastal cities. You may not realize that our small but mighty fishing… Keep Reading

4th
Mar '17

Whale Watching Seasons is Here!

It’s that time of year again where Santa Barbara welcomes one of its largest visitors. From November to December Gray Whales leave the Bering Sea to head down to the warm lagoons of Mexico where they will have their calves and then return north to feed. This 8,000-mile round trip is one of the longest migrations of… Keep Reading

10th
Feb '17

Q & A With Captain Liz Clark

  Liz Clark’s dream of sailing around the world started at a young age. Growing up, she spent her time sailing & surfing Santa Barbara’s big blue backyard. In 2006, she set sail from Santa Barbara aboard her 40-foot boat, Swell. Before her voyage began she spent much of her time in the Santa Barbara Harbor preparing… Keep Reading

30th
Jan '17

Heavy Weather Sailing

Top 5 Rules for Heavy Weather Sailing in Santa Barbara When in Doubt, Let it Out! Heeling too much or slipping sideways in light air? Try letting the mainsheet and jib sheets out. Use the Boom Vang Too much heeling or weather helm? Flatten the sail (take the shape out of it) by hardening up… Keep Reading

6th
Jan '17

Sneak Peek- Going Green

We became Green Business Certified in Spring 2016 and we are excited to share all of our achievements with you! The Green Business Certification requires that you work to “Prevent Pollution, Conserve Natural Resources, and Exceed Environmental Regulatory Requirements.” We encourage businesses and individuals to incorporate these changes too and invite you to treat this sneak… Keep Reading

16th
Dec '16

Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year! Have you checked everyone off your Christmas list yet? If you are looking for a little extra Holiday inspiration, we have got you covered. Here are our top 5 favorite nautical gifts to give this season: Gift Certificate for the friend that wants to do it all Sailing Lessons for the… Keep Reading

6th
Nov '16

Set Sail to San Miguel Island

San Miguel Island, a U.S. Navy owned island operated by the National Park Service is the windward and westward most island in our 8 Channel Islands archipelago. The island gets battered by open ocean swells and relentless westerly winds most days of the year. I have voyaged to San Miguel many times during my sailing… Keep Reading

4th
Nov '16

Setting Sails for the First Time

Setting sails for the first time.  You are told to sit in the captain’s seat and hold the tiller.  You immediately feel the power of command for the ship.  I was four years old and most of my childhood memories at that stage of my life are a blur.  But the day I was told,… Keep Reading

4th
Nov '16

Safety at Sea with Captain Carson

If one was to ask me why I love my job, I would say it is because I love to share the sport of sailing and empowering people to get out and sail on the beautiful Pacific Ocean. As we start to approach the winter season I would like to remind all of our sailors… Keep Reading

4th
Nov '16

At the Market with Channel Islands Provisioners

Persimmons, Pomegranate and Pork oh my! I love the changes that each season brings us. Ok, we live in southern California, so no fall colors, no brisk chill in the air, but the market still reflects the change. Currently both pomegranates and persimmons are making their appearance and both of these beautiful fruits shout Autumn!… Keep Reading