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Family Sailing in Dana Point Harbor

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One of my favorite things to do as a child growing up in Orange County was to sail my sabot. Growing up just steps away from the water in Newport Beach, my parents got me sailing lessons at a very young age. Once I learned how to sail, my parents couldn’t keep me off the water. I spent every warm day out on the water sailing my hot pink sabot around Newport Harbor.

I always thought that when I grew up and had children of my own that I would teach them all to sail, but life happens, and I never got around to teaching any of my children how to sail. I have taken them out sailing a couple of times when in the Turks and Caicos and Jamaica, but none of them really seemed to feel the love that I have for the sport.

When planning a family staycation at the DoubleTree Suites in Doheny Beach, I was trying to find some fun and unique things for our family to do when staying in the area. When making our reservations for the resort, the staff had made the suggestion of taking sailing lessons in Dana Point Harbor, and I loved the suggestion.

I made reservations to have a one-hour family lesson with Westwind Sailing. We woke up on a Saturday morning, had breakfast in bed, went for a walk over to Doheny Beach to see the butterfly garden, and then got ready to go for our sailing lessons.

We arrived at the harbor and were lucky enough to score a great parking spot. We walked down the dock to find a plethora of boats and a friendly staff waiting to take us out on the water for a lesson.

Since the boats are not very large, they divided our family into two groups which made for a good friendly competition of who could sail the fastest. The staff took their time to teach my kids all the names of the items in the boat, and within thirty minutes, my kids were sailing. For the first time, I watched my children fall in love with sailing just as much as I did.

The hour flew by quickly, and my kids didn’t want it to end. They enjoyed the experience so much that my two younger kids asked if I could sign them up for summer sailing lessons – I was so happy!

If you are looking for something fun and unique to do with your children in Orange County, plan a family day out sailing around Dana Point Harbor. Westwind Sailing offers private lessons and summer camps. Once your kids experience sailing with instructors who make sailing fun, your kids will want to continue to learn more about the fun and thrilling sport!

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