Since time immemorial man has always been attracted to the ocean. The blue of the waves reflecting
beautiful sunsets or romantic sunrises has always sparked in us that warm, tranquil feeling of
reconnecting with our true selves and Nature herself.
America’s finest, San Diego has been blessed with beautiful weather all year long. Its 70 miles of
coastline stretching from San Onofre State Beach to the picturesque small surf towns of Cardiff-by-the-
Sea and Del Mar, around Point Loma all the way down to Mexico. There are many peaceful places
throughout the state of California, but none so close to our hearts as San Diego. The waves, perfect
weather and beautiful, friendly people all contribute to a sailing experience like nowhere on Earth.
The ocean not only brings calm and serenity to the heart and mind, but also brings many benefits to the
body. Research proved the sea really does have a restorative effect on both body and mind and that the
salt and potassium concentrations in contains encourage healing.
Mind and Spirit Benefits of Sailing
“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in
addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we
all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the
exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in
our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea –
whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.” John F. Kennedy
Kennedy was right, no matter how old you are or how your life has shaped you along your journey,
reconnecting with the sea will always feel like something true and pure. It is the place where we all need to
be even if is for a short vacation getaway to San Diego. Benefits of sailing along the San Diegan coastline are
many and among them we can count:
- Sailing decreases your levels of anxiety
- Improves emotional states
- Improves communication skills
Camaraderie among sailors and seafarers is well known. The sea is the only place where, we believe,
people can truly connect and form a special bond that can never be broken.
Body Benefits of Sailing
The ancients knew about all the healing and beautifying properties of seawater and both Ancient Greek
and Roman civilizations took advantage of these benefits. In more recent times, in the 1920’s saltwater
was used in injections to treat various diseases in children and skin infections. Combined with physical
activity of sailing which brings oxygen to the blood, boosting your whole system and breathing the salty
air which cleanses the lungs, seawater is a true fountain of youth. Sailing makes a great back and
shoulders workout as the many activities involve, like pulling and hoisting of sails to maneuver a boat or a yacht, adds to your muscle strength. Vitamin SEA and also healthy negative ions found in sea air accelerate our ability to absorb oxygen. Serotonin, a body chemical linked with mood and stress is
balanced by the negative ions. This is why after sailing adventures we feel more alert, relaxed, and
energized. Research was also conducted to show that the sound of the ocean also has curative
properties and this is because the sound of waves alters wave patterns in the brain lulling you into a
deeply relaxed state. Relaxing in this way can help rejuvenate the mind and body.
Other benefits of sailing and seawater include:
- Moisturizing the skin and keeping it more elastic
- Improves cardiovascular health through physical activity
- Increases stamina
- Improves fitness levels
There is nothing that can make us feel more alive than the gentle breeze in our face, the salty cooling
spray of the waves and the sailing boat moving forward through calm waters into a primordial sunset.
Experienced sailor or first time on the water, a San Diego Sailing Tour will make you fall in love with the
ocean and set you free in ways only the ocean can.
About the author: Julio Sanchez is the owner at Cardiff Vacations, a luxury rentals company in Cardiff-