|Long Beach is a fun place
to sail. With definitely the best and most consistent winds in Southern
California, racers have a good possibility for excitement and the more
casual sailor can test his or her "stuff". There are places
to go within the harbor, down to Alamitos Bay, up to Cabrillo, by the Queen
Mary, to the oil islands and away from the constant ship movement and anchored
barges. If you don't have time to get to Catalina, fool yourself
for a night and anchor off one of the oil islands. With the lights
off and the boat at anchor, you'll sleep like a baby.
Long Beach includes the Port of Long Beach for commercial traffic and
for pleasure craft, the Inner Harbor area (just inside the entrance to
Channels Two and Three), Los Alamitos and Shoreline or the downtown
Marina which is located just east of the commercial port. It is
catty-corner from the Queen Mary across Queensway Bay and is the newest
Long Beach city-operated marina, opening in the early 80s.
The Long Beach
Shoreline (Downtown) Marina opened in 1982 and has 1844 slips for
recreational boaters. They are located between the Queen Mary and the
Long Beach Convention Center, in the heart of downtown Long Beach.
The old "fishbowl" area
under went a transformation due to the
expansion of the mole and the new Long Beach Aquarium across from
Shoreline Village. The Rainbow Harbor / Rainbow Marina is located
next to the Aquarium of the Pacific, and has 87 slips for
commercial and recreational vessels. With a 100-foot long
day dock inside the marina and 250 feet of day guest
mooring outside the entrance to the Harbor most visitors
can be accommodated. Day mooring is first come first
served, with a three (3) hour time limit. Rainbow Harbor
also has 12, 150-foot commercial vessel docks. Shoreline
Village overlooks Rainbow Marina with arcades and
restaurants to please the whole family.