Did you miss?: Sony Club Day 2: Product Demos & The Del Mar Races!
If you read my day two wrap up, you’d know that yesterday was a long, exciting, action packed day filled with all kinds of fun surprises. By the time we finished up dinner at Kitchen 1540 in Del Mar, I was ready for bed!
Once we arrived back at the hotel, some of the crew headed down to the lobby for a nightcap. Unfortunately, I had to politely decline and get rested up for the final day of the Sony Club event.
The following morning I woke up, tossed some comfy clothes on and made my way down to breakfast. Before we knew it our hour long breakfast time slot had expired and it was time to hop back on the limo bus and head on over to the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina to catch our private charter with Sail Jada Charters.
Knowing that the pace would be a heck of a lot slower than the previous day, everyone seemed to be relaxed and in good spirits. Then again, everyone could have been sleep walking for all I know.
We hopped aboard the Jada, a beautiful sail boat that was built back in 1938. Do the quick math and you’ll realize that this old boat has been around for 75 years! Pretty impressive, right?
Unfortunately, there weren’t enough winds to whisk us off to sea but the captain raised the sail anyway. We can still pretend that we’re actually sailing, right?.
The engines started at a touch of a button and before we knew it we cruising through the marina on our way to explore the bay of San Diego in style.
Over the course of the next two hours or so, we got a chance to see the Star of India, the U.S.S Midway, the Coronado Bridge, a few active navy vessels and the picturesque skyline of San Diego in the distance.
Fun Fact: Did you know that the U.S. Navy use specially trained sea lions as underwater guard dogs to capture enemy divers? I know, this sounds crazy but if you were to swim under that fence in the photo above, a sea lion (with a shackle in it’s mouth) would be released and would find you in a matter of minutes. Instead of ripping you to pieces, it would simply clamp down on you with a shackle and drag you back to the ship. Is that not the most insane thing you’ve ever heard of?
Everyone on the boat thought the captain was joking when he told us this story. I’ve heard of the Navy using sea lions and dolphins to clear underwater mines and explosives, but to capture enemies? I was totally mind blown. Some of our crew started Googling to see if the rumor was true and it turns out, it is! Don’t believe me? Take a look at this article in Popular Mechanics.
What I find most interesting is that this is actually public knowledge. Just imagine the things that we don’t know about.
I love the silhouette of the navy ship in the background of this photo above!
One final group shot of the entire Sony Club crew (including some of the Sony staff)
While we were happy to spend our last morning sailing the bay of San Diego, it was sort of sad knowing that many of the crew would be departing later on that afternoon. We hopped back on the bus and made our way back to the W for a short lunch and said our goodbyes to all of those who were heading back home.
It was the end of the Sony Club event but not the end of the actual partnership. We will be a part of the Sony Club for the next 9 months and we’re hoping to all meet again at a future event. If not, I’m sure we’ll all cross paths again at some point down the line.
“It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later…”
Disclaimer: I am currently a member of the Sony Club influencer program, an exclusive group of bloggers from several different niches chosen to test and review the latest and greatest gear from Sony Electronics. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.