Thanks all! It's a 28' Ericson and we have 3 days. We were wondering about the kelp beds, too.
Seeing how we're new to sailing (not to boating) we figured we'd have to (sadly) motor- and hug the coast a bit. We will probably take the opportunity to have a lesson in tacking, but given we have only 3 days, we'll focus on moving rather than playing-- I mean sailing.
How are the currents? And what about passing the navy base, how far out do we need to be?