Originally Posted by chef2sail
My wife and I are headed to Long Beach California next week to spend 6 days in S California, three of which will be n Catalina Island so I can recononiter a little as next year we would like to charter in Long beach and sail San Diego, Catalina and maybe the other Channel Islands in Novemeber.
First- We were lucky to book a ride on the old Dennis Conner Americas Cup Stars and Stripes for a week from Saturday...anyone ever been sailing on her ?
Second what are the reasonable distances for sailing San Diego, Newport, Channel Islands in a day. What are conditions like in Novemeber in that part of S California? Do you have the large NE swells from the winter storms yet which come ashore in N Cali and Orgeon/ Washington or is it realitively normal seas? How do Santa Anna winds affect the ocean sailing in that area.
Pull up Google Earth and look at the distances involved. San Diego to Newport to the Channel Islands is a "purty fur piece" at any time of year (and why would you want to go the Newport anyway? Its a bit of a slog from San Diego up to Catalina at this time of year although, if the Santa Ana's are blowing, it will be a reach and you can zoom around to the back-side and shelter quite comfortably in Cat Harbor. Bring your snuggies!
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."