Sailing from Newport harbor to Catilina and back in one day is going to make it a very long day and maybe night. You should check on the milage from Newport because as I remember it it is more like 40 miles. typical weather and it will be a beat to weather all the way there. what most do is start early and motor until the wind builds and sail until in the lee of the Island and motor the rest of the way into Avalon. over night it and sail back the next day with the following wind behind you. if you get a south wind on the way back it will be up wind all the way back. going the first time with someone who has been there is a good idea. if it makes your wife feel better about going it is a very good idea. you don't want to scare her on the first trip. maybe start off by going up the coast to Alamitos bay and back in a day and see how that goes first. sail down to Dana Point and have lunch with us at the club and sail back it is about 3 hours each way. I think you will find that even that shorter trip will take the best of the day.
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Last edited by overbored; 12-08-2011 at 02:59 AM.