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Re: Route Planning: Marina Del Rey to Channel Islands

Leave early in the morning (as in O-dark-thirty) and try to keep your speed above 5 kts by motor-sailing when you have to. Head due west (true) until you get just past Pt. Dume (keep at least two or three miles south of Pt. Dume) then WNW, staying just to the east of the shipping lanes, until you get close to the Platform Gail. From Gail head SW to Scorpion Anchorage (going from Gail to Scorpion will keep you more or less perpendicular to the shipping lanes as you cross, limiting your time dodging the big boys). All together, it's about 60 nm, so expect something close to a 12 hour sail. Use the area between Platform Gina and Platform Gail as a sort of decision point. If when you get in that area you can't realistically expect to get to Scorpion before sunset (sunset, not dark), turn toward Channel Islands Harbor and spend the night there. If you get to that decision point and find that you can realistically make it to Prisoners Harbor before sunset (not likely in a boat that size, except in the summer) divert to Prisoners, as it's usually a better anchorage anyway. But, always be prepared (and willing) to high-tail it to Channel Islands Harbor, or Ventura, or back to MDR if that seems to be more prudent.

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