Re: Motoring while sailing ????
We have a Newport 30 in San Diego Bay. The truth is that if you are planning to sail North on the California Coast, you will be nose to the wind and against current. From San Diego, we frequently motor or motor sail during the night (seas are calm) and leave around dinner time. Then, arrive in Catalina in the morning (mooring balls are "first come-first served").
Your new partner is right. The return sail during daytime is great with current and wind behind you or at beam. Incidentally, be careful if you are new to the waters here because the conditions between the Channel Islands and West Coast can be very challenging. Be alert and you will have a great time.