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On what boat? With what experience?
I did a trip from Victoria to Eureka Calif in July one year - after having been sailing for about 3 years. As it turned out I was one of the most experienced aboard - scary thought, that.
It was not a great trip, frought with mechanical problems, unscheduled stops (and no charts), misguided navigational techiques (this was pre GPS). We did the inshore route, far too close to the beach in retrospect. Got off the boat in Humboldt Bay after lying ahull in a pretty good blow off Cape St Georges.
The owners, one a deep sea engineer, the other a non sailor, were ill prepared (as was I) despite their having built the boat and lived aboard it for nearly a decade. I believe the offshore plan fell apart shortly after that (this had been meant to be a delivery south for an extended cruise)
We were never in danger, but not knowing precisely where we were was disconcerting to say the least. Being too close to shore was uncomfortable in the dark (esp without a good fix) I learned from this that I really prefer being able to get off the boat once a day, and sleep peacefully at night.
The other lesson I took from this was to absolutely satisfy yourself as to the qualifications and experience of those you are planning to isolate yourself with on a tiny floating platform for an undetermined period of time.
The trip down will be easier than the one back, it will be surprisingly cool at sea - although August should be better than early July was.
Want some easy deep water/waves experience? Head for the Caribbean - the water's warm, the winds reliable and you can almost always anchor for the night! Not to mention the cultural jewels you'll visit along the way.