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Los Angeles 2 11.76%
San Diego 4 23.53%
San Francisco 6 35.29%
Seattle 5 29.41%
Ventura 0 0%
Monterey 0 0%
Santa Barbara 0 0%
San Luis Obispo 0 0%
Santa Cruz 0 0%
Other 0 0%
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What is your favorite city to sail on the Western US coast?

What is your favorite city to sail on the Western US coast?
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Re: What is your favorite city to sail on the Western US coast?

San Francisco. Great wind. Access to open ocean. The most scenic US city in the background. Several great bridges. Mountains. Etc
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There is a saying; "If you can sail on SF Bay, you can sail anywhere".
I have really appreciated the sailing education that body of water gave me and have never sailed a more challenging small body of water anywhere, over the 43 years of sailing since I left.

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Re: What is your favorite city to sail on the Western US coast?

I have only sailed in Puget Sound (out of Bellingham), but can there really be any comparison between the PNW and the CA coast in terms of having interesting and endless cruising destinations?
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No, and that's why I'm in the PNW. But for the purposes of a single city to sail in, well, Seattle is beautiful but the wind is too light and the weather too poor so much of the time. California beats the heck out of it in that regard. If you were day sailing an racing, San Francisco is far superior.
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I would suppose if you really enjoy rain/drizzle 300 days a year, lots of current and the likelihood of bashing into logs quite frequently, the PNW would be a great place to sail. It looks fantastic on a chart, lots of nice anchorages and islands galore, but the reality is probably not as nice. From posts on this forum, it seems anchoring can be very trying and many of the more pleasant ones are full to overflowing, though perhaps it's like that everywhere, these days?
My passages through that area have always been very hard work with few moments of relaxed voyaging, but I have not cruised it as such.

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No, and that's why I'm in the PNW. But for the purposes of a single city to sail in, well, Seattle is beautiful but the wind is too light and the weather too poor so much of the time. California beats the heck out of it in that regard. If you were day sailing an racing, San Francisco is far superior.
Haven't you heard, the PNW is the new Northern California! Likely the only upside to Global Warming. The weather this summer up here IS crazy good, little or no rain for months and very decent wind. Regardless, I just bought my wife an expensive pair of Dubarry boots in anticipation of mother nature making us pay in spades this winter for the great summer she gave us.

Logs are big problem, especially in the San Juan's and Canada. Not to mention the ever increasing shrimp pots in early summer and those F'in crab pots in the second half of the summer. I could never ever imagine trying to sail at night here.
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Re: What is your favorite city to sail on the Western US coast?

I'm admittedly biased for San Francisco. It has all the challenges -- big wind, pretty waterfront, gorgeous vistas, iconic structures -- that make sailing there always interesting. I tried that "if you can sail SF Bay, you can sail anywhere" quote on a sailing friend from Alaska and got pooh-poohed. I now notice the same quote has been used when talking about sailing on Lake Michigan and Chesapeake Bay...
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Re: What is your favorite city to sail on the Western US coast?

The big upside in the PNW, San Juan's, & Canadian Gulf islands is the endless number of great anchorages. Hundreds of destinations to plop down throughout this area. And if you get a Nexus card moving between US & Canada is a snap via a simple cell phone call. It is only a 4-6 month sailing season, all dependent on how hearty you are. . We sail 12 months a year although we are very picky on good weather in the winter.
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