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Going to Catalina in Gale???

OK, planning on heading over to Catalina for a few days....I have a fairly experienced crew, and a guy who has decades of sailing experience going with me....Have been planning a trip to Catalina...26 miles and at some point its forecast for 20 mph winds and 6 ft waves with a 7 second interval. I have a 125 heavy jib on the boat that I can reef as well. I plan on putting a reef in the main. Any thoughts or ideas on what else to do for prep?
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Re: Going to Catalina in Gale???

Don't go close hauled.
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Re: Going to Catalina in Gale???

Check the wind direction. Avalon harbor can be dangerous during Santa Anas. Tuesday and Wednesdays winds are projected to be strong from the northwest. You should have a hard beat to weather for most of the trip. When are you going?

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Re: Going to Catalina in Gale???

Amputation with a dull spoon is possible, it is just time consuming and messy. Are you really in that big a hurry?
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Re: Going to Catalina in Gale???

It will be a wet bouncy ride, I was out for a day sail last weekend with 25 kts steady with gusts to 40 kts, reefed main and 110 jib and I was way over canvassed. I could of used a second reef and a storm jib and still would of been a workout.
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Re: Going to Catalina in Gale???

Gonna hold off for a day, Wednesday and Thursdays forecast is way better. Current forecast for Tuesday is 30 knots wind and 9ft waves with a 7 second interval. No Thank you.
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Re: Going to Catalina in Gale???

We were planning to sail to Oxnard/Channel Islands Harbor from San Pedro on a much heavier and more capable Tayana 42. Decided to wait until Wednesday. No point in going looking for a gale, less strain on rigging and crew. When you do go have a great trip.


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Re: Going to Catalina in Gale???

Sorry if I blow your cover but I'm pretty sure I saw you out a week or so ago. It was blowing a steady 18 kts and you were doing just fine that I could see, sailing up the harbor.

I'm sure heading to Catalina won't be a problem for you. Though you might want to throw a reef in this time.
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Re: Going to Catalina in Gale???

Good call Newp. I look forward to following your run!
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