Like bsfree I too live in Marina Del Rey. It’s a great location with some 5000+ boats, several yacht clubs, two boat yards and several boating supply stores.
The summers are moderate, usually in the 70’s and 80’s during the day with 40% to 70% humidity. Even with these comfortable temperatures the Pacific is cool and it’s not uncommon to find yourself slipping into a jacket once off shore. There is no wind to speak of in the morning until about 1100 when you finally start to feel a breeze. By mid afternoon it can build to between 10 and 20 knots typically out of the NW. This lasts until roughly 1800 or 1900 and then starts to tail off until your sails are hanging and it’s time to start the ol’ iron jib. Temperatures at night can drop to 50’s and 60’s so keep that jacket handy. There usually is little air moving and the skies are clear.
Winters are in the 50’s and 60’s, during the day. It’s also the time of year when we get most of our weather. If it’s clear then the patterns can be much the same as summer. If some weather has moved in the winds can become quite strong, gusting to gale force. When rain finally does manage to fall it usually comes down quite hard but lasts only a day. At night temperatures drop to 30’s and 40’s.
And then there are the Santa Ana’s. During this phenomenon winds are driven from the deserts and valleys through the passes in the mountains where the temperature rises due to compressional heating. They tend to be out of the NE to SE and can become quite strong. Personally I enjoy sailing when the Santa Ana’s are up because the wind is warm and I can stay in my shorts and sandals the entire day while off shore.
Of course this is just a overview of the typical weather in this area. Tomorrow will probably bring something to call me a liar. If you would like more info or help with the area I’d be glad to assist. Please visit my site at http://www.svknighthawk.com
and use the email link there. Happy sailing.