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post #21 of 23 Old 07-18-2013
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Since point Conception is so nasty and so is the Big Sur coast, what is the flaw in sailing south towards L.A. first, skirting around the Channel Islands and then heading out on a north west tack - staying on that until you can tack over and fetch S.F.?

Must be something wrong with the idea since no-one seems to do it but I don't know what.

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From what I understand, you'd have to go a few hundred miles offshore and still catch the weather right (something about the highs behind the lows or vice versa) and then you'd also need a really sturdy boat. The clipper ships used to do it. Latitude 38 had a news article about this being done recently (in April, I think) on the 82-ft schooner Seaward. They did it in one tack....1,600 miles.
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Re: Sailing up Coast of California

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Since point Conception is so nasty and so is the Big Sur coast, what is the flaw in sailing south towards L.A. first, skirting around the Channel Islands and then heading out on a north west tack - staying on that until you can tack over and fetch S.F.?

Must be something wrong with the idea since no-one seems to do it but I don't know what.

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Isn't the prevailing wind on the Ca coast NW?

"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.

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Re: Sailing up Coast of California

there is a very very good reason this trip is known as the BASH. wind and current are on bow entire way.

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