Re: Sailing up Coast of California
My buddy and I are thinking about Sailing up the coast of California, we were wondering how long it would take to sail up the coast from San Diego to the San Francisco Bay?
It all depends. What model and size of boat do you have? Does it have good sails? A strong engine? How experienced are you? What time of year are you considering for this trip? Are you planning on sailing, motor-sailing, motoring, all of the above?
In general, you'll be sailing upwind and into the California current most of the way. North of Point Conception it will probably feel like you're sailing "uphill" most of the time. Also north of Point Conception safe harbors are few and far between, although there are several hidey-holes here and there.
Don't be fooled by the distance; it may be only 500 miles or so, but it could easily take a couple of weeks. Many years ago I helped a friend sail and old Ericson 35-2, with very tired sails and an Atomic 4 that was really an Atomic 2-and-a-half, from LA to SF. We got to Port San Luis in a week. But it then took three tries to get from PSL to SF.
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