SailNet Community - Reply to Topic
Thread: South (and back) from Vancouver Reply to Thread
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below

  Topic Review (Newest First)
02-13-2008 01:29 PM
Originally Posted by Dichromatica View Post
And YOU CharlieCobra,...You, you, Piggybacker of Irrelevancy, you.
Nice 2nd post Mate. Enjoy your trip.
02-13-2008 12:12 PM
Lion35 I thought I was bad at forum edicate? I took the trip down from Sequim to SF about ten years ago in a 46 racer/cruiser.
1) We left in early August
2) Took our time
3) SF
4) About 2 weeks (it was ten years ago and my memory isn't great), but we made a few stops:

Port hopped up the straight: Port Angeles, Neah Bay (dry town bring beer)
Next stop was Newport OR, highly recommended because of relatively nice entrance, Humboldt (can't remember the actual harbor name) not recommended, should have stayed out and kept going.

5) Neah Bay is a dry town
6) Yes
7) Would have stopped in Newport and then moved on straight to SF. Would have posted an extra watch when transversing the shipping lanes off of Portland. Would not have fished (caught a bird, no fish). Would have a functioning auto pilot or vane (we hand steered)

taken the trip down from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbabra several times: Main lesson is to not underestimate Point Conception and Point Sur. Conditions can change very quickly at both points any time of the year and, just like the PNW coast, you have no where good to hide.

When did you depart? Did you make haste, or take your time?
Did you have a particular destination in mind? How long did it take you to get there?
Surprises? Were you happy with your itinerary? Or do you wish you had done differently?
02-13-2008 11:30 AM
Paul_L Most people leave the PNW mid-August to to mid-Sept. This gets them down to CA before fall storms might start. The trip from PNW to San Fransisco will usually give you a full range of weather -- including a few gale days to test the crew and boat. After SF, they work their way down to San Diego. Leave SD around beginning of Nov to avoid late season hurricanes. Then get lost in Mexico.

Paul L
02-13-2008 10:52 AM
Originally Posted by Dichromatica View Post
When did you depart? Did you make haste, or take your time?
Did you have a particular destination in mind? How long did it take you to get there?
Surprises? Were you happy with your itinerary? Or do you wish you had done differently?

Thanks in advance for taking the time to respond,
I also thought the first couple responses were a bit depressing. I guess if it is not a bad story then there is no story.....

It is also funny how the first threat is to boot you. How much intolerance can we tolerate?

I have sailed south from Victoria twice. Both times in the same boat which was a large classic ketch. The first time was during a Vic-Maui. We left in late June and a great sail. The weather was a little bad for a couple days of the oregon coast but nobody jumped ship and we dried out pretty quickly once we got down near California. We came back from Hawaii the normal way so we were running with the northwesterlies towards Juan de Fuca. The second trip was a couple years later and we only sailed down as far as northern California then turned around and came back. We left in mid July and were back at the end of July. The trip south was fast but comfortable. Once we turned around we had the wind on the nose and beat/motorsailed into it for 6 days to cover what we had done in less than 3 heading south. Coming north was cold and wet but we expected that. The stop in Hot Springs Cove for a soak made it all worthwhile.

If I was to do it again, I would watch the North Pacific high and leave when it was firmly setup (Late July to September) and ride the NW winds all the way about 200 or so miles offshore. Watch out for northbound shipping.
02-13-2008 10:29 AM
camaraderie Dichromatica...nice start here. Keep it up and you will get flushed.
02-13-2008 10:14 AM
jimmyb116 Second post ever and you are already pissing people off, good luck with that. Best go find a new forum as I donít think you will get much help here.
02-13-2008 04:29 AM
TThomsen Here are a couple of sailboat logs that have done or doing the passage that you talk about.

02-13-2008 04:05 AM
Valiente Ooh, we got a fighter!

02-13-2008 12:38 AM
Dichromatica Wow. I guess what I should have said is, "Thanks in advance for taking the time to actually read my post before deciding to respond".

Um, maxcontaz, no. No, I would not be okay with a second hand account. I struggle to find anything in your post that relates to the questions from mine; questions that I bothered to take the time to formulate according to the information I am seeking. I guess if I had posted an enquiry along the lines of, "I am interested in hearing unsubstantiated stories that other people have heard about how all kinds of stuff can go wrong on the Pacific and I would like to hear these stories told from a pedantic yet patronizing perspective which illogically concludes that if someone is asking anything at all, de facto they must be a completely inexperienced and irresponsible person who deserves, and indeed will receive, every malice from the cruel, cruel arms of the sea"...thennnnnn, I guess your reply would fit the bill.

However, considering that you aren't even of the demographic from whom I am seeking firsthand experience, I find it doubly irritating that the water-cooler story you present doesn't even come close to being relevant to the questions I posed:

When did you depart? "the fall" (Ahhh, specific.)
Did you make haste, or take your time? Story makes no mention.
Did you have a particular destination in mind? "Panama Canal" (I can only assume the good 'ole P.C. was not actually their 'destination'.)
How long did it take you to get there? Story makes no mention.
Surprises? Story makes no mention.
Were you happy with your itinerary? Story makes no mention.
Or do you wish you had done differently? Oh, lookee here.. Story makes no mention (One could, I suppose, conclude the answer to this would be a resounding "Yes".)

You do however talk about...let's see...crew selection, seasickness, keels, rigging, sleep deprivation, and jumping ship, all with the happy ending that somebody had "a delightful time" in San Diego but, the real moral of this story being that I need "a few trips around Vancouver Island for practice."
For that.

And YOU CharlieCobra,...You, you, Piggybacker of Irrelevancy, you.

Hey, Jimmyb116, hey, thanks for actually having been somewhere off the North American Pacific Coast, and somewhere south of Vancouver Island, at some point in your life.
02-12-2008 09:52 PM
jimmyb116 As a child 6-8 years old I cruised from Victoria BC Canada to Panama and beyond. My parents were experienced as was the boat, and we had done the outside of Vancouver island several times to the queen Charlot's.
But what I remember most was the Oregon coast, we got hammered for several days off Fort Bragg Mendocino, this in no place to be in bad weather.
There was a US coast Guard cutter that got severely damaged in the same storm. Good luck unfortunately i was to young to give you information but it left a lasting impression.
This thread has more than 10 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome