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08-01-2011 05:48 AM
kunkun238_hn
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Originally Posted by Shadrak View Post
Where are the Southern California sailors in this forum? I know other bodies of water are considered more "classic" in the US, but there is still much fun to be had down here!

I'm still a beginner, so my first ambitious destination is Catalina Island, about 8-9 hours from my port, Marina Del Rey. I've been to Catalina with the ferry once, and found the island so charming that I've made the resolution to return there on my own.

Anyone been there? What are your other favorite destinations in SoCal? I hear the Channel Islands are also nice, but I've never been...
Using units incorrectly really winds me up. A knot is a nautical mile per hour. You can't be 30 knots away from anything; that's like saying something is 50 miles per hour away. It's nonsense.
06-29-2009 03:14 PM
OldColumbia That's the way to do it.
I had an instructor in one of my first USCGAux classes ( I think it was BSS) who would regularly single hand his Venture 21 to the Boy Scout Camp on Catalina from Long Beach. He always was an "outdoorsy" guy who wasn't uncomfortable in spartan surroundings.
It's usually better with a crew member, just in case.
06-29-2009 03:03 PM
casioqv I sailed from Long Beach to Two Harbors (Catalina Island Isthmus) and back last weekend and it was amazing! An experienced racer let me crew with him on his Catalina 25 for the cruise, and now I feel more confident about taking my own 22 out there.
06-15-2009 06:03 PM
windward54 And don't let being a first timer to Two Harbors scare you off. It is a great sail/motor over and the Harbor Patrol is great and helpful. They will walk you through the steps for tying up and will make sure you are secure. During the summer, it can get busy over on Saturday. But lately, it has not been that crowded as long as they don't have an event going on.

Harbor Patrol monitors channel 9, and just let them know you may need a little help with the mooring. They'll take care of you!
06-15-2009 05:36 PM
OldColumbia Dear Jiffy,

You're absolutely right except that for those seeking amenities they didn't bring with them, the islands can be very sparse.
06-15-2009 05:20 PM
JiffyLube The only thing not good about the Channel Islands, is there are not enough of them.
06-15-2009 02:10 PM
casioqv
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Originally Posted by Shadrak View Post
Where are the Southern California sailors in this forum? I know other bodies of water are considered more "classic" in the US, but there is still much fun to be had down here!

I'm still a beginner, so my first ambitious destination is Catalina Island, about 8-9 hours from my port, Marina Del Rey. I've been to Catalina with the ferry once, and found the island so charming that I've made the resolution to return there on my own.

Anyone been there? What are your other favorite destinations in SoCal? I hear the Channel Islands are also nice, but I've never been...
Hey Shadrak! I'm in Riverside, and am also just learning to sail. My eventual goal is to reach Catalina Island also- on my 1974 Catalina 22.
05-19-2009 05:57 PM
Shadrak Thanks everybody for your reply. See, I knew you were out there, I guess we're just outnumbered by those East-Coasters and Pacific-Northwesters!

Catalina is still a little far off on the horizon (literally and figuratively!), but I appreciate all the tips, it gives me stuff to start thinking about.
05-19-2009 02:34 AM
bobmcgov You can't "reserve a mooring" on Catalina Island. They are privately owned but, if unoccupied, rented out on a first-come, as-available basis. If the owner or a sublet of your mooring radios in they are on their way, you will be kicked off your (their) mooring -- possibly reassigned another (bumping someone else via some arcane seniority formula), possibly told to Go Fish. During the summer, expect the major moorings at Avalon and Isthmus to be full nearly every night. Sometimes you will be sent to Emerald Cove or one of the smaller mooring fields or anchorages; these may be lumpy.

I highly recommend Cast Off for Catalina, a slightly cheesy but quite informative DVD that covers the protocols of boating to and at the Island, along with a widdershins circumnav, visiting each harbor or anchorage in turn.

It's our goal this summer, also. Hope to spend five days there, maybe even do the loop. The other (northern) Channel Islands are rather more severe: no services, strictly limited access, rugged coasts with few harbors, and much rougher weather and currents. We decided Santa Catalina will provide sufficient challenge for our first Big Water experience.
05-19-2009 12:27 AM
n0w0rries The island drops off very fast. So be sure you have plenty of rode in case you end up anchoring (moorings fill up fast on summer weekends)
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