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San Diego to Alameda Eh?
Suggest you tack straight out from bhouy 5 at San Diego Harbor for about 300 miles, clip the outside of san miguel in the channel islands by 100 miles to the west, then turn on the motor, 'cause you have 200 miles of motoring into 15 to 20 foot sea and swell, winds up to 50kts+ on your nose.
Actually, although that's pretty close, there are times which the transition can be made, Forget Fagan, Forget Weather Forcasts, and just plan on a 1 month trip allowing for weather, particularly rounding Pt. Conception. I spent a couple weeks in Coho waiting for weather. And even though the name is Pacific, it isnt the Chesapeake, and it's anything but Pacific.
A good time is later in the year when the Santanas kick in. Watch the charts and when there's a high pressure over the 4 corners, and a low off Arizona, winds will be from the E to South East. This flattens the seas, and gives a good push going north. By the way, look at your charts, the California bight will throw you off.
This leads tho the trivia question, which city is further west. Los Angeles or Carson City Nevada????