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Re: SF Bay to San Diego in Dec 2013
I've done this a few times but never in December, last trip was a couple years ago in late August and it was REALLY cold at night. Multiple layers under full foulies at night, it's so damp it might as well be raining when it hits the dew point.
Point Conception, what a bitch, it's kicked my butt more than once. The general myth is of a 3 day weather cycle, it's supposed to be nice for 3 days then blow for 2-3. Last trip I came out of Morro Bay about noon and had nice 10 knot wind approaching the upper end. The forecast was for 5-15 knots and 5 ft seas overnight, hit Pt. Arguelos and the wind went over 25 knots like someone hit the ON button. Ended up being a full gale 40-45 knots with 12-14 foot seas, happily you are going downwind anyway so running for your life is in the right direction.
Takes me about a week because I like to stop over somewhere for a night or 2 usually, a delivery skipper I know made it in 4 days once in a 45' boat. Of course he was pretty much riding the tail end of a storm all the way.
Nowdays when asked about this route my first question is "What boat? And how much faith do you have in it?".
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Last edited by capttb; 11-28-2013 at 03:46 PM.