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Re: Where to go for winter sailing? Florida or California?
Coming from California, originally San Francisco and later Newport Beach, but now having lived in southwest Florida for 25 years or so, in my view there is no comparison and particularly in the winter months. In SoCal we had few places to cruise to save Catalina and the Channel Islands and, frankly, one can only do so many trips to Two Harbors or Cat Harbor before the charm wears off. Moreover, the ocean is very cold at all times of year in California so swimming, absent a wet-suit, isn't very enjoyable and, virtually wherever one chooses to go, it is crowded. Avalon is packed like a Sardine Can most weekends with boats less than 10 feet apart often times. For cruising the SF Bay area is somewhat better but colder than shadoodle most of the year unless one gets up to Suisun Bay where the water is a thin as is that in SW Florida but still freezing cold most of the year.
To each his/her own but, if it were my choice, the southwest coast of Florida would fit the bill nicely.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."