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Santa Cruz, CA to Monterey, CA

Hi folks - We are contemplating a trip this weekend in our recently acquired 30' Catalina from Santa Cruz, CA to Monterey, CA; leaving Saturday morning and returning Sunday afternoon. I'd greatly appreciate any information/suggestions on how long it takes to make this journey, any navigation challenges arriving to Monterey, reserving a slip in Monterey, and anything else folks that have made this trip could share. Thanks and happy sailing!
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Re: Santa Cruz, CA to Monterey, CA

Sea Biscuit. One of my favorite cruises.

Just head 180 degrees from the mile bouy off of Santa Cruz. On your boat it's about a 4+ hour trip (26 NM). I just looked at the NOAA Coastal Forecast. I'll paste it onto the end of this post. So here's the thing, the water in the middle of Monterey Bay is going to be very different than what you'll see near Santa Cruz. Looking at the forecast, it looks like it could be really bumpy out there. I don't know your experience or comfort level, but it sounds cold and wet this weekend. The run down on Saturday could be exciting, and I recommend a pretty heavy reef if you decide to make the trip. Comming home on Sunday is a looong beat into what could be a disturbed sea state. You could consider doing it early in the morning and motoring up hill. Check the forecast as the week goes on to see what they predict for Saturday and Sunday.

Monterey has two harbors: The Municipal Marina (831) 954-7760, and the Breakwater Cove Marina (831) 373-7857. The Municipal dosen't take reservations, the Breakwater does. The Municipal is inside the inner harbor and is very protected, but both are very nice. The two things about Monterey are that 1) It is totally cool there. Lots to do. Good Resturants, Great walking paths, Music, cheesy tourist stuff, wildlife, etc., etc. and 2) the sailing is great. So many places to go and things to do... Stillwater cove for lunch - or overnight - whale watching - greys are there right now - anchoring in the anchorage next to the marina and going for a swim - which will be really cold this weekend! Great place. and don't get me started on Moss Landing. It's also very cool ....

While I've got to be honest and say that the weather is a bit dodgy this weekend, you'll find that Monterey is a great destination from Santa Cruz.

I'll PM you my phone number if you want more specific details...


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Thu. NW winds 15 to 25 kt with gusts up to 35 kt. Wind waves 4 to 7 ft. W swell around 3 ft at 20 seconds. A chance of showers.
Thu Night. NW winds 20 to 30 kt. Wind waves 4 to 7 ft. W swell 3 to 4 ft at 19 seconds. A chance of showers, mainly in the evening.
Fri. NW winds 10 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. W swell around 4 ft at 18 seconds.
Fri Night. N winds 15 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. W swell 4 to 5 ft at 16 seconds.
Sat. NW winds 15 to 25 kt...decreasing to 10 to 20 kt. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. W swell 3 to 4 ft.
Sun NE winds around 5 kt...becoming NW 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 3 to 4 ft.
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Re: Santa Cruz, CA to Monterey, CA

I've only done this trip once. From SF to HMB to SC to Monterey with a friend, then a singlehand back to SF Bay. It was quite nice in June and I had no problem finding a slip in the municipal marine for a week's stay. I can't add anything more to Scotty's post except to say that it was bit freaky to see my depth gauge zero out as I was crossing the trench off Monterey. It was also one of my favorite cruises Just keep an eye on the weather. I hope you have a great time and will let us know afterwards about it.

Oh, my friend decided to buy a condo in Monterey after our trip because she was so smitten with it....
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