Depending on exactly where the Santa Ana winds are come from Catalina (Cat) Harbor can be exactly where you DON'T want to go. The Santa Anas often get funneled by the hills around the isthmus and blow like $%!*&!! snot through Cat Harbor. When that happens some of the smaller anchorages on the SW side of the island are much safer. But it's all very specific to the conditions at that particular time. Best thing is to avoid sailing out to the islands if strong Santa Ana conditions are predicted, and make sure you have a working VHF to call around for advice if you do get caught in nasty conditions.Yes, there are anchorages every where at the Island front side and back . I said that the Island Is nice in Oct . and it is , however one should keep in mind of heavy winds that will blow in Oct. (usually)late Oct. They are called the Santa Ana's they create a nasty lee shore on the front side of the Island . If they start up and there is snow on the mainland mountains, take care, get out to sea, or run for the back side ( Cat Harbor) ASAP.
True enough I'm sure . Little harbor would be good and that is just east of Cat. but then you would be anchored . At least if you ran to Cat. you could double up on moorings to ride it out, and I'm not sure but I think you would not get as big a swell . Mr. Tain , you sound like you have done it before (gone to the Island) I, and I think the others would like to hear about it . Either here or here http://www.sailnet.com/forums/us-west-coast/ Please .Depending on exactly where the Santa Ana winds are come from Catalina (Cat) Harbor can be exactly where you DON'T want to go. The Santa Anas often get funneled by the hills around the isthmus and blow like $%!*&!! snot through Cat Harbor. When that happens some of the smaller anchorages on the SE side of the island are much safer. But it's all very specific to the conditions at that particular time. Best thing is to avoid sailing out to the islands if strong Santa Ana conditions are predicted, and make sure you have a working VHF to call around for advice if you do get caught in nasty conditions.
From the breakwater at Del Rey to the mooring field at Two Harbors is only 31 miles. Generally, winds through Catalina Chanel are northwesterly, paralleling the shoreline, but curve inward, toward the beach, nearer shore save at Palos Verdes where a "bubble" of dead air commonly forms. Getting off-shore early on will generally give you an easy reach on Starboard over with winds building through the day. Kind of a "no brainer" getting there. Getting back, however, can be something of a trial as it is usually a beat into the prevailing wind/current. Some find it easier to reach over to the coast at Palos Verdes and then motor-sail north along the shoreline.Hello all,
Not done much ocean sailing. BVI and San Juans.
How difficult is the trip from Marina Del Rey to Catalina and back? Thinking of doing this trip this September.
Regardless the perception of a "Commercial Plug", I second the BoatUS Gold Plan (unlimited towing) suggestion. I/We have but, thankfully, have never needed it but several of our friends over the years have and were very glad to have had the coverage....
Anyway come on over and enjoy, just make sure you got your BoatUS unlimited towing card -sorry for the plug but that's how I make my mooring fees and just so you know the Lobster Trap in Avalon has the best food on the island -another plug.
How long did it take you from Dana ? And what was the cruise like ?It's an easy trip. Check the weather and go.
Picking up the mooring is the toughest part.
I just got back from a 5 day trip. Dana Point -> Avalon -> Two Harbors -> Dana point. Missed the massive swell by a day, but it was still a bit rolly in two harbors. From MDR it's an easier trip than from Dana Point - shorter and typically better wind direction.
Buffalo milk is a must, and the Lobster Trap is indeed good.
Mid to late Oct. is the best as the weather is starting to get cold and that weeds out a lot of boaters. I might be in for a trip over in Oct. Let Me Know.Not difficult at all . I've never done it from Del Rey. I'm down in Long Beach . It can get quite windy late after noon . If you are looking for a rough ride start around lunch time . It will take 5+ hrs. Here is how we do it, we start around 9 AM If we go to Avalon we can almost every time sail . If we go to the Isthmus It's always a motor sail witch ain't all that bad . For the first time I would suggest the latter as it is easier to pic up the mooring . Good luck , have fun ! Mount Ada cam is Avalon, Two harbors cam is the Isthmus
Mount Ada Cam | Visit Catalina Island Also there is a lot of info in the destinations area of this great website .
Here is destinations US West Coast - SailNet Community
PS I'd say lets buddy boat over but the MS. threw her back out , so if we do make it over this yr. it will probably be in October . Actually Oct. is a nice time of year For the Island .