Originally Posted by Hud3
I'm not sure I understand what "hammered" means in this situation. The winds are from the NW, right? That would put them on the starboard quarter for a boat headed south. Sounds like a good ride to me, with the wind
behind the beam, not something to be avoided. "Hammered" would be beating into
The corresponding situation on the East Coast
would be riding a front from the Chesapeake Bay
down to the Tradewinds. 40-45 knots on the port quarter, with a scrap of genoa
out in 24' swells means you're doing hull speed
or better and having a ball!
I've never sailed the Pacific coast, and so would appreciate someone clearing this up for me.
Well, I did the trip from San Diego
to Cabo when we had 32+ Kt winds and 15-20 seas with short periods for a bit more than three days. Yes, the wind
and sea were off our stern quarter, but I found it more than a bit wearing. My crew and I had to sleep on the saloon
floor because we were getting pitched over the lee cloths in the berths from falling down the fronts of some of the waves--I would have invited any helmsman to steer diagonally down a wavefront in the dark when all you can see is the lightning
phosphorescence of the waves breaking and when they are so close together. I was really happy to get to Cedros Island to get a little relief. I have sailed from Panama
and have been here on the East Coast
for a couple years. All I have seen here is godawful storms where everyone finds a harbor or that 4-12 foot chop that is equally uncomfortable upwind or down. The prevailing winds make most harbors upwind.
If the Baja
Ha Ha folks are getting 40 knots and the seas that go with them, I extend my sympathy. There is virtually no place to hide for 800 miles as there are few easy harbors (Turtle Bay and Mag Bay can be iffy in some conditions), few islands to get behind for relief and everything is a lee shore. Frankly it was the one of the most rugged passages in my 35 years of sailing. More wearing than scary. Although I have bashed North over the same route
on deliveries in my younger days, I do not believe any sane person would do it in those conditions.