One more comment on picking the departure date: Unless you're racing
, there isn't much downside to leaving California
earlier then July. Sure, you will have to sail a bit further south before you can make to turn towards Hawaii, but this will only add a day or two to the passage
(and maybe less).
If you leave in early spring you do run the increased risk of seeing a late storm, and the sea conditions will probably be a bit wilder than you would encounter later in the season. With the storms, this is really a matter of watching the weather
and picking your departure accordingly -- an offshore
low-pressure system not only creates sloppy conditions, but will give you southerly winds, and there's no reason to battle a headwind here if you don't have to. If you are leaving from Southern California
this is less of an issue, and if leaving from No. Cal
, in a couple of days you have sailed into calmer waters anyway.
Also, there is no shame in firing up the engine
if you get stalled in the SE ridge of the Pac High. A few hours of light-air motorsailing can make a big difference. If you don't mind burning the fuel
, this is an option. Consider it an opportunity to charge the batteries.