I did the route out to Hawaii
, then over the high to Santa Cruz
. I would definitely consider Hawaii
again if I wanted to go north of San Francisco
. I've also done the bash, and would do it again if I was only headed to SoCal.
The leg to Hawaii ends up with a broad reach, then you close reach over the high and broad reach back to the coast. Winds were typically 15-20 in the trades, but got up to 20-25 occasionally.
HOWEVER, there is an area about 300 miles west and southwest of SFO which is prone to gales which can last for days, even in the summer. If you go, you need to have offshore WX forecasts and bail out back to the coast before they hit. I know a singlehander who abandoned his boat there. He had won the singlehanded transpac several times, and taken his boat to Alaska
and New Zealand
, so he was not a novice
If it was winter, I'd do the bash, jumping on the southerlies and hiding out during the strong NW winds which follow.
season off Baja starts earlier than in the Atlantic--another good reason to have offshore weather