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Old 10-05-2014, 22:38   #1
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California coast Weather Forecasts

Hi everyone,

So I am a getting closer to my tentative date of May 30th to bring my boat down to SD from SF. Even though I have about 3 weeks to go, the weather around here is making me nervous. i.e. Santa Anas in May?? Anyways, I wanted to see if anyone has suggestions for getting good weather info (other than NWS) and extended coastal and offshore forecasts for the bay area, central and southern california. Thanks! -- Phil
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Re: California coast weather forecasts

Phil,

All I ever use is NOAA for surface charts, 500 mb charts and forecasts. Very accurate 1-2 days out and pretty darn good for 3-5 days as well. Remember, you can harbor hop all the way to SD if necessary. I sometimes look at Passageweather.com for the pretty, color-coded GRIBS. We have been getting a lot of Santa Anas, but again, you can see them coming for at least a day or 2. Plenty of time to take appropriate action.
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Re: California coast weather forecasts

Mike's right. Don't sweat it.

Right now the high is building over N California, and the winds are very heavy all over. But this happens on a regular basis, so should be no surprise. Have you read Kimball Livingston's Sailing The Bay? Or Harold Gilliam's wonderful Weather of The Bay Area? They explain everything you need to know - the how and why.

It will calm down later in the week. I'm sailing to Monterey late next week, should be fine.

Don't sail on a schedule. Don't sail with a mainsail up around Pt. Conception unless you need to motor, then having a steadying sail up makes sense. Jib only downwind is so much safer and a more comfortable ride. For the past 20 years, whenever I've crossed The Slot from Pt. Blount back to Alameda, we drop the main and have a really nice, easy ride. Same idea.

By the time you get south, the Santa Anas will be over for this year.

Don;t worry about the weather, you can't do a damned thing about it. Wanna worry: worry about your boat, fix everything and go.

Have a great time, safe journey.
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Re: California coast weather forecasts

Thanks Mike and Stu!
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Phil,

All I ever use is NOAA for surface charts, 500 mb charts and forecasts. Very accurate 1-2 days out and pretty darn good for 3-5 days as well. Remember, you can harbor hop all the way to SD if necessary. I sometimes look at Passageweather.com for the pretty, color-coded GRIBS. We have been getting a lot of Santa Anas, but again, you can see them coming for at least a day or 2. Plenty of time to take appropriate action.
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Mike's right. Don't sweat it.

Right now the high is building over N California, and the winds are very heavy all over. But this happens on a regular basis, so should be no surprise. Have you read Kimball Livingston's Sailing The Bay? Or Harold Gilliam's wonderful Weather of The Bay Area? They explain everything you need to know - the how and why.

It will calm down later in the week. I'm sailing to Monterey late next week, should be fine.

Don't sail on a schedule. Don't sail with a mainsail up around Pt. Conception unless you need to motor, then having a steadying sail up makes sense. Jib only downwind is so much safer and a more comfortable ride. For the past 20 years, whenever I've crossed The Slot from Pt. Blount back to Alameda, we drop the main and have a really nice, easy ride. Same idea.

By the time you get south, the Santa Anas will be over for this year.

Don;t worry about the weather, you can't do a damned thing about it. Wanna worry: worry about your boat, fix everything and go.

Have a great time, safe journey.
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