Originally Posted by robert sailor
Good write up on the trip back from Hawaii
. Going through the high works for those heading to Southern California
but if your going to northern ports
such as BC your much better off staying on top of the high pressure. The downside is that the lows are tracking there as well so gales are common at any time of the year but unless you have lots of diesel
its about the only sure way to sail home.
Often the Pacific High is so far north that you'd have to take Kodiak Island to starboard to get across the top. Have you been able to sail over the top of the High? That hasn't been possible for me, so far. I also wasn't aware of a lot of 35 knot
gales up in Kodiak in the summer - perhaps that is normal weather
up that far north? I think you may have more experience in that neck of the woods as I have none.
The boats that I know that have sailed up to Vancouver, BC from Hawaii
following the SSS TransPac have sailed into the High along with the rest of us (I was headed to San Francisco) , only they held a more northerly course during the several days of motoring and then popped out of the High on port tack and reached into the Straits of Jaun de Fuca.
I will be departing Cabo San Lucas (south tip of Baja California
, Mexico) in a week, and sailing the big offshore
loop to Vancouver, BC. My intention is to meet the return track about halfway between Hawaii and the mainland, then carry on through the High and into Vancouver.