You will need to sit it out and wait for a good weather
window to start off. Usually in Neah Bay -- good anchorage and marina. I don't feel you need to make the decision to go way out or harbor hop at the start. Going way offshore
buys you very little. The weather isn't better, in general. Watch the weather buoys off of Cape Mendicino and the ones off shore - like 30 mile, 600 miles, etc. You will generally see that when it is stinky around the Cape, it is just as bad or worse 60 miles offshore. I head
out of Cape Flattery and make for a course that is close into Cape Mendicino. Then just see how it goes. If it is really light and we need to motor
, you are close enough in to stop and get fuel
(Newport, Eureka, Crescent City). If we get beat up in S. OR, we can run in and lick our wounds. If Cape Mend looks bad, we can sit it out in Cresent City. Plan on getting a wide range of weather on the way down and at least one good blow.