I lived on the Oregon
coast for more than 30 years. Surfing/sailing/fishing etc.
Just a few thoughts. The NW winds that prevail in the summer are a result of inland warming up and the cold water/air rushing in to replace it. It gets packed up against headlands and valleys where it can really get hooting. It is a cold miserable wind, with a lot of windchop on to of any swell you may have to go along with it. It can be the worst part of a round world passage
for folks from BC and Seattle
There is very few anchorages
along the way and all of them are open to the sea that make them roll and uncomfortable. Not recommended.
Choosing the harbor hopping option looks like a good idea, the problem is, you are stuck in the narrow envelope of blustery NW winds. The harbors are ALL river bars. I hate river bars. I fish
the Bearing Sea and I prefer here over this coast for that reason. Do not...DO NOT attempt a bar on the ebb. At worst it will expose you to a long time on getting across the bar, at worst it will stack up breakers where non existed just an hour ago. If your boat wallows at all on swells it is going to be a real lousy feeling to be stuck on the ebb with your boat wallowing on the swells and only making a knot
or two fwd. Just don't do it.
July Aug. and Sept. you can go offshore a ways and find warm water
. I never seen any sailing books
talk about this. Ask the fishermen how far out the tuna guys are going. There are years where small outboard
powered boats are going out 10 miles to get Albacore. If you go out to "blue water" it will be 68 or 70 degrees water
. All of the sudden you loose the blustery NW wind. Remember the NW wind is from cold air/water rushing in to fill the heat inland. You loose the system that is hammering the coast. Get a hook in the water. Canning tuna is easy and a great way to travel south. If you are in Neah Bay, talk to the trollers, they will be fishing
salmon, but thinking about tuna. They will know where the blue water is. Check a satellite
pic for the same. Get away from the cold water. If you get a southerly, the warm water will move back inshore overnight. You will not have the big NW for a while after that. Typical NW will blow for 3 or 4 days then back off. But I was stuck in Shelter cove on the hook for 7 days and nights it blew a gale NW....just would not let up.
I harbor hopped a 37' Trimaran
with a 10 HP outboard
from SF to Astoria Oregon
years ago. It was miserable. I would never try it again. But you gotta get offshore to get away from the NW system that dominates near shore. The rule
is the farther south you go, the harder the NW wind blows. I have see Cape Blanco or Cape Mendicino look as bad as any blow in the Bearing Sea....it gets worse going south because the inland temp is higher. The NW wind causes the upwelling by blowing the surface water away and the nutrient rich cold water hangs on the coast and the system self perpetuates.
Careful with sailing directions. These same winds were perfect for large lumber
sailer's. They could handle 30 to 40 kts. with all kinds of reserve. It sucks on a boat with the cockpit
close the water and a rock and roll ride.