Originally Posted by going-home
Looking for info on the offshore routes going north. Will leave from cabo or the Revillagigedo islands.
I've not done that particular run, and have studied the weather data to set up the route
from Cabo San Lucas to Straights of Juan de Fuca.
is to depart Cabo and remain on starboard tack keeping a close reach to the west/southwest, curving northwards as the breeze backs; this would put you on a due north course roughly 1000 miles out (about halfway to Hawaiian Islands). Around 40N expect to run into the Pacific High (at this point you're on the return trip from Hawaii
- something I have done four times now).
You cross the south-eastern lobe of the Pacific High under power at most efficient fuel consumption
, and reach into the Pacific Northwest
on port tack.
You would not want to be sailing into winter storms in the Gulf of Alaska
, and there's no particular reason to depart Mexico
prior to hurricane
season - so you're looking at an early to mid-spring departure from Mexico; you definitely want the Pacific High to be stabilizing up north, and the major storms to be gone.
I came up with roughly a 3500 mile passage
that might take four weeks, and would want 600-800 miles motoring range once into the High. Kind of depends upon how hard you're willing to push the boat, and how well the boat carries speed on a close reach (60 degrees AWA).
What have you worked out?
As a bit of additional information, I've made the run from Southern California
to San Francisco
a couple of times, and brought Beetle up from Cabo in November 2009 (last year) on a straight shot to San Franciso with pit stops at Turtle Bay, San Diego, and Santa Barbara.
I have not done the run northbound from San Francisco
to PNW. My friends that have done that typically push out 600 miles due west from San Francisco (to get out beyond the NW coastal breeze) before heading North.