It's a wonderful crossing but rather long (70 m). My best advice is to plot for San Diego
buoy 1 to avoid the kelp beds and get lined up in the channel for the run it. It's very tempting to try to "cut the corner" but you're taking your chances with the kelp. Also, if you get too close to shore, there are a lot of crab pot floats to contend with and a lot of fishing
boats. Stay close to the outside of the channel since a lot of commercial
traffic comes flying through there (subs, aircraft carriers and car haulers). Watch the south side of the channel to stay off the rocks coming in. Besides the submerged jetty there are some rocks marked with day markers a little farther in about where the bay makes a bend. If you are heading for the custom's dock
or the municipal docks, watch the day marker across from NOAA (and the seal pens). It gets shallow between the marker and the shore.
It's going to probably be more than an overnight passage
. Be ready for fog
this time of year too.
On the otherhand, it's a great trip from that direction. Generally the winds will be favorable. (San Diego to Avalon
is a different story...)
John & Jan
SV Santa Teresa