I would recommend trying to leave no later than September 30. You will be headed in the most comfortable, driest direction. Having made the trip both ways several times, heading south under sail, try and jump off from Port Angeles early am which will put you abeam of Neah Bay in daylight. Light up your radar
because it may well be foggy. Head
out 35 km from Neah Bay if you choose not to stop over night and turn left... should be in San Francisco
in about 4 days if wind
holds. Don't turn too soon because the coast is foul all the way to the Columbia
River entrance. Grey's Harbor north of the Columbia
should only be entered during daylight unless you have local knowledge.
Several spots on the Oregon/northern California
coast to pull in if weather
looks iffy... Newport
, Humbolt Bay, Fort Bragg all of which will require a bar crossing. Call USCG for bar conditions before entering.
Good holding ground north of SF in Drakes Bay, south of SF in Monterey and San Simeon further south... all give good protection from the prevailing northwesterlies.
Turn the corner around Conception and put away your woolies, break out your bikinis and margueritas. Stop in Ventura if you wish or head
directly to Avalon
which should be quieter that time of year.
Then shoot directly to San Diego
in time for the Ha Ha celebration which leaves for Mexico
around Nov 1. Pick up your mexican fishing
licenses in SD and head out either with or before the fleet.
Have your passports, ships papers including Insurance
, USCG doc's, etc, in order before heading to Mexico
. Other than passports, have about 20 copies of the rest of the documents because where you stop in Mexico the Port Captain
and Migration will ask for several copies of them. You need to check in AND check out of the ports
Stops on the way south of San Diego may include Ensenada, a day south of SD, Bahia
Tortuga about 50km past Cedros Island, Bahia
Marguerita (commonly known by gringos as Mag Bay) or just before you hit the Mag Bay entrance Bahia Sant Maria is a great little spot to anchor
, explore and hang out.
Then on to Cabo which you might want to skip unless you are in to 24 hour party time. Up the inside of the Baja
to La Paz
an easy day sail or across to Mazatlan (nice marina north of the city down the estuary past El Cid Hotel). Head south to PV where you have a choice between Nuevo Vallarta at the northern end of Banderos Bay or the old harbor in the bight of the Bay. Further south you should try and stop at Barre Navidad north of Manzinillo then on to Acapulco and Z-Town.
Hope this helps... Have a great trip... cheers, Capt Phil