I've done it twice. Once in Early September, the other time in late September.
First time was on my own boat a Lord Nelson
35. We went straight to SF after going out a hundred miles. Farther out than we needed to go, but we got decent wind
for the most part.
On the second trip I was crew for a newbie on a Gulfstar
44. The owner thought he knew everything and I was just a crew peon. To him, "Offshore" meant just out of the sight of land, and as such we did lots of motoring. He insisted we motor
if we couldn't sail making at least 6 knots. He finally "got it" after a couple of days while bitching about fuel
costs, and the interminable drone of the engine
One night after both he and his wife fell asleep, I gingerly unrolled the genoa
, eased the main and ever so slowly dethrottled the engine
and finally shut it off. After sailing for about a half hour, the owner woke up and said, "WHAT'S THE MATTER?" I said, "Nothing, I'm sailing." He said, "What's our speed?"
"Eight and a half knots."
About 30 seconds later he said,
"oh." and plopped back down and went back to sleep.
After that, I had a lot more sway in what should be done re the operation of the boat on the trip.