Originally Posted by Don C L
I'm actually of the camp who likes to discuss making the climb from SD to Point Conception, sailing, not motoring...[/url]
I'm with you. We've done that climb alot. The way we WANTED to do it but have never been able to because the Navy
has been busy practice bombing each time we've checked it is:
1. Sail (not motor) to San Clemente Island (yes, it's a sail over there...a teeny bit over 55 miles. Anchor
in the only anchorage allowed these days on the south side of the island.
2. If there's hope of wind
with enough of a westerly component consider beating up to Cat Harbor on the back side of Catalina
or pick up a mooring
there. We always anchor but it's deep where we choose to do so. I should be about 35-40 miles from SCI to CH. You may have to motor
3. Depending on wind
or lack of it, you can tack your way up to the south side of the northern Channel Islands. The hope of wind is greater if you stay westerly rather than close to the east end of things. Beware, both cruise
ships and shipping
traffic cuts right through the Channel Islands south of the northern islands and north of Catalina Island
. I've got pics to prove it.
4. If you stay to the east as you go north towards your end goal of Santa Barbara, you'll likely have to motorsail. But the Anacapa Passage
is the most direct route
if motoring and you can stay at any of the anchorages
on Santa Cruz
already mentioned. Smugglers is one of the very few (well, Prisoners also) that you can get safely into after dark as long as you have radar
to see other boats. It is pretty wide open/roadstead. If you're wanting to sail--you'll find more wind, albeit probably too close to the nose, if you head
for the cut between Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz islands. There are a ton of anchorages
to choose from--pick up Fagan's book for that insight. Once you're through that cut between Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz, you should be able to sail nicely to Santa Barbara even if winds are light. If winds in the Santa Barbara Channel are too light, you won't have as good of luck sailing from the Anacapa Passage
up and across--too far east less winds it seems.
5. Santa Barbara harbor is fun, they've always got room for you for a night or two it seems. If you're sailing on the cheap
and the weather
is fairly settled, you can anchor (deep) in the roadstead anchorage east of Santa Barbara harbor. We've done it once after a night sail in light winds from San Miguel Island over to Santa Barbara--we just needed to pick up an internet
signal for our hotspot and didn't want to pay for a slip that time.
Not sure why you're visiting Santa Barbara, but I'd be more keen on anchorage hopping around Santa Cruz Island, or trying to make it over to San Miguel than going to Santa Barbara.
Best of luck! Hope you already made your trip and it was enjoyable.