Re: Just getting started in Newport Beach, CA
As, when, if you choose to sail to any of the suggested destinations, when heading north (actually northwest) stay well away from the shoreline. Because of shoaling along the cost the area develops short, steep, seas/chop and can make heading north difficult (or impossible) and very uncomfortable at best. Whenever we traveled from Dana Point (near where we lived) or Newport toward Long Beach/San Pedro we tried to stay at least 5 miles off for a more comfortable ride, particularly for my (much) better half. One can actually anchor in the basin in Alamitos Bay, just west of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and there is a nice anchorage on the west end of the Long Beach City front, just west of the Queen Mary site.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the Sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."