fwiw, last weekend we headed to catalina
with a marine forecast
of santa anas, 15-25 gusts to 30.
the day was actually very light, winds around 5-7 knots. until we got close to pv, where we encountered a 30kt sustained gust that partially knocked us down, had to alter course and reduce sails
immediately. the high winds persisted for about 5 minutes then dissipated (or we sailed out of them).
we were also at catalina for thanksgiving last year... had to go to cat harbor, were we encountered 45 knot
sustained santa anas all night on wednesday.
santa anas can be exciting.