I made the trip in June '86 aboard a friend's Alden 44. We left SB and headed for Santa Rosa Island in hopes of leaving from there and getting a good lay line past Pt. Conception early the next AM, before the winds got too bad. It didn't work
out that way and we finally cut in and anchored at Cojo. We left at 0dark30 the next AM but still got hammered and ended up turning back to Cojo for a second cold night. The following AM we finally managed to brest the point and made it all the way to Point San Luis. The plan was to go from there directly to San Francisco
but the next day we got banged again and finally pulled in behind the point at San Simeon where we rocked and rolled for two more daze.
From there we ran for SF but one of the fellows with us began to worry that he'd run out of time--and we were running low on fuel--so we ended up heading for Santa Cruz
, but got wacked again as we entered the bay so we ran off and anchored in Monteray, where "Wild Willie" quit the ship to his (and our) relief. We fueled and reprovisioned there and, with that, were determined to make the run offshore
but once we got up near the Faralons we were getting beat up so badly again that we flopped over and headed for shelter at Drakes Bay. We got in there late, wet, cold and exhausted and spent 36 hours waiting out the wind/fog again. Once things cleared, we took off and ran a good 150 miles north westerly from which point we just kept on keeping on until we finally landed again at Bainbridge Island Marina. On that leg we ended up hove too for a good 10 hours off of Tilamook but we were too far off to consider trying to run in.
As far as I recall
we covered about 1450 miles in a total of 23 daze of which 5 or so were spent waiting in one anchorage or another. Navigation
was by Sextant
with a morning shot to give us distance off, a noon lat to tell us how far north we'd made it and a late afternoon running fix before the fog
closed in. Truthfully, I don't think we got morning or evening stars more than two or three times.
If I was going to make that trip today I'd leave Santa Barbara and head
past San Miguel and then north westerly for 2-1/2 or 3 days--to the old Clippership route--before flopping over on port. Be sure you have a good autopilot
or wind vane
and a good dodger
cloths are also helpful and bring lots of warm cloths and Good weather
gear">foul weather gear that will keep you dry. You'll need it! (Are you sure you don't want to jst ship the yacht?) Bring lots of Ginger Ale and Ginger Snaps. You'll need these too, even if you think you don't suffer from sea-sickness.
N'any case, good luck!