"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." -Andre Gide

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sailing Season?

One thing I didn't expect living in California is a sailing season. In the Midwest and Northeast because of winter cold or even in the Southeast with huricaine season I could always imagine people all giddy at the beginning of spring with anticipation of being able to sail again. Well spring is here and I am the giddy one. Maybe it is just a result of a really bad winter for sailing.  I have mentioned in previous posts my difficulties in finding good days for sailing. It was tough to even find days that you could get out of the harbor due to large surf breaking in the harbor mouth.

The surf this year wasn't as bad as this picture shows. This picture is an anomaly.  There have only been waves of 50' plus like this breaking in the harbor mouth a couple times ever, but it was over 10' alot more than it was under this winter. This picture is still great, that bus is about a thousand yards in front of that wave and still looks tiny.

Spring is here as is smaller waves and I am ready for a long cruise.

This is the start of a couple of posts that will be planning a trip to the Catalina Islands this summer. Before I sail a couple hundred miles, I think the first step will be a trip to Avila which is 20 miles by boat. The main thing to find out is where to anchor when I get there. I am sure I will learn many more things before the planning is done. Updates to follow.


  1. Is that picture from Moro Bay? It's hard to believe that waves like that ever hit there. Pretty intense!

  2. Yep, this is the wave at the harbor mouth, to the south side of Morro Rock.

  3. Hi guys. I own a '69 Coronado 25 in Annapolis. Glad to see that I'm not the only one who's sailing one. They aren't fast, but they are tough and reasonably comfortable for 2-3 people.

    Your pictures are great. Feel free to PM me on the Sailing Anarchy forum. User name is Ajax.


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