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 Posted: Mon Dec 12th, 2005 05:56 am
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I'm planning a trip with my 16' ComPac to San Carlos in late Feb or early March. I've never sailed it on the ocean yet and thought SC would be a good place to get some experience. I have vhf h/t but no other electronics except a basic gps. The sail area is small and doesn't have any reef points. I've got a good outboard and decent anchors and a copy of Gerry Cunninghams guide. I've got a little time and not a lot :D of money to make any upgrades. Any advice would help a lot. Thanks, Mike.

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 Posted: Tue Dec 13th, 2005 12:51 am
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Febuary is the windiest month of the year here so I might consider putting in a reef point on the main.

 

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Okay. I'll do that. How windy are you talking? 10-20 knots? More than that and I'd stay in port. How are the forecasts? Thanks.

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Mike,

20 kts is frequent, along with closely spaced swells of 3-4 feet. Take a look at:

http://buoyweather.com/

You can get long range wind and swell predictions out to 14 days.

 

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Craig

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 Posted: Wed Dec 14th, 2005 02:36 pm
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IN general Mike you will have light to no wind in the morning on the coast but it can be windy a couple of miles off shore. If we are in a wind cycle as the day progresses and the desert heats up that will draw the wind on to shore and you will get some nukin winds. 20 knots is actually not that windy in Feb. Winds can also be pretty gusty on the coast but in general it is better to sail in San Francisicito bay rather than algodones. The bay is bigger and you can have some nice flat water sailing or waves if you go out past the protection of punta doble. Look for our resident population of bottle nose dolphins between the estero Soldado and Mira mar.

There is one as I recall uncharted rock/reef infront of charlys rock that you have to be careful of at a relly low tide, which we get a lot of in winter. Sail closer to the coast or closer to the sand bar of honey moon island and you will miss it completely.

If you get out early and conditions are good sometimes you can get a good up wind sail to Algodones and then when it starts to nuke sail back to the protection of punta doble.

Look for whales a few miles off shore around la manga, punta bandidos and isla venado, you will love sailing here it is spectacular and world class!!!!

Vince

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 Posted: Sun Dec 18th, 2005 12:45 am
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Thank you all for the help. I am ready to go down there and get out on the water for awhile. Not a lot of sailing opportunities here in Colorado. If you run into the skipper of 'Trivial Pursuit' at dock G-5 (his name is Jim) tell him Mike said hello.

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Sailing what, Mike? Hauling my Nor'sea out of Denver 1/1 for a month in San Carlos.

 

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 Posted: Sun Dec 18th, 2005 04:07 am
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will do, and hope to see you out there on the water.

 

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 Posted: Sun Dec 18th, 2005 06:42 pm
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Al, I'm sailing a Compac 16'. It's a slow, stable little boat. They say it's pretty forgiving of rookies so it's the boat for me. A month there in mid winter would be fantastic. Have you been to SC before? Mike.

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Mike:

 

I'm a first-timer to the Sea of Cortez. Sailing a Nor'sea 27 which I've had briefly in the San Juans, on a big Texas lake but mostly Lake Granby in CO up around 8,000'.

Will you be in the Marina San Carlos?  I expect to take a slip but be in and out from the 3d to the 24th or 30th depending on who shows up.

 

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 Posted: Mon Dec 19th, 2005 02:49 am
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Al, I think that's where I'm going, not until late Feb or early March though. Maybe I should think about going earlier after hearing what the conditions are like that time of year. I've only done some lake sailing hear in the Durango area with my boat. I've heard SC is the place to go.

Are you going up the coast a ways or staying close to port?

Mike

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Little difference in conditions from January until the end of March, wind wise.  Except towards March it will start getting warmer.

 

 

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Mike, if you are day sailing from a marina you should be fine.  Anchoring out is fun but make sure you have good ground tackle.  You say you have decent anchors but the ocean can be unforgiving here at times.  With a good anchor and at least 30 feet of chain you will sleep better.  Jerry's guides should give you good ideas of anchorages but they will vary radically depending on wind direction.  You will love the scenery here -- enjoy.

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 Posted: Thu Dec 22nd, 2005 01:36 am
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Rich, I think that's what I'll do. I had planned on gunkholing my way north up the coast. Sounds like that may be out of my league for now. I'm going to take the advice given me on this forum. I'll sail around in San Francisco bay and just have fun. If the wind blows steady from the same general direction for more than 20 minutes at a time, I'll be happy. Thanks,

Mike

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Mike,  I just found this site-I lived in Durango from 76-81-now in Oregon-I will be trailering my 27 foot Albin Vega down to San Carlos in January--name of my boat is Wren-hope to see you on the water--Jim

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 Posted: Tue Sep 26th, 2006 06:59 am
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Jim,  glad to hear it! I had such a good time in S.C. I bought a boat just to keep there.  Trailering was an adventure (truck broke down leaving) but I'll leave the fun for the water. I plan on going back several times this fall/winter so I might see you there. I met a couple of people in Mexico who are from Durango last winter. How is the sailing in Oregon? Mike.

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