Northern Channel Islands Passages: Fall Means Flexibility
We departed Long Beach the morning of October 30 for this year’s eighth sailing adventure in the Northern Channel Islands. Every week of every month in the NCI provides different challenges, and after 20 years of leading sailing trips there, these are my main takeaways: 1) your passage plan must remain flexible; 2) it’s the wind and weather that determines where you can go; 3) crew experience level and training objectives have a significant impact.
This time of year, there is often a difference between what you want to do and what you can do, and that was the case for this 7-day voyage, October 30 – November 5. What I wanted to do was visit the Painted Cave, spend a night at Forney Cove and then Willows, and complete our trip with passages to Santa Barbara Island and Catalina.