They say if you can cruise the Channel Islands, you can cruise anywhere. These islands in the Santa Barbara Channel are rewarding cruising grounds for local sailors who want to venture beyond Catalina. Cruising the islands successfully requires careful planning, permits, local knowledge, and the right equipment. Using slides and information gathered from many trips aboard Alaska Eagle, Lucinda Mae and smaller cruising boats, OCC School of Sailing & Seamanship Instructor Marc Hughston will cover the best anchorages and coves of each island. Route planning from Dana Point/Newport/Long Beach area, weather, cove selection and local sailing directions will be stressed. Other seminar topics include boat and stern anchoring techniques in the islands, surviving Santa Ana winds, necessary cruising equipment, danger areas, points of interest, and arranging island tours.
Text: Handout included in course fee.