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I think I would like to do the Channel islands race in something more weatherly than a Ctalina 470. I have sailed most of that course and your proposed race is all to weather. Perhaps a J-130 or J-125 if the polars are available. You have to be careful around San Miguel because there are lots of reefs around and you are playing just off Point Conception - known as the Cape Horn of the Pacific. The other thing is there is often very light air south of Catalina toward Oceanside. I have sat there many a nite racing from Marina del Rey to San Diego. Perhaps we coulde my boat, a Catalina 38 if we have sail polars for an old IOR warhorse
Likewise, my first reaction to the proposed course was, "why upwind from San Diego?". Here in California we usually set up our ocean races to run mostly downwind.

Reversing the course so that the start is Santa Barbara with a beat out the channel to San Miguel then salamon through the islands to finish off Pt Loma would be more like a southern Cal race. Upwind at the start...then mostly downwind and reaching.

Also should be in fast sled. or even a fast old boat like a Cal 40.

:-) Jack
captjack I agree with you. Starting in Santa Barbara and ending up in San Diego would be better. You could either weave thru the islands are just go outside of all of them.
Down wind doing this in a Santa Cruz 70 would be my first choice.
easily done... will work on it on monday...
"They won't play if they can't win" - Walt Disney

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