Welcome aboard sailing vessel Wyntersea as she sails down the Pacific North-West coast, South of the 49th parallel, from Victoria, Canada to San Diego, USA. On this voyage the viewer will experience sailing into many ports of call; San Francisco Bay, Monterrey, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego. Journey the twenty miles offshore from Los Angeles to Catalina Island for the annual Buccaneer Days and learn how this island has passed from various landowners including the author of western novels, Zane Grey, and while there enjoy a visit to the Zane Grey Pueblo.
It was once said, in 1835, by Richard Henry Dana, during a voyage that he describes in Two Years Before the Mast, in which he wrote:
“A painter could not have painted so clear a sky.
There was not a speck upon it.
Yet it was blowing great guns from the northwest.
When you can see a cloud to windward,
you feel that there is a place for the wind to come from,
it seemed to come from nowhere.”
Indeed, it’s a statement that seems to dominate the impression that many modern mariners have of the Pacific northwest and throughout the summer months it may blow a cool, clear gale out of the northwest for a day or two, but it’s just as likely to draw warm, damp southerlies with showers or light and variable zephyrs with dense fog.