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Pacific North-West – Sailing South of 49

Between Canada and Mexico lies the appealing cruising grounds of the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington. 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 a 1,300 nautical mile journey.  On this voyage the viewer will experience sailing into many ports of call; San Francisco Bay with Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterrey, Morro Bay, San Simeon Bay, located just below Hearst Castle, 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 see a cloud to windward,

you feel there is a place for the wind to come from,

but here,

it seemed to come from nowhere.”

That is 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.

Download 60 minutes ‘Pacific North-West Sailing South of 49

“People live for the dream in their hearts.

And I have yet to know anyone who has not some secret dream,

some hope, however dim, some storied wall to look at in the dusk,

some painted window leading to the soul.” Zane Grey

Golden Gate
San Francisco – Golden Gate Bridge
San Franciso’s site of 1915 World’s Fair
San Franciso’s site of 1915 World’s Fair
San Francisco Bay – Alcatraz
Santa Barbara Old Mission
Santa Barbara – Old Mission
Catalina Isle
Catalina Isle
Catalina Island – Two Harbours
Mission Bay San Diego
San Diego – Mission Bay
Morro Bay sunset
Morro Bay