A month later I went back for some more sailing. Back to the Islands.
Here we are running downwind in 30+mph winds and waves to 7ft with full sail.
Here we are running downwind with furled sail in increased wind and waves.
Beating into the wind, going to windward smoothly in a brisk wind.
Step 1: Where are the Channel Islands?
It's 11 miles between the nearest points of Anacapa and the Mainland.
Map courtesy of [http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Californian_Channel_Islands_map_en.png wikipedia]