We launched from Ventura California and sailed past Anacapa Island to Santa Cruz Island.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 ...
Here are graphs of "significant wave height" [http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=46217 courtesy of NOAA] That means this is a graph of the average height of the 30% highest waves. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Significant_wave_height wpedia ...
These amazing Islands are right here off the California coast. Part national park, part privately conserved. Seen like a mirage from the mainland, they beckon you to sail there in an outrigger canoe. Kathleen Mckee and myself did just that in Oct 2009. This is the log from that trip.
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.