Originally Posted by snl adventures
Thanks for that info. I am the owner and have extensive sea milage, looking for advise on headings. I havent made that passage and looking for someone who has at that time of the year. I understan that if you head north for a few hundred miles then follow the westerly to the north coast of califonia and then down the coast.
During the warm months when the Pacific High has set up, sailors go north several hundred miles and then head eastward, yes. Many sailors try to follow a 1020 mb line, others have other tricks for good wind around the High, wherever it may be at the moment.
During the winter months, the high will not be there. The storms which you'll see coming from the west and north (think Japan) will come barreling across and down upon you. Gross generalization, but you get the picture. Will you have the needed winds? and where will they be? What will the wave action be? It will entirely depend upon the weather at the exact time of your passage. Since the High is transient to nonexistent mid-winter, certainly you'll not be traveling far north to get up and around it.
You could have a great trip, yes but it will really come down to the exact timing of your trip. Again, heavily suggest alternative timing. Did you bring you boat to HI? If so, from where?