3. Weather Resources & Video Links

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Website and Video Link Resources - click on the URL to view

VHF radio channel frequencies, their purpose and use

http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=mtvhf

Note that channel 16 is the hailing and distress frequency, and most communications begin here.   After hailing on 16, switch to one of the non-commercial channels:  68, 69, 71, 72, 78A

 

Weather – NOAA Marine Point Forecast

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/marine/point.htm

Zoom in on the map to the area of interest, and get a marine forecast for just that point.  Note that the larger zone in which your point resides has a different forecast – see below.

 

Weather – NOAA Coastal/Great Lakes Forecasts by Zone - West - Los Angeles, CA

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/marine/zone/west/loxmz.htm

This is the portal that allows you to see the various zones in the southern California bight and their individual forecasts.  This is essential for passage planning from one point to another, as conditions tend to get progressively stronger as you head in to the northwest portion, toward the Northern Channel Islands and Point Conception.

 

NOAA Tide Predictions

https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.html

Find West Coast on the left, then click on California, scroll down to San Pedro Channel, and click on Newport Bay Entrance, Corona del Mar.  From there, select the date ranges you are looking for.  Why is this important?  There are several places in the harbor where we can run aground on a “minus” tide, and I’d rather not do that.  Also, maximum current flow is in the 3rd and 4th hours after high or low tide, and it’s good to know which way the flow is going so you are not so surprised and can take this into account when returning to the dock.

 

Fun Videos from OCC Trips:

40+ Knots in the northern Channel Islands

https://youtu.be/XOKr2clwigQ

From the 2007 trip in October.  A minute and a half of smokin’ downwind in a gale under a reefed headsail alone.

Betty Flies a Spinnaker to Coches Prietos

https://youtu.be/2qC24dhNlhM

From the October 2016 Northern Channel Islands trip.  Flying a spinnaker from Forney's Cove on Santa Cruz Island to Coches Prietos cove.  Up to 8.8 knots of boat speed.  That was fun!

 

Betty in the Windy Lane

https://youtu.be/-a4MVaiTYYY

From the May 2015 NCI trip.  A brief glimpse of the possibilities.

 

Betty in the Northern Channel Islands

https://youtu.be/Ye00XKksi5M

From the October 2015 NCI tip.  Good Stuff.