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SANTA CRUZ
California

Current photos of harbor/entrance
Sailing in Santa Cruz can be awesome!  Sailing out to the race area from SCYC is long.  There is a narrow channel to exit the harbor (similar to Long Beach, CA) and there are plenty other boats, yachts and commercial fishing vessels, so it is important to pay attention.  Once out, the venue is quite open.  The coastline geography affects the breeze from certain directions more than you would think.  There is local knowledge to be had, so it is worthwhile taking the extra time to track it down.  It is a Pacific Ocean venue, so the water is cold!
Santa Cruz YC

Wind Conditions: Sail FlowNOAA Buoy

Wind Forecast: NOAA MarineWindcastAviationiWindsurf Meteogram
Tide Table: WWWTidesTidesonLine
 
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WIND

4 different winds:Westerly (spring-fall from 11-4pm), Easterly (summer's after 4pm), Southerly (winter frontal wind and sometimes light summer fog pattern), Northerly (spring, fresh and shifty)
- M. Larson, CA
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CURRENT

little
- M. Larson, CA
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RACING TIPS

Westerly (go right as long as you are in pressure). Easterly (varies but often it goes right through the evening then dies), Southerly (frontal wind is shifty and no pattern) then the summer foggy pattern usually pays to the left except when there is a clearing to the right), Northrly (like a shifty lake, no pattern but stay on tack taking you closer to the shore).
- M. Larson, CA
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SHORE LOGISTICS

great harbor, friendly yacht club. food favorites: Tacos Moreno, Hula's Grill, El Palomar and Crepe Place. Night time: Seabright Brewery, Red Room (upstairs) and for some real local flavor Brady's Yacht Club.
- M. Larson, CA
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OTHER

I wish they would become an Opti Venue. It would be fun to sail there. It would be a great place for Pacific Coast Championships to be held.
- J. McJones, CA
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go to Pegasus.com for weather links. Bring your surf board, kite board and Mtn. Bike. Always remember the Santa Cruz motto: Keep Santa Cruz Weird
- M. Larson, CA
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