For some time I've considered sailing my Hobie from Long Beach to Catalina or from Huneme to the Channel Island, inspired by various you tube videos and stories from the internet. And although I'm a fairly experienced beach cat sailor, I've never sailed in the ocean, let alone the open sea. I can't imagine that my experience to date counts for much in the open sea. When this video was posted on the hobie website I was inspired by the their adventure and I thought I would gather all of the epic beach cat adventure stories I could find into one post.
Lets start with two Hobie Tandem Islands and an Old Hobie 16 making their way to the Channel Islands. This is a beautiful video with some great music, thanks Wilderness collective.
Here is another great video of a group of Tandem Islands sailing to Catalina, Camping and doing some spear Fishing. If you've never been spear fishing you must try it, it's epic fun
These guys make the crossing from a campground near Cabrillo to Two Harbors, on Catalina Island in about an hour and a half. This is very fast for a crossing of about 30 miles, the video shows them flying through the ocean on a Hobie 18 with wings. As they leave you can see the Hobie Getaway on Beach.
Here is a great Journal entry about a trip to the Channel Islands (Santa Cruz Island) made in a Beach Cat.
This guys sailed his Hobie 14 across Florida Bay from Flamingo to Long Key. The video is a little dry, but he gives good info and you can see how he loaded up his tiny boat.
This last journal is my favorite and tells the story of two brothers sailing their Hobie down the coast of Baja Mexico. Epic Journey on a Hobie that is well written and informative.