Loc: Mainland Lat: N 34-28.13 Long: W 120-13.78 Last visit: Sep 2018
Tide/Sun/Moon/WX Dist: 10 Harvest Platform WX
Chart 18721 Santa Cruz- Purisima Pt Google Earth
Skipper:Capt. Dan Boat: S/V Sancerre Capt. Dan Port: Channel Islands
Caution Local Notice to Mariners Coast Pilot ch 4


Gaviota is the gateway to Hollister Ranch, reportedly some of the very best surfing on the west coast as well as some of the priciest real estate in the country. Alcatraz anchorage is just off Gaviota State Park, which has a pier, campgrounds, great hiking trails and glorious views.

Alcatraz anchorage — Spanish for Pelican, is an OK day anchorage.


If you’re sailing west you’ll spot Gaviota pass where the 101 hooks north. Just beyond that you’ll see the railroad overpass and just below that the 400’+ pier.


We anchored in about 25 feet of water, sand bottom about 100 yards west of the pier, though if you want to go ashore, anchoring to the east is OK and closer to the beach.

Uncharted Hazards

Weather. Fog. Unpredictable canyon winds. All of that makes this a dubious overnight anchorage, though possible in very settled conditions.


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