|Loc: SW Santa Cruz Island
|Last visit: Nov 2021
|Bechers Bay, Santa Rosa
|Santa Cruz Passage
|Skipper: Capt. Dan
|Boat: S/V Sancerre
|Port: Channel Islands
|Local Notice to Mariners
Pozo, sometimes spelled Poso and inevitably pronounced Bozo by your crew, is an excellent place to go ashore for a hike.
But it is not a place to stay overnight as any increase in west winds will sweep around the point followed by a vicious, breaking swell.
Approach & Anchoring
Pozo/Poso is in the lee of Near Point. Precisely what it is near, I don’t know. And the point is unnamed on NOAA charts, but the anchorage is easily located by finding Morse Point, which is a bit over a mile to the southeast and then locating the two seven-hundred-foot mountains that flank the canyon.
We were interested in hiking Cañada Poso and looking for geological signs of the ancient seabed. So we anchored directly off the mouth of said canyon in 25′ on a sand bottom, several hundred yards from the rocky point.
There was a small swell gently breaking on the shore when we launched two kayaks and two paddle boards.
Three of the four made it without incident, but one kayak rolled and left the occupants laughing in the (relatively) warm November surf.
Note to self: take your stuff ashore in a dry bag and pack a sense of humor.
Landing Permits Required
If you intend to go ashore, you’ll need a landing permit from the Nature Conservancy. The link in the grid takes you to their online payment system.
If you have new or amplifying information concerning this anchorage or the surrounding area, please contact Capt. Dan. His e-mail link is at top left.