Forney's Cove

Published on by neal rosenthal.

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"Forney's Cove, at the island's northwest tip, is perhaps the wildest place to anchor at Santa Cruz. Since it lies just around the west end and can be a vital refuge for boaters cruising the north shore, it heads the list of anchorages -- even though it is a south side location. Just offshore from Forney's, waves, winds and currents clash in what has been dubbed the Potato Patch. The sound of heavy surf often rumbles over the low peninsula, which forms the protective arm of the anchorage. But inside the cove, the water is usually surprisingly quiet." J. Underwood

Forney’s Cove is one of my favorite anchorages, not just on the Islands, but in all my travels. My first trip to this wild cove was in November 1974 with Bruce, Jeff and Chris. We had taken my recently acquired 30’ sloop “Maria” out for a multi day cruise over the Thanksgiving holiday. Having left Channel Islands Harbor we had a very pleasant crossing and anchored at Smugglers Cove for the night. Up early, we motored all the way up to Gull Island before the afternoon wind started to fill in. Crossing the Santa Cruz Channel the wind continued to build and as we came up to Santa Rosa Island somewhere between East Point and Skunk Point the wind was in the 25 knot range. It was getting late in the afternoon and at this time of year that meant it would be dark soon. Chris had the most experience of all of us on board, and he suggested that we reach off to make anchorage at Forney’s. So off we go……Neal;”Chris, have you anchored at this place before?’”  Chris; “No, but I’ve been told it’s safe and protected.” So an hour later we are looking at the approach to this cove on this dusky November evening, increasing wind and sea. The cove looks calm as we enter through the kelp fields, the wrecked boat on the beach was a bit foreboding, but we get the hook down in 25’ and we are good for the night. These pictures are from a “Round Santa Cruz trip” over a 4th of July weekend some time back. I just recently got them back in my position and I am pleased for that! So make YOUR cruising plans, give us a call for all the goodies you’ll be needing and get out there!!!!