Harbor in Ruins
August 21 - Knidos, Turkey
It's the middle of August, and if we could be anywhere in
the cruising world, it would be Knidos, Turkey. In ancient times
this strategically located port was one of the most important
in the world - so important, they built what is believed to be
the first manmade breakwater. It was also the site of a scandalously
unclothed statue of Aphrodite, the goddess who looked after sailors
and shipping. Sailors who had been at sea too long would apparently
achieve sexual satisfaction from gazing at the goddess.
August 21 - Caribbean Sea
The governments of the Leeward Islands from Guadaloupe north - Antigua, Barbuda, Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts, St. Martin and the British Virgins - have posted hurricane warnings for Debby, which is 150 miles from from St. Martin and moving almost directly west at 21 knots. While Debby is currently only packing 65-knot winds, she is expected to build in force over the next 36 hours to 85 knots. While it initially looked as though she would pass to the north of the Leewards, she's started heading more west and less north. As this point Debby is a relatively weak hurricane, but could build as she passes by Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and toward the East Coast of the United States.
Elsewhere in the Atlantic, Alberto, which has been blowing
since August 4, is back up to hurricane force with 75 to 90-knot
winds. Although moving harmlessly through the middle of the Atlantic,
this is the hurricane that refuses to die.
Unisys Weather Graphics
August 21 - Pacific Ocean
San Francisco Bay Weather
To see what the winds are like on the Bay right now, check out http://sfports.wr.usgs.gov/wind/. It's a great time of year to be sailing the Bay.
California Coast Weather
Looking for current as well as recent wind and sea readings
from 17 buoys and stations between Pt. Arena and the Mexican
border? Here's the place - which has further links to weather
buoys and stations all over the U.S.
Pacific Ocean Weather
There are strong tradewinds on the way to Hawaii and lots of wind along the Pacific Coast. You weren't hoping to head up to Vancouver, were you?
University of Hawaii Meteorology Graphic
When we went to check the sea state Websites this morning,
they were down.
But you can try at http://www.mpc.ncep.noaa.gov/RSSA/PacRegSSA.html.
For another view, see http://www.oceanweather.com/data/global.html.
August 21 - Loreto, BCS
It may no longer qualify as news - email sometimes seems take a long time to get from Mexico to California - but Paula of 'Backstreets' reports that the Hidden Port YC of Loreto (Sea of Cortez) - "where the mountains meet the sea" - held their fifth annual Loreto Fest in May. Commodore Elvin - no last names, please - of Western Sea welcomed a crowd of 300 people. Many were from the 150 boats in the bay, but as the event has become a huge reunion for cruisers, many flew in or drove down in cars or R.V.s. As is the case each year, the event starts with a bay clean-up and then moves on to lots of socializing and fun - such as the SPAM contest. Check out the September Changes in Latitudes for details. Each year the Hidden Port YC donates money and goods to the Loreto community; this year the generosity was directed to the Ligui Schools in a fishing village six miles south of Puerto Escondido.
August 21 - The Pacific Ocean and Cyberspace
Who is out making passages in the Pacific and what kind of weather are they having? Check out YOTREPS - 'yacht reports' - at http://www.bitwrangler.com/yotreps/
August 21 - New York, New York
Steve Fossett and his 11-man crew aboard the 105-foot maxi-catamaran
PlayStation - soon to be stretched to 125 feet - plans to depart
New York on Wednesday morning for an assault on the 10-year-old
TransAtlantic record from New York to England. "This is a
really tough record - 20 attempts have been made on this record
over the past 10 years but we have been waiting six weeks for
weather and we think this pattern is good enough," says Fossett.
The current record of six days, 13 hours, three minutes and 32
seconds is held by Frenchman Serge Madec with 'Jet Services 5'.
The original 1905 record of 12 days, held by the schooner 'Atlantic',
stood for 75 years, but was broken seven times between 1980 and
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