December 20 - Mill Valley
|Our Cruising Christmas Card of the Day comes from Fred Roswold and Judy Jensen of the Seattle-based Serendipity 43 'Wings'. Fred and Judy didn't say where they were and what they've been doing. The last we remember, they'd survived deadly November '98 storms between Fiji and New Zealand.|
December 20 - 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/
December 20 - Southern Ocean
How much determination does it take to be a top-flight singlehanded
around the world racer? A couple of days ago, we reported how
Ellen MacArthur of 'Kingfisher' knowingly put her life on the
line by spending more than an hour up the mast in 40-knot winds
and huge seas in order to free a mainsail that couldn't be lowered.
And now there's the interesting story of Yves 'Extra Terrestrial'
Parlier, who led much of the Vendée Globe until he was
dismasted a few days ago. Despite several days to think about
his situation, Parlier is vowing to finish the last 13,000 miles
- including around Cape Horn - with only eight meters left of
his 25-meter mast.
"How do you comprehend that in a split second all your hopes for this legendary race, which I have been working towards for nine whole years, have now gone up in smoke," mused Parlier. "I'm held captive by the order of work that needs to be done, and I haven't got time to get depressed about it." Some of Parlier's competitors think that he still must be in a state of shock, but we wouldn't put it past him. Check out Tim Jeffery's fine story about it in the Daily Telegraph at: http://sport.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2000/12/19/soyots20.xml
December 20 - Pacific Ocean
To see what the winds are like on the Bay and just outside the Gate right now, check out http://sfports.wr.usgs.gov/wind/.
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.: www.ndbc.noaa.gov/stuff/southwest/swstmap.shtml.
You can view the University of Hawaii Department of Meteorology satellite picture by clicking here.
Seas are normal in the Pacific. But you might check at: http://www.mpc.ncep.noaa.gov/RSSA/PacRegSSA.html.
For another view, see http://www.oceanweather.com/data/global.html.
December 20 - Mill Valley
Yes, this 'Lectronic Latitude is short, as we're in the final throes of deadline for the January issue of 'Latitude 38'.
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