July 18 - Mill Valley
It's deadline here at the print version, so there will be minimalist 'Lectronic Latitudes for this week. Before sure to check out the 'back issues' of 'Lectronic, most of which have timeless material.
July 18 - Fiji
Everything is tranquil down in Fiji judging from the look
of 'What's Up Doc', a Crowther cat on the hook in the beautiful
blue waters. Looks can be deceiving, however. While the coup
is over, the future remains uncertain. The democratically elected
ethnic government has been ousted, but the coup leaders are ready
to take up arms again if they don't like the new government appointed
by the Council of Chiefs. Meanwhile, New Zealand, one of Fiji's
biggest partners, has imposed sanctions, and Australia and the
U.S. might well follow.
Photo Courtesy 'What's Up Doc'
University of Hawaii Meteorology Graphic
July 18 - Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean Weather
Yesterday crews from Pacific Cup boats racing to Hawaii reported that it was so calm they were swimming off their boats. It's going to be that light again for boats on the rhumb line.
California Coast Weather
Some of the Pacific Cup boats have dropped out and are heading back to San Francisco. They may be facing 25-knot headwinds trying to do it. For details see: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/stuff/southwest/swstmap.shtml
The seas are very large in the Southern Ocean, but flat on
the way to Hawaii and off Mexico. Check it out at: http://www.mpc.ncep.noaa.gov/RSSA/PacRegSSA.html.
For another view, check out: http://www.oceanweather.com/data/global.html.
It's still quiet in the tropics.
July 18 - PV to PV
Roy Wessbecher of the Columbia 34 'Breta' kept an exact record of all expenses during his circumnavigation. "In the four years, nine months and nine days it took me to sail from Puerto Vallarta to Puerto Vallarta, I spent an average of $14.66 a day. That's $445 a month, $5,350 a year, or a total of $25,300. I had budgeted $20 day, so I came out way ahead. Those numbers include every single expenditure. I did two bottom jobs, one in New Zealand and one in Thailand. I had no major breakdowns and didn't fly home." Not surprisingly, Wessbecher is about to take off on a second circumnavigation. See the August issue of Latitude 38 for the whole story.
July 18 - Cyberspace and the Pacific Ocean
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/
West Marine Pacific Cup
July 18 - Pacific Ocean
The 'Pegasus' gang had time to cool off in the ocean yesterday.
Photo courtesy 'Pegasus'
Click on photo for link to their Website for more.
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