Photos of the Day
November 17 - Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
Once again it's quiet in the tropics - all the way around the world.
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. Also check out http://facs.scripps.edu/surf/buoylist.html (but note that the Java Applet is still not working with some browsers on Macs - including your Webmistress's Netscape Communicator!)
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.
November 17 - Auckland, New Zealand
A phone number or email address is needed immediately for Don
and Sally Branch of the Westsail 43 'Dharma' in New Zealand! As
reported two days ago, Don fell ill in Tonga, and after flying
to New Zealand was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and a brain
tumor. He recently lost most of his vision, and the doctors have
told him he only has months to live. He and Sally need money to
make their last days together as comfortable as possible.
Derrick of the Seattle Westsail Association reports that he is rallying Westsail owners to contribute money to help the Branches. If you want to contribute, contact him at (206) 443-1480. In addition, he has a friend who is a member of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron who would like to get in touch with the Branches to see what he might be able to do in the way of immediate assistance.
So if anybody knows how to get in touch with the Branches immediately, please call Derrick.
November 17 - Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
About a week ago, Malcolm and Jackie Holt of the Victoria,
BC-based 'Aeolus' arranged for a meeting of 18 southbound boats.
These weren't boats southbound from California, but southbound
from Puerto Vallarta. In other words, they all had a season under
their belts. They're seen here on the steps of Marina Paradise.
Photo Dick Markie
|BOAT NAME||CREW NAMES||HOMEPORT||DESTINATION|
|Heather K||Ed & Norma Hasselmann||San Diego||Rio Dulce|
|Starshine||Don & Ann Becker||Newport Beach||Chesapeake|
|Ragtime||Don & Patricia Lewis||Boston, MA||Caribbean|
|Aeolus||Malcolm & Jackie Holt||Victoria, BC||Circumnavigation|
|Karina D||Kathleen Murphy & Dale Moore||Calgary, AB||Panama & East|
|Joss||Kathy & Barry Devine||Portland, OR||Caribbean|
|Amazing Grace||Judy Glossman & Bob Lundstrom||Phoenix, AZ||Panama Canal|
|Ariadne||Jim & Joann Mathews||San Diego||Panama East|
|Serendipity||Barritt & Renee||San Diego||East Coast via Panama|
|Whisper||Philip & Adrianne||Seattle, WA||Trinidad|
|We Three||Dwight & Fran Fisher||Anderson Is., WA||Caribbean|
|Ornen||Virginia Dvorak & Werner Jensen||Wilmington, DE||Caribbean|
|Lady Tamora||Barb & Ernie Taylor||Victoria, BC||Panama|
|Brave Skye||John Froshaug||Lorigmont, CO||East Coast|
|Miss Kris||Chuck & Kris Robinson||Juneau, AK||East Coast|
|Bacaruda||Dale & Kris Robinson||Seattle, WA||Caribbean|
|About Time||Eric & Corrinn Bates||Ft. Lauderdale||Caribbean|
|Mystic Spirit||David Hernley||Anacortes, WA||Caribbean|
November 17 - 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/
November 17 - Canary Islands
Nearly half of the 23 Vendée Globe singlehanded around
the world fleet has gotten past the 'gateway' at Gran Canaria
Island and is rapidly headed south. The leaders are currently
one day or 15% ahead of the record pace, primarily because of
more favorable weather. The current leaders are: 1) 'PRB', Michel
Desjoyeaux; 2) 'Sodebo Savourons la Vie', Thomas Coville (+46
miles); 3) 'Aquitaine Innovations', Yves Parlier (+47m); 4) 'Active
Wear', Marc Thiercelin (+66m); 5) 'Kingfisher', Ellen MacArthur
(+66m); 6) 'Solidaires', Thierry Dubois (+94); 7) 'Sill Matines
La Potagère', Roland Jourdain (+104m).
Race website: www.vendeeglobe.com.
November 17 - Vilamoura, Portugal
The maxi-cat 'Club Med' is practicing and trying out new sails
off the coast of Portugal in a variety of conditions, including
running before winds as high as 35 knots. After a few days of
sailing near the Canary Islands and Madeira, Grant Dalton and
crew have departed for a training run to the Straits of Gibraltar,
after which they will return to the Mediterranean around November
26, headed for Portofino, Italy.
For more great photos, see www.therace.clubmed.com.
Not your father's catamaran
The Club Med crew has the
world at their fingertips.
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