The Best Seats You Never Want to Sit In
October 10 - Marin Headlands
Great seats - but you never want to be sitting in them. The
good folks at Coast Guard Station Golden Gate were kind enough
to give us a demonstration of their new 47-foot rescue boats.
We'll have a more detailed report in the November
'Latitude', but thought you might enjoy seeing the seats
rescue victims are assigned in rough weather. Dona, the Devilette
and Brian, helmets on and strapped in tight, enjoyed the rough
but safe ride out to Point Bonita.
October 10 - Pacific Ocean
How reliable is tropical storm forecasting? Not reliable at
all. Yesterday, forecasters were calling for Tropical Storm Olivia
off Mexico to make a 90 degree clockwise turn and head right for
Turtle Bay in Baja. Today's forecast calls for everyone to ignore
the projected turn. In any event, former Tropical Storm Olivia
is down to 20 knots and not a danger to anyone in anything bigger
than an El Toro.
Tropical Storm Olivia
Unisys Weather Graphic
To see what the winds are like on the Bay 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 new University of Hawaii Department of Meteorology satellite picture by clicking here.
Seas are normal in the Eastern Pacific. Check out today's sea
state at: http://www.mpc.ncep.noaa.gov/RSSA/PacRegSSA.html.
For another view, see http://www.oceanweather.com/data/global.html.
October 10 - The Caribbean
|For several years in the mid-'90s when 'Big O'
was in the Caribbean, a wild Basque fellow named Antonio 'das
Muertos' was her captain. And part of Antonio's crew was Lola,
some sort of tropical bird from South America. (Antonio was never
good with details.) There was much to like about Lola, as she
was beautiful, entertaining and an interesting companion. When
she disappeared one stormy night, we were all sad. But the next
morning we heard a muffled squeaking, and eventually found Lola
hidden as deep into the furled mainsail as a little bird could
But Lola had her bad points, too. Pooping all over was one of them, but what's a bird to do? She also had a nasty habit of chewing snorkels into little pieces. Several times we returned to find the decks covered with bits of unrecognizable little things. We couldn't figure out what it was until the next time we wanted to go snorkeling and half the snorkel wasn't there. Worst of all, Lola was a racist. At least she'd been taught to say racist things when certain minorities approached the boat. In fact, on several occasions, Lola was confined to her cage and set on the bow of the boat some 90 feet from the dock.
Lola was dropped off in Panama the last time 'Big O' came through the canal, and is probably still there. In fact, we're sure she's still having a great time entertaining and infuriating people.
If you've ever had a bird on your boat, we'd love to hear about it.
October 10 - 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/
October 10 - St. Tropez
Yesterday we wrote about some of the large boats that participated
in the Voiles de Saint Tropez, perhaps the most magnificent regatta
in Europe. Today we'll give you an idea of the kind of traditional
yachts that participated: 'Adria', A&R 78; 'Agneta', Stockholm
81; 'Altair' Fife 108; 'America', 105-foot schooner; 'Belle Adventure',
Fife 92; 'Blue Leopard', Osbourne 112; 'Creole', C&N 213;
'Halloween', Fife 78; 'Lelantina', A&R 85; 'Liliade', 78-foot
sloop; 'Mariette', Thomas Perkins' (of Belvedere) 136-foot Herreshoff
schooner; 'Moonbeam', a Fife 82; 'Orion', a C/N 160; 'Puritan',
a 118-foot schooner; 'Sintra', an A&B 95; 'So Fong', a Bowman
82; 'Spirit of the Caribbean', an S&S 78; 'Lady Anne', a 75-foot
gaffer; and the historic 'Dorade', the famous S&S 52 that
made that name famous.
The point of all this is to let everyone know that very big boat sailing - be it ultra-modern or traditional - is very alive and very well in the Med. If you want to see all this action, the Voiles de St. Tropez is the perfect place to do it. So mark your calendar for early October of next year.
St. Tropez at Twilight
Voiles de St. Tropez
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