Beaching Your Catamaran
October 2 - A Strange Beach
Proponents of cruising catamarans often claim that one of the advantages cats have over cruising monohulls is that they can be beached. Indeed this is often done, particularly by daysailers who are familiar with the bottoms of the beaches they frequent. On the other hand, the accompanying photo of a Venezia 42 cat demonstrates that beaching on strange beaches doesn't always go so smoothly. And it might be a little hard on the rudderstocks, too.
Photo Source Unknown
October 2 - Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
There's been some strange tropical storm activity in the Atlantic
this year, and none the stranger than Hurricane Joyce. As she
marched east across that Atlantic toward the islands of the Eastern
Caribbean, her winds built to 80 knots, and were expected to
go higher. But then she faded southwest - quite bizarre - in
the direction of Grenada and Trinidad, which are both considered
to be south of the normal hurricane zone. But as Joyce approached
them, she began to fall apart, and passed through the island
cresent with 25 to 35-knot winds - nothing more than a good squall.
Joyce may, however, reform in the Caribbean Sea as her remains
head toward Central America and the Caribbean side of Mexico.
Unisys Weather Graphics
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 2 - Tiburon
Jim Enzensperger of Tiburon passed away on Friday after a long illness. Jim was a founder of the Sausalito YC, a crewmember in the '51 TransPac, and often sailed in the Windjammer, Colin Archer and Mercury class races. Jim leaves behind three children, including Steve, who is active in the Etchells class and did work on appendages for several America's Cup boats. Jim also leaves behind Annie Sutter, his companion of many years. We personally know that Jim was a great guy, as he was our neighbor for more than 20 years. His obituary will appear in the Wednesday Chronicle.
Fiji Regatta Week
October 2 - Musket Cove, Fiji
You can tell they're not very politically correct in the Southern Hemisphere, as they're still holding wet T-shirt contests at Fiji Regatta Week. In fact, as these three women demonstrate, they even had special see-through shirts with provocative copy made up for the occasion. But hey, anything is better than a coup. More on the Fiji Sail Regatta in tomorrow's 'Lectronic.
Photo Courtesy Fiji Regatta Committee
October 2 - Alameda
The Mexico-Only Crew List and Ha-Ha Kick-Off and Reunion Party is Tuesday (tomorrow) night at 1800 at the Encinal YC in Alameda. It's a great place for skippers to find crew and crew to find skippers for cruises to and beyond Mexico. In addition, there will be liferaft openings and a Coast Guard Air Sea Rescue demonstration. That's right, they'll be pulling a 'victim' out of the water onto a helicopter. The latter has to be done before it gets dark so you can see, so be as punctual as you can (but not early, as the doors won't open til 6). In addition, 'Profligate', Latitude's 63-foot catamaran - and once again mothership for the Ha-Ha - will be available for boarding. If you play your cards right, in a little less than a month you too will have sailed around Cabo Falso and be heading around Los Arcos for Cabo San Lucas. Isn't it about time you did something good like this for yourself?
For more details on the Crew Party and directions, go to www.latitude38.com/crewlist/CrewParty/CrewParty.html
'Profligate' Near the Finish of the Baja Ha-Ha
October 2 - 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 www.bitwrangler.com/yotreps/
October 2 - Sydney, Australia
The U.S. team of Mark Reynolds of San Diego and Magnus Liljedahl
of Miami pulled off a tremendous comeback to take honors in the
Star class at the Olympics. The #1 ranked team in the world going
in, Mark and Magnus had a terrible first half of the 11-race series,
often finishing in double digits in shifty conditions. Nonetheless,
they entered the final race on a 1-2-4-1 streak. Both they and
Brazil - the defending gold medalists and leaders of the event
at that point - were over the line early, but only Mark and Magnus
went back. The U.S. team then went right while everybody else
but Canada went left. The split proved to be as smart a move as
it was courageous, as Canada rounded the first mark in first place
with the U.S. in second. The U.S. team finished the race second
to take the gold - America's first since Reynolds and Hal Haenel
took the gold in Barcelona in '92. Great Britain took the silver
and Brazil the bronze.
In other Olympic sailing news, Russ Silvestri of San Francisco finished sixth in the 25-boat Finn fleet. He had a shot at the silver going into the last day, but finished with a 16th and a third to put him out of the medals.
For details on all the Olympic sailing action, see the November issue of Latitude 38.
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