The Pleasures of the Channel Islands
October 5 - Santa Cruz Island
With so many people heading down to Southern California to
prepare for a cruise to Mexico, we'd like to remind everyone
not to overlook the pleasures of California's Channel Islands.
The top photo is of Deborah Bunting standing on a ridge overlooking
the water at Santa Cruz Island. The other photo is of the Forney's
Anchorage, also on Santa Cruz Island.
Photos Guy Bunting
October 5 - Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
Tropical Storm Olivia continues to blow at 55 knots well off
the coast of Mexico and heading even further out. At this point
it appears she'll fizzle as opposed to build.
Former Hurricane Keith has now moved into the Gulf of Mexico, but with only 35-knot winds. Other than that, the Atlantic/Caribbean is clear for the first time in several weeks.
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.
A Short Season in Fiji and Vanuatu
October 5 - South Pacific
Steve and Aleta Hansen of the San Francisco-based MacGregor
65 'Final Frontier' report, "The year 2000 sailing season
was a short one for us, as we only sailed 2,800 miles while continuing
to move west from Fiji to the Vanuatu chain, New Caledonia and
Australia. We had to cancel our visit to the Solomon Islands
- where the diving is superb - because of civil unrest, as armed
militants took over the government. One of the highlights of
our season was getting caught in the center of Tropical Depression
23F, which is one level below a hurricane, while traveling between
Fiji and Vanuatu. So much for our faith in weather forecasters
and weather routers. We also enjoyed our dive on the luxury liner
'SS Coolidge', which was sunk during World War II by U.S. Navy
mines at Santo Island, Vanuatu. And if you ever get to New Caledonia,
we can recommend the gastronomic three course meals for $15 in
the Latin Quarter - especially at La Chaumiere."
Top Photos Malakula Island, Vanuatu
Aleta Hansen cleans produce bought at a Vanuatu market.
October 5 - 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/
'Club Med' Back in the Water
October 5 - Southampton, UK
Although the Gilles Ollier designed and built maxi cat 'Club
Med' established an all time 24-hour sailing record of 625 miles
while crossing the Atlantic this summer, the feat took its toll
on the boat, which was shipped back to the yard in France for
modification and beefing up.
The big cat is dropped back into the water at Vannes, France
Photo Courtesy 'Club Med'
Sept. 29 - Relaunched in Vannes
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