September 18 - Richmond
Last Friday evening, Keefe Kaplan Maritime, Inc. (KKMI) of
Richmond threw their annual industry-only party. It gets better
every year, and hundreds attended this year's wild west round-up.
During the party, the spotlight literally shone on 'Abracadabra',
one of the two America's Cup boats Larry Ellison bought from
the Hawaiian syndicate to be trial horses for the campaign he's
mounting under the St. Francis YC burgee. The buzz was that the
second boat was going to arrive soon. Could this mean that we're
finally going to be seeing some America's Cup style match racing
on San Francisco Bay?
Right to Left: Paul Kaplan, wife Chris Kaplan, and Paul's "best friend".
Ken Keefe wasn't in western costume, so he didn't make the photo.
It wasn't the most revealing interview, but judging from the buzz around KKMI, we get the idea that Ellison - never one to think small - has big plans. And if some of those plans included America's Cup-style action on San Francisco Bay - where Ellison's business is based and where he keeps one of his large motoryachts - it wouldn't be the biggest surprise in the world. Stay tuned to 'Lectronic Latitude for further news.
September 18 -
Tropical storms that threatened to wreak havoc on western
Florida and Baja California have either petered out or not developed.
Gordon, which started down in the Yucatan and reached minimum
hurricane force, faded just before reaching Florida. Damage was
Unisys Weather Graphics
Tropical Storm Miriam
Tropical Depression Gordon
To see what the winds are like on the Bay right now, check out http://sfports.wr.usgs.gov/wind/. Sunday, while roasting hot all over the Bay, featured a great sailing breeze in the Central Bay.
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.
Today's weather map from the University of Hawaii Meteorology Department was unavailable when we went online, but you can check it at http://lumahai.soest.hawaii.edu/gifs/models/AVN/pac_AVNgoes.gif
Check out today's sea state, which is unusual thanks to Lane.
Take a look at:
For another view, see http://www.oceanweather.com/data/global.html.
The Colors of Mexico
September 18 -
Robert Sutherland of Mill Valley participated in last year's Ha-Ha with his Wylie 34 'Echo', then continued on to Puerto Vallarta. The two photos at right give a good view of his colorful life this summer. The sunset is as seen from the cockpit of his boat in her berth at Marina Iguana. The other view is of the colorful Marina Iguana condos and community pool. The pool is a good thing, because the daytime temps are normally in the '90s. Sutherland pays $270 U.S. a month for the 40 foot slip.
Photos Courtesy 'Echo'
September 18 - 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/
September 18 - San Francisco
This is the big racing week on San Francisco Bay, with the
biggest ever Big Boat Series. The weather is expected to continue
hot until the Thursday start. Racing action actually begins today,
with the One Design 35s.
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