September 20 - Bahia Santa Maria, BCS
What do you have to look forward to when heading south to
Mexico? Spectacular vistas, for one thing. In the accompanying
photo, Susan and Devon pose atop the highest peak at Bahia Santa
Maria. The view of the Pacific, the bay, and Mag Bay - seen in
the background behind the long beach - is spectacular. Except
for a cement plant in the far distance and the boats in the anchorage,
there are no signs of the presence of man.
September 20 - Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
After months of Mexican tropical storms and hurricanes forming
offshore and heading even further offshore, the last two tropical
storms have headed northeast toward land. Miriam headed up the
Sea of Cortez a few days ago, but with only 30 knots of wind,
and we've had no reports of damage. Today, Tropical Storm Norman,
with 40 knots of wind, is headed toward the mainland Mexico coast
between Manzanillo and Z-town. The biggest threat will come from
the associated rain.
Tropical Storm Norman
To see what the winds are like on the Bay right now, check out http://sfports.wr.usgs.gov/wind/. But we can tell you it's going to be another perfect day for racing on the 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.: www.ndbc.noaa.gov/stuff/southwest/swstmap.shtml
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
You can 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.
Flat Calm or Howling
September 20 -
When cruising in the Med and the Aegean, there are two kinds
of weather. Flat calm, requiring the use of 'umbrella hats' and
the diesel, as in the first photo. Then there's the howling meltemi
- it was blowing in the mid-50s when the second photo was taken
- where you motor because you don't want to blow out your sails.
September 20 - 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 20 - San Francisco
After two days of racing in the 1D35 Nationals in perfect conditions
on San Francisco Bay, three Michigan boats - Dan Cheresh's 'Extreme',
Robert Hughes' 'Heartbreaker', and Dick and Doug DeVos' 'Windquest'
- are leading the 18-boat fleet. Based on five bullets in six
races plus a fourth, 'Extreme' has built up a nearly insurmountable
lead over 'Heartbreaker' in second, and a 33-point lead over the
four boats tied for third. Don Payan's 'Rigel' from Hillsborough
and Kara Zylstra's 'Wild Thing' from Coronado, tied for third
with 'Windquest', are the top non-Michigan boats. The Nationals
We were supposed to be able to post great pictures of the event, but . . . technical difficulties. For complete results, visit http://www.sfyc.org/website/regattas/raceresults/natcsv1d35.htm
The biggest ever St. Francis YC Big Boat Series begins tomorrow
with what appears will be brilliant weather.
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