September 29 - Richardson Bay
A couple of days ago, we did a short feature on 'Slingshot', a San Francisco-based Wally 67 big boat that didn't participate in the St. Francis YC Big Boat Series. But there was another big sailing yacht on the Bay at the same time, the ketch 'Charlatan', which is seen at anchor off Sausalito in the two accompanying photographs.
September 29 - Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
There's wild weather in the Atlantic/Caribbean. Hurricane Isaac
is currently blowing at 120 knots, which is category 5, about
as high as the scale goes. Fortunately, it made a big turn to
the north in the last two days, so it's paralleling the East Coast
of the United States a comfortable 1,200 offshore. It's even going
to pass to the east of Bermuda.
Posing a much more serious threat is Hurricane Joyce, which is currently blowing at 80 knots about 750 miles due east of Trinidad - which is never supposed to get any hurricanes. Computer models suggest that Joyce will actually curve north of Trinidad and head right up through the chain of islands in the Eastern Caribbean. It wouldn't be the end of the world if it only blew at 80 knots, but it could build. Joyce is a wild card for the entire Antilles right now, so smart folks are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.
As if that weren't enough, Tropical Depression #15 is working its way north between the Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and the west end of Cuba toward the Gulf of Mexico. TD15 is expected to reach hurricane strength within 72 hours, and therefore is of concern for everyone between Key West, Florida, and Texas. For more on the Atlantic hurricane season, go to http://weather.unisys.com/hurricane/atlantic/2000/index.html.
Tropical Depression #15
Unisys Weather Graphics
To see what the winds are like on the Bay right now, check out http://sfports.wr.usgs.gov/wind/. It looks as though it will be a great weekend for sailing on San Francisco 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.
You can view the new University of Hawaii Department of Meteorology satellite picture by clicking here.
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.
September 29 - La Paz, BCS
For the last couple of months, it's been unsure whether there
would be another La Paz Ha-Ha after the Baja Ha-Ha to take the
fleet up to the Sea of Cortez. It's been done for the last several
years, but the main sponsor said their marina was too full so
they weren't going to bother.
So Ed Vergara, formerly of Marina Palmira and most recently of the not-yet-completed Marina Santa Cruz stepped up. "I'll be at the kick-off party at the Cabrillo Isle Marina in San Diego on the 31st to let everyone know the details, and I'll be in Cabo again at the beach and awards parties to confirm the details and prizes and such. I want to invite all cruisers up on behalf of all the marine business in La Paz. While my Marina Santa Cruz is not yet complete, I will be offering piling and mooring tie-ups as well as spots in the marina area to anchor. These will come with free use of the dinghy docks, water, bathrooms, swimming pool, free incoming faxes and all kinds of other stuff. When people go out to the islands and vacate a space, I'll give them credit for when they come back.
"I want everyone to have a great time in La Paz, so we'll be doing Temporary Import Permits for free, as well as helping everybody find any goods or services they need. As for the La Paz Ha-Ha party, participants pay for the beer; the food and prizes are on me. If anyone has any questions, they can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org."
We'll be posting photos of Vergara and the facility he runs in about a week.
September 29 - 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 29 - Pacific Ocean
|It's possible to race on all different levels.
When the sled guys do a TransPac, they trim the sheets on every
wave to get a little extra oomph. But in the West Marine Pacific
Cup, not everyone competes with the same intensity. To prove
the point, Lucie van Breen sent us the accompanying photograph
- and explanation:
"When I sailed aboard 'Omega 1', the owner, Dr. Don van Dyken of Reno, brought along plenty of 'work' to review. In this photo, you can see him appear to be reading Rachel P. Maines' 'The Technology of Orgasm', which is subtitled 'Hysteria, the Vibrator, and Women's Sexual Satisfaction'. But if you look carefully, he is actually reading the then most current issue of 'Latitude'."
We at 'Latitude' are both pleased and concerned. We're delighted that the good doctor enjoys 'Latitude', of course, but we hope we didn't make the issue so interesting that some of his women patients are wandering around inorgasmic.
Intense Racing in the Pacific Cup
Photo Courtesy Lucie van Breen
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