Greetings from Pacific Sail Expo
April 23 - Oakland
Pacific Sail Expo at Jack London Square was again a fantastic rendezvous for sailors, with more boats on display than have been seen in one place on the West Coast in 15 years.
If you didn't make it this year, plan ahead for next. It's already been scheduled for April 17-21, 2002. Pacific Sail Expo is a Sail America event. Their Web site is www.sailamerica.com.
The newly launched and christened Open 60 Ocean Planet showing her stuff in front of the boat show docks.
Photo Courtesy Ocean Planet
The international sailing scene was well represented at Sail Expo. Pictured here (at the righthand side of the photo) are Ellen MacArthur (seated), Mark Reynolds and Bruce Schwab (leaning over) with representatives of EDS, sponsors of the EDS Atlantic Challenge, aboard Ocean Planet.
Photo Latitude/John Arndt
After being blessed with almost perfect weather for the first four years of the show, the fifth anniversary was treated to a rainy Friday. The deluge created ponds and rivers within the tents. JRC responded with a 'No Wake Zone' sign in their booth. Some exhibitors in the tents commented that Friday gave new meaning to 'in-the-water boat show'!
The weather cleared again for the weekend, and the docks were once again packed with sailors from all over.
People were spilling out of the seminar tents for 'standing room only' presentations by sailing experts and legendary sailors.
Photos this column Latitude/John Arndt
April 23 - 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/
April 23 - Pacific Ocean
To see what the winds are like on the Bay and just outside the Gate 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.
Seas are normal in the Pacific. But you
might check out the Pacific Ocean sea states at: http://www.mpc.ncep.noaa.gov/RSSA/PacRegSSA.html.
For another view, see http://www.oceanweather.com/data/global.html.
We're leaving you with a short edition today, as we are furiously working away at completing the May issue, which will hit the streets on Tuesday, May 1.
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