Photo of the Day

August 17 - The Delta

Here's a photo of the Delta - can anybody identify exactly where it is? Answer below.

Photo Latitude/Richard


Fossett Battered by Storms - in the Sky

August 17 - Southern Brazil

Adventurer Steve Fossett, best known to sailors for his exploits with Lakota and PlayStation, abandoned his latest attempt to be the first man to solo around the world in a balloon. Faced with a series of storms, he decided to put down in southern Brazil. Nonetheless, he managed to set the record for the longest singlehanded balloon flight. Now maybe he'll get back to trying to break the Transatlantic record with PlayStation.



New Marina for Old Alameda Naval Air Station?

August 17 - Alameda

The City of Alameda has chosen Alameda Point Community Partners to develop the old Naval Air Station. In what should make a lot of mariners - and boat dealers - happy, the plan calls for an 800 to 1,000 berth marina. And - something that will fly in the face of everything the BCDC and State Lands Commission has stood for - they're also talking about space for 100-200 Washington State-style houseboats! There are no firm dates, but the marina could be started in just a couple of years . . . which would be none too soon.

To see a Yahoo! map of Alameda, click here. The Naval Air Station is (was) the big blank yellow area on the west end of the island.


Looking for Bob Willmann of Viva

August 17 - San Diego

Reader Stephen Russow of San Diego tells us the friends of Bob Willmann, who did last year's Ha-Ha, are - for reasons not given - concerned about his well-being. Does anybody know where he is or how to contact him? Email richard@latitude.com.


Mystery Delta Photo

August 17 - 'The Delta'

The 'Delta' photo above is actually taken in the delta area to the west of Rome - near the da Vinci Airport - where a visitor begins to get an inkling of just how crazy the Italians are for sailing.


There are numerous natural waterways, and they are jammed with every size and kind of sailboat you can imagine, both in the water and on the hard.


And just a winch-handle's throw away is the new Il Porto Di Roma, a spanking new 800-berth marina, that's more than just a marina, but a total waterfront destination.


You can buy a berth at Il Porto Di Roma for as much as 929,250,000 lira - which sounds like a king's ransom, but with lira you can never tell for sure.


Not far from the Il Porto Di Roma is the Ostia Antica, or ancient port.
There's a lot of history there.

Photos Latitude/Richard


YOTREPS

August 17 - 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/


Weather Updates

August 17 - Caribbean Sea

Chantal a Wimp in Eastern Caribbean

The quiet Atlantic/Caribbean hurricane region appeared as though it might be picking up yesterday with Tropical Storm Chantal. Thankfully, the unusually fast-moving tropical storm deformed down to a 25-knot tropical depression, and has already passed the sailing centers of the Eastern Caribbean. May she continue to fizzle.

August 17 - Pacific Ocean

San Francisco Bay Weather

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/.

California Coast Weather

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.

Pacific Winds and Pressure

The University of Hawaii Dept. of Meteorology page posts a daily map of the NE Pacific Ocean barometric pressure and winds.

Pacific Sea State

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.


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