Photos of the Day

August 2 - Côte d'Azur

While wandering around France's 'Blue Coast' a month or so ago, we took a quick tour around the Gulf of St. Tropez. While St. Tropez is certainly the most famous spot on this stretch of coast - and also has the worst traffic - it's the less famous Port Grimaud area that has most of the boats. Ooo la la, do those French love their boats!


Port Grimaud


St. Tropez
Photos by Pierre Postcard


San Francisco Yacht Club Youth Racing in France

August 2 - Carnac, France

Speaking of France, members of the San Francisco YC's Youth Racing Team - Morgan and Myles Gutenkunst, Gray Claxton and Sean Kelly - flew over there late last month to compete in the Splash Class World Championships in Carnac. The team had a surprisingly successful showing against the 187 European competitors, who have been sailing the Splash design much longer than Americans. Morgan provided some heat to the Silver fleet, placing 12th and winning one of the races by 30 boat lengths. Earlier in the month, Morgan and Myles took the gold at the Junior Olympic Festival in Newport Beach, winning the CFJ class in only their first attempt sailing as a team.


From left to right: Gray, Myles, Morgan and Sean
Photos Courtesy Jill Mantz


Ha-Ha Entries 41 through 50

August 2 - Baja Ha-Ha World Headquarters

Here are the most recent Ha-Ha entries. The Ha-Ha folks are expecting more than double this before the September 12 deadline for entry. Just yesterday, for example, they received four more requests for entry packs.

41. Learjet / Nelson/Marek 56 / Glenn Andert & Chris Vandever / Cupertino
42. Saperlipopette / Santa Cruz 52 / Gilles Concordel / Berkeley
43. Di's Dream / Catalina 470 / Roger & Diana Frizzelle / Alameda
44. Kaneloa / Targa 9.6 / Terrence T. Kane / Santa Cruz
45. Osprey / Tayana 48 / Lee & Nicki Dale / San Diego
46. Mystic / Islander Peterson 40 / Gene & Louise Brown / Longbranch, WA
47. Fantasia / Islander Freeport 41 / The Swedberg Family / Moss Landing
48. Camanoe / C&C Landfall 39 / William & Charlotte Johnson / Boulder City, NV
49. Mobisle / Perry 57 Custom / David & Gay Rutter / Seattle
50. Hard On The Wind / C&C 53 / Roelof Manten / Long Beach

For more on the Ha-Ha, see their Web site at www.baja-haha.com.


IACC One Design on the Bay?

August 2 - San Francisco Bay

Not yet, but John Sweeney hopes there will be.

"For those interested in seeing what the America's Cup would look like on San Francisco Bay," he says, "wait no longer. This Friday night, two IACC boats - Il Moro Di Venezia 1 and New Zealand Challenge 14, will square off for the first match race of its kind on the Bay. They'll start off the Corinthian YC in Tiburon about 6:30, then sail upwind toward Yellow Bluff near the Marin shore. While we may have to wait a few years for Oracle to bring the Cup to the Bay, we are working on setting up a class organization for a discreet group of IACC owners. The goal is to have a class of IACC yachts permanently racing on the Bay. So far there are three IACC yachts that will be based in Sausalito - with room for many more. If you own an IACC yacht and are looking for a great place to keep your yacht year round, contact john@sailingbillboards.com."


Photo Courtesy www.sailingbillboards.com

Sweeney and one of his IACC boats have been a regular fixture during the Corinthian Friday night races. Since it's not as much fun when there aren't comparable boats to race against, it's nice to see that he'll have both his IACC boats out racing this Friday.


YOTREPS

August 2 - 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 2 - Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

No Hurricanes in Atlantic?

We're 40% through the hurricane season in the Atlantic/Caribbean, and things have been great as so far there have only been two tropical depressions. However it was about the same last year. Then in the last three months of the season, there were seven hurricanes and six tropical storms. So don't break out the celebratory rum punch quite yet.

Off the coast of Mexico, there have so far been seven hurricanes and six tropical storms - a pretty active season. Fortunately, all have been offshore and headed further offshore. By this time last year, there had been three hurricanes and three tropical storms, none of which did damage ashore.


Graphic Courtesy Unisys Weather

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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