Photo of the Day
August 21 - France
America's Cup Jubilee
August 21 - Cowes, UK
The older GBR41 before the start of the re-enactment
Photo Rick Tomlinson/GBR Challenge
12 Meters jockey for clear air
Photo John Greenland/Courtesy www.madforsailing.com
Assault Victim Bob Medd Flies to Calgary
August 21 - Calgary, Canada
Willmann says Bob wants to stress that everyone he met during the whole ordeal - with the exception of his two attackers, of course - was extremely kind, helpful, and professional. These include the four Mexican fishermen who found him and sacrificed a day's income, the police, the mayor, the immigration officers, the doctors and nurses in Santa Rosalia - all went above and beyond to help him. An elderly patient in the Mexican hospital even gave Bob his shirt for the ride north. He notes that all of the Mexican citizens he's met have expressed sorrow and shame that this thing happened in their country. All of them are confident the men will be found and punished.
There have been a number of relatively minor conflicts in the reports about what happened to Medd. Here are the accurate details, according to Willmann:
Bob Medd, a 52-year-old singlehander from Calgary, departed Santa Rosalia aboard his Aloha 34 TLC on Sunday, August 12, with the intended destination of Bahia San Francisquito, about 20 hours farther north in the Sea of Cortez. Shortly after 9PM that evening, two men in a panga came alongside asking for water. Bob went below to get some from the refrigerator. When he turned around, he found that the men had boarded TLC, and that one of the men was holding his wallet and a bread knife that had been on the counter. He attacked Bob, slashing him on the wrist. While they fought, the other started hitting Bob in the head and face with some object, presumably a rock. Bob was knocked unconscious.
Sometime during the night, Bob regained consciousness and found himself lying in a pool of blood in the salon. He also became aware that TLC was on the rocks, with the motor still running and the mainsail raised. He made it into the cockpit but passed out again. When he next awoke, the boat was listing heavily and breaking up on the rocks. He knew he was in big trouble. He grabbed a blanket, some water, a flare gun and a flashlight, and attempted to swim/crawl to the beach. He reached the rocks and once again passed out. He was awakened by pain when the rising salt water reached his neck. That was the first time he knew that his throat had been slit from ear to ear. All day Monday he passed in and out of consciousness, without ever seeing another boat. His wounds were getting very infected and he had lost a lot of blood.
Tuesday afternoon around 3PM, four fishermen spotted his boat on the rocks and came over to investigate. They discovered Bob on the beach and immediately saw that he was in dire need of medical attention. They managed to get him into their panga and used five of his flares to attract a Mexican naval vessel that then transported him back to Santa Rosalia. An ambulance was waiting when they arrived and Bob was taken to the local hospital. The Mexican doctors did everything they could, and were responsible for saving his life.
On Thursday he was taken by car to a hospital in Southern California. The drive took over 12 hours. The California doctors were told they had an emergency patient who had been attacked by pirates and had his throat slit. They didn't believe the story until they actually saw Bob. When they saw him, they were amazed he'd managed to stay alive for so long. They operated on him during the early hours Friday morning, and were able to stabilize him.
Ha-Ha Entries through 70
August 21 - Baja Ha-Ha World Headquarters
The entry deadline for the Ha-Ha 2001 is September 12, so if you haven't signed up yet, you're running out of time to procrastinate. If you still haven't gotten an entry packet, make out a check for $15 to Baja Ha-Ha, Inc, and send it with a self-addressed 9x12 envelope to 21 Apollo Road, Tiburon, CA 94920. For more information, see www.baja-haha.com. There are going to be quite a few repeats this year, not the least of which are in this group of ten: Millennium Falcon and a group from Club Nautique in Marina del Rey, which this year will be sailing Fast Reorrg.
61) Tenacious / Beneteau 45f5 /
Michael Wagner / Sausalito
Repeat entry Millennium Falcon
August 21 - 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/
August 21 - 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
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