Photos of the Day
January 12 - Richardson Bay
Richardson Bay, the two by three mile body of water between
Sausalito and Belvedere/Tiburon, is a fine anchorage - except
during winter storms. Unfortunately, the biggest storm of the
year blew through yesterday, which in combination with unusually
high tides created major problems. A number of moored or anchored
boats dragged, and several of them washed ashore.
Yesterday afternoon at Clipper Yacht Harbor
James, Rainbow and Blue Moon are rescued off 'Yankee Belle'
Boats wash up on the shores of Strawberry and Tiburon
January 12 - Atlantic Ocean
Just a month ago, most experts were wondering if Cam Lewis
and 'Team Adventure' were even going to be able to make the start
of the race. Now, after nearly 5,000 miles, Cam and crew have
taken lead again after a long duel with Grant Dalton and 'Club
Med'. What's more, Dalton has repeatedly been saying that Cam's
boat - which is slightly lighter - is clearly the faster boat
in these conditions. In any event, Cam and crew covered 570 miles
in the last 24 hours and put nearly 50 miles on 'Club Med'. Here's
the way 'Club Med' sees things:
Flying hull on 'Team Adventure'
Photo Jacques Vapillon www.vapillon.com
Aboard 'Team Adventure'
Photo Jacques Vapillon www.vapillon.com
Graphic Courtesy Team Adventure www.teamadventure.org
This section of the course, sailed in medium winds and bright
sunshine in the tropics, should be relatively pleasant sailing
for the crew on board 'Club Med', but keeping the big blue catamaran
under control and moving as fast as possible is difficult. "The
Trades are supposed to be fun, but it has been really hard work.
Flying a hull most of the time requires real concentration, keeping
it fast means keeping the weather hull skimming just above the
surface for no drag and maximum righting moment but not too high
that it gets dangerous."With an apparent wind speed of 40
knots in just 15-20 knots of wind walking across the netting
from the leeward hull and past the back of the jib is like walking
past a 747 with take-off thrust set."
Ranking as of 01-12-01 / 1500 GMT / 0700 PST
1. Team Adventure dtf 19,834.9
January 12 - St. Barts
In yesterday's 'Lectronic Latitude,
we asked the names of the brothers from the Pacific Northwest
who owned the approximately 300-ft motoryachts that carry relatively
large sailboats - 43 feet and 67 feet - and who were in St. Barts
for the holidays. So far our only answer has come from Ken Haas
of San Francisco, who wrote, "I would guess that the brothers
in question are the McCaw brothers; Craig McCaw and his brother,
323-ft Grand Bleu
January 12 - The Philippines
"My name is Catherine de Leon-Falcasantos, and I live in Zamboanga City, Philippines. I'm the cousin of Jim Mountford's wife, Evelyn. He sails 'Chelsea Too', Columbia Contender #212 out of Alameda. It would be great if somebody could have them email me. Thanks."
January 12 - Eden, NSW, Australia
"We've been cured," write Rob and Mary Messenger
of the custom 46-ft sloop 'Maude I. Jones'. "As you know,
we've been out cruising since the first Ha-Ha and were giving
some thought to selling our boat and doing something else. Our
visit back to the States changed all that. So we were in Sydney
for the start of the race to Hobart, and are now in Eden, New
South Wales, which will be our jumping off point for Tasmania.
"We also wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the article a few months back about Ty and Toni Knudsen of the Westsail 43 'Sundowner'. I boat-sat for them almost 20 years ago in Pago Pago when they left 'Sundowner' there to go to Hawaii for a visit. I am sure they don't know that Rob and I are the ones that are on 'Maude I. Jones' now. Back then Rob had 'Shannon Marie' and I was crewing aboard 'Endurance'."
January 12 - 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 www.bitwrangler.com/yotreps/
January 12 - 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.
You can view the University of Hawaii Department of Meteorology satellite picture by clicking here.
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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