Photo of the Day
June 1 - Hiva Oa, Marquesas
Garth Wilcox and Wendy Hinman, of the Seattle-based Wylie 31 Velella, sent us this shot of Hiva Oa in the Marquesas.
The couple just completed the 2,800-mile
crossing in less than 23 days - not bad for a not-light 31-footer.
They sailed all the way, too. The photograph is interesting,
because we can identify several boats that we raced against at
the Banderas Bay Regatta in late March. Small boats may not be
fast, but they do get around.
June 1 - Atlantic Ocean
Up until yesterday, the last time anybody had seen Pete Goss' radical maxi cat, Team Phillips, was December 19, some 650 miles west of Ireland. She had been abandoned in terrible sea conditions a week before during testing for the then-upcoming Race Around the World. One of Team Phillips' bows was spotted yesterday off the Irish coast by the Norwegian seismic survey vessel Geo-Pacific. It was not recovered.
June 1 - Punta Ala, Italy
Team Prada - an early favorite for the next America's Cup along with Oracle Racing and the Swiss - report that they have just unloaded Luna Rossa and the former Young America in Italy, having been two-boat sailing in the Hauraki Gulf until just six weeks ago. Prada is now back home at their base at Punta Ala, a secluded village to the northwest of Rome. Skipper Francesco de Angelis and crew will be putting the boats back together again for two months of intense training and data collection before going to Cowes, England, in August for the America's Cup Jubilee. By mid-September, the boats and crew will be back in New Zealand for more training. More information and photos are available at www.prada-americascup.com.
June 1 - Puerto Escondido, BCS
The sixth annual Loreto Fest - held at Puerto Escondido from May 17th through the 20th - attracted a record number of 170 cruising boats. "Cruisers, former cruisers and wannabe cruisers gathered to celebrate the lifestyle and the approaching skinny dipping season in the Sea of Cortez," report Dennis and Paula of the Cal 31 Backstreets. "'Looking Good and Feeling Fine' - a saying made famous by Peetie of Vela - was the theme this year. Peetie and her husband Bob are founders and charter members of the Hidden Port YC. Both Peetie and Bob will be 80 years young this year. The Fest was dedicated to this wonderful couple, and their birthday was recognized by 350 cruisers singing 'Happy Birthday' and sharing an enormous cake. They live on the beach but continue to cruise their sailboat to local islands." More on Loreto Fest as soon as the photos arrive.
June 1 - St. Lucia, Windward Islands
At the end of last year's Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, Yachting World magazine conducted a survey of 197 skippers to find what worked and what didn't work. The results are in their June issue. The Top Ten 'Most Popular Equipment'? Autopilot, GPS, Radar, HF radio, fridge/freezer, diesel generator, watermaker, chart plotter, self-steering vane and Inmarsat C. The 'Most Useful Equipment'? GPS autopilot, watermaker, generator and fridge/freezer. The 'Least Reliable'? Autopilots. When your 'most popular' is also the 'least reliable', you know there's going to be trouble. But check it out, as it's full of great information.
June 1 - Great Britain
Thanks in no small part to the success of Ellen MacArthur, Emma Richards and Miranda Merron, a couple of excellent British women sailors, have secured sponsorship of $3 million for the next three years. They'll be building an Open 60 similar to MacArthur's Kingfisher.
Photos from Last Weekend
June 1 - San Francisco Bay
Aground off Crissy Field
Adventure Cat with a full load
A catboat sailing to weather up Raccoon Strait
The Swan 61 Hasty Heart in the North Bay
June 1 - 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/
June 1 - 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.
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