Vanguard 15 Photo Gallery

June 20 - San Francisco Bay

Yesterday, we reported on this past weekend's Vanguard 15 PCCs at Treasure Island. Today we have more photos to share with you.

Winner Nick Adamson and crew Chelsie Wheeler

Lowry & Wells at the weather mark

#731 leading #22 to the weather mark

Matt Sessions passes the weather mark.

Action at the leeward mark
Sean Svendsen Courtesy Matthew Sessions

Summer Sailstice Celebration

June 20 - The Northern Hemisphere

There's just one day left to sign up for tomorrow's first annual 'Summer Sailstice' to be held tomorrow, June 21. Slip out of work early and go sailing on the longest day of the year, simply for the fun of it. There are no rules, no regulations, no start times and no reason not to get out on the water. Registration is Web-based and prizes from supporters such as West Marine and Ronstan can be won just by registering at the Web site. You can also find crew, or a boat to crew on, as well as locations for raft-up parties and sail-bys around the country via the Web site: On San Francisco Bay boats are sailing from Richmond, Sausalito, Alameda and the City with many meeting at Ayala Cove, Angel Island, for an after-sail sunset BYO barbecue. Windsurfers are meeting at Crissy Field with boards and a keg to enjoy the sunset over the Golden Gate. Oakland Yacht Club members are sailing small boats off their docks. Sailors are signed up from Friday Harbor, WA, to Cocoa, FL, and the British Virgin Islands. Check out the site to sign up and for a location near you.

Summer Sailstice is a nationwide (even hemisphere-wide!) event. John Marsh will be hosting a Summer Sailstice Rendezvous on Redfish Lake in Idaho aboard his Doughdish Angelina.
Photo Courtesy John Marsh

But is the solstice actually tomorrow on the 21st? Or is it today, the 20th? Here's the best we could figure it without actually consulting Lee Helm: The solstice occurs at 0738 GMT on Thursday the 21st. Here on the West Coast, during Daylight Saving Time, we are nine hours ahead of England. That means that the summer solstice occurs for us at 2238 tonight (10:38 pm). But on the East Coast, that would be 0138 tomorrow morning. So half the U.S. gets the solstice today and half gets it tomorrow. Whew. That's enough math for today. If we've screwed up, feel free to email us.

Fossett Ends Balloon Circumnavigation Attempt

June 20 - Kalgoorlie, Australia

Steve Fossett, owner and skipper of maxi cat PlayStation, ended his fifth unsuccessful attempt to be the first person to fly around the world in a gas balloon solo. The balloon envelope ripped on Sunday while it was still tethered to the ground, during the inflation process in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, when a gust of wind came up from the south and pushed the craft forward. Fossett will not attempt a quick repair in time to get the balloon off the ground this season, which ends July 31.


June 20 - 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

Weather Updates

June 20 - Pacific Ocean

Tropical Depression Advisory

Tropical Depression Two-E is headed in the general direction of Hawaii, its center currently located near 12.2N 129.8W at 1500 GMT. It is moving west, 275 degrees, at 13 knots. Maximum sustained winds have been 30 knots with gusts to 40. Winds and seas vary greatly in each quadrant. We'll keep an eye on it and let you know if it builds.

San Francisco Bay Weather

To see what the winds are like on the Bay and just outside the Gate right now, check out

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.:

Pacific Sea State

Seas are normal in the Pacific. But you might check out the Pacific Ocean sea states at:
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