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Big Daddy Regatta

March 22 - San Francisco Bay

Richmond Yacht Club's Big Daddy Regatta marks the beginning of spring for Bay Area racers, this year on March 10-11. Saturday's racing featured three buoy races on two courses in a typical Bay breeze (winds up to 20 knots).

Saturday night's '20,001 Leagues Under the Sea' theme party featured a giant squid, a multi-cultural buffet dinner and a rockin' dance band.

You either love or hate Sunday's pursuit race around Angel and Alcatraz (in either direction); Kim Desenberg had to love it, as his Wylie Wabbit, Mr. McGregor, finished first. For the full story, results, and lots more pictures, see the April issue of Latitude 38.


Goldilocks finished second in the pursuit race.


Express 37s at the weather mark


Wabbits on parade


Pole up!

Photos Latitude/JR and Chris


The post-race gathering on RYC's sunny decks.



Sailing in the (San Diego) NOOD

March 22 - San Diego

The Sailing World San Diego NOOD Regatta was sailed in excellent winds under sunny skies March 16-18. San Diego Yacht Club hosted 144 boats on two ocean courses and one course on Coronado Bay for small boats. Boats came from as far away as New England and Canada and included several from the Bay Area, among them Not the Family Buick, owned by Mike Stone of San Rafael, which won the Melges 24 division; Jessica Lord's Melges 24 Twist and Shout, StFYC; the Wiards' J/24 Nixon Was Cool, StFYC; Chuck Allen's Ultimate 20 UFO, StkSC; and Greg Mitchell's Sol Luna Sea out of RYC, which won the International 14 division.

While we're name-dropping, Peter Isler took first place in the Etchells fleet, while Dennis Conner had to settle for ninth.


Melges 24s at the weather mark
Photo Courtesy San Diego Yacht Club

For all the results, see www.sdyc.org/raceinfo/noodresults.htm


The Race Update

March 22 - Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea

Team Adventure passed through the Strait of Gibraltar at 1800 GMT yesterday and are in the home stretch for the finish at Marseille. As of 1030 GMT today, they had 430 miles to go. Warta Polpharma was damaged during the night of Sunday the 18th. After hearing a suspicious sound emanating from the bow of the boat, they found a crack through the hull, not just a surface breakage. Water was leaking into the port hull. After pumping the hull, the crew reinforced the damaged area. The damage is a mystery; they hadn't hit anything and they were only doing around nine knots in moderate waves. Warta Polpharma is headed towards Brazil and hopes to make repairs that will allow them to get back in The Race and duel it out with Team Legato. Only thing is, the deadline to finish is 20:56 GMT on April 2, and Team Legato still has 4,223 miles to go.




Jules Verne Trophy

March 22 - Around the World

Tracy Edwards is hunting for backing for another Jules Verne attempt by an all-female crew. But this time the former Whitbread skipper and skipper of Royal & Sun Alliance will project-manage the campaign and leave the sailing to others. Now 38 and the mother of a 15-month-old baby girl, Mackenna, Edwards has had enough risk-taking for one lifetime and is happy to devote herself to raising the money and putting together another ambitious campaign. The plan this time is to be in a position to have a go at the 71-day Jules Verne record in early 2003.

Edwards says she hopes to charter or buy one of the maxi-cats from The Race or possibly commission a new boat, depending on what a future sponsor might want. The crew is likely to consist of almost all the sailors from the Royal & Sun Alliance campaign.

For Ed Gorman's full story see www.madforsailing.com.



YOTREPS

March 22 - 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

March 22 - 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 Sea State

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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