Photos of the Day
March 23 - San Francisco Bay
The coming weekend is looking a little gloomy in the Bay Area, with a forecast for showers, so we thought we'd perk you up with some photos from the last two weekends, which were fabulous.
Banderas Bay Report
March 23 - Nuevo Vallarta
A record 59 boats are ready to go for today's 9th annual Banderas Bay Regatta based out of Paradise Resort and Marina just north of Puerto Vallarta. The fleet, which is for cruising boats only, is the strongest ever. At the top of the list are seven multihulls with an average length of 50 feet, several of which are back for the fourth year in a row. The largest monohull division is headlined by Tom Petty's Wylie 65 Roxanne and the Twardowski family's Sundeer 65 Raven. The event consists of three races, with terrific parties at the Paradise Resort afterwards.
In a previous
edition of 'Lectronic, we reported on a 40-knot storm that
Pacific Puddle Jump
March 23 - Nuevo Vallarta
While the rest of us dream on, a veritable armada of cruising yachts is actually making its way westward across the Pacific toward French Polynesia - by far the largest group of 'Pacific Puddle Jumpers' to make the 2,800-mile trip since we started keeping track in the mid-'90s.
You'll meet them all - the Pacific Puddle Jump class of 2001 - in the pages of the April issue of Latitude 38. But we thought we'd introduce a few of them here, over the next few days, in 'Lectronic Latitude.
- Passport 42
Jim may well
be one of the saltiest guys in this year's group. He's lived
aboard for 22 years, and has been planning to go cruising since
1972! The plan was for Also II to be one of the first
boats to head west. En route, Jim will serve as net controller
for the Puddle Jump fleet.
March 23 - 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/
March 23 - 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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