March 27 - Australia
Peter Gilmour and his Pizza La Team, representing the OneWorld America's Cup challenge, has won the Sun Microsystems Australia Cup for a record fifth time. The Perth born and bred skipper made it look easy, as he demolished Gavin Brady sailing for Italy's Prada Challenge, in two straight races. His performance is a benchmark in the eighteen year history of the event, winning 25 races from 26 starts over the five days. Brady has lost for the second time in two weeks, having also gone down to Frenchman Bertrand Pace in Auckland's Steinlager Line 7 regatta just a week ago.
Peter Gilmour, Gran Prix Sailing in Perth
Photos Courtesy Allsport
Ken Read, from Team Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes challenge, sailing his first grade-one event, took third place after a close conflict with Magnus Holmberg, who finished fourth for the second week in a row. However, Magnus Holmberg is consoled by the fact that he still heads the leaderboard in the Swedish Match Grand Prix sailing tour.
There are three events remaining in the
Year-Two Event Schedule of the Swedish Match Grand Prix tour:
--- May 24-30 ACI Cup of Croatia in Split, Croatia
--- May 31-June 4 Match Race Lake Constance, Germany
--- July 2-8 Swedish Match Cup in Marstrand, Sweden
RESULTS: 1. Peter Gilmour (USA) 2. Gavin
Brady (ITA) 3. Ken Read (USA) 4.
Magnus Holmberg (SWE) 5. Luc Pillot (FRA) 6. Chris Dickson (USA) 7.
Jes-Gram Hansen (DEN) 8. Neville Wittey (AUS) 9. Jesper Radich (DEN) 10.
James Spithill (USA) 11. Andy Beadsworth (GBR) 12. Nicola Celon (ITA)
Swedish Match Grand Prix sailing tour scores
after five events: 1. Magnus
Holmberg (SWE) 80; 2. Bertrand Pace (NZL) 49; 3. Peter Gilmour (USA) 45; 4.
Gavin Brady (ITA) 40; 5. Ed Baird (USA) 36; 6. Chris Dickson (USA) 34; 7.
Sten Mohr (DEN) 32; 8. Peter Holmberg (USA) 27.
For more details see the event Web site:
and the Swedish Match Tour Web site: www.swedishmatchgp.com
And The Race Goes On...
March 27 - The Atlantic Ocean
Another leveller is the fact that the Poles
have had to leave two of their number ashore after Richard Block
and Piotr Cichocki failed medical tests. The Team Legato
crew have been four short since setting out from Wellington,
New Zealand a month ago. According to St James's Yachting, Team
Legato's weather routers, the Doldrums, that area of calms
that divide the north and south trade wind belts and stretch
right across the Equator are currently between 01 and 01:30'N
but it will not be until they reach 04 N that Bullimore &
Co can expect the 15-17 knot NE Trades to kick in properly. Their
only advantage is that they currently hold a 330 mile upwind
1. Club Med Finished Marseille 19:56GMT
Photos Courtesy Gazet Beskid
Pacific Puddle Jump
March 27 - Nuevo Vallarta
On Friday, we began a series of profiles on the Pacific Puddle Jump class of 2001 - cruisers making the jump from Mexico to the Marquesas. We'll have more in tomorrow's 'Lectronic, and you'll find all of them in the pages of the April issue of Latitude 38.
- Custom 36-ft cutter
Having sailed for many years prior to heading
south, Bob and Cary had a pretty good idea what the cruising
life was like, but there were some pleasant surprises. "We've
really been impressed with the strength and closeness of the
cruising community: meeting people from different countries,
learning to become more flexible in our day-to-day lives. And
we've come to appreciate the 'wealth' of having a simple life."
They hope to complete a 'westabout' circumnavigation, but are
in no particular hurry.
If you were lucky enough to sail in Baja Ha-Ha III, you may remember Dave and Linda. Here's an excerpt from our bio on them from that 1996 event: "If you're out on the ocean and you hear a lively jig floating on the wind, don't assume you're being followed by the miniature mountain men from Darby O'Gill and the Little People. It's probably only Dave sawing away on his fiddle."
He and Linda have been fiddling around
in anchorages all along the Mexican mainland and up into the
Sea of Cortez. "We came to Mexico for one season and stayed
for six," admits Linda. "The families we've met, from
La Paz to Palenque, have been caring, wonderful people that we
will miss -- and we plan to return someday."
March 26 - 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 26 - 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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