Photo of the Day
April 2 - Los Angeles
Start 'em young!
Photo Devan Mullin
The Catana Could Have Been a Contender
April 2 - The Atlantic Ocean
Photo Courtesy www.catana-live.com/fr/
Update: Thanks to Joseph Oster, here's
a bit of the Catana's log when they were doing well: "The
boat is absolutely perfect. It's incredible how safe we feel
aboard this catamaran. When we were surfing down the waves in
gusts of wind, we got close to 33 knots, and crashed more than
once in the wave that was in front of us. But thanks to the volume
of the bows, Saint Nicolas always got out well."
Maxi Monohull Level Racing
April 2 - The World
Remember when Santa Cruz 70s had near level
racing in the TransPac? The days of little boats have gone, now
that Roy Disney and Bob McNeil have started working with Bill
Lee to develop a level class rule for 86-footers. McNeil's new
boat, the R/P 86 Zephyrus V will debut on San Francisco
Bay later this month, while Disney - currently kicking butt with
his current R/P 75-footer in the Caribbean - is looking for a
builder for his new R/P 86.
Mystery Schooner Identified!
April 2 - Antigua
Photo Jim Drake
"I believe the mystery schooner in your March 27 'Lectronic about the Antigua Classic Regatta is Ashanti of Vegisak," writes Valerie Hoskin of the Long Beach based Valerie K. "She was on the west coast a few years ago, and my husband Ron and I had the pleasure of getting a tour from the crew. We repaid them later with a champagne cruise around Alamitos Bay in a classic barrel-back speed boat. As Emma said from the back seat, 'It sets off a wonderful vibration!' By the way, thank you for the link to YOTREPS, as it allow us to keep track of our friends Paul & Mary aboard the Tayana 37 Aventura."
Orange Still In One Piece
April 2 - The Southern Ocean
All the way across the Indian Ocean, Bruno
Peyron and his crew have been beset by the most inhospitable
Southern Ocean weather any of them have experienced. And just
today, they admitted that four days ago Orange started
suffering from delamination.
Yelapa and Fat Thighs
April 2 - Mexico
"Since Yelapa is one of the current
topics in 'Lectronic," writes Lonnie Spencer of a Palo Alto
and Puerto Escondido-based Newport 30, "I wonder if you
know about Maggie Stites? She is a wonderful woman who spent
years volunteering in the Palo Alto schools when her children
were there. Maggie is all about justice, equality and peace.
As she began to lose her sight some 25 years ago, she decided
somehow that Yelapa was to be her home. She lives humbly behind
the beach, and has a lovely little book of poetry for sale. If
anyone goes there, ask for Maggie, la gringa ciega.
The Crew of Wild Wild West at Yelapa
April 2 - 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/
April 2 - 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/. The National Weather Service site for San Francisco Bay has moved to www.wrh.noaa.gov/Monterey/.
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 Winds and Pressure
The University of Hawaii Dept. of Meteorology page posts a daily map of the NE Pacific Ocean barometric pressure and winds.
Pacific Sea State
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