Photo of the Day
February 15 - Mazatlan, Mexico
Today's Photo of the Day is of a float at the recent Carnaval in Mazatlan. Photographer Dave Wallace of Air Ops missed the shot he really wanted, the one of the Osama bin Laden - no kidding - float. The float had three-foot long rats at each corner, with the centerpiece being a guy dressed up like an Arab dancing on a big coffin. Politically correct has not yet gotten south of the border.
Photo Dave Wallace
Over Before It Started
February 15 - Brest, France
Olivier de Kersauson hopes to start his Jules Verne attempt sometime very soon with the 120-ft trimaran Geronimo. He was delayed when his carbon fiber mast snapped 18 feet from the top several months ago.
Remembrance for Carl Schumacher
February 15 - San Francisco
Keeping It Clean
February 15 - Zihuatanejo, Mexico
Good question. While we're not 100% positive, we don't think cruisers crap into Z-town Bay, for the simple reason that almost all cruisers swim in it regularly. Our normal routine - which we think is widespread - is to wake up in the morning and go to shore for a little breakfast . . . and to use the head. Naturally, there are emergencies, so you have to have contingencies. When we were down there last time, one of our crew got a little turista in the middle of the night. The options were turning on our marine sanitation device, go into a bucket for later offshore disposal, or leave it in the head for later offshore disposal. Bottom line, we think cruisers keep it clean for their own good.
Actually, we think there's a much greater danger posed by the effluence of the general population, whose numbers have swollen in the hills around the little bay. As a result, as much as we love raw oysters, we wouldn't even think of eating one in Z-town. Not anymore.
Anybody else have any input on the subject? (email Richard)
America's Cup Boats on the Bay This Weekend
February 15 - Tiburon
NZL 14 racing on the Bay
Photo Courtesy www.iaccsf.com
"The International America's Cup Class
- San Francisco has been formed with the following goals: a)
Increase awareness, appreciation for, and participation in the
America's Cup. b) Provide owners and syndicates with a venue
to enjoy and showcase these magnificent pieces of America's Cup
history. c) Offer fantastic sponsorship opportunities to organizations
wishing to leverage the marketing power of IACC racing. America's
Cup Media LLC contracts the yachts to advertisers as sailing
billboards when they are not racing in the IACCSF.
Singlehand Through the Panama Canal? No.
February 15 - Panama
We think it's about $350, but perhaps someone who has just come through the Canal can give us the latest (email Richard). By the way, there is no way you can "singlehand" through the Panama Canal. The rules require that you not only have a canal pilot, but also four linehandlers, plus four lines of 125 feet in length, as well as captive cleats. These are good rules, for without them you'd badly damage your boat.
First Cayard, Now Dickson
February 15 - Auckland, NZ
Larry Ellison's Oracle Racing America's Cup Syndicate has two of the world's best America's Cup skippers under contract: Paul Cayard and Chris Dickson. Cayard wasn't brought to Auckland for the winter practice, reportedly for having problems with Ellison, and is in fact now sailing in the Volvo Ocean Race. And the talk on the dock is that Dickson is now on a "leave of absence," as a result of having problems with the crews.
Some organizations thrive on harmony, others - like the Oakland A's when they were winning all the World Series - thrill on aggression and in-fighting. If there's an America's Cup syndicate that can thrive on the latter, it's probably Ellison's Oracle Racing.
Volvo Ocean Race
February 15 - South Atlantic
With just 963 miles to go to Rio, Northern Californian John Kostecki and illbruck have a nearly insurmountable lead of 82 miles over Tyco, which pulled ahead of Amer Sports One. The big news is that News Corp, which had been battling in third, lost her rudder while sailing at 22 knots on a shy spinnaker reach. Hitting ice in the Southern Ocean may have contributed to the rudder breaking.
Positions on February 15 at 0400 GMT: 1. illbruck, 963 miles to finish; 2. Team Tyco, 81 mbl; 3. Amer Sports One, 97 miles behind leader; 4. Assa Abloy, 109 mbl; 5. djuice, 109 mbl;. 5. News Corp, 167 mbl; 7. Amer Sports Too, 536 mbl 8. Team SEB, 1,460 mbl. See www.volvooceanrace.com.
February 15 - 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/
February 15 - 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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