A Tour of Three Bridges in the Rain
January 28 - San Francisco Bay
For a complete report and more photos, see John Riise's story in the February issue of Latitude 38, due to hit the usual Bay Area outlets on Friday the 1st. For the complete list of finishers, see www.sfbaysss.org/2002/tbfresults.html.
Moore 24 start
Express 27 start
Moore 24 start
Coast Starlight Ltd
Photos John Riise
Not Much Wind, Even Less Sleep for Volvo Racers
January 28 - Auckland, New Zealand
illbruck at the start of Leg 4
Photo Rick Tomlinson
Amer Sports One and SEB tack around the Volvo buoy, a turning mark four miles from the start, where the wind blew at 17 knots.
"This has been the best start," claimed Kevin Shoebridge, skipper of current leader Tyco, "Usually we get out and it's straight to two reefs and a #4 [jib]!"
djuice skipper Knut Frostad commented, "After having spent the last twenty nights in a very nice big bed in Auckland, it's tough to get up at midnight for your first watch on deck."
An exhausted Neal McDonald, skipper of Leg 3 winner Assa Abloy, said he only got about an hour's sleep last night. "I guess most of the boats haven't had much sleep. We haven't been on a tack for more than about 10 to 15 minutes."
In the light air, the boats are all bunched up. Shoebridge says Tyco is only a half mile ahead of Amer Sports One.
In a couple more days the fleet will enter the Southern Ocean, beginning the most brutal part of the around-the-world race. Leg 4 will then take the eight yachts around Cape Horn and up the South Atlantic to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
To follow the action and check out more great photos from the start in Auckland, see www.volvooceanrace.com.
Amer Sports One cameramen jump in the water after the start. Latitude 38 photographers do this all the time on SF Bay. Oh yeah, sure!
Above Photo Courtesy Amer Sports One
Blonde ambition: Amer Sports Too after the start
illbruck, SEB and Assa Abloy round the tip of the Coromandel Peninsula at Cape Colville.
Except as Noted
All Photos Courtesy www.volvooceanrace.com
New Buoys Set by Cruisers
January 28 - Barra de Navidad, Mexico
Allan on Slainte writes, "After watching many vessels sticking their keels in the mud, the sailboats Slainte (pronounced Slan-tcha) and Li'l Gem set buoys to make the channel to Barra de Navidad lagoon more distinguishable. Slainte and Li'l Gem with language help from Janet of Bambolera contacted the Port Captain in Barra and got permission to set the buoys.
"The entrance is pretty straight forward. After passing the Grand Bay Hotel Marina entrance, head toward the island in the lagoon using 130 degrees magnetic. You should point your bow 100 feet left of the island. Next look back and keep the two red commercial buoys in line with each other all the way to the island. The red commercial buoys will stay at 310 magnetic. The four buoys set by Slainte and Li'l Gem will be clearly visible as your vessel sails forward to the lagoon on 130 magnetic. Do not turn into the lagoon until you're 150 [feet] from the island. The channel is between 10 to 17 feet deep at low tide and over 100 feet wide. The lagoon is nearly square, well over 600 by 600 [feet] wide and 9 to 14 feet deep.
"Attached is a simple chart of the lagoon with the buoys. Enjoy Barra's offerings including Tessa's excellent hamburgers and homemade milk shakes and Casa Chips' view, beer and help from owner Jack. Also in Barra there is an ATM, a French bakery, other fine restaurants and good stores, and with a 10 minute bus ride to the town Melaque there is more fun and exploring to be found."
(To print out the entire map on one sheet of letter-size paper,
select wide, landscape or horizontal print setup.)
January 28 - 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/
January 28 - 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 is www.nws.mbay.net/home.html.
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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