Photos of the Day
May 20 - Catalina Harbor
Today's Photos of the Day comes from Cat Harbor, Catalina, where the Wanderer and de Mallorca stumbled across a cluster of large anchors and mooring weights about six feet above the high tide line. How they got there is unclear to us.
system - is only as good as its weakest link' . . .
In the case of this 300-pound abandoned anchor, the
weakest link had been the shackle, which was worn through.
In this photo, de Mallorca stands in front of a stack of fiberglass sand filters
for swimming pools. The clever folks at Catalina use these as mooring balls.
May 20 - Calais, France
Last weekend, race organizers postponed the start of the Calais, France, start of the 2,500-mile Lighthouse Race for the world's 10 fastest 60-ft trimarans. All the skippers agreed to the delay, as it was blowing over 40 knots in the infamous Bay of Biscay and an even stronger front was supposed to come through today.
French America's Cup Entry Rammed and Damaged by Greenpeace
May 20 - Lorient, France
That Areva, a large French nuclear power company, is the sponsor of the French Le Defi America's Cup Challenge, is an outrage to some environmentalists. The outrage vented on Saturday, when the boat was to be presented in a giant extravaganza to the people of Lorient, France, where she was built. Scores of environmentalists, including Greenpeace members, took to the water in a variety of craft to protest, and were successful in preventing the thousands gathered from seeing the boat. This was somewhat in keeping with assurances to local authorities by Greenpeace and three other environmental groups that they were going to conduct a "passive protest."
Then it became a more active protest. As the Le Defi folks were positioning the boat to have her lifted out of the water, a group of Greenpeace activists in an RIB broke through a police barricade and rammed the America's Cup entry on the beam at an estimated 15 knots. They struck a sensitive spot on the starboard side, just aft of the chainplates. The hull was not penetrated, but it's expected there was some delamination that will have to be repaired.
Le Defi crewman Tim Kroger was furious with Greenpeace's tactics. He told reporters that after the ramming, the Greenpeace members got on their backs "like beetles and said 'Don't touch us, we're pacifists.'" He noted that on the previous day, they had used disabled people as "fenders" on a wooden boat in an attempt to prevent getting kicked out of Le Defi's slip.
What makes the matter all the more piquant is that more than a decade ago, the French military sent a dive team to Auckland, New Zealand, current home of the America's Cup, to bomb and sink Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior. Which they did, although not very covertly. For what it's worth, France gets an overwhelming majority of its energy from nuclear power plants. This is not the end of this story or the protest.
What a Difference a Day Makes
May 20 - Two Harbors
This was our last weekend in Catalina - we think - until August, and we had a great time. But look at these two photos of Two Harbors to see what a difference a day makes. The first was shot on Saturday about noon, on an overcast and cool day. The second was shot at noon on Sunday, after the sun had broken through. Most everyone had already split for home.
This is our 'Catalina summer'. We've already been there four times, and intend to spend the entire month of August there. It was either Capri or Catalina, and in addition to being less expensive, Catalina is about 12,000 miles closer.
May 20 - 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/
May 20 - 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 at 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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