Photo of the Day
October 22 - Auckland, NZ
Today's Photo of the Day is of a billboard near the America's Cup Village in Auckland, New Zealand.
OneWorld, of course, is the Seattle-based syndicate that went undefeated in the first challenger round robin. OneWorld will have at least one point against them in the second round, as that's the penalty they received for supposedly having received classified information from the previous New Zealand boat. Lots of folks think they got away with a light slap on the wrist.
In any event, Round Robin II starts today, with OneWorld and the Swiss Alinghi clearly the top two boats. Larry Ellison's Golden Gate YC-based Oracle BMW started strong but was exposed to be off the top pace downwind, as designer Bruce Farr had opted to give up sail area in return for a lighter and hopefully faster boat. What, if anything, can be done about it as this stage is hard to say. They are, however, expected to sail the same boat US 76 in the second round. It's also quite likely they will join OneWorld, Alinghi, and one other syndicate in the double-elimination group. Boats not in the top four at the end of Round Robin II will end up in the single elimination group, and will face an extremely difficult battle in making it to the finals.
Latitude Is Far More Than One Person
October 22 - Mill Valley
For a moment I'd like to speak as Richard Spindler, founder and publisher of Latitude 38, rather than in the editorial 'we' commonly used in 'Lectronic and Latitude 38. I was the subject of a very flattering article by Dan Fost on the front page of the Business Section of the Sunday Chronicle, and was genuinely touched by the nice things everyone - including competitors - had to say.
The only thing I wished could have made
it into the story were my comments about the terrific people
here that make Latitude a reality. Lest anyone get the
wrong impression, the magazine is the furthest thing in the world
from a one person show. I've always thought of Latitude
as an 'art project', so I've never had an employer/employee perspective.
As such, I take considerable pride in the fact that Latitude
has never had a time clock and I have no idea what hours - or
even days - people work here. Because everyone is so responsible
and does their job so professionally, it only makes sense they
should enjoy such freedom. In any event, this is the perfect
time to introduce the folks who make this 'art project' a reality:
In closing, I hope the accompanying photographs will once and for all dispel the myth that Latitude might be some high falutin' publishing powerhouse. For more than 15 years, a large piece of wood resting on two file cabinets facing a storage room wall - in a basement hallway, no less - was my office. And it was just fine, for when you're putting out a magazine, what counts is the results, not what your office looks like. When we added a third editor, I got kicked up front. My current office isn't luxurious - desk is a $22 Formica countertop from Home Depot - or neat (see photo above right), but it's all I need to do what I like doing best - which is putting Latitude together with the rest of the team.
When in Rome . . .
October 22 - Ostia, Italy
One of the more popular places to leave a boat for the winter in the Med this year is Il Porto Di Roma, which is located on the west coast of Italy at Ostia, about 15 miles from Rome. The attraction is a half full marina where a bunch of gregarious Aussies were able to negotiate a great group rate. Whether it will be in effect next winter, however, remains to be seen. The only problem with the place is that it's sort of out in the middle of nowhere, with few restaurants, and lots of high rise low-income housing. According to Dave and Bonnie Carleton of the Santa Fe-based F/P 39 cat Icarus, they much prefer wintering over in Gaeta, a wonderful little medieval town with a great marina about an hour south of Rome. Read all about it in the November issue of Latitude 38.
Porto Di Roma
Medieval town and small marina at Gaeta
Photo Courtesy Gaeta
Southern California Dreaming
October 22 - Newport Beach and Catalina Island
If you think Southern California has all the sunshine, it's not true - at least along the coast.
While there was lots of sunshine and blue skies in the Bay Area
on Sunday, it was a dismal gray at both the front side of Catalina . . .
. . . and in Newport Beach, where the schooner Curlew slipped into the harbor.
Fossett and PlayStation on Pace to Reclaim Record
October 22 - British Isles
Steve Fossett and crew aboard the 120-ft maxi cat PlayStation are currently about three hours ahead of the record pace in their attempt to reclaim the Around Britain and Ireland Record. Fossett owned the course record with his 55-ft tri Lakota until four months ago when Tracy Edwards' crew claimed it with the Ollier-designed maxi cat Maiden 2. With gales from aft forecast for the next two days, Fossett and crew will surely build on their record pace for the near future.
PlayStation at the start of The Race
Photo Guillaume Plisson, Corbis Sygma
Visit www.fossettchallenge.com for the latest as well as good maps of their progress.
October 22 - 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/
October 22 - 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/Maps/Southwest.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