Photo of the Day
April 18 - Cyberspace
Today's Graphic of the Day is of the 80
foot by 45 foot one design offshore catamaran Bruno Peyron hopes
will be racing around as part of The Race Tour in 2006. Two of
the most interesting things you'll immediately notice is that
they have a 'god pod' in the center as was the case in ENZA,
and like the now lost Team Phillips, have no forward crossbeam.
It's like a cat in the sense that only two hulls touch the water,
but it's like a tri in the sense there are three hulls, the center
one of which allows for tighter headstay tension. The design
is the work of Gilles Ollier & Associates, and Van Peteghem/Prevost,
all of whom are French, and all of whom have had extreme success
in multihull design.
It will be remembered that Peyron himself is having a 120 foot cat being built to enter in the 2004 version of The Race. Details of the cat, currently under construction, are a big secret.
Should You Judge a Book By Its Title?
April 18 - Mill Valley
Maybe we have a bad attitude, but we weren't
as impressed as we hoped we'd be with Ferenc Màté's
new book The World's Best Sailboats, Volume II. Thanks
to 535 color photos and 218 illustrations, it's a lovely follow
up to The World's Best Sailboats, Volume I, which sold
an astounding 100,000 copies.
McNeil and Z-5 Hunting for Competition
April 18 - Mill Valley
So far it's been pretty easy sledding for
Mill Valley Bob McNeil and his R/P 86 Zephyrus V. Since
her launch last summer, she's taken line honors in the Pacific
Cup to Hawaii, the Navidad Race to Mexico, and the Pineapple
Cup to Jamaica. Looking for more competition, she's now entered
in the DaimlerChrysler North Atlantic Challenge, a 3,600-mile
offshore sailing race from Newport, Rhode Island to Cuxhaven,
Germany. So far there are 62 entries, which will make it the
largest TransAtlantic race for fully crewed monohull yachts perhaps
ever. Slow boats start on June 14, the fast ones will start on
So How Was Island Madness?
April 18 - La Paz
Life In a Glass Bowl
April 18 - Newport
"My wife and I were taking our Lagoon
380 Beach Access to the Bahia Corinthian YC in Newport
in order to fill our water tanks when we spotted another catamaran
in our harbor," reports Glenn Twitchell. "We live aboard
on a mooring in Newport Harbor and thus are familiar with all
the other cats in the neighborhood. We went by for a closer look
and saw that the cat in question was Profligate. Here
in Newport? How cool! We assume that you're here for the Newport
to Ensenada Race. We have one of those Duffy electric boats that
are popular here and would be happy to give you a harbor cruise.
In addition, if you need crew for the Ensenada Race, Monica and
I are willing and able. But where's the mast?"
It's soon going to be better than new, and we hope to be sailing from Newport to Avalon again the first week in May, thanks in a large part to the fine folks at Forespar, and Marina Shipyard in Long Beach. Maybe we'll be able to take you up on the harbor tour offer in the fall.
Even with a minor mast step problem, Dona de Mallorca enjoyed a great sail from Avalon to Alamitos Bay last weekend.
Upon nearing the harbor entrance, she saw these other So Cal boats out having sailing fun on a mostly gloomy day.
It's the Last of the Dartmouth Sailing Week
April 18 - Banderas Bay
Don't Forget the Sailor's Ball
April 18 - San Francisco
April 18 - The Pacific Ocean and Cyberspace
Who is out making passages in the Pacific and what kind of weather are they having? The YOTREPS daily yacht tracking page has moved to www.bitwrangler.com/psn.
April 18 - 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