Photo of the Day
May 7 - Ensenada, Baja California
Today's Photo of the Day was sent to us by Walter Johnson of Chayah, who says that it's of his mainsail trimmer Chuck 'Sleeping Beauty' Ray, after the recent Ensenada Race.
Photo Courtesy Chayah
Johnson sent the following to his crew: "We may not have gotten the press we deserved, but we are now part of Ensenada History. We will forever be part of the Secretary of Foreign Relations Trophy, the one given to the boat with the third best corrected time of the first place finishers in the ULDB class. This trophy was originally given to the winner of Class B, and in the past has gone to such notable boats as Cotton Tail, Dog Patch, Bingo, Christine, Brisa, the late Pandemonium, Allegiance, Elusive, Medicine Man, Alchemy, Out of Bounds, Pyewacket and J-Bird. We are in terrific company, something that no one can take from us. It's quite an accomplishment to go out and win one of the 17 or so perpetual trophies that are handed out among the 461 competitors. No one will remember that we raced against only five boats."
Five boats or 50, it's still a trophy.
Latitude 38 Is Not Associated with Latitude 38 Productions
May 7 - San Francisco
This Saturday night is KFOG radio's big KaBoom! fireworks show at Piers 30 and 32 on the San Francisco waterfront, which naturally will attract a lot of folks on their boats. It has come to our attention that a new event and party planning outfit unfortunately named 'Latitude 38 Productions' has chartered a Blue & Gold ferry boat for a party during the festivities. As you might imagine, we're not thrilled at the new outfit's choice of names, as it quite clearly seems to trade on a brand name and reputation we've spent more than 25 years developing. We've spoken with owner Peter Scully, and it's seems likely we'll be able to work out a satisfactory solution without have to resort to lawyers. Meanwhile, please be advised that the real Latitude 38 has nothing to do with any 'Latitude 38 Productions' party during the KFOG KaBoom!
Speaking of the KaBoom!, be aware that the Coast Guard and police agencies will be out in force, and in years past have stopped and cited a number of skippers for operating under the influence. This is not a good thing, as it goes on your driving record as a DUI, and the last thing you need is the loss of driving privileges for six months or more. So have fun, be careful and be sober.
Dinner or Fish Bait?
May 7 - Long Beach
"Regarding Monday's comment about the Asian couple getting mussels - perhaps to serve at a restaurant - from the docks at Alamitos Bay, I think they were probably going to use them for fish bait," writes David Lewis of Sweet Lorraine in Ventura. "Mussels are hard to keep on the hook, but they are good bait."
You could be right, David, but if so, they planned on catching an awful lot of fish.
And You Thought Medical Care Was Expensive in the States
May 7 - British Virgin Islands
After cleaning the bird's nest off and while in the process of delivering the Nautitech 435 Kabunza from Grenada in the lower Caribbean to Florida, Wayne Meretsky stopped in the British Virgins to await the arrival of his ladyfriend Wendy to join the crew.
"I got here last night after spending the previous 24 hours anchored at Prickly Pear Cay just north of Anguilla. I spent last night anchored at the The Baths at Virgin Gorda, but couldn't snorkel due to a nasty ear infection. I saw a doctor this morning and got ear drops. The 5-minute office visit cost $65 US, and the drugs were $10.
"I've had two problems with the boat: the glow plugs are dead, making it hard to start the diesel, and the mast track has a problem that causes the recirculating balls to drop out of the cars, which causes the cars to break. I've been through 100 balls so far.
Photos Wayne Meretsky
"After Wendy arrives this evening, we're heading to Foxy's where Burning Spear, the famous reggae band, will be playing. Then it's on to Miami via random islands."
More on Ships Passing the Brothers
May 7 - Richmond
"We don't know if it is legal," write Rick and Claire of Tiburon, "but about seven years ago we also saw a ship travel between the Brothers and the Richmond shore [see Monday's 'Lectronic]. We were actually on the Brothers touring the lighthouse at the time when we saw an outbound ship pass between Point San Pablo and the lighthouse. We, too, could not believe it, but we were up close and personal, so it no doubt happened.
"But have you ever seen two outbound ships pass on either side of Blossom Rock? We were near Blossom when a ship passed us on the Berkeley side of Blossom Rock and at the same time a ship passed on the Alcatraz side of Blossom Rock. The ship on the inside passed the other ship, and both steamed out the Gate."
The Finger-Pointing Continues in New Zealand
May 7 - Auckland, NZ
Having lost the America's Cup to the Swiss, the normally implacable Kiwis have turned to finger-pointing and blame. The latest is Team New Zealand boatbuilder Mick Cookson, one of the most respected in the world, who says he warned the syndicate of flaws in the structures of their America's Cup boats months before the match against Alinghi, but was ignored. Cookson further claimed that NZL81 and NZL82 are the best America's Cup boats he has built, and that "average sailors can make a good boat look bad." Ouch!
May 7 - 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.
May 7 - 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