Photos of the Day
May 12 - Santa Catalina Island
Today's Photos of the Day are from last weekend at Catalina, where the weather was glorious. Yes, there were small craft warnings for the channel on Friday, but it really wasn't bad at all. Saturday and Sunday were spectacular, with clear skies from sunrise to sundown. It was warm, and more unusual, it was dry. Although a cruise ship came calling, Avalon didn't seem crowded, which made things pleasant. Sunday morning, we made our way up the coast to Two Harbors. The water was clear and flat as a pancake. When it's calm like that, there are all kinds of tiny coves with beaches where it's possible to anchor. As for Two Harbors itself, it was almost empty. Just 25 boats by late afternoon. One of the boats belonged to Marty Kasules, who recently retired as the head of the Orange County Harbor Patrol. He's loving the cruising life, letting his hair grow, and reports he can't wait for the start of the Ha-Ha.
We think Catalina is a gem, particularly before and after the summer months, when it's not so crowded. But even then it's terrific, as it provides a tremendous amount of pleasure to so many people. Avalon and Two Harbors couldn't be more different, but we think they both do a terrific job. All the harbor folks have great dispositions, the locals are friendly, and the prices are reasonable. We're usually able to come up with scores of ways places could be improved, but when it comes to Catalina, we're hard-pressed to think of anything we would change. Nice going everyone!
Avalon, as seen near sundown on a wonderfully warm Saturday afternoon.
There were many vacant buoys on Saturday morning.
Isthmus Cove was spectacular, with a warm breeze funneling through.
A visiting boater [photo above] shows that it sometimes takes muscles to be able to squeeze a dinghy in or out of the pack at the dinghy dock [photo below].
Despite the hundreds of boats at Avalon, the water is clear. Unfortunately, it's too polluted for swimming, but that's believed to be because of problems with onshore sewer lines.
How Many Pages?
We were flipping through the latest issue of Multihulls Magazine when we came across a 9.5 page feature by publisher Charles Chiodi on "How To Assemble A Windrider" - which is a 17-ft roto mold trimaran.
Was the subject really worth that much editorial space, or was it just an excuse to run 10 photos of the unnamed helper, as seen in the accompanying photo? And hey, what about that pose?
Boom Times for the ARC
May 12 - Canary Islands
The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, the granddaddy of all cruising rallies, announced that on May 9 they accepted their 225th entry for this year's 2,750-mile rally from the Canary Islands to St. Lucia in the Caribbean. This is the earliest in the year they have reached maximum subscription. The most represented manufacturer is Oyster, with 19 boats, trailed by Hallberg-Rassy with 17, while former leader Swan had dropped to 13.
Sailor's Ball Raises $14,000 in Donations, Sponsorship and Matching Grants
May 12 - Treasure Island
The first annual Sailor's Ball was a huge success raising over $14,000 for the Treasure Island Sailing Center (TISC) Foundation. Nearly 300 people from the city and sailing community of San Francisco attended the first annual fund-raising gala. Various sailing dignitaries including Paul Cayard, John Kostecki, Morgan Larson and Dawn Riley. The proceeds from the Sailor's Ball will fund scholarships and boat purchases for the summer youth and adaptive sailing programs that expect to have over 400 participants this year, the most ever since the sailing center began operations in 1999.
May 12 - Oakland
"I am enclosing a photo of my friend Don Person on his turtled West Wight Potter 15," writes Mike Westfield. "I understand that there have been some efforts to get rid of the Oakland Fireboat, but I believe this photo suggests that it's needed. The boat turtled at the 5th Avenue launch ramp on May 7."
Photo Dave Lawson
We're not familiar with the fireboat situation in the Oakland Estuary, so we don't know if it's being phased out or not, or if it should be or not. What we know for sure is that a fireboat makes for a terrible rescue boat, as it takes much too long to get away from the dock and isn't very fast. An inflatable would be much more suited for the Estuary.
For what it's worth, readers will recall that last September Bill Teplow sailed from Berkeley to and around Hawaii on his West Wight Potter 19 Chubby. A 19 is considerably bigger than a 15, nonetheless, the Pacific Ocean and the channels between the Hawaiian Islands are considerably rougher than the Oakland Estuary.
May 12 - Santa Catalina Island
Can anyone explain why somebody would have their generator semi-permanently hanging from their boom? In a seaway, it could become a deadly bludgeon.
May 12 - 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 12 - 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