Photos of the Day:
Birds seem to love Avalon's casino just as much as mariners do.
White's Landing, a little less than halfway between Avalon and Two Harbors, on Saturday morning. It was crowded but lovely.
Bonfires are big and bright at the water's edge at Two Harbors.
Our barbecue crew. Standing, from left: Holly, Peter, Arnie, Joanne, and Doña de Mallorca. Sitting, from left: Jacqueline, Ron, Leslie, and Dave.
"The Young Guy? Just Leave Him Up There."
August 13 - Newport Beach
When we arrived in Newport, the kind folks in the Sheriff's office assigned us a mooring - $100 for 20 nights! - not far from Brad Avery's boat. Brad is the head of Orange Coast College's superb sailing program and the Commodore of the suddenly revived TransPac Yacht Club, and we started talking about sailing in the 'old days'. Brad had the best story.
Something like 30 years ago, when he was 17, Brad managed, after a year of trying and two sailing trips across the Atlantic, to get a job as lowly deckhand aboard the legendary 71-ft Herreshoff ketch Ticonderoga in the Caribbean. As the youngster on the crew, he got no respect. The beautiful and busty young French girl who was the cook, and with whom he bunked in close quarters, ignored him completely. And the captain did pretty much the same - even in harsh conditions. For example, one of Brad's duties was to keep the varnish up on the mast. "I often spent the entire day up the mast varnishing. I remember being up there one squally day in Grenada. I'd been varnishing for awhile, when I saw this big squall approaching. Did they even think of lowering me down to the deck? Of course not. So I just put a cover over the can of varnish and hung on while the squall raged through. After it passed and everything dried, I resumed varnishing. For this, I was paid a total of $75 a month."
And as you might expect, they were some of the greatest days of his life. He just didn't realize it at the time.
J/105 North Americans this Week
August 13 - San Francisco
Anika Leerssen, Race Coordinator at the St. Francis Yacht Club, dropped us a note to remind us that the St. Francis Yacht Club and SF Bay Fleet 1 will host the 2003 J/105 North American Championship starting tomorrow. This event will be a seven-race, no throw-out regatta, and the owner-driver rule will apply. Thursday and Friday's racing will be in the Treasure Island area. Saturday and Sunday's racing will be off the Cityfront.
So far, 39 boats are registered. The event attracts racers from all over the country. Boats are coming from New York, Connecticut, Florida and Texas. There is also a heavy participation from an active southern California fleet. The local J-105 fleet is the oldest and largest fleet in the country with 52 registered boats. All of the top local boats will be racing, including Good Timin' (1), Zuni Bear (2) and Arbitrage (3).
"We expect the combination of San Francisco Bay winds and tides with a number of highly competitive boats on the starting line to produce truly world class racing," said Jaren Leet, the Regatta Developer.
This event kicks off a jam-packed late summer/early fall racing schedule for St. Francis YC. For more information go to www.stfyc.org and drill down through Regatta Information and the Racing Calendar. Photos, results, and other information are updated daily. Better yet, head out and watch the action, by sea or by land.
Calling All Women to Race for Mikey
August 13 - Tiburon
On August 24, the Tiburon YC will be holding
a revived edition of the Joan Storer Regatta, a women's PHRF
regatta. One male is allowed on board, but may not touch the
helm. The event this year will be a benefit for the Mikey Murison
Fund, and TYC would like to see a big turnout.
A Racing Seminar by women's sailing champion Marcia Peck will precede the race.
See www.tyc.org for more information, race instructions and entry form. The deadline to enter is August 18.
Poobah to Wander over to Corinthian Tomorrow
August 13 - Tiburon
Having just wandered back to the Bay Area after a sojourn in SoCal (see top story), the Wanderer/Poobah will give a presentation tomorrow night at the Corinthian YC on the Baja Ha-Ha.
Last night he visited a crowd at the Long Beach Singles Sailing Association, and here is some feedback he got, "Just want to say THANK YOU so very much for what was the best presentation that they have had in the year that I have been a member there. People raved about it long after you left. I think that you have started a new fan club here in the hinter lands of Los Angeles.
"The vignettes with each slide certainly revealed your excellent wit and sense of humor. All in all a smashing success! There were 2-3 more people who talked to me after the meeting about wanting to take their boats on the Ha-Ha either this year or next."
Don't miss out - head over to the Corinthian YC at 43 Main Street in Tiburon tomorrow night, August 14, 6-9 pm. This event is sponsored by KKMI. Admission is $10 per person. Visit www.cyc.org/speakers or call (415) 435-4771 if you have questions.
August 13 - 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.
August 13 - Pacific Ocean
San Francisco Bay Weather
Check out this guide to San Francisco Bay Navigational Aids: http://sfports.wr.usgs.gov/sfports.html.
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
The site for the Pacific Ocean sea states
has moved to http://www.mpc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/PacRegSSA.shtml.