Photos of the Day: Derek M Baylis
September 17 - San Francisco Bay
Today's Photos of the Day are of the Tom Wylie designed 65-ft unstayed cat ketch Derek M Baylis launched this spring by Wylie Cats of Watsonville. The plan is she'll be a marine research vessel. A near sistership is expected to be launched sometime soon in Southern California for Randy Repass, founder of West Marine.
The Moët Cup: A Really Good Show Continues Through Saturday
September 17 - San Francisco
The Moët Cup competition between Oracle BMW Racing and Alinghi on the San Francisco Cityfront continued yesterday with excellent racing in strong breezes under sunny skies. Oracle BMW took both races yesterday, with Larry Ellison beating Ernesto Bertarelli by 24 seconds in the Owner/Driver class, and Gavin Brady besting Jochen Shuemann by 27 seconds in the Pro/Driver Series.
The consensus of yachting journalists from the United States and aboard is that the Moët Cup is turning out to be a much better event than expected. They've been impressed by the condition of the boats, the level of sailing, the great winds, and the spectator-friendly venue. Given that context, it should be clear that we're not shilling for billionaires when we say you really ought to get down to the Cityfront and check it out. Great facilities have been set up on the waterfront between the St. Francis and Golden Gate YCs, and when it gets a little cold or the boats get a ways away, you can move inside heated buildings, buy hot coffee, and watch the action on graphic displays.
Chris Tanna of Lake Tahoe made himself comfortable watching the races, bringing his own chair and table, plus wine and cheese.
There will be two races a day through Saturday, and with the weather getting warmer, we'd expect particularly big crowds on Friday and Saturday. Although private boats aren't prohibited from the course, it's been extremely crowded on the water, and we actually think you'll enjoy yourselves more from shore. Latitude 38 Managing Editor John Riise has tried it both ways, and recommends the latter.
Dawn Riley, a vet of her own America's Cup campaign, provides commentary for the racing.
One of the most interesting comments yesterday came from Ross Halcrow of Oracle BMW, who noted had they tried racing the IACC boat Young America in these conditions, she would have broke and sank. "So it's pretty exciting to be sailing here with Oracle BMW on these great solid boats, and being able to sheet on and sit down there to leeward getting covered in water without worrying about what's going to break next."
For more information on the event, visit www.moetcup.com.
Ellen MacArthur, Queen of the Oceans, driving Alinghi
Three Photos Above Thierry Martinez
Other Photos Latitude/JR
Alinghi turns heads as she tacks close to shore.
Alinghi and Oracle spring toward the weather mark.
Speaking of Superb Photographer Thierry Martinez . . .
September 17 - Cherbourg, France
Check out his photos of the new Mari-Cha IV - particularly the one from aft - at www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/photos/03/0911mc. Is that some kind of monster boat or what? Assuming she survives Hurricane Isabel, the plan is for her to take a crack at the Transatlantic Record, then head to the Caribbean for some fun races such as Antigua, and then maybe come around to the Pacific for next July's West Marine Pacific Cup. The big schooner, which is believed to be capable of hitting 40 knots, would not be eligible for the TransPac in 2005 because of rating limitations. But wouldn't it be cool to see a boat that might be capable of sailing from San Francisco to Hawaii in something like five days?
A Plug for San Francisco Bay Sailing
September 17 - San Francisco Bay
"It's what all Bay sailors have known for years - there isn't a better venue for such a fine event as this Moët Cup," writes Bob Rynd. "I was out watching the boats yesterday, and it's the most fantastic thing to happen on the Bay since . . . well, since last week's Big Boat Series and the T-Mobile International."
Mark Rudiger to Speak at the Corinthian YC on Thursday
September 17 - San Francisco
Mark Rudiger, one of the best and most sought-after ocean racing navigators in the world, will be speaking at the Corinthian YC on Thursday night, September 18 (that's tomorrow). Mark has been the navigator on five first-to-finish TransPac boats, two Sydney to Hobart first-to-finish boats, and this summer, first to finish on the inaugural Daimler-Chrysler Transatlantic race. He was navigator for Paul Cayard on EF Language when they won the Whitbread Around the World Race, and was co-skipper on Assa Abloy when they took second to John Kostecki in the Volvo Ocean Race. As a regular on maxis Sayonara and Pegasus, Mark brings an amazing perspective on the state of long-distance ocean races.
Mark Rudiger (with family) in Hawaii
The club doors will open at 6 p.m. with a $10/person buffet and no-host bar. Mark will start his talk around 7 p.m., wrapping up around 9 p.m. Admission is only $10 per person, and proceeds will be split between Hospice of Marin and Lake of the Pines Youth Sailing. Reservations are strongly encouraged, as seating will be limited. To make reservations, call CYC at (415) 435-4771 or visit www.cyc.org/speakers/markrudiger.html and fill out the online reservations form.
Isabel Not Far from the East Coast
September 17 - Eastern Seaboard
We just want to let all you folks - and particularly boat owners - know that our hearts are with you as Isabel is about to strike. Do all you can for your boats, but remember that they can be replaced but you can't.
Graphic Courtesy Unisys Weather
September 17 - 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.
September 17 - 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.