Photos of the Day
January 19 - Atlantic Ocean
Today's Photos of the Day come from Frenchman Francis Joyon's campaign to set a new non-stop solo around the world effort aboard the mini-maxi 92-ft trimaran IDEC, ex-Sport Elect. Much to the surprise of some, Joyon has managed to cover 22,000 miles - including the necessary ground in the Southern Ocean - aboard the monster tri without getting killed. He's most recently been rocketing his way up the coast of Brazil, sometimes at over 400 miles per day. The finish line off France, and a smashing new solo around the world record, aren't that far away.
Photo Francis Joyon
Francis Joyon during IDEC's sea trials off Trinité sur Mer
Photo Jocelyn Biérot
All Photos Courtesy IDEC
And Then There Is Monsieur Van den Heede
January 19 - Cape Leeuwin, Australia
While Francis Joyon zooms around the world the 'right way' aboard a big tri, Jean Luc Van den Heede is in the middle of yet another attempt to sail non-stop, solo, around the world the 'wrong way' - meaning against the prevailing winds on his 84-ft aluminum sloop. The good news is that he's about to round Cape Leeuwin off the southwest coast of Australia, and is 18 days ahead of the current record pace set by Philippe Monnet.
Corinthian Midwinters Photo Essay
January 19 - Tiburon
This weekend featured the first two races in Corinthian YC's four-race midwinters series, the Bay's most popular winter racing event with 130 boats competing under hazy/sunny skies, in heavy ebb with enough wind to get around the course.
For more info, including results from the first two races, see www.cyc.org/race/2004/midwinters.html. The series concludes on February 14 and 15.
Warren Peace served as race committee boat for the start.
Golden Moon leads this group out of Belvedere Cove on a spinnaker reach.
The run southwest to Yellow Bluff
The sun breaks through the haze to shine through Samiko's spinnaker.
The crowd at Yellow Bluff
Two woodies: Chimera (with the Laser mizzen) and Chorus
Silkye leads Razzberries and Flexi-Flyer to the turning mark at Elephant Rock
Tiger Beetle gets the gun (note the muzzle flash) in the new IOR Warhorses division.
January 19 - St. Barth, FWI
This is what Profligate looks like anchored at Grand Saline Beach at St. Barth, which, if you believe the lifestyle magazines, played host over the holidays to the likes of Puff Daddy, Carson Daly, Steve Martin, Uma Thurman, Beyoncé, Rebecca Gayheart, Martha Stewart, Tom Hanks, Robert DeNiro, and that ilk. Not that we saw any of them.
Even more importantly, we're not seeing that view right now, as our dream to spend six straight weeks on Profligate has ended in failure. There was just too much work back home, and trying to work out of a crowded French Internet café, with French software programs, proved to be woefully inefficient. Are we glad to be back home? Ha! We're working 18 hours a day to get our work done and return to the Latitude 25th Anniversary Cruise as soon as possible.
January 19 - 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.
January 19 - 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.