February Latitude Hits the (Damp) Streets
February 2 -
Making its way around the Bay, the state, and beyond since Friday is the February issue of Latitude 38. If you didn't grab one this weekend, it's worth getting wet to go out and pick one up!
Sausalito A-Cup Challenge
February 2 - Sausalito
John Sweeney (pictured at left), of the IACC Challenge Series based at Treasure Island, has just returned from meetings in New Zealand and Australia with top sailors and designers, with the goal in mind of putting together a Sausalito Yacht Club America's Cup Challenge.
"We plan to assemble a Board of Directors
and work along the lines of setting up a team that will train
in San Francisco. Our base will be Treasure Island
'Older' IACC boats competing on the Bay in the Challenge Series
Photos Courtesy www.challenge-series.com
For more, see the YachtRacing.com Web site, www.yachtracing.com/amcup2007/news/013004.htm.
Three Bridge Fiasco
February 2 - San Francisco Bay
A huge fleet of single and doublehanded boats turned out for Saturday's Three Bridge Fiasco, a tour of the Bay's three major bridges, in any order you choose. The sailors who chose to go counter-clockwise from the start off the Golden Gate YC chose wisely, as those who went clockwise got stuck in a graveyard in Raccoon Strait, some even going aground, including Hank Easom's Yucca. About half the fleet finished, though a few were disqualified for failing to show proper running lights at the finish after sunset.
Vaughn Seifers, sailing with crew Nick Nash, finished first overall on his Moore 24 Sparrowhawk, one of 34 Moores which competed. Although he chose the correct direction, he nevertheless got stuck for about ten minutes in Raccoon Strait, but managed to catch up and pass the boats which had rolled him. Coming in second was Ron Kell's Express 27 Abigail Morgan, with Peter Hogg aboard.
The actual course marks are Blackaller Buoy (near the City end of the Golden Gate), Red Rock (just short of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge) and Treasure Island (which bisects the Bay Bridge). For complete results, see the event's organizers Singlehanded Sailing Society's Web site at www.sfbaysss.org.
From the World Record Setting Department...
February 2 - Atlantic Ocean
Francis Joyon sailing the 90-ft trimaran IDEC, is still in line for breaking the world singlehanded speed record. The Frenchman, who set off on November 22, is aiming to beat countryman Michel Desjoyeaux's 93-day record set during the 2000-01 Vendée Globe race. Joyon hopes to cross the finish line in the English Channel tomorrow morning.
Meanwhile, that other record-setter, Steve Fossett, is holding off until at least next weekend on his pending Jules Verne Challenge. Fossett will skipper the 125-ft maxi-catamaran Cheyenne (formerly PlayStation) on the Jules Verne course and is hoping to add the world record to his already impressive list of achievements. To break the record, Cheyenne has to the beat time of 64 days, 8 hours, 35 minutes, 24 seconds set by Bruno Peyron on Orange.
For more on both stories, see www.yachting-world.com/yw/home.htm.
February 2 - 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.
February 2 - Punxsutawney, PA
Yes, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, presaging another six weeks of winter. The rest of us need only check the calendar to find that spring is still almost seven weeks away, plenty of time left to enjoy some winter sailing and yacht racing. For Netscape's winter weather page, which today features the furry prognosticator, see http://channels.netscape.com/ns/weather/severe.jsp?cond=7
February 2 - 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.