Photos of the Day: Orange II
February 11 - Trinité sur Mer, France
The new maxi-catamaran Orange II, skippered by Frenchman Bruno Peyron, was christened today by fencing champion Laura Fessel, who won the bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. With Orange II Peyron hopes to reclaim the Jules Verne Trophy, should Cheyenne or Geronimo prove successful in their current Jules Verne around-the-world record attempts, or if not to improve his own record, set in 2002 aboard Orange.
The 121-ft Orange II was designed by the Gilles Ollier design team and built by Multiplast in Vannes, Brittany. For more on Peyron and Orange, see www.catamaran-orange.com.
The crew of Orange 2
Peyron shows Fessel the cat's nav station.
Photos Gilles Martin-Raget/Orange
Collegiate Regatta at Treasure Island
February 11 - San Francisco Bay
Cal Berkeley hosted 'North 1 & 2', part of the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate FJ racing schedule, this weekend out of Treasure Island Sailing Center. These photos were captured on Saturday, when seven races each for divisions A and B were sailed under sunny skies. The day began with a light northerly that eventually clocked to a steady 5-9 knot westerly. The breeze died midway through the afternoon, and racing was called off early due to lack of wind after the seventh B race barely finished. All races were windward/leeward once around. The host Golden Bears topped the fleet on Saturday, but Stanford beat them out for first place on Sunday. For complete results on these and other PCIYRA races, see www.collegesailing.org/pciyra/2004_Pages/2004RegattaInfo.htm.
How Do You Rate Tail Fins?
February 11 - Tiburon
Michael Moradzadeh, who's been running the races at the Corinthian Yacht Club this past year, reminds us that they are still accepting entries for this weekend's second and last installment of this year's Corinthian Midwinters. See www.cyc.org/race/2004/midwinters.html for info and to sign up (now with PayPal capability). All sailors are also welcome to attend the buffet dinner ($15/person) and dance Saturday night (Valentine's Day).
Attempting to accommodate all interested participants, Moradzadeh sent this email to the PHRF committee, "Gentlemen: Anticipating an entry from the vessel described in the referenced article, I respectfully request a PHRF rating, with particular regard to the sail-like structures at the rear of the vessel." www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/americas/02/04/cuba.car.ap/index.html
An Engineering Marvel
February 11 - Norfolk, VA
This item comes from Pat Benedict, of the J/105 Advantage 3. Time-lapse photos show how the USS Cole was loaded on to a Norwegian freighter in order to bring it home for repairs. A real engineering marvel. www.pianoladynancy.com/recovery_usscole.htm
After being successfully repaired in Pascagoula, MS, the Navy ship, attacked in Yemen in October, 2000, returned to its homeport of Norfolk, VA. See www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/news/news_stories/cole.html. For the Cole's home page, see www.cole.navy.mil/
Eight Bells: Ward Cleaveland
February 11 - San Francisco Bay
This past Saturday, February 7, Ward Cleaveland, born in 1908 in Montclair, NJ, passed away peacefully in his sleep. Many sailors came to know Ward over the years, through his involvement with the RBOC (Recreational Boaters of California; Ward was its first President in 1968), the PICYA (Commodore 1968; delegate for various Bay Area yacht clubs), the Californian and the Nautical Heritage Society, and his support for local programs such as Sail San Francisco and the Tall Ship Semester for Girls. Ariane Paul of the Master Mariners Benevolent Society writes, "He was both a charming character and an energetic speaker, and was going strong right up through last year. I attended both Ward's 90th and 94th birthday parties. At his 90th I was knocked over by what a great bunch of people had gathered to celebrate with him. We are in touch with Ward's son Peter who says a memorial is being planned and may be held on March 20."
Cleaveland worked on ships on the Great Lakes when he was young, but also worked as an actor, and as sales manager for Time, Inc. magazines, which led to his becoming a sales manager for SEA magazine on the West Coast in 1957.
He became a charter member of the Loch Lomond Yacht Club when
it was founded. Some of other awards and recognition he has received
over the years include:
In December 2003, the International Order of the Blue Gavel awarded Cleaveland with a plaque that read: "In appreciation for his lifetime dedication in advancing the participation in, and enhancing the popularity of Recreational Boating activities In the San Francisco Bay Area, Tall Ships, PICYA, et al, and establishing and serving as the first Director of the International Order of the Blue Gavel, District 14 1984-1986."
February 11 - 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 11 - 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.