Photos of the Day
May 4 - Warm Spring Bay, Alaska
Today's Photos of the Day come from Rick and Jen Fleischman, who along with their Catalina 50 Bob, spent the long and cold winter at Warm Spring Bay, Alaska, which is up near Sitka.
"In the seven months - October 1 to May 1 - that we've been here, we had a total of 121 inches of rain and 119 inches of snow," reports Rick. "And this was a very light snow year, as the bay often gets 25 to 35 feet of snow, and the record is almost 60 feet. For a large part of the winter, the sun didn't come over our horizon - in part because of the tall mountains. But it was so overcast that we didn't notice. Now we have about 17 hours of sunlight a day, and are gaining more than four more minutes each day. We had an early spring this year, with lots of sunshine in April. I will be leaving with the boat on Tuesday for the two-day trip to Sitka, arriving there just in time to haul out and get the boat ready for charters later in May.
Photos Courtesy Rick Fleischman
May 4 - Mexico
Panama Canal's Charges And Delays Way Up For Small Boats
May 4 - Panama Canal
"And then there is the wait. This season sailboats had to wait anywhere from 10 to 19 days to transit, the average time being 15 days. Now if you don't want to wait for 15 or more days in lovely Colon, you may request a pilot instead of an advisor, and you can pick almost any day you like to transit - and most likely you'll start the transit early morning, which means you might even complete the transit in one day. Some of the other fees are waived also, but there is the pilot fee - a whopping $2,250! Clearly the days of transiting the Canal for $500 are gone for good!"
Getting ready to lock through on the Caribbean side of the Canal
on a drizzily dawn in May.
Readers - Unless Cagliero's transit was
an isolated incident, things really have taken a turn for the
worse in Panama. We're not at the Canal every day, of course,
but we can't recall anybody being charged a mooring fee at Lake
Gatun, a launch fee to bring the pilots back and forth, or a
delay fee that wasn't caused by the boater himself. That adds
up to $760 in 'new' fees.
May 4 - Cyberspace
Oh yeah, and the Canal cam. Check it out.
Photos Courtesy Panama Canal Website
Cal Sailing Team's Spring Gala
May 4 - Tiburon
For more info go to www.calsailing.org.
The Answer To The Quiz . . .
May 4 - Mexico