Photo of the Day
January 16 - Florida Keys
Today's Photo of the Day is of Ocean
Planet, the Wylie 60 that former Alameda resident Bruce Schwab
twice raced solo around the world. Unfortunately, the Schooner
Creek-built boat was significantly damaged last Saturday after
being slammed against a concrete seawall during a blow in Florida.
Photo Courtesy Ocean Planet
It Sort Of Looks Like It Came From Outer Space
January 16 - St. Barth, F.W.I.
But it's actually the new port captain's facility at St. Barth, F.W.I. It's not your basic harbor administration look, is it? But everybody seems to approve of the new 'frisbee' roof, which is apparently made of a "boat-like" composite.
The second shot is from the upper part
of the tower looking down on 'Ticonderoga corner' of the Charles
de Gualle Quay and out to the Gustavia anchorage. Check out the
attractive new hardscape on the quay. Pretty stylish.
We think the reason St. Barth has done
so well over the last 30 years is the people. Collectively, the
local population kept the island clean and safe, even in the
hard times. And as tourism evolved, they've managed it wisely.
Rather than grab quick bucks by allowing gaudy hotels and ugly
condo projects, they insisted on smaller high-quality places.
Plus, the island residents treated visitors nicely, and didn't
rob or mug them. As a result, the island is reaping huge rewards.
Maxi Cat Cheyenne In San Diego
January 16 - San Diego
About a dozen readers answered our inquiry
as to the location of Steve Fossett's maxi cat Cheyenne
(ex-Playstation) by reporting she's in San Diego. Thanks
for those responses. We're looking into what she is doing there
and what might become of her. As you may recall, she was dismasted
during her last around-the-world adventure, and currently is
without a stick.
Photo Thierry Martinez
Acura Key West 2006, Presented By Nautica, Starts Today
January 16 - Key West, FL
What is generally known as Key West Race Week starts today off the Conch Republic in what's expected to be near ideal sailing conditions, with 10 to 15 knot winds expected out of the southeast. Considered by many to have the best racing conditions in the United States, Key West has attracted 286 boats from 14 countries and 12 states. Boats will compete in 19 classes. The glamour fleets will include the Swan 45s, for which this will be their world championship, the TransPac 52s, and the Farr 40s. A number of Northern California sailors have gone east to compete.
Wifi In Mexico
January 16 - Mexico
Are you using wifi to get email and surf
the web while on your boat in Mexico? If so, we'd like to know
how it's working, and if you're able to 'surf' in places you
didn't expect. We're also interested to hear from anybody using
amplified wifi antennas, and to learn how well they have been