The Importance of Being Earnest on Watch
May 9 - North Atlantic
Reid Stowe, who left New Jersey on April 21 aboard his 70-ft schooner Anne on a planned 1,000-day non-stop 'voyage to nowhere', ran into trouble - in the form of a Maersk container ship - just 15 days after setting out. "Around 1:30 a.m. on May 6, we had a collision with a freighter," Stowe reported on his blog. "I was on watch in the pilothouse looking for lights of ships every 15 minutes to a half hour. I heard a loud bang and some scraping. When I opened the hatch, I saw the stern of a freighter passing by."
Reid Stowe works at repairing Anne's damaged bowsprit after grazing a container ship in the middle of the night.
Neither Stowe nor his crew, Soanya Ahmad, were injured, but Anne's bowsprit, pulpit and roller furler unit were damaged. The pulpit had to be cut away but Stowe is hopeful he can repair the sprit, currently pointing skyward at an awkward 45º angle, and jury rig some kind of forestay. The couple are focusing on making Anne more seaworthy before deciding on the future of their trip.
- latitude / ld
French and Italians lead Melges 24s
May 9 - Santa Cruz
Brian Porter of Illinois is tied for third after the first day.
©2007 Rich Roberts
Southern Californians Bruce Ayers and Dave
Ullman each won a race on the opening day of the Fullpower Melges
24 Worlds in Santa Cruz Tuesday. However, posting a solitary
bullet after leading the fleet around the course - as Ayers did
in race one and Ullman did in race two - was not enough to finish
day one at the top of the scoring table. With a second and fourth,
France's François Brenac, skippering Benjamin Cohen's
boat, is tied for first with defending champion Nicola Celon
of Italy, who posted a fourth and second driving for Amadori
Ezio. Ayres finished seventh in the second race, while Ullman
had a 21st to offset his bullet. Mill Valley's Don Jesberg is
tied for tenth.
See www.melges24.com for more.
- rich roberts
Advertisement: Meet Paul Cayard at West Marine
May 9 - Alameda
Join West Marine Friday afternoon, May 11, 4:30-6:30, at Alameda's newest sailing super source! Meet Paul Cayard, seven-time world champion and skipper of the Pirates of the Caribbean. Learn what it's like to be on the world's fastest monohull during this exclusive event featuring the five-time America's Cup veteran. See footage of Black Pearl in action, followed by an informal Q&A sesson. 730 Buena Vista Ave., Alameda, (510) 521-4865.
Big Dogs at the Louis Vuitton Cup
May 9 - Valencia, Spain
Round Robin 2 of the Louis Vuitton Cup
the challenger elimination series for the 32nd America's Cup
- ended this morning with a much-anticipated match-up between
the two biggest big dogs, the high-point BMW/Oracle Racing and
The top two teams matched up today.
©2007 Gilles Martin-Raget
So the four top boats heading into the
Semi-Final Round, in order of RR2 ranking are: Emirates Team
New Zealand, BMW Oracle Racing, Luna Rossa Challenge (Italy),
and Desafio Español (Spain). As noted Monday, Desafio,
The semi-final round begins May 14. For all the action, rankings and quotes, log onto www.americascup.com.
- latitude / jr
Can You Hear Me Now?
May 9 - Off Cedros Island, Baja California
We got a phone call yesterday afternoon from Donna Andre, who is skippering Profligate, Latitude's catamaran, on a delivery from Puerto Vallarta to San Diego. She was off the east coast of Cedros, about halfway up the coast of Baja, in the middle of nowhere. Nonetheless, her voice was so loud and clear that we said, "Man, that Iridium satphone is really working well." It turned out she wasn't using a satphone, but a cheeseball Cingular - 'the new AT&T' - cell phone. Brilliant! She's got the Mexico Plan, in which most calls are 59 cents a minute. We've been told that cell phone coverage in remote areas is often better in Mexico than the United States because Mexico allows the cell companies to use very powerful antennas.
We got another call from Capt. Andre this morning. She was about 150 miles south of San Diego, but the cell phone didn't work there. So we talked on the Iridium satphone, the audio quality of which was poor, and which cost considerably more. The moral of the story? Always try your cell phone first.
As for Profligate's delivery north, it was stalled in Cabo for a number of days, but has been good ever since. Capt. Andre says that normally the worst conditions are just north of Cedros, but this time it wasn't bad.
- latitude / rs
Three Don't-Miss Talks Coming Up
May 9 - San Francisco Bay Area
Bay Area sailors have the chance to listen to three dyamic speakers in as many days. Systems guru Nigel Calder will be speaking on GPS and Electronic Charting tomorrow at Corinthian YC in Tiburon at 7 p.m. The talk will be preceeded by a buffet dinner at 6. The presentation costs $10 and the dinner is an additional $12.50. For reservations, call CYC at (415) 435-4771.
On Friday, local-boy-made-good Paul Cayard will be at the Alameda West Marine from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Call (510) 521-4865.
To round out this talk trifecta, Kame Richards, owner of Pineapple Sails and local sailing god, will present his extremely popular "How the Tides Work for You" seminar on Saturday at noon at Sausalito's Bay Model. This $15 seminar sells out quickly so call (408) 263-7877 to find out if any seats are available.
2007's First Named Storm
May 9 - Miami, FL
The year's first named storm, Subtropical Storm Andrea, has formed off Florida more than three weeks before hurricane season - predicted to be a busy one - officially begins on June 1. Officials don't believe Andrea will be much of a threat but storm watches have been issued in Georgia and Florida.
The Internet is Full
May 9 - Mill Valley
Al Gore reports that the Internet was officially 'full' today so we had no space to post our report on Sunday's downwind leg of the Great Vallejo Race. We promise to run it on Friday.
- latitude / ld