August 10 - Sausalito
For most of us, sailing singlehanded out to the Farallones
and back is a pretty big challenge, let alone doing the 2,200-mile
Christine didn't have proper
charts for Patagonia.
August 10 - Pacific Ocean
San Francisco Bay Weather
To see what the winds are like on the Bay right now, check out http://sfports.wr.usgs.gov/wind/.
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.
Pacific Ocean Weather
Check out the weather map at right.
University of Hawaii Meteorology Graphic
Seas are relatively normal in the North Pacific.
Have a look at http://www.mpc.ncep.noaa.gov/RSSA/PacRegSSA.html.
For another view, see http://www.oceanweather.com/data/global.html.
Hurricane Alberto, the first Atlantic hurricane of the season,
is now back up to 65 knots, which is bad news, but the good news
is that he appears to be headed far to the north and away from
the Caribbean and East Coast of the U.S. Depression Four, just
150 miles off the coast of Florida, bears watching, although it's
poorly defined and only has 35 knot winds.
Over in the Eastern Pacific, former Hurricane Gilma, now well off the coast of Mexico, is down to 30 knots as it moves even further out to sea.
See http://weather.unisys.com/hurricane/atlantic/2000/index.html and http://weather.unisys.com/hurricane/e_pacific/2000/index.html for more.
Tropical Depression Four (left) and Hurricane Alberto
Hurricane Gilma off Mexico
August 10 - New Zealand.
Steve and Dorothy Darden, formerly of Tiburon and now residents
of New Zealand, report that their new Morelli & Melvin 52
cat 'Adagio' is back in the water and they're getting ready to
cruise. For many fine pictures and other details of the boat,
The 'Adagio' Family
Sailing at last!
August 10 - The Pacific Ocean and Cyberspace
Who is out making passages in the Pacific and what kind of weather are they having? Check out YOTREPS - 'yacht reports' - at http://www.bitwrangler.com/yotreps/
August 10 - SoCal
What could the race officials have been thinking? During last
weekend's 81-mile Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race, Al Schultz's
ULDB 70 'Vicki' - while carrying a chute in 28 to 30 knots of
wind and obviously traveling very fast - came across a flipped
36-foot catamaran with the crew hanging onto a crossbeam. The
crew of 'Vicki' did the right thing: they dropped their chute
and motored back upwind to render assistance. The cat crew clearly
indicated that they would rather get aboard 'Vicki' than wait
for the Coast Guard, and the main was dropped on the sled so the
rescue could be made.
Obviously this took a lot of time, so after finishing, 'Vicki' - which for obvious reasons came in last of the six Class A boats - requested redress for the time lost rescuing the distressed mariners. Such requests are common and proper. What is seemingly improper and unusual is that the race committee refused their request! We're going to look into this.
August 10 - Hawaii
Meanwhile, over in Hawaii the final results of the 29-boat Kenwood Cup were held in limbo until the race committee decided how much time to give the Farr 45 'Big Apple III' and the Beneteau 40.7 'Smile' in redress for standing by Scooter Simmons' Belvedere-based Sydney 41 'Cha-Ching' after she lost part of her mast in high winds off Molokai. As was proper, both boats were given time. 'Big Apple III' for New Zealand got 2 hours and 38 minutes while the Aussie boat 'Smile' - top overall performer in the series - got 1 hour and 45 minutes, lifting her from 17th to second in the final race. Nonetheless, the Kiwi Team's success in the final race was enough for them to overtake the Aussies and win the Kenwood Cup for a second year in a row. For further details and great photos, see www.kenwoodcup.com.
August 10 - St. Malo, France
Yesterday we reported that with just one hour to go, seven
of the 60-foot trimarans were bunched around the St. Malo finish
with only a few miles separating them in the most tightly contested
transatlantic race ever. We can now report that the order of finish
was 'Groupama', 'Biscuits La Trinitaine', and 'Bayer en France'.
Remarkably, we can't tell you how close the finish was, because
it hasn't been reported on the race site. We do know that all
of the trimarans averaged over 12 knots for the more than 3,000-mile
course. Yvan Bourgnon had the best 24 hours of all, covering an
astounding 625 miles, missing the giant cat 'Club Med's record
by just half a mile. For details, visit http://www.transat2000.com/
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