Story of the Day

Solo Sister

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 Singlehanded
TransPac to Hawaii. But German cruiser Christine Popadentschuk made those feats seem like a walk in the park when she arrived at San Francisco Bay
after 113 days at sea. The tall, red-headed singlehander had set sail March 10 from the Strait of Magellan in southern Patagonia - a journey of 7,000 miles. See the September 'Latitude 38' for the complete story.

Christine didn't have proper charts for Patagonia.
She points out her route on a conventional wall map.

Photo Latitude/Andy

Weather Updates

August 10 - Pacific Ocean

San Francisco Bay Weather

To see what the winds are like on the Bay right now, check out

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

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Pacific Sea State

Seas are relatively normal in the North Pacific.
Have a look at
For another view, see

Tropical Disturbances

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 and for more.

Tropical Depression Four (left) and Hurricane Alberto

Hurricane Gilma off Mexico

Unisys Weather Graphics


Splash and Click!

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, visit

The 'Adagio' Family

Sailing at last!

Photos Courtesy 'Adagio'


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


Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race

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.

Kenwood Cup

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

Quebec to St. Malo Race

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

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