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Uncrowded Cruising

August 8 - Seno Taraba, Chile

When people complain that all the good cruising spots are getting too crowded, they merely need to expand their horizons. When John Neal and Amanda Swan-Neal took their Hallberg-Rassy 42 Mahina Tiare to Seno Taraba, in southern Chile, it wasn't crowded at all.

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'Mahina Tiare'

Weather Updates

August 8 - 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 cloud pattern to the southwest of Cabo San Lucas. Looks like a hurricane because it is one.

University of Hawaii Meteorology Graphic

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Pacific Sea State

Seas are relatively normal in the North Pacific.
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Tropical Disturbances

Hurricane Alberto in the Atlantic and Hurricane Gilma off Mexico both continue with 70 to 80 knot winds. Like most Mexican hurricanes, Gilma is headed out into the middle of the Pacific. Alberto, in the Atlantic, continues to move east-northeast, which is good news for both the Caribbean and the East Coast of the United States.
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Hurricane Alberto

Unisys Weather Graphics

Hurricane Gilma


Anchoring Tips from the Med

After sailing in the '95 Ha-Ha aboard their Panda 38 'Pilgrim', Steve Whitmore and Sue Angus of Pier 39 in San Francisco find their circumnavigation has been going too fast. Currently, they are in the Med where they describe the various anchoring techniques:

"For thousands of miles of sailing and anchoring, we have always used the basic method advocated by Earl R. Hinz of Honolulu. We put the anchor on the bottom, fall back slowly with the wind or current, letting out chain as we go, then snub it off to set the anchor. We reverse engine at medium RPM to check that we are set, then open a can of beer and enjoy. But in the Med we have observed new and exciting ways to anchor.

"Our favorite technique is the 'Metal Mountain Method'. The anchor is put down, all the chain is dropped on top of the anchor, and the bottle of wine is opened. But for sheer excitement, you can't beat the 'Grand Prix' technique. In this one, you approach your chosen anchor spot going at least five knots - although a real pro will try for six or seven - and at precisely the right moment you release your anchor and chain. Done properly, sparks fly off the gypsy as the chain flies out and runs along the bottom of your hull. With luck, the anchor will dig in before your boat runs up on the beach, the bow will spin 180 degrees, and the boat is set for the night. Exhilarating!

"Two techniques, however, make us nervous - and sometimes even cause us to weigh anchor and move. They are the 'Saving for a Windy Day' and 'Telephone Advertisement' techniques. In 'Saving for a Windy Day', you put down as little chain as possible, keeping most of it in the locker in case you will need it later. A scope of two-to-one is all you need in this technique, so it's very popular with crews on boats without windlasses. In the 'Telephone Advertisement' technique, the idea is to get as close as possible to at least one other boat, preferably close enough to 'reach out and touch someone' if needed. This is also called the 'Gray Poupon' technique and is popular with novice cruisers who are worried about being by themselves. It's also popular with boats not equipped with a depthsounder.

"Even though anchoring Med-style can be nerve-wracking, we prefer it to Med-tying at the town quay - where one learns about 'anchor chain salad' - or as some call it, the 'Chinese chain puzzle'."
Photos Courtesy 'Pilgrim'


August 8 - 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


Kenwood Cup

August 8 - Hawaii

As we go to press, the 29-boat Kenwood Cup fleet is sailing the 150-mile Molokai Race, the last of the series. The Aussies hold a small lead over the Kiwis, who hope to repeat as champions. For more, check out the story and great photos at

Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race

The results of last Saturday's Santa Barbara to King Harbor (Redondo Beach) Race have been posted along with a bunch of photos at According to Jeff Grance, who sailed aboard the Farr 40 'Groovederci', it was a fast race. "It blew 8 to 10 knots at the start and built to 18 to 20 knots just before Anacapa Island. Although it was light behind Anacapa, by the time we got to Pt. Dume it was blowing 30 knots - enough to let the the Farr 40 hit a sizzling 20.2 knots despite rather flat seas. The strong wind was also responsible for one Roland 36 catamaran breaking a rudder and another flipping. The crew of the flipped cat were rescued by the Andrews 70 'Vicki'. With the wind holding at 15 to 18 knots to the finish, the entire fleet completed the 81-mile course before 0200 - which may be some kind of a record."

Turning in fine performances in Class A were 'Pendragon 4' and Bob Lane's Andrews 56 'Medicine Man', a couple of smaller sleds that beat the 70s and bigger boats to take the top two spots in class on both elapsed and corrected time. Mike Campbell's Schock 40 'Cincos', which won Class B, corrected out ahead of both of them, but she in turn was beaten by a couple of Class D boats, 'Enamorada' and 'Pangea', which took the top corrected time honors in the fleet.

Wind-Stealing at Anacapa Island

The Olson 30 'Priorities' has theirs straight.
Photos Courtesy King Harbor Yacht Club

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