July 19 - Mill Valley
It's deadline here at the print version, so there will be minimalist 'Lectronic Latitudes for this week. Before sure to check out the 'back issues' of 'Lectronic, most of which have timeless material.
July 19 - Chagos Archipelago
You like lobster? A good place to find big ones is the Chagos
Archipelago in the middle of the Indian Ocean. This young girl
on a French cruising boat holds up a good example.
University of Hawaii Meteorology Graphic
July 19 - Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean Weather
Pacific Cup boats that are well south of the rhumb line are finally getting a decent breeze, while the trades are good and strong near the Islands. Finally most of the fleet should be moving.
California Coast Weather
Pity the poor Pacific Cup dropouts. After a week of no wind,
they're heading back to the coast only to be getting nailed with
steady 20 to 30 knots winds on the beam. If it wasn't for bad
luck, they wouldn't have any luck at all.
With the wind up, the seas are building along the California
coast, but nothing too bad yet. Check it out at: http://www.mpc.ncep.noaa.gov/RSSA/PacRegSSA.html.
For another view, check out: http://www.oceanweather.com/data/global.html.
All quiet in the Pacific. All quiet in the Atlantic. It's getting spooky.
July 19 - Alaska
On July 15 an alert went out on Inmarsat C from the Coast Guard
in Juneau advising that "the sailing vessel 'Nalu IV', a
48-foot wood sloop, has been reported overdue on a trip from Japan
to Adak, Alaska. Their last known position was 50-39N 171-14W.
All vessels are requested to keep a sharp lookout. If sighted,
call RCC Juneau."
'Nalu IV', of course, is the sloop owned by Jim and Diana Jessie of the Oakland YC. They did a seven-year circumnavigation, and once that was done raced from Mexico to the Philippines. They've been in the Far East for the last three years. The Jessies have written several cruising books and have spoken at yacht clubs and boat shows.
The Coast Guard got on the case when 'Illywacker', an Aussie boat that had arrived in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and had been staying in touch with 'Nalu IV', reported a broken radio transmission. 'Nalu' had been telling 'Illywacker' they were in 40-knot winds and big seas when the transmission suddenly stopped.
The Coast Guard, usually willing to err on the side of safety, dispatched a C-130 from Kodiak, Alaska, to fly the 1,100 miles to 'Nalu's last known position. After flying along the boat's projected course, the Coasties spotted 'Nalu IV' 40 miles south of Amchitka in the Aleutian Islands, which is about halfway between Japan and the West Coast. After establishing radio contact, the Jessies reported everything was fine.
Whew! And a big thanks, once again, to the United States Coast Guard.
July 19 - Cyberspace and the Pacific Ocean
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/
July 19 - Pacific Ocean
Finally! Just as terminal boredom was setting in, the wind has apparently reappeared in the middle of the Pacific. "We are now in 15 knot trade winds! Life is good again!" wrote 'Pegasus' owner Philippe Kahn yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon on his website http://www.starsail.com. The breeze filled in too late, however, for five more boats who dropped out yesterday: 'Wildflower', 'Victoria', 'Mystic', 'White Eagle', and 'Beyond'. Faced with dwindling supplies and perhaps even job responsibilities, these crews threw in the towel - and ironically may now be getting pasted on their return trip to California.
'La Diana' has fallen off her torrid pace, but still has a 170-mile cushion over the next boat in the fleet. Other class leaders in the slow race are: 'Diminished Capacity' (Div. A.); 'Alicante' (Div. B); 'Punk Dolphin' (Doublehanded II); 'Elan' (Div. C); 'Eric's Tuition' (Div. D); 'Osprey' (Div. E); 'Lina' (Div. F); 'Triumph' (Div. G); 'Rage' (Div. H). The overall projected winner is currently 'Lina', though the proverbial fat lady isn't even in the building yet, let alone begun singing. Surf to http://www.pacificcup.org/ for today's position reports, which should start showing the three big boats 'playing through' about now.
July 19 - Planet Earth
Doug Baker's Andrews 70+ 'Magnitude' big-dogged a fleet of ULDB 70s in the Millennium 600 Race (Port Huron, Michigan, to Chicago), knocking 24 hours off the record in the process. Corrected time honors are still being computed and, according to tactician Dee Smith, aren't likely to go to 'Magnitude' . . . Meanwhile, Roy Disney is currently sailing his R/P 75 'Pyewacket' at Cork Week in Ireland, a 630-boat spectacle. . . 30 boats (including seven enduring the Pac Cup) are now descending on Honolulu to sail in the Kenwood Cup on Aug. 1-8. The defending Kiwis are looking like the team to beat again.
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