July 21 - Cuba
Waiting to Die in Havana
For Havana, this building is in good shape.
'Big O' and 'Orient Express' at the Marina in Veradeno
July 21 - Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean Weather
Once again the trades are blowing nicely for the Pacific Cup fleet, particularly those furthest south of the rhumb line. And look how light it is again along the coast of Baja, perfect for that dash back to the States.
California Coast Weather
Winds and seas along the California coast are perfect for going south but rotten for coming north. It's blowing day and night. But when are they going to get the windspeed indicator fixed at Conception? For details see: www.ndbc.noaa.gov/stuff/southwest/swstmap.shtml
University of Hawaii Meteorology Graphic
It must be summer; check out how flat the seas are in the far
North Pacific and how big they are in the far South Pacific. See
For another view, see http://www.oceanweather.com/data/global.html.
Tropical depression Upana continues to move to the west some 300 miles south of Hawaii. It only has about 25-knot winds.
In Touch with Nature
July 21 - The Planet Earth
When you live and work in the city or suburbia, your awareness of nature rapidly declines. Once you start cruising, you suddenly become reacquainted with the sun, moon and stars, the clouds and the sea. You couldn't tell from walking down Market Street in San Francisco, but it's actually a beautiful world we live in.
July 21 - 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
West Marine Pacific Cup
July 21 - Pacific Ocean
Yes, it really is that blue out there!
Photo Courtesy Bruce Schwab on 'Rage'
July 21 - San Francisco Bay
If we weren't toiling away on deadline, we know exactly where
we'd be tomorrow: doing the Silver Eagle Race, a wonderful 67-mile
scenic tour of the Bay which starts Saturday morning at 9:30 off
the Golden Gate YC. About 40 boats are expected to compete. .
. A pair of championship regattas are also on the docket, with
San Francisco YC hosting the big one: the Melges 24 North Americans
(24 boats racing three races Friday, three Saturday, and two Sunday).
We heard through the grapevine that Vince Brun's Melgi lost her
bulb in practice on Thursday and flipped - damn, another
missed photo opp! Meanwhile, Richmond YC is hosting the decidedly
lower-key Santana 22 Nationals (about 10-12 Tunas expected). .
. Last but not least, Encinal YC is holding their annual Centennial
Cup, a J/105 regatta limited to West Coast yacht clubs over 100
years old. Mike Rettie will steer the Encinal entry against four
other challengers: San Diego YC (Keith Lorence), San Francisco
YC (Hank Easom), Santa Barbara YC (Mark Noble), and Vallejo YC
(Jeff Ruszler). Our bold prediction: the winning skipper will
have two syllables in his last name.
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