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November 7 - Bahia Santa Maria
As they say, there's always next year. Why not make it your
New Year's resolution to be part of the Baja Ha-Ha VIII fleet?
now for use later!
Millennium Falcon, a Brewer schooner
out of Alameda, starting Leg 2
Photo Latitude 38
November 7 - Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
Are any hurricanes going to affect the Ha-Ha? You can check
on the Mexico hurricane region at http://weather.unisys.com/hurricane/e_pacific/2000/index.html.
All is quiet in the Atlantic/Caribbean hurricane region.
To see what the winds are like on the Bay and just outside the Gate right now, check out http://sfports.wr.usgs.gov/wind/.
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.: www.ndbc.noaa.gov/stuff/southwest/swstmap.shtml. Also check out http://facs.scripps.edu/surf/buoylist.html (but note that the Java Applet is still not working with some browsers on Macs - including your Webmistress's Netscape Communicator!)
You can view the University of Hawaii Department of Meteorology satellite picture by clicking here.
Check out the state of seas in the Pacific Ocean at: http://www.mpc.ncep.noaa.gov/RSSA/PacRegSSA.html.
For another view, see http://www.oceanweather.com/data/global.html.
While the Baja Ha-Ha is underway, our cruising section will be on hiatus, but we'd still love to hear from you...so keep your pictures and stories coming!
November 7, 2000 - Bahia Santa Maria, Baja California, 600 miles south of San Diego
It's layday at stark Bahia Santa Maria after a beautiful and
swift 240-mile Leg #2 from Turtle Bay. Veteran offshore sailors
described the first 24 hours as having as ideal offshore conditions
as can be found: 15 to 20 knots of wind, cloudless blue skies
during the day, and brilliant stars and a cloudless sky at night.
The faster boats really jammed down the course, and the slower
and heavier cruising boats made good times. Much of the fleet
sailed the entire day.
The presence of the Qualcomm sat phone and Globalstar sat system has been a godsend to the crew of 'Profligate', one of whom had a cousin who was the only survivor from the first class section of the Singapore Airlines plane that crashed, and another whose close friend died of a heart attack shortly after a daily jog. While the phone couldn't prevent these situations, it made them easier on loved ones.
Life Aboard the Mothership
- The Grand Poobah aboard 'Profligate'
November 7 - 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/
Vendée Globe Start Rescheduled for Thursday
November 7 - Bay of Biscay
The 20' breakwater wall at Les Sables d'Olonne is awash.
Photo Bruce Schwab
Answers to Friday's Quiz
November 7 - New England
Chris Chesley of Tustin won a free T-shirt for correctly identifying these three New England harbors:
1. "Follow the pilgrims to their monument. Provincetown is the site of this incident."
2. "A seer I may not be, but to Mystic Port of the Sea."
3. "I haven't lost my marbles nor my head when in Marblehead."
"I know, I know, no poetry here, but ya gotta admit that such an attempt can only make you shake your head and laugh."
All photos Latitude/Rob
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