Pack Up and Share
October 17 - Mill Valley
What you see here is Don Rowland, owner of the Cal 20 'Proletariat',
in front of Latitude 38 World Headquarters with a bunch of children's
sweat shirts and sweat pants. The clothing comes from the lost
& found at St. Edward's School in Newark. Rowland was good
enough to collect these washed and folded clothes and distribute
them among several boats headed south in the Ha-Ha. The Ha-Ha
boats will then pass them out to the poor kids of Mexico. The
last bunch you see here will go aboard 'Profligate', and will
be given to Norm Goldie in San Blas for distribution in the mountains
above San Blas.
October 17 - Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
Tropical Storm Michael has formed to the northeast of the Bahamas
- a somewhat unusual place to form - and is headed further to
the northeast, far from the East Coast of the United States. Michael
has 45 knot winds that are expected to build another 10 to 15
knots before fading.
It's quiet in the Mexican 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.
You can view the University of Hawaii Department of Meteorology satellite picture by clicking here.
Seas are normal in the Pacific, but you might check at: http://www.mpc.ncep.noaa.gov/RSSA/PacRegSSA.html.
For another view, see http://www.oceanweather.com/data/global.html.
October 17 - Baja California
While close to 450 sailors are preparing for Baja Ha-Ha VII,
which starts from San Diego on October 31, several key businesses
along the Baja coast are gearing up to welcome them. Among them
is Javier, the owner of the Vera Cruz restaurant in Turtle Bay,
the community's largest and the de facto Ha-Ha headquarters. Javier
checked in with the Ha-Ha rally committee to say that he and his
staff are ready - at least as ready as any restaurant with six
tables can be for an onslaught of 450 people. As in years past,
the coolers will be chock full of cold cervezas, but this year
Javier has a plan for expedited food service. Instead of offering
his usual full menu - which sometimes meant food wasn't served
for an hour or more - he'll offer fewer items, permitting quicker
The big question is whether Kojak will return to desolate Bahia Santa Maria with his portable restaurant, staff, tent and great rock 'n roll band. He emailed the Ha-Ha staff a few months ago to assure them that he would be there, but you never know about those one-day-a-year restaurants.
Coming ashore to get a bite and a beer at the Vera Cruz
October 17 - 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/
Raising the Bar at the Midwinters
October 17 - San Francisco Bay
When it rains, it pours. After years of only having one IACC
boat on San Francisco Bay, there are now three - and by next
summer there should be five.
Photo Courtesy Sailing Billboards
Says Sweeney, "We now own NZL 14, NZL 20 and ITA 1. Our latest acquisition is 'Il Moro 1', which has been sailing in San Diego since '92. She will be brought up the coast and painted white and should be ready to do the Corinthian Midwinters. [Yikes!] NZL 14, which has been here all summer and did some Corinthian Friday Night Races, will be going to KKMI in December for a bottom and topsides job. NZL 20 is finished and ready to sail in New Zealand for their summer, after which she'll join her sister on San Francisco Bay."
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