October 25 - Baja Ha-Ha World Headquarters
Today's photo is a salute to Tim Ellis, who did the Ha-Ha aboard
the catamaran 'Profligate', the event's mothership. Tim, decked
out in a tocq and a Modelo Beer apron, is seen grilling a Costco
pork loin on the 'campfire' that was set up in the cat's spacious
cockpit. Tim had planned on joining 'Profligate' again this year
for the Ha-Ha that starts next week, but the death of a relative
changed his circumstances. We're taking you along in spirit, Tim.
After seven years of being the Grand Poobah of the Ha-Ha, the Wanderer has seen a bigger picture of human existence - and it's a little bit disturbing. Every year, a boat or two has to drop out because either the skipper or first mate has come down with a serious if not life-threatening illness. We're not trying to spook anyone, but it's probably a bit later than all of us would like to think. The point is that we all need to take care of our responsibilities - one of which is not to postpone bliss too long.
Barbecue Chef Extraordinaire Tim Ellis
A brave person's view of 'Profligate',
the Ha-Ha mothership
October 25 - Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
It's still quiet in the Eastern Pacific, so with any luck the
Mexican hurricane season has come to a close for 2000. If that's
the case, it hasn't been a bad year at all.
It's calm in the Atlantic/Caribbean also, but since their hurricane season lasts until the end of November, it's a little too early to believe it's over yet. But it might be. If so, it won't have been a bad year there, either, particularly in the islands of the Eastern Caribbean.
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. And Robert Block of 'Connemara' in Santa Barbara sent in the following link; check it out! http://facs.scripps.edu/surf/buoylist.html (however, be warned that the Java Script may not work yet with some browsers on Macs).
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 25 - Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand
This is a cruising love story. Canadian Catherine Wenzel had been cruising for eight years when she pulled into La Paz just before Christmas. While there, she met American Christopher Miller, who was cruising the Tayana 52 'Seaplusplus'. The couple fell in love. In fact, they fell so deep that they got married in Catherine's hometown in Canada. Last year the couple sailed across from Mexico to New Zealand. "We had one crewmember for the trip to the Marquesas, but doublehanded after that," the couple say. "We had an awesome time!" After getting to New Zealand, they settled down at a beautiful island in the Hauraki Gulf not far from Larry and Lin Pardy, the renowned cruisers. "If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for us."
Seaplusplus reaching under spinnaker.
Chris and Catherine toasting one another in Huahine.
October 25 - 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/
The America's Cup Angle
October 25 - Auckland, New Zealand
What kind of American would 'defect' to New Zealand to help with their America's Cup defense? The same kind of guy who would ride a motorscooter with his feet on the handlebars while zooming around what looks like Moorea. He's Christopher Miller, who is a 'software guru' in the New Zealand design team. For more on Christopher, check out the cruising item above.
Photo Courtesy 'Seaplusplus'
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