The Maxi Yacht with the Cartoon Name
September 27 - San Francisco
The St. Francis YC's Big Boat Series ended on Sunday, but
that doesn't mean there aren't any big boats left on the Bay.
The yacht in the two accompanying photos is 'Slingshot', a Wally
67 that is based at San Francisco's South Beach Marina. We're
sure the owner didn't realize it, but whoever cleaned the bottom
of his boat didn't finish the job. When you're sailing around
on a super elegant yacht like 'Slingshot' - particularly when
she has a white bottom - you don't want a bunch of slime down
there. It's kind of like wearing a white suit with a red wine
stain to a fancy garden party.
September 27 - Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
Don't worry about Isaac, even though he has 80-knot winds,
as he's turned to the northeast and looks like he'll avoid land.
The problem is Joyce, a new hurricane that's currently about 1,000
miles away from St. Martin and the Virgin Islands, but headed
directly their way. Joyce could still turn north, but if she doesn't
. . . For more on the Atlantic hurricane season, go to http://weather.unisys.com/hurricane/atlantic/2000/index.html.
Hurricane Isaac (right)
To see what the winds are like on the Bay 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. Right now, it's quite calm all along the coast.
You can view the new University of Hawaii Department of Meteorology satellite picture by clicking here. It's not as nice as the old one, but still useful.
Check out today's sea state at: http://www.mpc.ncep.noaa.gov/RSSA/PacRegSSA.html.
For another view, see http://www.oceanweather.com/data/global.html.
The Riviera Is Full of Possibilities
September 27 - Somewhere in the South of France
When you cruise the South of France, there are great islands - some with forts and/or monasteries - just a few miles offshore. Who can name this one? And when on the mainland, the selection of fruits and vegetables is mouth-watering. If you're ever looking to charter, the 80 miles between St. Tropez and Monte Carlo is full of possibilities, both for totally getting away and for totally getting into the bustle of vacationing humanity.
September 27 - 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/
September 27 - England
Pete Goss and his maxi catamaran 'Team Phillips' are waiting
for calm winds in England to restep the massive sailboard type
mast/sails. Once they're able to do that, they will resume sea
trials. Readers will remember that this much heralded The Race
contestant lost both her bows in 15 knots of wind and flat seas
during her original sea trials. Whether the design was fatally
flawed from the outset or whether the problems stemmed from construction
problems will soon be known.
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