September 6 - San Francisco Bay
It was raining lightly on Saturday, the start of the three-day
Labor Day Weekend, and the National Weather Service was forecasting
several days of unusually cool weather for Northern California.
If the last few days have been 'unusually cool', let's have it
that way all year 'round for the holiday weekend featured almost
ideal sailing conditions.
September 6 - Port Townsend, WA
||If you're a wood boat freak, you can't miss this weekend's Wooden Boat Festival 2000, another name for the 24th Annual Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, Washington. From 9 to 6 on Friday and Saturday, and 9 to 5 on Sunday, more than 150 wooden boats will be on display with more out on the hook. In addition, there will be demonstrations and seminars. Friday is the small boat - under 26 feet - regatta, Saturday is the Northwest Schooner Race, and Sunday is the everybody-join-in Sail By. Larry and Lyn Pardey, those noted wooden boat cruisers, will be offering a 'Wooden Boats, a Reason to Go Cruising' slide show. That's an extra $30, and reservations are recommended. For details, visit www.woodenboat.org/festival.||
September 6 - Pacific Ocean
Mexico has produced yet another Tropical Storm, Lane, that's expected to develop into a full blown hurricane within a day or so. Fortunately, like all the others this busy year, it started offshore and is continuing that way.
To see what the winds are like on the Bay right now, check out http://sfports.wr.usgs.gov/wind/. It's a great time of year to be sailing the Bay.
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.
Click here to see today's weather map from the University of Hawaii Meteorology Department.
Seas are normal in the Pacific. But you might check at:
For another view, see http://www.oceanweather.com/data/global.html.
September 6 - 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 6 - Sardinia, Italy
Photo Tim Wright
September 6 - Auckland, NZ
After the Kiwis successfully defended the America's Cup in New Zealand earlier this year, you'd have thought Kiwi sailors were head and shoulders above those from other countries. As a result, many high-rolling foreign syndicates whipped out the checkbooks and started signing Kiwi vets on for big bucks. If that wasn't enough to piss off the average Kiwi, the unthinkable has now happened: The Kiwi defense has gone foreign to sign up a back-up skipper to Dean Barker. That's right, Frenchman Bertrand Pace - who skippered France's Le Defi with mediocre results in the last America's Cup - has signed on the Kiwi dotted line. While the French have never done well in the America's Cup, Pace is top-rated match race skipper in the world.
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