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A Strange Sight at Kaneohe Yacht Club

September 7 - Oahu, Hawaii

While visiting the boats at the Kaneohe YC docks following the end of July's West Marine Pacific Cup, we came across the strange sight you see in the accompanying photo: smelly deck shoes and sea boots being soaked clean in the 'Eskie'. Ugh! We're all for using one thing for as many jobs as possible, but if it means the crew sandwiches and potato salad are going to have a hint of pungency, it's a case of simplicity gone overboard.

Photo Latitude/Richard

On the Waterfront

September 7 - Sausalito

Danger on the dock! Last weekend the Wanderer was down on the boat with Dona de Mallorca, and a couple of women and their young kids looking around nearby. We were all startled when the black seal you see in the photo suddenly slithered out of the water and onto the warm dock. Having just been badly bitten by a dog, de Mallorca wasn't eager to get close, and naturally the mothers kept their curious kids at a safe distance. It was a good thing, too, as seals can be surprisingly quick - and this guy was clearly being territorial about his new spot in the warm sun. de Mallorca's solution to getting past the threat and onto the boat was both simple and gentle: a light spray from a water hose. After a few drops, the seal was back in his element.

Photo Latitude/Richard

Watch Out Cabo San Lucas!

September 7 - Pacific Ocean

Tropical Weather

Yesterday Tropical Storm Lane was looking like all the others this season: it started well offshore and looked to be heading even further out. But last night Lane did a highly unusual thing for an Eastern Pacific storm: It circled back counterclockwise - something that almost never happens in the northern hemisphere - and is currently heading straight in the direction of Cabo San Lucas. Fortunately, it's still 600 miles from Cabo and only moving north at two knots, but it's expected to reach full hurricane strength in 72 hours and could pose a threat to land.

The Atlantic and Caribbean remain calm, while in the far northwestern Pacific there are two tropical storms and a typhoon. China got hit by three typhoons in just two weeks.

Unisys Weather Graphic

San Francisco Bay Weather

To see what the winds are like on the Bay right now, check out It's perfect weather for sailing today.

California Coast Weather

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.

Pacific Ocean Weather

Click here to see today's weather map from the University of Hawaii Meteorology Department.

Pacific Sea State

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A Magical Formula

The fellow in the accompanying photo is Bob Lambert of the Channel Islands, who has been out cruising from Mexico to Costa Rica with his wife Margie aboard their Roberts 44 'La Roja'. If you want to know how to get a whole lot out of cruising without wasting a lot of money, and how to cruise with a great attitude, check out their Changes in the October Latitude - including their insightful reports on the joys of visiting El Salvador and Nicaragua. Meanwhile, here's a little teaser from their dining habits in the Sea of Cortez: "Our agenda for the last 18 months has been to take it real slow and enjoy each place as we go - and this has proven to be a magical formula. We spent last summer in the Sea of Cortez. The abundance of sea life along with the beauty and tranquility of the area was awesome. Almost every night we fed ourselves as though dining at a smorgasbord of the sea. We often had choices: triggerfish, grouper, mullet, yellowtail, dorado, sierra, as well as many varieties of rock fish. The shellfish menu was equally as abundant, with lobster, clams, oysters, pinheads and scallops. We often would discuss what we wanted for dinner before heading out so we could be selective in our kill, and we almost never came back empty-handed."

Photo by Margie Lambert


September 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


Where's the Results and All That Jazz?

September 7 - Benicia

The results from last weekend's Jazz Cup Regatta to Benicia are still not available, so we'll treat you to some photo action from that light and bright spinnaker run.

All Photos Latitude/Andy

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

September 7 - Sardinia, Italy

The folks at the Costa Smeralda YC at Port Cervo, Sardinia, Italy, may be enjoying the great digs created by the Aga Kahn, and they may have the greatest fleet of large racing boats in the world, but they've got a terrible Web site and are putting out pathetic press releases. As a result, we can't give you a full rundown on the fleet or the current standings. But the big news yesterday was that Roy Disney's ultralight sled, 'Pyewacket' - which is a tiny boat in this fleet - finished first in her division by 45 minutes. Disney and crew then had to wait 44 minutes and 59 seconds to learn that they corrected out first in the race by just one second!

If 'Sayonara' and the other maxi ILC boats such as 'Sagamore,' 'Alexia' and 'Boomerang' raced yesterday, nobody was reporting it. Meanwhile, we'll leave you with this photo of the schooner 'Adela' from the New York YC. Back when we raced against her with 'Big O' and this picture was taken, she was only about 175 feet, but she's been lengthened by about 20 feet to increase freezer space and give her more waterline for next year's classic race across the Atlantic.

Photo Tim Wright

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