Photo of the Day
April 13 - San Antonio, TX
Photo Mike Miller
April 13 - Various A-Cup Camps
McCaw's OneWorld Syndicate out of Seattle issued a request for
help with funding from private and commerical interests. When
the syndicate was first announced, they said it would be funded
entirely by MaCaw, and any additional money from other sources
would go to protect the ocean environment. McCaw, the owner of
a telecom fortune once estimated at $6 billion, has, like everyone
else, seen the value of his tech portfolio plummet in the last
year. Of course, it doesn't help that both he and his brother
have new 300 and 350-foot motoryachts that are said to require
crews of 65. Despite these problems, we're certain that he'll
pull through and that OneWorld will be a formidable challenger
in New Zealand. We wouldn't worry about Larry Ellison and Oracle
Racing either. While Oracle has taken a pounding along with other
tech interests, he started out nearly 10 times richer than McCaw.
And even during the crappy last quarter, Oracle made a profit
of nearly a billion dollars.
The first photo at right is of Le Grand Bleu, the larger of the two McCaw brother's new motoryachts. She's close to 350 feet long. The second photo is of the 72 foot Bellatrix. Normally the boat is carried on the deck of one of the McCaw brothers' boats.
Tidbits: A little bird told us that Hasso's ILC 50 Morning Glory, which has been sitting on the hard at Anderson's Boatyard in Sausalito for years, has been purchased by none other than Dennis Conner, who also messes around in the America's Cup. On the Oracle Racing front, we've been told that the syndicate approached the Sequoia YC in Redwood City/Silicon Valley to discuss sailing for that club.
April 13 - Cayman Islands
A few months ago the question was raised why so few boats cruise to the Cayman Islands. Here's what Pat Price of the SF/Monterey based Nordic 46 RS Blue Point has to say:
"In May of '99, Blue Point and I sailed from the San Blas Islands to Key West via Georgetown, Grand Cayman. This is nearly dead north and resulted in a 4 day, 18 hour beam reach virtually the whole way to Grand Cayman, offering the best sailing we'd had since departing Cabo. We then skirted the west end of Cuba and rode the Gulf Stream to Key West. Grand Cayman, as you say, is an offshore banking center and is very expensive. Notably, a case of Heinekin goes for $43. We were the only sailboat in the harbor and got yelled at because I couldn't find my quarentine flag. We were happy to leave and enjoyed the rest of the trip, which took 3 days. It was a fast trip with good western Caribbean trades for most of the way. Other than that I can think of no other reason to go to the Caymans. Right now I'm in Antigua waiting for the start of Sailing Week at the end of the month."
Baja Ha-Ha Announcement
April 13 - Oakland
Les Femmes de Profligate at the Cabo Falso finish.
Mothership crew jumping in the water at Lover's Beach in Cabo San Lucas.
Big Dinghy Regatta
April 13 - San Francisco Bay
Richmond YC's new Big Dinghy Regatta was a big hit last weekend, both on land and sea.
Patterned after the Big Daddy, the format
featured buoy racing on Saturday, a big bash on Saturday night
(the revived Beach Combers Ball, complete with hula hoop contests),
and Portsmouth-based pursuit races (two courses depending on
boat size) on Sunday. The racing on Saturday was wet and wild,
with winds up to 25 knots and chop keeping RYC's crash boats
busy. Sunday's racing was tamer, though still breezy enough to
get the dinghies up on a plane.
April 13 - 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/
April 13 - Pacific Ocean
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.
Seas are normal in the Pacific. But you
might check out the Pacific Ocean sea states at: http://www.mpc.ncep.noaa.gov/RSSA/PacRegSSA.html.
For another view, see http://www.oceanweather.com/data/global.html.
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