Photo of the Day

August 14 -
San Francisco

Today's Photo of the Day is all about diversity on San Francisco Bay. Together in one photo, from left to right, are a classic Ranger 23, a Kronos 45 catamaran, a mid-size racer/cruiser with a crowd of folks, and far in the distance what looks like a Swan 56.

Photo Latitude/Richard

A Big Smell Coming out of Cabo San Lucas

August 14 - Cabo San Lucas

In the August edition of Latitude 38, we had a four-page story about how the CT-65 Foxglove III was hit by a ship June 29 some 120 miles off the coast of Cabo San Lucas. According to skipper Rob Massuco, the ship had motored past the sailboat and over the horizon - then turned 180 degrees and came back and ran into them, knocking down both masts and smashing in the bow. The captain of the ship claims that they returned because the ketch had issued an SOS - something Foxglove's skipper denies.

Photo Courtesy Rob Massuco

Initially, it sounded like a strange-but-true case of a yacht being the victim of the ship. Since then, however, anonymous sources tell us that Foxglove III has taken on a Gary Condit quality - meaning that a number of people are beginning to suspect that there's a whole lot more to the story than has been told. Something stinks in Cabo, we're told, and it may not be just the bait tank that somebody forgot to clean out. Expect to hear a lot more about this incident.

J/24 Nationals

August 14 - San Francisco Bay

Defending champion Chris Snow and his crew Andrew Kerr, Nick van der Wense, Dave Kurt and Bart Hackworth sailed Bogus to honors in the Audi J/24 Nationals held on San Francisco Bay. We'll have details in the September Latitude, but here's some of what it looked like on the water on Sunday.

Winning boat Bogus on a run

Photos Latitude/Rob

Fast Fastnet, but no Record

August 14 - Cowes, UK

Francis Joyon and his crew aboard the 60-ft Nigel Iron's trimaran are the only finishers so far in the 608-mile Rolex Fastnet Race, which takes the fleet from Cowes, England, to just off Ireland, then back. Having finished in one day and 18 hours, they were several hours off the record set in the last Fastnet by a sistership. They would have claimed a new record had the winds not gone light at the finish. It's the third win in a row for Joyon, who last summer won the Europe 1 New Man Star despite being a major underdog, and more recently took fleet honors while setting a new record in the Hoya Round the Island (of Wight) Race.

Although there have been more than 25 dropouts because of early heavy weather on the nose, most of the other 200 boats are still on the course. Leaders at Fastnet Rock were the Agnelli family's 92-ft Stealth, Hasso Plattner's R/P 84 Morning Glory, the 80-ft Nicorette, and John Kostecki with the Volvo 60 illbruck. For details, visit For great photos, visit

Ha-Ha Entries 51 through 60

August 14 - Baja Ha-Ha World Headquarters

The folks at the Ha-Ha tell us that they've sent out more than 180 of the 200 entry packs for this year's event, so if you're planning on going, you'd better request one now. Send $15 and a self-addressed 9x12 envelope to Baja Ha-Ha, Inc., 21 Apollo Road, Tiburon CA 94920. If you need more information, see, but don't call because there's no phone.

Here are entries 51 through 60:

51) Vivace / MacGregor 65 / Ron Milton / Los Altos
52) Profligate / Surfin' 63 Cat / Joe Viagra & the Lucky Stiffs / Tiburon
53) Fruitcakes / Catalina 42 / Steve & Angelina Phillips / Napa
54) Blarney3 / Morgan 38 / Adam Sadeg / Alameda
55) Seacure / Aries 32 / William Sturgeon / Dana Point
56) Hook / CT-41 / Fred Snow / Two Harbors, Catalina
57) Ursa / Cascade 36 / Chuck Fisher and Karen Jacobson / Lake Oswego, OR
58) Tini Apa / Custom 36 / Robert & Trudy Lindsay / Hilo, HI
59) Sheet Music / Caliber 38 / Jerry & Sally Swalling / Mukilteo, WA
60) The Great Escape / Catalina 400 / Duey & Nan Englehardt / Moss Landing

The entry deadline for the Ha-Ha is September 10. All entries after that date pay double the normal $250 entry fee.


August 14 - 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

Weather Updates

August 14 - Pacific Ocean

San Francisco Bay Weather

To see what the winds are like on the Bay and just outside the Gate right now, check out

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 Winds and Pressure

The University of Hawaii Dept. of Meteorology page posts a daily map of the NE Pacific Ocean barometric pressure and winds.

Pacific Sea State

Check out the Pacific Ocean sea states at:
For another view, see

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