The Latitude 38 staff is on deadline for the 284-page September Boat Show issue, so today's 'Lectronic will be short.

America's Cup Jubilee

August 22 - Cowes, UK

While the weather has been too windy or too light for some of the Jubilee, conditions for yesterday's UBS re-enactment of the 60-mile around the Isle of Wight race that started the America's Cup 150 years ago couldn't have been more ideal for the 201 boats in the greatest sailing event in history.

Even mid-week, the Solent is teeming with spectators
Photo Carlo Borlenghi/Prada

Line honors went to Giovanni Agnelli's Frers-designed 92-ft Stealth in 4 hours and 48 minutes - less than half the time it took America to sail the course. Corrected time honors in the headlining IRC Modern Class, however, went to Robert Miller's Mari-Cha III, followed by Agnelli's old boat, the 118-ft Frers-designed Extra-Beat, now owned by Seattle's John McCaw (One World Syndicate). Extra-Beat, however, has a large lead in the series overall.

The real glamour division of the Jubilee, of course, is the J Class. As was the case in the first two races, Dennis Kozlowski's Endeavour wasn't the first off the starting line, but nonetheless finished first for the third time in a row by a comfortable margin. Velsheda slipped into second for the first time, edging Shamrock. Just about everyone at the Jubilee says the sight of the J Class boats is enough to stir the emotions of even the most hardened sailors.

The 130-ft Endeavour sails by a spectator ship
Photo Carlo Borlenghi/Prada

For the Brits, who are just getting back into the America's Cup, the America's Cup class is the big deal. Their GBR Challenge led almost the entire race - only to be nipped by two seconds at the finish by Italy's Luna Rossa. But then Luna Rossa was tossed for a luffing infraction.

In the 12-Meter Class, Russell Coutts drove the Swiss Team Alinghi to victory over South Australia and the rest of the large fleet.

A 12-Meter start
Photo John Greenland/

In other boats familiar to West Coast sailors, Belvedere's Tom Perkins' Herreshoff 135 Mariette took third in the Vintage II class, and sits at second for the regatta, despite having to retire in the second race after running aground. Dorade, the boat that made S&S and was once owned out of the St. Francis, took seventh in Vintage III. L. Scott Frantz's Herreshoff 72 ketch Ticonderoga - known for thrilling TransPac finishes in the '60s - took third in Vintage I.

The classics round the Needles light
Photo Carlo Borlenghi/Prada

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August 22 - 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 22 - Pacific Ocean

San Francisco Bay Weather

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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.

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