Photo of the Day

August 28 - Cowes, UK

The photo of the day comes from last week's way-better-than-anybody-expected America's Cup Jubilee in Cowes, England, where more than 200 yachts representing all types and all eras of sailing put on what some are calling the greatest display of boats and sailing in all of history. The accompanying shot is indicative of the diversity of boats: the 212-foot three-masted schooner Adix, and one of the 12 Meters that used to race in the America's Cup.

By the way, how well do big boat captains do these days? Well Paul Goss, a great guy and terrific sailor, has been compensated well enough so that he was able to afford his own 70-ft classic yacht entered in the Jubilee!

For the first sailing magazine coverage of the event, plus great photos, check out the September edition of Latitude 38, available at all the normal locations on Friday. We'll also have more photos in 'Lectronic the next couple of days.

Photo Latitude/John Arndt

Cruiser Shot in Ecuador?

August 28 - Ecuador

"I just read the most horrific account of a shooting in Ecuador of a fellow
cruiser," writes Jim Barden of the Morgan 33 Ann Marie. "I'm waiting for a response from my friend to reprint the letter he emailed to me. Did you hear of the shooting yet?"

We have not heard of a cruiser shooting in Ecuador. Since we're on a bad news topic, here is what Bob Medd's boat looked liked after two men in a panga came aboard and slit his throat a couple of weeks ago in the Sea of Cortez. Fortunately, Medd is doing much better. There are also reports that two men from Constitucion have been arrested in the assault on Medd. The full story is in the September Latitude - including where to send money to a fund that's been set up for him.

Photo Ken of Wishful Thinking

Eastern Med Yacht Rally

August 28 - Eastern Mediterranean

David Law and Bonnie Carleton bailed out of the Silicon Valley in '98. They now spend their winters skiing near their new home in Santa Fe, and their summers cruising Icarus, the F/J 39 cat they bought in the Med. Earlier this year, they did the Eastern Med Yacht Rally. You can read about it in the September Latitude, but here's a photo of Baalbeck, Lebanon, one of the great stops along the way.

Photo Courtesy Icarus

Local Guys Make It Big

August 28 - SF Bay Area

There have long been rumors on the waterfront that Larry Ellison of Oracle - and of the Oracle Racing America's Cup effort for the Golden Gate YC, the Farr 82 Sayonara, and two large motoryachts - is building an even bigger motoryacht. Based on the fact that the curved windows in this 400-footer under construction are unique but almost exactly like the ones on his current Katana, we'd bet a nickel that it's his new boat.

Meanwhile, there have been media reports that Belvedere's Tom Perkins, who already owns two of the most brilliantly restored yachts in the world plus the 156-ft Perini Navi sailboat Andromeda, has purchased an unfinished 284-ft Perini Navi sailboat to have three unstayed masts.


August 28 - 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

Hurricane in Pacific and Atlantic

August 28 - Pacific and Atlantic Oceans

Hurricane Flossie, a weak one, formed 300 miles southwest of Cabo but is heading due west away from land. This should mean no danger to boats, but great surf! In the Atlantic, Dean, which started near the BVIs but has quickly headed toward the north pole, is down to a 50-knot tropical storm.

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:
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