Photo of the Day
February 19 - Tenacatita Bay, Mexico
Think cruising doesn't change a man? Before they took off cruising to Mexico, most of these guys were probably your typical hard-charging, stressed-out, career freaks, worried about all kinds of artificial stuff. There was no way any of them in their former lives would have agreed to participate in a 'pareo fashion show', as they're seen doing here at Tenacatita Bay. It's just a guess, but we suspect their blood pressure has dropped an average of 20 points and that they're laughing a whole lot more. Jan Twardowski of the Deerfoot 65 Raven took the photo.
Photo Jan Twardowski
February 19 - Pacific Ocean
The rich are getting richer. All the smaller and slower boats that were in the early starts of the Del Rey to Puerto Vallarta Race suffered through several days of zephyrs, sometimes covering less than 100 miles in 24 hours. But when the sleds finally started, they had at least enough wind to turn in 200-mile days. Nothing for them, but they're rapidly overtaking the smaller boats. For details, check out today's report about 1:30 p.m. at www.dryc.org.
The Race Update
February 19 - Atlantic and Southern Oceans
With a comfortable lead, Grant Dalton touched on several interesting topics: "The Trades blow at between 15-18 knots at night and 11-12 knots during the day. We are sailing with the full main and the Solent and moving correctly towards the north. Perhaps if I had this race to do again, we would have developed another reaching sail for the Trades that would be a bit more efficient right now, something like the sail that Team Adventure used on the way south through here a month ago. But taking another sail means having to carry that extra weight when it isn't used, and, importantly, putting it down below inside one of the hulls in the South.
"You can never have enough food on board. We are always hungry. At the beginning of The Race we were throwing some of the food we prepared away everyday as people weren't that hungry. But as The Race has progressed we are just more and more hungry. Every grain of rice that falls on the floor is meticulously picked up and eaten, every scrap is devoured. One of the biggest dilemmas for each of the crew is to decide whether or not to eat his three extra daily snacks, issued for the time between meals, right at the beginning of the day, or to try and make them last out all day. Not an easy one to solve."
Green Innovation Explorer
Orange Team Adventure
Yellow Warta Polpharma
Magenta Team Legato
Graphics Courtesy Club Med
Ranking of 19 Feb 2001 15:00:00 GMT:
Port Captain fees in Mexico
February 19 - Mexico City
Should these boats anchored off La Cruz have to pay $20 to check out, and then another $20 10 miles later to check into Nuevo Vallarta?
"The law actually states three types
"2. Cabotaje. This despacho applies when you are leaving the port for an overnight stay elsewhere or to another port. This has always required a despacho, and if I am able to become an honorary delegate, I would be able to issue these without having to pay the new port captains fees. Until then clients will have to go through the new steps to get the despacho.
"3. Altura. This despacho
is issued when traveling from a Mexican port to a foreign port.
This type of despacho may only be issued by the port captain's
office and they will charge you the new fees. Another big change
in the temporary modification is that day charter boats - particularly
the hundreds of sports fishing boats in Cabo - no longer have
to check in and out every day. They'll now be allowed to do it
once a month."
February 19 - 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 www.bitwrangler.com/yotreps/
February 19 - 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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