Photos of the Day
February 22 - Toulon, France
At first glance, this may look like a sinking ship, but it's actually Super Servant 4, a ship that transports boats from 40 to 200 feet from Fort Lauderdale across the Atlantic to the Med. She's seen here in Toulon, France, 'sunk' so her cargo deck is 14 feet under water in order to be able to float the 95-foot Belle Adventure out the back. The photo - as well as the others, were taken by Paul Zupan, who had his 72-ft schooner Latitude taken across on the same boat. The second photo is of Latitude in Fort Lauderdale, as it's being floated into Super Servant. The third photo is of Latitude in place on Super Servant, after the ship has been refloated. The final photo is of play time. According to Zupan, it got so warm in the afternoon, the only way to stay cool was by making a swimming pool - cribbing lined with blue tarp and filled with saltwater - and jumping in. For more on the uncompleted Latitude's trip across the Atlantic, see the March issue of Latitude 38.
Photos Paul Zupan
February 22 - Pacific Ocean
According to yesterday's position reports, Howard Gordon's Morro Bay-based Jutson/Sayer Open 50 Etranger should have finished yesterday about noon to take line honors in the 1,125-mile Marina del Rey to Puerto Vallarta Race. Etranger also had a pretty good lead on corrected time honors in class and fleet. Locomotion, Winslow and Melinda Lincoln's Andrews 45, and Pegasus, Phillipe Kahn's Andrews 70+, were running neck and neck for the second boat to cross the line. A couple of Santa Cruz 50s, Shep Kett's Octavia from Santa Cruz, and Kirk Wilson's Bay Wolf from Cabrillo Beach, were running second and third in the fleet on corrected time. It's been a slow race, as only Pegasus has been able to average over eight knots. For the latest, visit www.dryc.org. We'll have a full report in the April Latitude.
The Race Update
February 22 - Atlantic and Southern Oceans
1. Club Med / dtf 3,081.2 miles
Green Innovation Explorer
Orange Team Adventure
Yellow Warta Polpharma
Magenta Team Legato
Graphics Courtesy Club Med
February 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 www.bitwrangler.com/yotreps/
February 22 - 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.
Note: We will not have a new edition of 'Lectronic Latitude tomorrow, Friday.
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