February 26 - Pacific Ocean
Always wanted to know what a catamaran would be like doing the Baja Bash? This may be your chance. Capt. Bruce Ladd will be leaving Puerto Vallarta on March 28 to deliver Profligate, Latitude's 63-foot catamaran, to San Diego, and is open to the prospect of taking a couple of more hands. This is a 'food and fun' situation as opposed to a paid position. It's also a delivery, so most or all of it will likely be motoring. Nonetheless, Profligate is a great platform, and it's almost always great to be on the ocean. If interested, email your resume to Capt. Bruce - who has done a number of deliveries on Profligate. Naturally, it's expected that you're in excellent health and have some sailing experience.
Ken and Susan catch a tuna
Ken and Carmel making sushi out of the tuna
Photos Courtesy Profligate
February 26 - Puerto Vallarta
The final results were not up on the PV Race page as of this morning, but check in with them this afternoon for the latest at www.dryc.org. We'll have a full report in the April Latitude, but here's a taste: In PHRF-AA (the really big boats), Pendragon 4 finished first, followed by Pegasus and Grand Illusion. In PHRF-A, the sleds, Etranger took line honors, followed by M Project and the SC 52 Rosebud out of Santa Cruz. Bay Wolf finished first in PHRF-B, followed by Octavia, then Roller Coaster.
The Race Update
February 26 - Atlantic and Southern Oceans
No longer anticipated to finish within
60 days, the leading maxi-cat in the round-the-world race has
been once again halted by light winds. On track to finish in
Marseilles this weekend, Club Med is still awaiting the
forecasted winds which will
The South Pacific is serving up 25-30 ft waves, 7°C temperatures and 50-60 knot winds for Warta-Polpharma and Team Adventure. All they can do is batten down the hatches and weather the storm in the kind of classic Southern Ocean conditions that the two front-runners did not encounter.
A large area of low pressure to the south with low winds at the center is positioned off Cape Horn and moving slowly about 15 knots. This means that the boats will have to take a slight detour to the northwest before turning south again towards Cape Horn. "They are currently sailing in a 50-knot airflow which will decrease to 40 knots by the time they round the Horn," explained Gilles Chiorri of Metéo Consult. You can imagine the conditions, especially because the sea-state, already heavy, will be even worse in the shallower waters of Drake Passage.
Green Innovation Explorer
Orange Team Adventure
Yellow Warta Polpharma
Magenta Team Legato
Graphics Courtesy Club Med
Positions of February 26, 15:00:00 GMT:
1. Club Med / 21º41.56'N -
28º45.56'W / dtf 2,187.8 miles
February 26 - 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 26 - 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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