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July 9 - Conception Bay, Sea of Cortez
Mike Miller, vet of last year's Ha-Ha aboard the Vanguard 32 Uhuru, reports that "Things are still going great down here in the Sea of Cortez. Here is a photo from July 3 showing what happened after a mini-chubasco hit Conception Bay with 40 knots of wind. Unfortunately, a couple of us were in the exposed southern anchorage of Playa Santispac, where the fetch from the length of the bay caught up to us with five-foot waves. The main victim was a 45-ft custom ketch that had been built in Nova Scotia in '73. She went aground, and despite many folks coming to her aid, took on lots of water. It seems that an Aussie chap had acquired the boat only weeks earlier, having traded even up for the pink slip on his '79 motorhome. He apparently didn't get a chance to read the Art of Anchoring book, which floated out of the pilothouse. He says he just wants to get the boat floating again so they can use it as a local's party boat."
Photo Mike Miller
July 9 - Pacific Ocean
There was little change in their relative positions through the day Sunday as Pegasus, Pyewacket and Chance answered evening roll call and sailed into their final sleepless night of the 41st Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii. With 277 miles to go, Philippe Kahn's Pegasus held a six-mile lead over Roy E. Disney's Pyewacket, which was nine miles in front of Bob McNulty's Chance. The latter boats were ten and nine miles south of Pegasus, respectively, as they approached the critical jibe point for the Molokai Channel when their mighty main sails will swing to the opposite sides and their circus tent-size spinnakers will shift the opposite direction in front of the boats, committing themselves to the courses they'll sail to Monday's finish off Diamond Head.
Kahn reported on his Web site (www.pegasus.com), "Now the winds are lighter and the team is pushing hard to make sure that none of that lead gets squandered. A lot can happen in the [final] miles to Honolulu! For the last five hours it's been light and hot. Real light. And that is nerve-wracking because we're all thinking, 'If the Pyewacket guys have five knots more wind than we do, we could see our lead evaporate.' There is not much that we can do but to rest the team, sail fast and wait for the next position report. Lots of snoozing on-board; we just don't need as many sailors on deck, and it's going to be a long night to the finish. None of us is likely to get any sleep."
Meanwhile, Peter and Patricia Anderson's Stardust, a Wylie 46 from Laguna Beach became the second Aloha Division boat to finish, following the 75-foot Shanakee II by 36 hours at 3:01 p.m. Hawaii time. The Alohas had a five- and six-day head start on the other divisions.
Division I standings in order of handicap
ratings at 6:30 p.m. PDT July 8:
1. Pegasus (Reichel/Pugh 75), Philippe Kahn, Santa Cruz, 328 miles in past 24 hours/277 miles to go.
2. Pyewacket (Reichel/Pugh 73), Roy E. Disney, Los Angeles, 327/283.
3. Chance (Reichel/Pugh 74), Bob McNulty, Corona del Mar, 322/292.
4. Merlin's Reata (Lee 68), Al Micallef, Ft. Worth, TX, 295/413.
For complete coverage and great features, visit www.transpacificyc.org. Local Knowledge is posting daily position/routing analysis of the TransPac at www.goflow.com/tpac2001.htm. For great onboard color, visit www.pegasus.com. The photos below are a sampling of what you'll find on their site.
(above) John Hayes, Mike Mottl and Philippe Kahn in the blazing hot sun
(right) Navigator Mark Rudiger doing his thing
Philippe's 11 year old son, Samuel 'Shark' Kahn, takes a turn at the wheel.
July 6 - North Bay and Carquinez Strait
One of the most enjoyable races on San Francisco Bay - at least in our opinion - is the San Francisco YC's Midnight Moonlight Maritime Marathon, which was held on Saturday night. The race features a reverse start that takes the fleet from Raccoon Strait to the Carquinez Bridge and back. Twenty-eight boats signed up this year, including five doublehanders. About halfway through the race, the small boats looked as though they might be uncatchable. As we on Profligate were abeam of Pt. Pinole on our way to Vallejo, smaller boats such as J/24s and Express 27s passed us in the opposite direction on their way home, outlined in the setting sun. Unfortunately for the smaller boats, it started to flood and the wind went light, giving Walt Logan's Farr 40 Blue Chip enough time to nip them at the finish. Chip finished at 23:41, just minutes ahead of Ron Kell's Express 27 Abigail Morgan, David Walker's Mull 30 The Shadow, David Wadbrook's Melges 24 SUV, and Charlie Brochard's Olson 25 Baleineau. It was a real nail-biter at the end.
We did the race aboard Profligate, and are ashamed to say that while the guys on small boats were toughing it out on the rail getting drenched in the bouncing chop, we were dry, and most of our crew was indoors sipping wine and sampling different pâtés, enjoying the flat and smooth ride. The only real hard work had been the 20 minutes spent untangling a torn spinnaker from a daggerboard. We had some very good moments in the race. For example, after rounding the Carquinez Bridge long after Blue Chip and some of the other big boats, we quickly caught up with them. Sailing to weather at 13 knots can make up for a lot of sins. We had our bad moments, too. When the wind went light in the North Bay, we were dead meat. We couldn't catch the little boats that were still ahead of us, and Blue Chip and the others sailed by us like we were standing still - which we pretty much were. We were so unsuccessful trying to battle the light winds and flood to get into Raccoon Strait, that we sailed all the way around Angel Island and back into Raccoon Strait the other way to cross the finish line in front of the Corinthian YC. Understandably, the race committee couldn't figure out what we were doing. Nonetheless, it had been a great time.
A wet ride on John Gulliford's J/24 Phantom.
Baleineau sails by in the background of the photo above and the photo to the right.
The Shadow on the upwind leg
The Express 27 Simba on the upwind leg
(left to right) Quinn McKenna's Ericson 35 Catsura, Bruce Frolich's Santa Cruz 40 Defiance, and Michael Katz's Wylie 48 Ahava.
Hey! That's still sunlight, not moonlight!
July 9 - Ventura
If we remember correctly, a number of years ago Larry Ellison almost dropped out of the St. Francis Big Boat Series with his Farr 82 Sayonara because of a rule that required owners to start their boats and sail a certain percentage of the course. But times have changed. Ellison has always been interested in sports, but has said he didn't want to own a baseball team because he couldn't play shortstop. Indeed, part of his interest in the America's Cup has been attributed to the fact that he thinks it's conceivable that he could play an active role on the boat - specifically, behind the wheel. In fact, Chris Dickson told Herb McCormick of the New York Times that Ellison had been driving when Sayonara won several world maxi boat championships. Dickson also confirmed that Ellison has been at Oracle Racing's Ventura training camp and sailing on Oracle Racing's boats.
June 9 - Lake Huron
Sixty-eight boats entered the annual Fourth of July Doublehanded Challenge from Port Huron to Rogers City, MI, which usually takes one to two days. However, the fleet was hit by 40 to 50 knot winds and waves up to 18 feet. As a result, only one boat, the Chicago-based F-31 Stampede, finished without having had to take refuge. And the crew of one boat, also a multihull, was lost as a result of the storm. Shelley Hind, 41, of Windsor, Ontario, and Guy Hornet, 59, of Oshawa, Ontario, were found dead beneath their overturned 40-ft catamaran. Hornet was a solo transatlantic vet and considered an excellent sailor. Hind was trying to gain experience in hopes of doing an around the world race. Longtime lake sailors said it was the worst storm in 20 years, and had hit suddenly. Indeed, even though the air and water temperature was in the 50s, Hing and Hornet were found wearing only light clothing.
July 9 - 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 http://www.bitwrangler.com/yotreps/
July 9 - 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.
Check out the Pacific Ocean sea states at:
For another view, see http://www.oceanweather.com/data/global.html.
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