Photo of the Day

June 11 - San Francisco Bay

During the month of June, it's unusual to get a light-air, sun-drenched day on the Bay. But yesterday was one of them. In the lee of the Tiburon Peninsula, we came across this Catalina 30 with many of its crew dangling their limbs - or, in the case of the individual at the transom, body - off the boat. He/she kind of looks like the '17th man' on an IACC boat.

Photo Latitude/Richard

Ha-Ha Packets Being Sent Out Today

June 11 - Baja Ha-Ha World Headquarters

The folks at Baja Ha-Ha, Inc., tell us that they'll be mailing out nearly 90 Baja Ha-Ha entry packets today, complete with ads from the sponsors and Latitude 38's First-Time Cruisers' Guide to Mexico. Returning the completed entry packs as soon as possible is advised, because it puts boats at the top of the list for the very limited berthing at Cabo San Lucas at the end of the Ha-Ha.

The Ha-Ha, of course, is the 750-mile cruisers rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, with stops at Turtle Bay and Bahia Santa Maria, starting on October 30. If you're interested in complete details, send $15 to Baja Ha-Ha, Inc., 21 Apollo Road, Tiburon CA 94920. Include a 9x12 self-addressed envelope. For more information see their Web site at

Beach party at Turtle Bay

Last year's race committee aboard the mothership
Photos Latitude 38

Catnip Cup

June 11 - Vallejo

There was perfect weather this weekend for the Catnip Cup from the Golden Gate to Vallejo and back for cruising multihulls. It was a lovely sail up, and a spectacular sail back in which some boats were able to lay the mid-span of the Richmond Bridge on port tack from the breakwater at the eastern end of San Pablo Bay.

About 15 boats from 29 to 63 feet in length participated to one extent or another in the unstructured, no-host event. Next year, Mr. No Host promises to announce the dates earlier and get some names to go along with folks and boats in the photos.

Photos Latitude/Richard

Record Crushed in Coastal Cup Race

June 11 - Ventura

"It was like Viet Nam out there," reports Latitude Racing Editor Rob Moore, who did this weekend's Coastal Cup Race from San Francisco to Ventura. "There were seven DNFs out of a fleet of 29, including dismastings of an Express 27 and a Laser 28, a broken boom on a Santa Cruz 50, and steering problems on a Santana 40. On the other hand, the strong winds helped Steve Williams and crew aboard his Santa Cruz-based SC 52 Natazak crush the old course record by more than two hours. Although the results aren't final, it looks like Simon Garland's Hobie 33 from the San Diego YC will correct out first. Among the crew aboard Peregrine were Bill Erkelens, COO of Oracle Racing, and his wife Melinda.

Natazak sailed out the Gate Saturday morning on her way to a record-crushing finish in Ventura.
Photo Latitude/Andy

Lookin' Good

June 11 - San Francisco

While out sailing this weekend, we saw some boats that were lookin' good!

Photos Latitude/Richard


June 11 - 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

June 11 - Pacific Ocean

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 Sea State

Seas are normal in the Pacific. But you might check out the Pacific Ocean sea states at:
For another view, see

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