June 19 - San Francisco Bay
Out for a sail on Saturday, this Columbia 45 pilothouse was lookin' good.
Vanguard 15 PCCs
June 19 - San Francisco Bay
The very competitive Vanguard 15 fleet held their PCCs this weekend in shifty breezes of 5-18 knots. PRO Matt Jones ran the races in Clipper Cove out of the Treasure Island Sailing Center. A record 32 boats competed in 13 races with a "killer barbecue and great raffle prizes" highlighting the shoreside activities. Regatta sponsors Svendsen's Boat Works, Extrasport, Vanguard, Gill, and Harken contributed raffle items; over half the fleet went home with prizes, including spray tops, custom main sheets, and a V15 jib.
Walking away with the Pacific Coast Championship were Nick Adamson and crew Chelsie Wheeler. Nick won last year's Nationals.
The SF Bay Vanguard 15 Web site is down (hopefully temporarily), so they have piggybacked onto the Express 27 site, at www.Express27.org/vanguard15/
Photos Sean Svendsen
At the weather mark
The top three teams posed by the hoist.
June 19 - Isle of Wight, UK
1,735 boats and 15,000 people raced around the Isle of Wight this weekend. Three records were broken: Frances Joyon's Dexia Eure et Loir finished first in 3 hours, 8 minutes and 29 seconds, breaking the current record (set in 1986 by Paragon) by more than 45 minutes. Mike Slade's big sloop Skandia Leopard was the first monohull to finish, in 4 hours, 5 minutes, and 40 seconds, breaking the current monohull record by more than an hour. Mandrake, sailed by owner/tactician Peter Morton, helmsman Adam Gosling, navigator Tom Schnackenberg and crew, won overall on corrected time, breaking yet another record by finishing in 5 hours, 45 seconds.
June 19 - London, UK
While sailing in the Open 60 Grand Prix in Quiberon, France, Ellen MacArthur received the news that she was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honors List, in recognition of MacArthur's success in the Vendée Globe.
June 19 - Europe and the U.S.
Another world class woman racer, American Lisa Charles, was named skipper of the all-female entry in September's Volvo Ocean Race, formerly the Whitbread Around the World Race. Charles competed on Heineken with Dawn Riley and on EF Education with Christine Guillou in previous Whitbreads, and raced with Bill Koch's America Cup teams in 1992 and 1995. Charles lives in England and raced for Britain in the 1999 Admiral's Cup.
The women's entry in the Volvo Race will be one of two from Nautor Challenge, headed up by Grant Dalton. Dalton's new Volvo 60 was just launched last Thursday, and he still hopes to get into the Giraglia Rolex Cup for Nautor Challenge later this week. The event runs June 17-24 from Saint-Tropez, France, to Genoa, Italy. For more on the regatta in progress, see www.sailing.org/Article_content.asp?ArticleID=757
It is uncertain whether the Volvo Race will even stop in the U.S. For eight years, Charleston, South Carolina, has been the home port for the Around Alone. However, "it is with great regret and disappointment that we must remove ourselves from consideration as the start/finish host port for the 2002-2003 event," announced the Charleston Maritime Commission. They are "not in a position to meet the specifications of the Host Port Requirements."
June 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 http://www.bitwrangler.com/yotreps/
June 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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