Photo of the Day

June 21 - San Francisco Bay

On Saturday the Wanderer shot this photo of a lovely Folkboat lookin' good. It's of Tiburon Yacht Club member Herb Recktenwald and his gleaming Tivoli, competing in the second annual Friendship Regatta between TYC and the Corinthian Yacht Club.

The regatta was hosted by the Corinthian, and featured spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions racing on a Knox course. Results are not yet posted on either club's site, but we can tell you that CYC's John Nootebom and his Cal 20 Tension II corrected out to win non-spinnaker, while TYC's Bill Hoeler took the spinnaker division with his J/105 Joyride. TYC garnered the most points overall to retain the trophy.

Photo Latitude/Richard

Summer Solstice Is Today

June 21 - The Northern Hemisphere

Yesterday's calculations of the summer solstice predictably prompted a debate via email. We had stated that we were nine hours ahead of UTC (more popularly known as Greenwich Mean Time), but Jim Bowers pointed out that "Actually the United Kingdom is nine hours ahead of us," which of course is what we meant to say. Then Tom Thornberry wrote, "I'm afraid you goofed. With the northern hemisphere summer solstice occurring at 0738 GMT (or UTC, or whatever you prefer) that would be 0038 in the PDT zone. The Pacific coast is in time zone "-7" during Daylight Savings Time. (0738 - 7 hrs. = 0038.) Check out" To see a clock displaying UTC, see So on what scientific data did we base our nine hour adjustment? The Wanderer called in from Stratford-on-Avon, and that's what he told us!

All of this means that, in all the Lower Forty-Eight, the summer solstice officially occurred early this morning. John Bousha adds that, "The sun actually reached maximum declination about 1300 local time yesterday, and will 'hang' there until about 1300 today."

Mystery Dock

June 21 - We're not telling

Early Tuesday morning, a Latitude staffer shot this picture of summer serenity. But where is it? Email your answers to the Webmistress.


Photo Latitude/John Arndt

Dawn Riley to Head Women's Team in One Ton Cup

June 21 - Pwllheli, Wales

The next edition of France's 102-year old One Ton Cup will feature an all-women team for the first time. San Francisco Yacht Club's Dawn Riley will head the team aboard Ortwin Kandler's IC 45 Faster K-Yote I. The 79th edition of this regatta will be held in Pwllheli, Wales, September 3-9. See for more this event.


June 21 - 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 21 - Pacific Ocean

Tropical Storm Advisory

Tropical Depression Two-E has built to become Tropical Storm Barbara and still is headed in the general direction of Hawaii. Its center was located near 14.9N 133.4W at 0900 GMT. It is moving west northwest, 295 degrees, at 13 knots. Maximum sustained winds have been 45 knots with gusts to 55 and 12-ft seas. We'll be keeping an eye on this one.

Graphic Courtesy Unisys Weather

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:
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