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June 4 - Mill Valley
If you're lucky, you spent the sunny weekend on the Delta Ditch Run or sailing the Bay under blues skies. We got to spend the weekend painting the decks. It could have been worse, because it could have been the 'old days', back when painting meant getting fumed out of your gourd. But thanks to the new respirators, such as the one in the photo, you can now paint without destroying half of your brain cells. When you've got as few as we do, it's a big improvement.
June 4 - San Francisco Bay
"Rainbow (ex Gone Troppo), my Crowther 10m Catamaran, wants to play with other cats," says Cliff Shaw. "Unfortunately, she's only about 70% through a complete refit, and isn't ready for more than short daysails yet. I thought I'd try to get out to see the Catnip fleet and say 'Hi' as you take off, so am wondering about what time you plan to gather? I'm also curious if Two Up, a similar boat will participate?"
Since it's just a short daysail to Vallejo, why not join the group?
June 4 - Santorini, Greece
Thanks for the kind words. When we had Big O in the Greek Islands about six years ago, we wanted to visit Santorini. We were told the harbor was crappy, so just as you were advised, we left our boat on the hook at Ios, and took this rumbling wreck of a Russian-built hydrofoil to Santorini. We thought we were going to die at any moment. It was a good way to go, but resulted in our spending less time there than we would have liked. Geez, we miss cruising in the Greek Islands.
For those folks who don't remember, Dorothy and Larry are in their 70s, but just keep cruising. From California to the East Coast. From the East Coast to the Med. And now around the Med.
June 4 - Atlantic Ocean
Talk about doing the 'splits'. It's been almost six months since the maxi cat Team Phillips was abandoned in the North Atlantic. A couple of days ago, a section of one bow was found off the Irish coast. About the same time, a substantially larger section of the cat was found off southern Iceland. In other words, parts of the boats have been drifting apart at nearly five miles a day!
June 4 - 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 4 - 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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