May 21 - Pacific Coast of Baja
Monk Henry of Sausalito - who did the '98 Ha-Ha aboard the Sausalito-based Cheoy Lee 36 Passage West, and who has been spending most of his time in Puerto Vallarta since, reports that his boat struck a container halfway between Abreojos and Cape San Lazaro on the Pacific side of Baja on the night of May 16. Monk, who was singlehanding at the time, quickly realized that the boat was taking on water rapidly from a hole somewhere beneath the head. His Mayday was received by the sailing vessel Misty, which coordinated rescue operations. (Monk doesn't know your name, but would like to thank you from the bottom of his heart.) A good number of diverse boats - cruisers, Japanese ships, Mexican fishermen and such - responded. It was determined that the modern Mexican LPG carrier Burgos could be on the scene in 2.5 hours, faster than anyone else.
Shortly before 11 p.m., Monk - who had lost his glasses and his knife in the battle to save his boat - was in the cockpit, and with water all around was about to inflate his liferaft. "Don't do it," came a voice in English over the radio, "we're here!" It was the crew of the Burgos. When they came alongside in a 14-foot boat, Monk had to step up to get in. It was blowing about 20 knots with three to 10 foot seas.
Monk was "treated like a prince" by the crew and taken to the LPG terminal just north of Ensenada. He can't say the same for the American Consulate in Tijuana, which "treated me like shit". Monk says he could have gotten "more help in any bar".
Graphic of the Day
May 21 - Vollenhove, Netherlands
Clark, of course, was a principal at Silicon Graphics and Netscape, and currently owns the 154-foot sloop Hyperion.
There Otter Be a Law
May 21 - Mill Valley
Miller Creek widens briefly into a small pond after passing under Locust Avenue. This little spot is popular with local nature lovers, wildlife, kids, and editors in need of a breather.
May 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 http://www.bitwrangler.com/yotreps/
May 21 - 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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