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October 18 - Mystery Location

We got 12 answers to yesterday's 'mystery anchorage' quiz, nine of them within five hours of it being posted. That's pretty good response. The most interesting was from Tom Stekett of New Hampshire - the only one who got it wrong. "Is that Bodega Bay?" he wrote. "It could be that everything looks like Bodega Bay when you're in the middle of New Hampshire." Take a look at this photo, Tom, and guess again. The name of this replica is the Mayflower. . . which should suggest that the mystery anchorage was actually Plymouth, Mass.

Photos Latitude/Rob

Sailing in Southeast Asia

October 17 - Phuket, Thailand

Organizers of the 2001 Phuket King's Cup regatta said despite the tragic events in the United States on September 11, this year's King's Cup Regatta based out of Phuket, Thailand, will "go ahead in style." Last year the King's Cup saw a record number of boats - almost 100 - taking part in the week's racing in the waters around Phuket. Halfway through October, the entries for December's event were keeping pace with this time last year, and organizers said they are confident of an excellent turn-out again. Sponsors - such as BMW Thailand - are holding strong.

Richard Steinke of the Sausalito-based Isobar is expected to participate for the third year in a row.

More Woe for OneWorld

October 18 - Auckland, New Zealand

To date, the Craig MacCaw-backed OneWorld America's Cup Challenge from Seattle seems to have been star-crossed. First, MacCaw's tech fortune - like a lot of others - took a nasty turn for the worse, and he decided that he could no longer underwrite the entire campaign. Fortunately, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen stepped in with an infusion of $10 million. According to the New York Times, Allen also bought an almost new monster megayacht from one of the MacCaw brothers, although we're not sure if it was the 350-ft Le Grand Bleu or the 300-ft Tatoosh.

In any event, OneWorld picked up the pieces and finally got both their training boats - the old America True and the old Stars n Stripes - on the water for training in New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf the other day. But not for one. Shortly after they started, the rig on Dawn Riley's former America True came tumbling down, throwing some of the crew overboard. Nobody was hurt. Peter Gilmour said it was breezy on the course, but nothing unusual. The crew was fine tuning the mast when it came down.

Failures on America's Cup boats are not that rare. After Oracle Racing bought the AmericaOne boats from Paul Cayard's syndicate, the keel fell off as they were training in New Zealand. The boat and keel were remated, and we even went sailing on her in Ventura.

Missing the Metzler

October 18 - San Francisco Bay

About 20 years ago, we bought a German-made Metzler inflatable dinghy. It was distinctive because it was bright orange and had forward and aft air tubes to create the sole. It was a good dinghy. In fact, when we saw a guy putt by our boat in one the other day, it reminded us that we wouldn't mind having one for a 'second car' on Profligate when we sail to Mexico this year. Anybody have a used one for sale, preferably one of the smaller models? If so, email Richard.

More Shots from Last Weekend

October 18 - San Francisco Bay

All Photos Latitude/Richard


October 18 - 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

October 18 - 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 (Note: This page seems to be running correctly again.)

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 Winds and Pressure

The University of Hawaii Dept. of Meteorology page posts a daily map of the NE Pacific Ocean barometric pressure and winds.

Pacific Sea State

Check out the Pacific Ocean sea states at:
For another view, see

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