Paige/Logan Regatta

October 22 - San Francisco Bay

The Cityfront was absolutely clogged last weekend with the Paige/Logan Regatta for Stars and Mercuries, the Jessica Cup (big custom woodies), a WBRA race, and the Yankee Cup (HDA championship). We have pictures and results from all the above, and will post them throughout the week.

We'll start off with the Calvin Paige and Joe Logan Regattas, run concurrently by St. Francis YC. Eric Doyle, mainsheet trimmer for Oracle Racing, teamed up with Rodgo Meireles to win the Star competition over an all-star fleet. Bill Buchan, who finished eighth, was awarded the Masters trophy.

Mercury ace Doug Baird, who has been winning in this class for over 40 years, raced a borrowed boat with a pick-up crew - and came out on top again. See for full results.

CALVIN PAIGE (Stars) - 1) Eric Doyle/Rodgo Meireles, 18 points; 2) Austin Sperry/Andrew Higgs, 27; 3) Ben Mitchell/Rick Peters, 29; 4) George Szabo/Andy Vare, 30; 5) Howie Schiebler/Darryl Hyatt, 32; 6) Iain Murray/Andrew Palfrey, 35; 7) Peter Vessella/Ken Kazeski, 38; 8) Bill Buchan/Mark Brink, 38. (20 boats; 6 races w/0 throwouts)

JOE LOGAN (Mercuries) - 1) Doug Baird/Steve Marsh & Rob Moore, 10 points; 2) Brendan & Pat Bradley, 14; 3) Dave West/Chris Irrenger, 15. (12 boats; 6 races w/1 throwout)

The beauty of Stars

Photos Latitude/Rob

Mercury #584 whiffs on a port-tack start.

The winning form of Doug Baird

Cityfront stargazing

Marina Mazatlan Semi Shut and Up for Auction

October 22 - Mazatlan, Mexico

"We just returned from the 4 pm Cruiser Cocktail gathering at Marina Mazatlan, where the Port Captain made a shocking announcement," report Dale Finely and Paula Peters of the Sonoma-based Sunrise. "Situr - which owns the Mazatlan Marina as well as ones in Puerto Vallarta and Ixtapa - has major financial problems. Actually, this isn't news, as it's been well known for a long time. The news is that they've decided to sell off Marina Mazatlan, which is apparently their least expensive property and not that profitable. But when they listed it for sale, a group of Situr's minority shareholders filed suit to stop them from selling it. Until the lawsuit is resolved, the marina cannot legally enter into any new slip tenant agreements. This means if your boat isn't already in the marina, you can't come in - even if you pre-paid for a slip. If anyone has already paid for a reservation, they can either request a refund from the marina office - which will mail a money order to wherever you are - or request that the funds be credited toward the other Situr marinas. They are in the process of roping off the slips, and they've hired guards. Boats already in the marina can stay, but if they leave, they can't get back in. Apparently there is an auction scheduled for November 9 to sell the marina. Once a buyer is secured, the seller and buyer have to go to Mexico City to deal with the lawsuit. This is Mexico, so there is no telling how long this process will take.

"A couple of things that we forgot to mention. Boaters who bought slips at Mazatlan Marina still own them, no change. The marina staff hasn't changed either. As for the boats left at the 'no power/no water' docks for the summer that had reservations to move to docks with power and water on November 1, they've already been moved into those slips. The greater slip fees won't start until the 1st."

Photo Courtesy Neil and Debra McQueen of

The same information was reported by Anne Kelty of the Alameda-based Whitby 42 Michaelanne. She also reported that Harbormaster Capt. Gerardo Sanchez Lias said that the popular Cruisers' Thanksgiving that was always held at Marina Mazatlan will now be moved to Marina Vallarta, and there won't be anything at Mazatlan. All cruisers will be welcome to the party in Puerto Vallarta. In addition, Marina El Cid, next door to Marina Mazatlan, is not taking berth reservations for after November 7, as they have a billfishing tournament from the 7th until the 20th. Plus they already have a nine boat waiting list for after the 20th.

The above isn't great news, but it's not end of the world news either. Instead of going to Mazatlan, cruisers can either stay longer in the Sea of Cortez or make the 300-mile jump from Cabo to Banderas Bay. Those who really want to visit Mazatlan can also avail themselves of the old anchorage in the main harbor. It's a little funky and the holding ground isn't the best, but some folks really like it - and it's free. We'll have a current report on this anchorage in a 'Lectronic Latitude before the week is out.

Oracle Skipper Wins Colorcraft Gold Cup

October 22 - Hamilton Harbor, Bermuda

Peter Holmberg, who is from the Virgin Islands but is one of Oracle Racing's group of skippers, demolished Kiwi skipper Gavin Brady from Italy's Prada Challenge in three straight races today to win the Colorcraft Gold Cup on Hamilton Harbor, Bermuda. Paul Cayard, another of Oracle's skippers, served as bowman and tactician for Holmberg. In the three races, opponent Brady was flagged four times for penalties.

Thompson Still on Top

October 22 - Atlantic Ocean

Sometime Northern California Brian Thompson continues to lead the Mini Transat by about six miles.

Dalton Still in Front

October 22 - Atlantic Ocean

Grant Dalton and Amer Sports One have a 32-mile lead over John Kostecki and illbruck in the first leg of the Volvo Race. Everyone else is at least several hundred miles back.


October 22 - 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 22 - 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 working 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:
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