Photos of the Day
October 31 - Pt. Richmond
In the spirit of Halloween and the blue moon (any time a full moon falls on Halloween it's a 'blue moon', or the second full moon in a calendar month), we bring you these scenes from the Great Pumpkin party, where this year's theme was "You can leave your hat on." We'll have racing photos tomorrow.
The Gruntled gang
The kids' contest
Anne was one of many hard-working volunteers
That's a box of Grape Nuts on Paul's sword. Get it?
The adults' contest prize winners
Great Pumpkin Race Results
October 31 - Pt. Richmond
Here they are, the results you've all been waiting for (well, okay, some of you anyway) . . . Drum roll, please . . .
Saturday's finishers from Richmond Yacht Club's one design Great Pumpkin Regatta:
FARR 40 - 1) Blue Chip, Walt
Logan, 5 points; 2) Groovederci, John & Deneen Demourkas,
6; 3) Gone Too Farr, David Carrel, 7. (6 boats)
Check back tomorrow for on-the-water photos!
Red Rock Regatta
October 31 - San Francisco Bay
Meanwhile, across the Bay at Tiburon Yacht Club, 16 boats raced in Saturday's Red Rock Regatta. First place winners were Bill Hoehler's J/105 Joyride in Spinnaker Division, and Don Kunstler's Santana 28 Don Wan in Non-Spinnaker. For the rest of the results, see http://tyc.org/race.html.
Last Boat Finishes Volvo Leg 1
October 31 - Cape Town, South Africa
Amer Sports Too finished Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race today at 1:20:12 GMT, ghosting in through the early morning drizzle to a warm welcome at Cape Town.
Photo Courtesy www.nautorchallenge.com
Their arrival was none too soon. The gas ran out as they heated the last dinner at sea and they motored to the arrival pontoon on the emergency diesel supply. One more day at sea and they could not have heated food or run the generator.
Amer Sports Too arrived six hours and 20 minutes after djuice, a rival with which they had fought a match race which lasted almost 4,000 miles, virtually from the equator to Cape Town, and took nearly three weeks.
It was a match race where the lead changed frequently and also from time to time involved Team SEB. Right up until the finish the women's crew, which includes Tiburon's Melissa Purdy, kept fighting and chasing, determined to be taken seriously in the toughest of ocean races.
Hopes rose again yesterday when Amer
Sports Too started reeling in the miles
McDonald and crew will have three to four days off, before returning to work on Sunday to 'star' in a TV commercial being shot for sponsor UBS and to prepare the yacht for the next leg - an estimated 25-day dash to Sydney via the Southern Ocean.
finished yesterday at 19:00:53 GMT. The djuice crew could
only afford to eat a single meal each day for the past four days,
and the crew arrived much thinner and extremely weak. Team chef
Arne Bertelsen, fearing that eating
On his experience of this leg, djuice skipper Knut Frostad commented: "It was not only the worst leg, it was the worst race I have ever done, awful, horrible. I have never fought so hard for so little."
Another protest has been filed against the leading yacht, German entry illbruck. The first protest regarded Internet access to non-public sites; this time the race committee lodged a protest on a technical issue dealing with their Volvo Penta supplied S-Drive. A protest hearing has yet to be scheduled. For the full story, see www.volvooceanrace.org.
That's My Boat!
October 31 - Steamboat Slough
Bryan Hoyer writes, "We're the 'proud' owners of the beached catamaran in your photo of the day [October 23]. We purchased the FP Belize 43 Rapscullion in April of this year and crash outfitted it for our first trip to the Delta in August.
"The photo shows the results of our welcome to the Delta the first night of our trip.
Photo Dave Wilson
"After motoring up from Oyster Point, we tied up mid-tide 'houseboat style', bows in with spring lines off each side. My main concern was floating off at high tide during the night.
"We awoke at a decided list that we never experienced during our shakedown cruises in the Bay. The tide had picked us up driven us onto the beach and then left us high and dry. It was four feet to the beach from the bottom step of the stern, which is normally only a few inches off the water.
"We unpacked our stern anchor; a 44 lb. Bulwagga, which had arrived the day before sans rode, and assembled it with nylon rode and 6' of fresh chain. We then motored it out in the dinghy and simply dropped it over the side.
"To my surprise it didn't drag an
inch when we winched it in. So the next high tide we backed off
without incident using the kedge along with alternate full
"During the day we received a lot of attention, with a few people even coming ashore to walk between the hulls, accompanied by many offers of help.
"Thanks to everyone at Hidden Harbor and the Delta who offered assistance, or just good Karma."
October 31 - 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/
October 31 - 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 http://sfports.wr.usgs.gov/wind/. (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.: www.ndbc.noaa.gov/stuff/southwest/swstmap.shtml.
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
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