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October 8 - Annapolis, MD
An overview of the scene in Annapolis
Photo Courtesy United States Sailboat Show
Walking the docks and tents this year was
no different than any year past with crowded aisles and stalled
dock crossings. Annapolis was blessed again with beautiful fall
weather, and there were at least as many, if not more, boats
than last year. The always impressive line-up of multihulls was
huge even though the 9/11 carnage did block the new Contour 50
from crossing the Canada/U.S. border. The ever increasing presence
of European boats was undiminished with the addition of boat
lines from Hanse, Kirie, Etap and Northwind filling in the already
broad array of boats. Well known manufacturers such as Beneteau,
Hunter, J/Boats and others were well represented with most of
their extensive lines of boats on display.
Fossett and PlayStation Crush 24-Hour Sailing Record by 34 Miles!
October 8 - Atlantic Ocean
Additionally, a new 24-hour sailing record was set Sunday afternoon, recapturing the "bragging rights" first claimed by Fossett and PlayStation in March 1999, and currently held by Grant Dalton's Club Med in 2000/2001. At 687.17 nm, PlayStation's 24-hour run from 2200 GMT October 6 to 2200 GMT October 7 sets - pending ratification by the WSSRC - a new world record. Dalton and crew set the current record in the Southern Ocean at 655.13 nm on Feb. 7-8 2001 during The Race. "Our focus for the past two days has been on making progress on this Transat, but getting the 24-hour record back from Grant is pretty nice, too," said Fossett. "PlayStation is once again the fastest sailboat in the world."
Navigator Stan Honey, of Northern California, described the weather conditions: "We're finally out of the Labrador current, so the boat has warmed back up and the fog has lifted. So far we are staying ahead of our gale/cold front. It is intensifying, but it has slowed down a bit. Often when boats adopt the weather strategy that we are using - trying to cross the Atlantic preceding a cold front - the front goes stationary just before the English Channel, and a potentially good passage goes to rot right at the end in light air. This could of course still happen to us, but the pattern looks pretty good (i.e. just progressive enough) so that we might carry our breeze to the English Channel. Saturday, when we passed Sable Island, we went close to two oil platforms. Both platforms warned us of the incoming 50-knot gale and were surprised to hear that we were out there precisely because of the incoming gale - although we were not intending to stick around to see the center of it."
Photo Mark Greenberg
Consider the Source
October 8 - Baja California Sur
The biggest damage to boats, of course, was to those on the hard at Astilleros Marina in La Paz. Here's the most recent list of boats that got knocked over: Nimbus, Namaste, Crescendo, Lady in Red, Gypsy Dolphin, J&M Liberty, Sandetee, Malarkey, Sea Clipper, Light Wind, Winterland III, Spirit, Pleite, Kiananin, Cyrus, Orion, Bountiful, Luethin, Summer Wind, and four unidentified trimarans. Vessels damaged in the anchorage include: Escape, aground; Time Machine, aground; Katmandu, aground; Beyond Therapy, roller jib came unfurled, windlass pulled out; Destiny, mast damaged.
Kostecki and illbruck Continue to Lead Volvo
October 8 - Atlantic Ocean
"Just got off an awesome six hours on deck. Perfect example of champagne yachting . . . 15-23 knots of wind and nice surfing waves. Boat speed was always near 15 knots with peaks into the 20s - and all this in shorts and nothing else. I have not worn boots for a week as there has seldom been water on the deck, and now there is it is a welcome relief from the heat. The trades are fitting the bill as a great place to sail; I just wish that it took a little less time to get here."
For more great photos and reports, see www.volvooceanrace.com.
Barefoot sailing aboard Team News Corp. . .
Photo Jon Gundersen/Team News Corp
. . .and aboard SEB
Photo Team SEB
October 8 - 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 8 - 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/.
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
Check out the Pacific Ocean sea states
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