Photos of the Day

September 10 - Fécamp, France

Ooops. Today's Photo of the Day is of Loïck Peyron's dismasted 60-ft trimaran Fujifilm, which lost her innovative 'twisting rig' during the first day of the Offshore Racing Multihull Association's Grand Prix de Fécamp two weeks ago. Loïck, brother of Bruno, who founded The Race, has been one of the most successful skippers on the 60-ft tri circuit, which is huge in Europe.

Photo Gilles Martin-Raget/Royale Production

Oops again. Vendée vet Giovanni Soldini, who has now joined the 60-ft tri circuit, lost the rig yesterday on his new 60-ft tri Fila, while on the way to the Grand Prix in Belgium.

The dismastings come at a bad time for both skippers, as the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre starts on November 4. While it gets little play in America, the doublehanded Jacques Vabre Atlantic Race, for 60-ft tris and Open 60 monohulls, is gigantic over in Europe. There will be no less than 11 state-of-the-art 60-ft tris that will sail the 5,300 mile race, which will take them from Le Havre, France, around Ascension Island, to the finish at Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. The slower monohulls will sail a 4,340-mile course direct from Le Havre to Brazil. The monohulls, which are expected to average 10 knots, will start on November 3; the trimarans, which are expected to average 14 knots, will start the next day.

This will be the fifth running of the event, which is supposed to commemorate the clipper ship sailor who brought South American coffee beans back to Europe. In previous incarnations, it finished in Cartagena, Colombia. Who is Jacques Vabre? Actually it's an 'it', as in a brand of coffee sold in France - and owned by Kraft Foods of the United States.

International Knarr Championship (IKCs)

September 10 - San Francisco Bay

All last week, 25 of the best Knarr sailors from three countries - U.S., Denmark and Norway - duked it out in the 33rd annual IKCs. San Francisco YC hosted the event, which rotates between the three countries every year. After nine races (not to mention a mid-week golf tournament and a party every night), the runaway winner was Danish skipper Frank Berg. No stranger to the IKC winner's circle, this was Berg's sixth IKC win - an unprecedented feat. Top American was Sean Svendsen, coming in a distant fifth. We'll let SFYC photographer Bob Law's excellent pictures tell the rest of the story for now. Check out for lots more, and look for more coverage in the October Latitude 38.

All Photos Bob Law

Big Boat Series (BBS)

September 10 - San Francisco

An epic 119-boat fleet is on hand to compete in the 38th annual St. Francis YC Perpetual Regatta, a 7-race series which begins Thursday, September 13, and runs through Sunday. The fleet, which eclipses last year's record 112-boat gathering, breaks down like this: Americap II (35 entries, four divisions TBA), SC 52s/50s (8 entries), Farr 40s (14), J/105s (37 - another record), J/120s (8), 1D-35s (9), and Express 37s (8). See for the full list of participants and divisional breaks, which will be posted mid-afternoon today (Monday).

This will be the first West Coast regatta to be scored exclusively under Americap II, and both sailors and race officials are hoping for the best. Dan Nowlan, US Sailing's head number-cruncher, will be on hand to help administer the new rule. Another new feature this year is sponsorship by Rolex, which has put up five watches for winners of the most competitive classes. Some of the new boats that will grace the Bay include the turbos Pegasus and Chance; and the TransPac 52s Victoria 5, J-Bird III, and Yassou.

"All systems are 'go'," claims StFYC race director John Craig. "Everything's under control except the weather, which hopefully will improve by Thursday. There's a low lurking off the coast, and some of the delivery crews that just pulled in reported a spinnaker ride up the coast."

Ha-Ha Entry Deadline Today

September 10 - Baja Ha-Ha World Headquarters

"The official deadline for paid-up entries for the October 30 Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers' Rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas is today," say the folks at the Ha-Ha, "but since some people have just sent in their requests for packets, the deadline will be extended until Friday. After that, the entry fee is doubled. Thanks to a flurry of entries over the weekend, the fleet has now passed the 110-boat mark. The most notable change this year is the number of big boats, as 24 of them are over 52-ft." See for more information.

Some of the more recent entries include:

81) Claudacious / Litton 42 Trawler / Jay Burton & Harriet Harrell / Tucson, AZ
82) Sea Amigo / Cross 38 Tri / Ray & Darline Thompson / Eureka
83) Meltemi / Island Packet 45 / Dino & Anastasia Sofianos / San Diego
84) Second Life / Ocean 71 / Tony Clarke & Family / Sausalito
85) Ku'uipo / Cheoy Lee 42 / Ann Selover / Honolulu, HI
86) Dolce Vita / Marquesas 56 Cat / Volker & Mai Dolch / Belvedere
87) Cassiopeia / Swan 65 / Rennie Waxlax & Anne Blunden / San Diego
88) Priceless / Pearson 424 / Mike & Karen Cregan / San Diego
89) Tree Aces / Contour 34 Tri / Peter Whittington / Long Beach
90) SailLing / Beneteau 39 / Thomas & Norma Ling / Kirkland, WA

The Most Important Date in the History of the Berkeley Waterfront

September 10 - Berkeley

"Put Monday, September 24, 7:00 pm, on your calendar," advises Paul Kamen, "as it is probably the most important date ever in the history of the Berkeley Waterfront. September 24 is the date of the first public workshop to determine appropriate uses for most of the shoreline between the Bay Bridge and Richmond. There is consensus that most of the shoreline and tidelands will be preserved as open space and wildlife habitat. Emeryville Crescent, the Hoffman Mash, the creek outflows, and other sensitive tidal flats are quite safe. At issue is the degree to which human recreation will be supported along other areas of the shoreline, areas which have less ecological importance but offer perfect opportunities for various types of small craft operation. If the plans put forth by the Sierra Club and Audubon Society are adopted, the Eastshore State Park will be a great place to look at the water - but you'll have to go elsewhere if you want to touch it or float on it.

"The meeting is Monday, September 24, at 7:00 pm at Hs. Lordships Restaurant, Berkeley Marina, in the upstairs banquet room. This room holds 600 people, and the workshop organizers hope to fill it up. Previous 'workshops' have really just been presentation and comment sessions. This time, the plan is to break the participants into groups of probably about 10 people per group, and go through a three-step process using large-scale maps. Participants will be asked to: 1) Estimate the 'carrying capacity' of each section of the park. 2) Determine appropriate uses consistent with carrying capacity. 3) Propose improvements and facilities to support those uses.

"If State Parks (the owner) and East Bay Regional (the operator) do the right thing, this park could provide some amazing opportunities for entry-level rowing, kayaking, small boat sailing, windsurfing, and possibly even a permanent dragon boat facility or an outrigger club. We could have on-site storage for kayaks and sailboards at the best launch sites. We could have youth programs offering dragon boat practice every day after school. We could have rental rowboats for the one-time visitor. We could have sensible parking lots near the launch sites where they're needed, with bathrooms and showers.

"At issue here is the role we see for water-borne recreation in an urban setting: Is it something we should have at our doorstep? Or is it something we should have to drive a great distance to find, in a vehicle large enough to carry our gear? Should a State Park support non-profit clubs with strong public service components? Or is the commercial monopoly concession their only business model?

"As much as I dislike taking positions that oppose the Sierra Club, I think the Club has the environmental interests of the region on backwards in this case. Close-in recreation, especially recreation involving small non-motorized boats, has an environmental and social value that is going unrecognized by the Sierra Club and by the planners and advocates who seem to be in control. There is real danger that we'll end up with a waterfront that relates to the water in name only, with no way to actually do anything involving boats. We can change this. Please attend the workshop on September 24, and take part in shaping this new waterfront park. For more background, see the letter archived at"


September 10 - 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

September 10 - 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

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

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