Special Notice: Big Boat Series Canceled
September 13 - San Francisco
The St. Francis Yacht Club has just announced this afternoon that the Big Boat Series will not be held at all this weekend. Previously, we had reported that racing would take place on Saturday and Sunday. Please see the StFYC site at www.stfyc.com for details.
Photo of the Day
September 13 - San Rafael
Our Photo of the Day is of Tom Ivicevich's Polynesian Outrigger trimaran, with the most unusual sail we've ever seen. In fact, until we see it in person, we can't help but wonder if it's not something cranked out by Photoshop. But, we're assured that it's not. Tom is from Redding, and trucked the tri down to San Rafael on Wednesday. He was/is hoping to sail it in McCovey Cove this weekend for the Giants game (if there is one).
Photo Courtesy Tom Ivicevich
An Update for Racers, Boaters and Travelers
September 13 - San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond
US Sailing has notified us that, "Due to our recent national tragedies, US Sailing has postponed indefinitely the U.S. Women's Championship for the Adams Trophy and the U.S. Men's Championship for the Mallory Trophy, scheduled to be held September 11-15 at the Rush Creek Yacht Club in Heath Texas." We will let you know when and if these events are rescheduled.
We did a quick survey this morning of local clubs and organizations and found that most events will continue as scheduled this weekend. For a complete schedule, see our monthly Calendar page and our YRA Calendar page.
In addition, the California Coastal Commission has decided to proceed with Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday the 15th, from 9 AM to noon, as an opportunity for community members to come together and do something positive. For locations, call 1-800-COAST 4U or see www.coastal.ca.gov.
We spoke to Lt. Commander Jeff Carter of the U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs Office in Alameda this morning, and he told us that there are no restrictions locally on small craft. However, yachts entering U.S. waters from Mexico or Canada have a higher than normal likelihood of being boarded and inspected. The Coast Guard office in San Diego warns that boaters should expect significant delays when entering port. The restrictions there do not apply to Mission Bay or Oceanside harbor. The state of Hawaii has some restrictions on yachts. The Port of Valdez, Alaska, was closed on Tuesday, but has been reopened. The Coast Guard will stop and board all deep-draft (large commercial) vessels entering the ports of San Francisco, Los Angeles/Long Beach and San Diego before entry is permitted.
The Golden Gate Transit District is subjecting the Sausalito ferry to an extensive inspection this morning, expected to last a couple of hours, due to some strange behavior aboard that vessel. The Larkspur ferries are unaffected.
Some airports are reopening, including SFO, SJO, LAX, Denver and New York City airports. However, some airlines will not resume flights today, and travelers should expect severe restrictions and long delays. I would tell you to call your airline to check the status of your flight, but even there you will find long delays! Oakland is not open yet, and Boston's Logan airport is closed indefinitely. Foreign flag carrier flights originating in foreign countries are not being allowed to land in the U.S. at all as we write this, at noon PDT.
Freshwater Cruising Photos
September 13 - Duluth, Minnesota
Lift Lock on the Canadian Waterway
Prada Classic Regatta Postpones Racing
September 13 - Sardinia, Italy
Photo Carlo Borlenghi/Sea & See
Farr 40 Worlds Halted - Because of Strong Winds
September 13 - Cowes, UK
Photo Stephen Hird/Courtesy www.madforsailing.com
He May not Be the Fittest Sailor, but He's in First
September 13 - Lake Michigan
Dennis Conner may not be the most athletic sailor in the world, but he's still good. He currently leads the Etchells North American Championship at the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club on Lake Michigan. So far he has two firsts and one second in the fleet of 43.
September 13 - 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/
September 13 - Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
After an extremely slow start of the hurricane season in the Atlantic, things have started to heat up. Erin, the first hurricane of the year, is now blowing at 105 knots, but is far out into the Atlantic and almost as far north as New York City. Felix, with 90 knots of wind is also active. Initially it was headed directly toward the Eastern Caribbean, but has curved nearly 180 degrees and is currently moving in the direction of Europe. Currently neither present a danger to anyone but vessels at sea, which in any event should be expecting that kind of stuff at this time of year. For more on Atlantic/Caribbean tropical storm activity, see http://weather.unisys.com/hurricane/atlantic/2001/index.html
There's also a tropical storm off the coast of Mexico heading northwest. So far this year there have been four hurricanes and seven tropical storms off Mexico. All have behaved well by going well offshore. See http://weather.unisys.com/hurricane/e_pacific/2001/index.html
September 13 - 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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