Graphic of the Day

September 28 - Baja California Sur

Hurricane Juliette smacked the Southern Baja Peninsula, including Cabo San Lucas and La Paz last night, causing both death and destruction - although the exact amount is still being sorted out. Enrique Fernadez, manager at Cabo Isle Marina, reports they had about 90 knots of wind last night between 6 and 8 pm and a tremendous amount of rain. The boats and docks at Cabo Isle Marina are reported to have weathered the storm without a problem - just as they did with Hurricane Isis, which made a direct hit a few years ago. Marinas de Bajas, which is located near the entrance to the harbor, on the other hand, is reported to have suffered extreme damage to its docks. It's also unclear what effect the flash floods might have on the infrastructure. When Isis hit, it knocked out the water supply for weeks. The town, which is almost void of tourists because of the recent terrorist fears, has a record of bouncing back quickly after hurricanes.

We're also told that La Paz was hit by 90 knot winds and tremendous rain later in the evening. A spokesperson for Marina de La Paz told us that their marina and the boats in it were fine, but they and others were in the midst of trying to account for missing or dismasted boats. They weren't aware of any deaths, and nobody should be quick to jump to any conclusions about boats that can't immediately be accounted for. There was plenty of warning that this hurricane was coming, so any number of options may have been taken.

Currently Juliette is headed up the west coast of Baja and weakening significantly. We'll have more on Monday.

Graphic Courtesy Unisys Weather

Spirit of Fleet Week Lives on!

September 28 - San Francisco Bay

Fleet Week has been canceled this year as a result of the terrorist attacks, but the spirit will live on in the form of a boat parade, the details of which are still being decided. This much is known: on Saturday, October 6, and Sunday, October 7, there will be some sort of boat parade down the Cityfront. It's expected that local fireboats, the Jeremiah O'Brien, many tour boats, Profligate, and others will participate. Tune in Monday for details.

Ocean Planet flies the Stars and Stripes
Photo Latitude/Richard

Final Ha-Ha Entries

September 28 - Baja Ha-Ha World Headquarters

It's not uncommon for Cabo to get whacked by a hurricane less than a month prior to the Ha-Ha, so Juliette will not stop the event. Here's a list of the final 11 entries:

121) Linda K / Hunter 34 / Garry Dobson / Stockton
122) Amitie IV / Custom 46 / J.P. Turcotte & N. Corona / Prince Rupert
123) Blue / Island Packet 38 / David & Gerianne Griffin / Marina del Rey
124) Linda Lea / TransPac 49 / Linda Lea Stephens / Santa Fe, NM
125) Surf Ride / Valiant 42 / Richard Bernard / San Diego
126) Peggy Ann / Starratt 45 / Ray & Greg Fish / Santa Clara
127) La Dolce Vita / Symbol 62 MY / Buddy & Renee Jobe / La Jolla
128) Champagne / Beneteau First 42 / Clark Hamm / Los Angeles
129) Vander Wiede / N/A / Ted & Carol Vander Wiede / Fair Lawn, NJ
130) Taka / CT-41 Pilothouse / Jesse Haas & Anne Lowell / Seattle
131) Sonata 2 / Freedom 45 / Silvano Payne / Sonoma

The complete list of Ha-Ha entries appears in the October issue of Latitude 38. See for more information on the event.

Name That Yacht Club

September 28 - Mystery Location

Email your answers to Richard.

Photo Courtesy Marlaina Pipal


September 28 - 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 28 - 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

Check out the Pacific Ocean sea states at:
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