Photos of the Day

September 7 - Punta Ala, Italy

Today's Photos of the Day are from the interior of the 32-meter sloop Ulisse - which you'll read about more below.


Clockwise from above:
main salon, nav station, owner's cabin

Photos Courtesy
Yacht Design Magazine

Mexico Photo Special

September 7 - Mexico

Sailing to Mexico this winter, this is the kind of stuff you're likely to see:

500 year old cactus

Marina at Melaque

Fireworks at Puerto Vallarta - long before Burning Man

All photos are from Felicity, the Seattle-based Tashiba 35. Check out their great site at

Jungle Ride at Tenacatita Bay

Muelle at Z-town

Typical laundry service

Caleta Partida, home of Sea of Cortez Sailing Week

Anchorage Quiz

September 7 - Mystery Location

Our anchorage quiz was a little too difficult for anyone who hadn't been there. Nick Salvador guessed Kingston, Jamaica, while another reader picked Rideway Reservoir in Colorado. Mark Covec of the Bristol 27 Magstar was much closer: "I thought it might be one of the coves around the town of Ramatuelle just south of St. Tropez, but there aren't enough large power boats. I am sure it must be somewhere in the Med. The wind is too light to be somewhere in the trades. I would guess France because of those beautiful red roofs. I sure wish I was there."

Actually, the correct answer is Punta Ala, Italy. The marina is just around the corner from the anchorage that is the home of the Prada America's Cup challenge. In fact, here's a photo of Patrizio Bertelli's new 32-meter sloop Ulisse.

Photo Latitude/Richard

Volvo Ocean Race on TV

September 7 - The Airwaves

ESPN2 will present a 30-minute preview of the Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday afternoon, September 9, at 1:30 PM PDT. This program will feature the Sydney Hobart Race, the Fastnet Race, and a history of round the world racing, the technology behind the Volvo Ocean 60 and a look at the training by illbruck. On deck: The Transpac Race ­ Sunday, September 16, at 1:00 PM PDT on ESPN.

How about a big raise for the program director who decided to air these programs when the audience should all be out sailing on their own boats?

Beneteau First 40.7 One Design

September 7 - San Francisco Bay

"Just want to let you know there will be another Beneteau First 40.7 on the Bay very soon," writes Mike Garl of San Carlos. "Friday I'll be taking delivery of White Dove, which will be commissioned at KKMI. Scott Easom is the project and racing manager for this new program. We will be an active addition to the one design fleet, which should number 10 plus boats by 2002. We hope to join the racing scene in late September."

Thanks for the report. If anybody is launching a new boat, racing or cruising, let us know about it.


September 7 - 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

Hurricane Prediction

September 7 - Atlantic Ocean

For the last bunch of years, William Gray of Colorado State University has been making hurricane predictions based on what seems to us to be an incredibly complicated formula laced with monumental variables. So it comes as no surprise to us that his hurricane prediction for the 2001 Atlantic-Caribbean season has been more than a little off. Earlier this year, Gray predicted normal or slightly greater than normal hurricane activity. Alas, this is the first year since the mid-'80s that there hasn't been a single Atlantic-Caribbean hurricane by so late in the season. We think a Ouija board would work better. Currently Tropical Storm Erin is rumbling up the Atlantic, and for Gray's sake, we hope it turns into a hurricane.

Tropical storm activity this season to date
Unisys Weather Graphic

September 7 - 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:
For another view, see

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