Photo of the Day

April 8 - Newport Harbor

Photo Latitude/Richard

Today's Photo of the Day is of the sunset last night at Newport Harbor, as seen from aboard Profligate at the guest moorings. What a lovely night. And what a lovely deal on the moorings, just $5 a night.

San Diego Police Docks Screaming Along

April 8 - San Diego

As reported in Latitude 38, the San Diego Police Docks were torn down so they could be rebuilt - with nine additional slips. As of last Friday, the docks looked well on their way to completion. Alas, it's our understanding that once again there will be no showers in the heads. Newport has showers. Oxnard has showers. Why can't San Diego have showers?

Photo Latitude/Richard

Not Getting Better with Age

April 8 - SoCal

Remember Kevin Costner in Waterworld? He sailed a special effects trashed version of a VP&P trimaran - a near sistership to Steve Fossett's old Lakota - with a totally weird rig. After the movie was made, we heard the boat was sold for $30,000, and the owner had big plans to trick her out. Based on her current condition, those plans haven't moved forward in a couple of years.

Photo Latitude/Richard

Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

April 8 - Catalina Island

How embarrassing. Yesterday afternoon, we were up by Long Point at Catalina to take a couple of photos of the Long Beach YC's race back to Long Beach. As we got in the vicinity of the starting line, we found ourselves temporarily helpless. Our steering went out, we lost one engine, which left us unable to maneuver in tight quarters, and a screwed up main halyard meant we couldn't have steered ourselves out of the way even if there had been wind. Fortunately, it was still 20 minutes before the start, and a kind soul towed us out of the area, and we got the important things sorted out.

Anyway, it was sunny and pleasant yesterday afternoon at Catalina when the fleet hit the starting line. The combination of sailing in light winds and rolling swells is something we Northern California sailors don't get often. At least not with warm sun.

(left to right) Medicine Man, Gold Digger,
unidentified, Victoria, and just a little bit of Magnitude.

A group of boats carrying their chutes
several miles away from the island.

Photo Latitude/Richard


By the way, can anyone tell that we spent last weekend sailing from San Diego to Catalina to Newport? Well, we did, and it was a great time. More photos tomorrow. 

Bruno Peyron Marches On

April 8 - Southern Ocean

Bruno Peyron and the maxi cat Orange continue on their record pace, having now sailed 15,200 miles in their Jules Verne record attempt - which is 2,400 miles better than Sport Elec, which owns the current record.


April 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

Weather Updates

April 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 The National Weather Service site for San Francisco Bay has moved to

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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