Photo of the Day
August 23 - Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
Today's Photo of the Day comes from Brian Larky. "I was moving some files from one system to another tonight, and found this photo from a few months ago when I was fortunate enough to help deliver Velsheda, K7 of the J Class, across the Atlantic pond to Spain with my friend Capt. Mike Cox. The current news about all the America's Cup scandals and lawyers made me think back to when these powerful beauties were the epicenter of competition. As this week is the 100th anniversary of Ogden Nash's death, perhaps his words are fitting: 'Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long.'"
The second photo is of Larky a month ago, when he helped sail Naughty Hotty, the Wylie 38, to third overall in the West Marine Pacific Cup.
Photos Courtesy Brian Larky
The Brightest Stars Are Starting to Shine
August 23 - Marina del Rey
Rich Roberts reports: "A one-second win by Bermuda's Peter Bromby over England's Iain Percy Thursday was the overture to what looms as a rousing three-way battle Friday for the 81st Nautica 2002 Star Class World Championship. Bromby only wishes he could be a part of it. Instead, it will be Percy and crew Steve Mitchell fighting to hold off the relentless Brazilians, Torben Grael and crew Marcelo Ferreira, and those persistent Frenchmen, Xavier Rohart and Yannick Adde, for the most prestigious of one design crowns. Grael won it in 1990; Percy and Rohart would be the first from their nations to win it.
"After discarding his worst score - 19th in Race 1 last Sunday - Percy counts only a string of 4-1-3-2 finishes for 10 points, 4 better than Grael. He broke Grael's three-day grip on first place today, but neither could shake off Rohart, who discarded a 33 to leave him at 19 points with a 3-1-5-5 record. Grael can afford to sail more aggressively than the other two because his worst finish has been a ninth. 'He can come for us because he has a discard to give,' Mitchell said, 'and if he comes for us there isn't much we can do.' 'We'll just have to sail a safe and smart race,' Percy said."
Photos Rich Roberts
The leaders (after 5 of 6 races, worst
Puddle Jump 2002 Passage Data
August 23 - French Polynesia
There's no shortage of cruising guides that give strong opinions about ocean crossing strategies, but it's rare that you actually see a pooling of data from groups of present-day cruisers. Thanks to the hard work of Jan and Signe Twardowski, however, we're happy to share this fascinating data base of passage stats from this year's Pacific Puddle Jump group - that is, those boats which crossed the Pacific from the Mexican mainland to French Polynesia. The Twardowskis made the crossing aboard their Deerfoot 64 Raven. Look for their complete report - along with some great photos - in the September issue of Latitude 38.
Note: To print out this table on letter-sized paper, you may need to switch to landscape format (sideways) in Page Setup.
The Big Aussie Piercing Cat
August 23 - San Francisco
"The 323-ft long x 88-ft wide Australian-built HSV-X1 - which appeared in the August 23 'Lectronic - could have been doing her service speed of 40 knots, and the rooster tail from the four 10,000 horsepower Cat diesels driving waterjets can easily be 30 feet high and 100 feet long," writes Tom Dick of Sausalito and Honolulu. "She has recently completed an around-the-world mission with time in the Arabian Gulf. These are seriously impressive vessels.
"Large wave-piercing catamaran technology
does not exist in the U.S., although it has come to dominate
international fast ferry routes over the past 15 years, replacing
the last English Channel hovercraft last year. These ships can
carry up to 900 passengers and 270 vehicles or 700 tons. Wave-piercers
have superior economics, weight carrying capacity, reliability,
and seakeeping vs. hovercraft due to diesel power vs. gas turbine
(aka jet engines) and a non-lifting body hull.
August 23 - 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/
August 23 - Pacific Ocean
Fausto Is in the House
It's been a relatively quiet hurricane season off Mexico this summer. Currently Fausto is ripping with 95 knots, but he's well offshore and heading further out.
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/. The National Weather Service site for San Francisco Bay is at www.wrh.noaa.gov/Monterey/.
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/Maps/Southwest.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