Seaweed Soup on SF Bay

January 8 - San Francisco

The first weekend of 2002 was a busy one on the Bay. We'll bring you some photos and highlights over the next few days, starting today with the Golden Gate Yacht Club Midwinters.

Eighty-seven boats raced on Saturday in a cold northerly wind averaging 10 knots and a light mist. Course selection for the first four starts was 7.4 miles to Blossom, Harding, Blackaller and finish. PHRF 2 and 3 were sent on a 9.6 mile trek to Blackaller, Blossom, back to Blackaller, to Ft Mason and finish. The Catalinas, PHRF 4 and 5, the Knarrs and Folkboats were on a port rounding sausage course from Blackaller to Ft Mason and back again to finish. For results, see or We'll have full coverage in the February issue of Latitude 38. The next race in the series is February 2.

Rum Tum Tugger and Breakout raced in PHRF 3. Breakout finished second, the Wyliecat 30 Uno first.

A parade of Catalina 34s rounding Blackaller.
Don Miguel finished first in the nine-boat fleet.

Tom Allen's IOD Whitecap rounds Blackaller chasing the C&C Half-Ton Sorcerer in PHRF 4. The Catalina 30 Trey Shay took first in that diverse division.

Hank Easom's 8-Meter Yucca won PHRF 2.

The Cal 29 Boog-a-loo ran over the J/24 Medfly. Fortunately (and surprisingly), there were no injuries. We'll have the full story on this incident, as well as a complete sequence of photos, in the February issue.

Jon Stewart called tactics on the J/105 Horse-Play and helped them to a third place finish. Second was claimed by Aquavit. Arbitrage, seen here in the background, took first in the 20-boat fleet.

The J/105s Irrational Again (ahead) and Hazardous Waste partially unfurled their jibs to use as staysails. They finished 8th and 19th respectively.

The folks on the J/130 Sceptre were having a good ol' time. They went on to second place in PHRF 1, behind the X-119 X-Dream.
All Photos Latitude/Rob

Rose Bowl Regatta

January 8 - Long Beach

The 2002 Rose Bowl Regatta took place this past weekend at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach.  Hosted by the University of Southern California Varsity Sailing Team, 19 colleges and 44 high schools competed in light and shifty breezes. The Rose Bowl is the nation's largest combined collegiate-high school regatta. USC and Coronado and El Segundo High Schools outsailed widespread fleets of rivals to claim championships.

All sailed CFJ dinghies on the sheltered waters of Alamitos Bay, where conditions were shirtsleeve sunny with light winds of 3-8 knots on Saturday, followed by fading and shifty breeze on Sunday. The collegiate and high school Gold crews sailed six races each, the Silver 10. There were no protests on the college course, least of all from the eastern teams which escaped sub-freezing temperatures and snow.

Photos Rich Roberts

Top finishers were:

COLLEGE (19 teams)-1. USC (A Division skipper Colin Campbell, junior; crew
Luke Leffingwell, freshman; B Division skipper David Levy, junior; crew
Tracey Treaccar, senior), 42 points; 2. Hawaii, 56; 3. Georgetown, 68.

HIGH SCHOOL GOLD (23)-1. (A Division skipper Mikee Andersen-Mitterling,
senior; crew Lauren Usrey, sophomore; B Division skippers Brian Haines,
senior, and Jon Nass, junior; crew Katie Eckert, freshman), 44; 2. Corona
del Mar, 60; 3. Newport Harbor, 72.

HIGH SCHOOL SILVER (21)-1. El Segundo (A Division skipper Parker Mitchell,
sophomore; crew Willy Petersen, 8th grade; B Division skipper Michael
Blunt, sophomore; crew Caytlin Hall, freshman), 71; 2. Agoura, 109; 3.
Corona del Mar JV, 144.

For complete high school results and more of Rich Roberts' excellent photos, see
For complete college results, see


January 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

January 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 is

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

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