Sausalito YC Midwinter Photo Gallery

January 9 - San Francisco Bay

Despite a brief delay before the start, and a temporary parking lot after, 26 of 27 racers were able to finish SYC's third midwinter race of the season, held this past Sunday. Typical midwinter racing conditions prevailed, including a strong ebb; the fleet was grateful for a break from last week's rain and a chance to go sailing!

The Santana 35 Picaroon

(Left to right) Whisper, Jose Cuervo and Joker.

finished first in their division.

Drifting around the turning mark, Channel Marker #2. Roeboat went on to a first place finish.

Top Finishers - Spinnaker PHRF <144: 1. Gordon Smith, Joker, J/35; 2. Sam Hock, Jose Cuervo, J/105; 3. Eden Kim, Whisper, J/105. Spinnaker PHRF >144: 1. Jonathan Hagerman, Soulatitude, J/24; 2. Frank Burkhart, Island Girl, Islander 36; 3. Lowden Jessup, Polly, Bird. Non-Spinnaker PHRF <174: 1. Glenn Isaacson, Q, Schumacher 40; 2. Jan Borjeson, Basic Instinct, Elliott 10.5; 3. Pat Lopez, Aggressor, Capri 30. Non-Spinnaker >174: 1. Rod Decker, Roeboat, Catalina 30; 2. Joel Kudler, Nordlys, Knarr; 3. Paul Skabo, Spindrifter, Tartan 30.

The first of four starts had wind.
That's Hazardous Waste at the pin (Little Harding).

Basic Instinct making friends with Aggressor.

Jose Cuervo is tied for first place in the series with Joker.

ghosting along the Sausalito cityfront

Joel Kudler and his Knarr Nordlys got a second.

All Photos Latitude/Rob

Bad News/Good News for Tyco

January 9 - Auckland, New Zealand

The International Jury has upheld News Corp's protest against Tyco in the Volvo Ocean Race for infringing the safety regulations of the Sydney-Hobart Race (part 1 of Leg 3), and imposed a £500 fine on Kevin Shoebridge and his team. The Jury first considered the validity of the protest, deciding that News Corp had provided a good reason for filing the protest outside the normal time limit of 24 hours after finishing the leg.

Once the Jury decided the protest was valid, all parties to the protest accepted the findings of the Sydney to Hobart Jury, which had ruled that Tyco had infringed the Sailing Instructions. The only matter to consider was an appropriate penalty.

News Corp asked the International Jury to impose a one-point penalty. Team
replied that it had already suffered a penalty as imposed by the Sydney to Hobart Race Committee - a DNF in that race. Other teams present at the hearing made submissions to the International Jury, with SEB wondering if a point penalty might be disproportionate to the nature of the rule infringement. illbruck said no penalty; they wanted to see the race settled on the water. Assa Abloy said that they would support News Corp's request.

The International Jury, headed by Bryan Willis, found that:

Team Tyco was required by the Volvo Ocean Race Sailing Instructions to make the required radio call.

Team Tyco made every attempt to make the report (but had equipment failure).

Team Tyco gained no advantage by not making the report within the prescribed time limit and therefore a points penalty would be inappropriate.

For Andy Rice's full story on the protest and ruling, see

Half Moon Bay Still Half-Marked

January 9 - Half Moon Bay

Ken Ayer writes to inform us and all interested mariners that a red buoy marking a reef in Half Moon Bay was blown off its moorings onto a beach near Fisherman's Creek around Thanksgiving. "The HMB Harbor Patrol reported it to the Coast Guard, but it's still on the beach and the reef remains unmarked. Lack of the marker is dangerous, especially when fog obscures landmarks," which seems to be more often than not in Half Moon Bay.


January 9 - 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 9 - 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

Check out the Pacific Ocean sea states at:
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