Photos of the Day
June 19 - San Francisco Bay
Today's Photos of the Day come from last Sunday, about as sweet a day of sailing as could be enjoyed on the Bay.
A nautical oddity: a gaff-rigged trimaran,
off the Sausalito shoreline.
An unidentified boat sporting a reefed Cal main.
Winds ranged from 10 to 28 knots.
A Hunter 310 enjoying the sun-drenched Sunday afternoon
Star Dancer reaching in the warm breeze.
Spellbound, an Olson 40, with a Freedom 36 in the background. Note the sail shape on the Olson's jib.
Mazatlan Marina Open Again?
June 19 - Mazatlan, Mexico
All we can say for sure is that at least six boats have been allowed back into the marina. As some of you might remember, there was a legal squabble over the sale of the marina late last year, and no boats were allowed in. Hopefully, the situation has sorted itself out.
Bahia Del Sol
June 19 - El Salvador
How's this for hospitality? When several boats showed up offshore of El Salvador's Bahia Del Sol Hotel and Casino at the panga guide's rendezvous spot, it was too rough to cross the bar, so they had to anchor for the night. When it was too rough the next day also, the three boats were about to move on down the coast - until the hotel manager arranged to bring all the crews in on a panga and put them up for free at the hotel. And, to put a member of the El Salvadoran navy aboard each boat to stand watch. Well, the surf stayed up for three days - and so did the free rooms and free navy guys standing watch. Guess who wants your business? More in the July issue of Latitude 38.
Booboo in Coastal Cup Report
June 19 - Santa Catalina Island
Monday's news flash on the Coastal Cup was all screwed up. Doug Baker's Andrews 70 did take honors, but covered the 360-mile course - thanks to wind into the 30s - in 33 hours, not 24 hours. Still, it was a heck of a run considering the light air one always encounters nearing the islands. There were 39 starters and 8 DNFs in the windy race. We'll have a full report in the July Latitude, but here are top finishers: CLASS WINNERS - Class A (and second overall): Raven, Nelson/Marek, 39, Mark Thomas; Class B: Wired, Beneteau 40.7, Robert Weed; Class C: Zuni Bear, J/105, Kennedy/Bergman; Class D (and third overall): Takeoff, Laser 28, Joan & Greg Byrne; Class E (and overall winner): Sleeping Dragon, Hobie, 33, Mark Halman. For complete results see www.encinal.org.
Kostecki on the Volvo Race
June 19 - Kiel, Germany
Having just won the Volvo Around the World Race, Marin's John Kostecki is not sure if he wants to do another one. But he's got some ideas on how to improve the event: Move up from 60 footers to 80 to 90-footers; cut expenses by reducing the number of sails allowed and the number of stops in the event; increase the size of the fleet.
Overboard - The Rest of the Bermuda Race Story
June 19 - Bermuda
Roy Disney's R/P 75 Pyewacket won the 43rd running of the 96-year old Newport to Bermuda Race in record time, but thanks to 25 to 30-knot southeast winds stacking huge, square waves against the five-knot south-flowing current, it was really nasty. Tactician Robbie Haines of San Diego said that it once got so rough that they "slowed down to 8 to 10 knots, with no headsail and a double-reefed mainsail to keep the boat from breaking up." As miserable as the conditions might have been, at least Pyewacket didn't lose anybody overboard - which is more than can be said of four other top flight entries.
Oracle Racing and Oracle Business
June 19 - Redwood Shores
Peter Holmberg, almost certainly to be
the Oracle Racing helmsman for the America's Cup, told the press
that USA 71, their first Bruce Farr designed boat, "doesn't
look like the others boats I've seen." Holmberg said Oracle
had something different, and that it could best be described
as a "weapon."
June 19 - 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/
June 19 - 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 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/stuff/southwest/swstmap.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