Photos of the Day

June 7 -
Southern California

Today's Gloomy Photos of the Day are from chilly Southern California. June stands for gloom in Southern California, as the marine layer sets in thick. For example, at 11 a.m. this morning, it was only 62 degrees at Long Beach, while it was 63 in San Francisco. Stockton, where the Ditch Run fleet is heading, was already 81.

So far this June, it's been sunnier and warmer in Northern California than Southern California. By the end of the month, that's going to change for about 11 more months.

Boats anchored in the gloom off Shelter Island, San Diego

Gloomy Cat Harbor, Santa Catalina Island
Photos Latitude/Richard

Down to the Last Leg of the Volvo

June 7 - Gothenburg, Sweden

After some 32,000 miles of the most competitive ocean racing in the world, the Volvo Ocean Race is coming down to tomorrow's 250-mile final leg from Gothenburg, Sweden, to Kiel, Germany. There are only two boats that can mathematically still win: illbruck, the German entry skippered by Marin's John Kostecki, which has a commanding lead; and Assa Abloy, co-skippered by Mark Rudiger, another Marin resident. If Assa wins this leg and illbruck finishes sixth, the boats will tie with 57 points and Assa will win the tie-breaker. That, however, is not likely to happen.
Says Mark Rudiger, Assa Abloy's navigator, "I think illbruck wants to cover us the whole leg, that is clear. They will give us a tight cover if they are ahead, and a loose cover if they manage to pull away a bit further. And if they are behind us, they will follow our course, I presume. Some people think that between the islands, in the narrow passages, there are no passing lanes, but I think that is where a lot of things can happen as things change quickly in the light conditions in there."

Photo Rick Tomlinson

The Delta Ditch Run

June 7 - San Joaquin River

For Northern California racers, there's something much more important - and fun - than the last leg of the Volvo. The Delta Ditch Run. May everyone's jibes be clean and their keels stay out of the mud.

Crossing the Sea of Cortez

June 7 - La Paz, BCS

Peter Boyce of the Sabre 42 Edelweiss III reports having just had a wonderful sail across the Sea of Cortez from Mazatlan to La Paz. "We did the 252 miles in 45 hours, with only 12 of those being motorsailing. It was wonderful. We were on port tack the entire way, beam reaching or close reaching in five to 15 knots."

Note that Edelweiss was on port tack. In the winter, the wind in the Sea is out of the north almost all of the time. In the summer, the wind is normally out of the south.

That's Peter on the left.
Photo Marlaina Pipal

Surfing the Entrance at El Salvador

June 7 - Bahia Del Sol, El Salvador

"We arrived at Bahia Del Sol, El Salvador, yesterday afternoon after setting out on the beach for seven hours with this huge - and I mean huge! - swell running," reports Guy Bunting of the M&M 46 cat Elan.

Photo Latitude/Richard

"The breakers on the bar were so big that we could clearly see them on radar from four miles out. So, the guide boat comes out to get us a few hours before slack when the waves are looking a little better. Now, I'm assuming there's a path through the bar. A kind of serpentine affair - slip between this set of breakers, run parallel through a calm zone, then slip inside sort of thing. That's for sissies! What WE do is find slot with sort of smaller waves and floor it! I see the damn guide panga disappear - totally disappear - behind a huge wave running straight into the lagoon. Christ! So I floor it and never look back. Suddenly Elan's stern lifts, and when I look back, I say, "Oh shit!" Elan takes off exactly like a surfer on a wave, and we catch the wave. With the engines throttled back, we hit 17 knots as we ride it out. The guy driving the panga in front looked back at us with eyes as big as pancakes as we bore down on him. I'm giving him a look that says, 'We've got no brakes, you know.' Once we got in, the entrada was closed for existing boats for more than two weeks. It was sort of a 'you can check in any time you want, but you can never leave' deal. But it's open now."

No Need to Baja Bash - If You Have Time

June 7 - Coast of Baja California

The worst time to make the Baja Bash from Cabo to San Diego is usually the spring - when everybody wants to do it. If you've got the time - and the guts - hurricane season isn't a bad time to make the run. Alex Malaccorto and Rocinante report they departed Cabo after watching Hurricane Alma do her thing, and so far "we have seen nothing over 15 knots, even in the late afternoons, and are having a most enjoyable trip."

One thing that has helped are the new weather tools available from both Winlink and SailMail. "These are digital weather charts showing isobars and wind charts for a specified period," Alex continues. "We are using 72 hours. These files are displayed on top of your chart and can be played like a movie loop. We use a one hour increment. They have been excellent at showing the weather along the California coast. Since we are not on a schedule, we stay put in anchorages until the isobars show light wind ahead."


June 7 - 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

June 7 - 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 at

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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