Photo of the Day

March 1 -
San Francisco Bay Area

Today's Photo of the Day is the cover of the March issue of Latitude 38 - now on the streets.


Photo Latitude/Annie

50 Seconds Decides PV Race

March 1 - Nuevo Vallarta

The San Diego YC's 1,000-mile Puerto Vallarta Race had good wind for the first 700 miles, no wind for the last 300 miles - but a sensational finish. After nearly six days of racing, Class B and overall honors were in the hands of two J/160s, Stark Raving Mad and Innocent Merriment. Raving Mad triumphed over Merriment by just 50 seconds! Our Racing Editor was aboard the latter, so you're sure to hear more about it. Third went to Lina, an SC 50 from Ventura.

Doug Baker's Andrews 70 Magnitude took AA and finished sixth overall. The TransPac 52 Victoria won A and finished seventh overall. Checkmate, the old Peterson 50, won C and was fifteenth overall.

Innocent Merriment at Paradise Village

Yankee in Sri Lanka

March 1 - Sri Lanka

Tony Johnson and Terry Shrode of the Richmond-based Ericson 39 Yankee have a Changes in the new issue from Sri Lanka. Alas, they didn't have photos in time for us, so we had to use ones from Thailand. Now we've got some of Sri Lanka.

Terry The Biker
Photos Courtesy Yankee

Old Harbor at Galle

Tea Harvest

Geronimo's Jules Verne Attempt Is Over; Orange to Start Tomorrow

March 1 - Brest, France

Olivier de Kersauson's attempt at the Jules Verne record with the 110-ft trimaran Geronimo ended just south of the equator today with unspecified steering problems. The report is that there are problems steering at high speed and in certain other conditions, so she will return to Brest, France. Unlike most modern tris, which have rudders on all three hulls, Geronimo only has one on the main hull. We'll have more on this as it becomes available.

Bruno Peyron and the maxi-cat Orange have committed to restarting their Jules Verne attempt tomorrow. Half an hour into their first attempt several weeks ago, the top 15 feet of the mast broke.

The Heinie Is On, and the Weather Is Perfect

March 1 - St. Maarten

The 22nd annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta started today, with a staggering 300 boats in 17 classes from 31 countries. Conditions are an idyllic 12 to 18 knots of wind in moderate seas, with tropical sun. In addition to the regular regatta, there is the Scotiabank Tallship Race & Parade, the Caribbean Big Boat Series, and a special 12 Meter Exhibition class.

The big boat class is drawing a lot of attention, with California's Roy Disney having entered Pyewacket, his Reichel-Pugh 75. Other vessels in the class include James Muldoon's Santa Cruz 72 Donnybrook, Bill Alcott's Santa Cruz 70 Equation, Trey Fitzgibbons' Meritan 65 Mischievous, Simon Handley's Canadian 12 meter Geronimo, and Tom Hill's Andrews 70 Titan. Famed French multihull racer Laurent Bourgnon will be on Orange, a Custom 46 catamaran.

A new class this year is the Open Class, an informal, 'non-serious' class to attract the less competitive vessels which might not otherwise enter the regatta. The basic aim is to allow more people on a wider variety of cruising craft to take part in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - without the hassle of a formal CSA rating certificate, etc. Before the first race, a participating vessel be given a simplified CSA rating based upon the numerical data supplied to the race committee. After each race, that rating will be adjusted based on performance.

The regatta Web site at has daily race results in real time, class divisions, boat and rating data and the results of previous regattas.

A sample of last year's action
Photos Bob Grieser
Courtesy Heineken Regatta

Stars 'n Stripes Loses Mast

March 1 - Los Angeles

One of Dennis Conner's IACC boats - the syndicate won't say which - lost her mast in 12 knots of wind yesterday during sail trials off Los Angeles Harbor. Conner, sailing for the New York YC, has three boats - two old boats from Abracadabra and a new one that was launched last week.

Great Sailing

March 1 - Northern California

It looks like great sailing weather this weekend - get out there!


March 1 - 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

March 1 - 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 has moved to

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:
For another view, see

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