Photo of the Day

March 20 - Yelapa, Mexico

The Wanderer, the primary editor of 'Lectronic Latitude, apologizes for having had to be away for the last two weeks, as he had to travel south for research on the next issue of 'Lectronic Latitude. Since some readers might doubt that he was working, today's Photo of the Day shows him 'at the office', Profligate, anchored at Yelapa. If your monitor has sufficient resolution, you can see him inside the cat banging away on the keyboard of his computer, sweat pouring from his furrowed brow. The photo was taken from a room being rented by Cal and Cher Ares of the Jenner-based Mallika, a Kettenberg 41. The couple and their daughter - the second photo is of Cal and his daughter - were late for the Ha-Ha, got hit by Santa Anas on the way down Baja, and continued on to mainland Mexico. For the last several months, they've had Mallika on the hook at Yelapa, considered a dicey place to anchor, while they've moved into an apartment overlooking the water.

Photos Latitude/Richard

Topless Sailing in the Southern Ocean

March 20 - Southern Ocean

When Bruno Peyron last raced a catamaran around the world in '93, he was looking for icebergs down around 38°. Not this time with Orange. Peyron reports that when they are making sail changes, some of the crew aren't even wearing shirts, it's that warm. In addition, they're seeing more flying fish - which normally aren't seen that far south.

Despite the fact that Peyron is sailing Orange at a very controlled pace - trying to stay in less than 30 knots of wind and avoiding sailing at much over 30 knots, the maxi cat is far ahead of the current record held by Olivier de Kersauson's Sport Elec. The new generation of larger cat is simply so much faster than the previous generation trimaran, that all Peyron has to do is maintain an easy pace and keep the boat in one piece to claim the record.

illbruck Out in Front Again

March 20 - Atlantic Ocean

Northern Californian John Kostecki and his well-drilled illbruck team have once again pulled into the lead in the Rio and Miami leg of the Volvo. When it comes to close reaching in a breeze, nobody seems to be able to hang with them.

Banderas Bay Regatta

March 20 - Banderas Bay, Mexico

Last weekend was the Banderas Bay Regatta, and your hard-working editor was there. Here are some of the shots he took.

Photos Latitude/Richard 

Next 'Lect on Friday

March 20 - Mill Valley

Because of a heavy workload, the next 'Lect will be on Friday.


March 20 - 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 20 - 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:
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