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Photo of the Day
March 27 - Antigua
We were doing a little spring cleaning in our office when we came across this photo of a lovely schooner. Although we don't know her name, we believe she was racing off the Pillars of Hercules in one of the early Antigua Classic Regattas. Just a reminder to everyone, this year's Classic Regatta is April 18-23, and therefore just before Antigua Sailing Week. If you're in the area, or if you love classic yachts, you don't want to miss it.
Photo Jim Drake
Speaking of Antigua Sailing Week, Bruce Schwab, aboard the Wylie Open 60 Ocean Planet, emailed us from somewhere near Jamaica suggesting that he might need crew for Sailing Week, which starts on April 27. If you're good and can get to Antigua on your own, you might send an email to Bruce.
Assa Abloy Nips illbruck
March 27 - Miami, FL
Marin's Mark Rudiger and fellow Americans Mike Howard of Southern California and Chris Larson of Baltimore played valuable roles in Assa Abloy's come from behind victory over John Kostecki's illbruck in the just completed Rio to Miami leg of the Volvo Around the World Race. illbruck continues to lead overall, 36 points to 28 points. Rudiger, who was navigator aboard Paul Cayard's victorious EF Language in the last race, gave the following interview in Miami:
Q: How were you able to get around illbruck?
John Kostecki, also of Marin, was also interviewed:
Q: What happened?
European Union to Create Their Own GPS
March 27 - Europe
The plucky Europeans, who continue to fall further behind the U.S. in almost all technologies, have agreed to spend $392 to fund development of Galileo, an independent Global Positioning System (GPS). The project won't be operational until 2008, at which time it will have cost $3.2 billion. The EU wants to 'shake off' dependence on the system operated by the United States. For obvious reasons, the U.S. Department of Defense would prefer that the Europeans didn't build their own system.
Here's the thing about GPS we've never understood. It was developed by the U.S. Department of Defense, which means we U.S. taxpayers funded it. Nonetheless, we have simply given the use of this incredibly valuable and life-saving technology to everyone else in the world who can afford $79 to buy a unit. The way we see it, there should have been a $1,000 royalty due on all GPS units sold to non-Americans to help pay for the incredibly valuable information.
Orange Back in Gear
March 27 - Southern Ocean
After two days of horrible wind conditions and having to try to sail to windward, Bruno Peyron and crew aboard the maxi-cat Orange are flying across the Southern Ocean once again, enjoying westerly winds. Despite the long delay and sailing a more northerly and therefore longer course, Orange is still nearly 2,000 miles - or more than 20% - ahead of the Jules Verne record held by Sport Elec.
March 27 - 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/
March 27 - 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 has moved to 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
Check out the Pacific Ocean sea states
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