Photos of the Day
May 13 - Santa Catalina Island
'Summer' arrived at Catalina this weekend. Fortunately, we were there with Profligate to capture some Photos of the Day. Friday night, the stars were bright and there was no marine layer. There wasn't a cloud all day Saturday for the Blues Festival at Descanso Bay or on Saturday night. Sunday was even warmer - and there was 15 to 20 knots of wind for the great reach back to Newport. Despite the lovely conditions, there were plenty of moorings open, and it wasn't particularly crowded.
One of the cool things this year is that you can pick up Latitude 38 at several locations in Avalon. Our friends Andy and Odie are passing them out at Casino Way Showers across from the Tuna Club. In fact, when we were there the other day, there were four guys sitting in chairs waiting for friends to finish up showers, and all four of them were reading Latitude instead of any of the other many publications there. And as you can see from the photo at right, Pedro, at the Casino Cafe / Fuel Dock, has Latitudes too. Both locations are likely to run out quickly, but we'll send more.
We'll be back to Catalina for the last time this coming weekend until we return again for the entire month of August - and hope to see you out there.
The Blues Festival at Descanso Bay wasn't as big this year because Fender pulled out, but the conditions couldn't have been more ideal. The event is supposed to get back up to snuff next year.
You see all kinds of interesting stuff in Avalon, not the least of which is pets on boats - no matter what the size.
Bryan overlooks the semi-crowded harbor.
While picking up a Latitude at the Casino Cafe, why not have breakfast too? We recommend the fruit plate, at left.
Lauren the 'Devilette' and her college roommate Lindsay check out the fabulous water color overlooking the heliport.
Descanso Beach looked positively tropical.
May 13 - San Francisco
If you like fireworks, rock 'n' roll, and boats - and who under the age of 60 doesn't? - you would have loved KFOG's annual KaBoom on Saturday night. The show was preceded by a free concert on Pier 30/32, featuring local axeman Boz Scaggs and opening acts Zero 7 and Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise. The fireworks, which commenced at 9 p.m., were synchronized to music broadcast over the host radio station.
The night was a little cold and windy, but the excellent pyrotechnics made it all worthwhile. The best way to view the show was from a boat, with KFOG blaring and a coolerful of adult beverages. We'd guess as many as 250 boats - including just about every charter boat on the Bay - attended, and the Coast Guard was kept busy policing the perimeter around the barge that launched the fireworks. It was chaotic - like the Blue Angels Show, except at night - but as far as we know, there were no collisions.
It was the closest we've ever been to a fireworks show, and probably the best one we've ever seen. We give it a five-star rating, and encourage everyone to check it out next year. Thanks, KFOG!
Long Lost TransPac Entry Washes Up on Kiribati
May 13 - Nonouti, Kiribati
"John Francis - my son who is in the Peace Corps at Nonouti, Kiribati - tells me that Bonaire, the Orange Coast College Moody 66 that was abandoned on the way back from last summer's TransPac, recently washed up on the reef on Nonouti," reports Jim Francis of Jacksonville, Florida. "He tells me that Bonaire was in good shape prior to hitting the reef, and that the Kiribati people salvaged the equipment and electronics from the boat, little of which was of much use to them. John has sent film of the wreck to me, which I will forward to you. Unfortunately, the mail takes about 10 weeks. There are no phones or electricity on Nonouti."
Latitude readers will remember that the metal box structure supporting Bonaire's mast buckled or broke, causing all the rigging to go loose and the mast to wallow around the deck opening. Some of the Orange Coast College Sailing program crewmembers were taken off, while a couple of the staff remained on board trying to save her. Ultimately, in the interests of safety, they decided they had to get off. The Coast Guard prohibited them from leaving an EPIRB onboard, and the boat quickly disappeared. It was widely believed that the mast would smash a hole in the hull and that she would quickly sink. We, we'll smugly say, are on record as not buying into that theory. Anyway, she's been found and lost again, all in one day. It's a shame, as she was a lovely boat of the early fiberglass persuasion.
Banque Populair Breaks Up During Delivery
May 13 - Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
Ever wonder how those spidery 60-ft racing trimarans hold together under such stress? Well, they often don't. Lalou Roucayrol's 60-ft trimaran Banque Populair broke up last weekend during a delivery. He told his shore team they were sailing in 26 knots of wind with two reefs in the main and a staysail when the forward crossbeam broke at the joint with the port hull, which caused the second crossbeam to break. The crew got the boat head to wind, saving the mast, secured the float the best they could, they headed for shore under power. Oddly enough, the joint of the crossbeam and the ama should be one of the strongest places on the boat. The tri is a year old and should be ready for more action by the end of the summer.
Eastern Med Rally Still Alive
May 13 - Kemer, Turkey
"Greetings from Kemer, Turkey, where
the Grand Start of the Eastern Mediterranean Yacht Rally is less
than a week away," report Hall and Wendy Palmer of the Palo
Alto-based Beneteau First 53f5 Relativity. "The recent
unpleasantness in the Middle East plus a slower economy has reduced
the fleet to 37 as of this writing, with several possible additions
or dropouts possible over the next few days. Hasan Kacmaz, Kemer
Marina Manager and sparkplug of the event, is characteristically
upbeat about the Rally and going ahead with all arrangements
at full speed. We are still on board despite some insurance issues
which we are trying to finesse with a second policy through a
British agent, and will consider each leg one at a time as news
and experience indicate.
Requests for Ha-Ha Entry Packs Coming In
May 13 - Tiburon
Lauren Spindler of Baja Ha-Ha, Inc., reports that requests for Ha-Ha entry packs are coming in at a good pace. "We received 14 of them this last weekend, which is a good sign. Nonetheless, given the uncertain economy and the number of folks who have already done Ha-Has, we wouldn't be surprised if the numbers aren't off a little this year."
To get an entry packet for the Ha-Ha, send a check for $15 made out to Baja Ha-Ha, Inc., plus a self-addressed 9x12 envelope to Baja Ha-Ha, Inc., 21 Apollo Road, Tiburon, CA, 94920. The packets will be sent out in early June. See www.baja-haha.com for details.
Some In, Some Still Getting Baja Bashed
May 13 - San Diego
Adam Sadeg of the Morgan 38 Blarney3 as well as Rob and Kristen of the Pearson 36 Sol Mates pulled into San Diego this weekend, after more than a month of bashing up the Baja coast. The former had prop shaft problems, the latter had steering problems - but it seems like everyone is having weather problems. Renne Waxlax's Swan 65 Cassiopeia is in Turtle Bay, her crewing having taken a thrashing, while Blair Grinols is dealing with 25 knots on the nose trying to do the clipper route offshore. We'll have further reports in the next few days.
May 13 - Newport, RI
There's a great two-boat private Transatlantic schooner race about to start in Newport, Rhode Island, between the 152-ft Windrose and the 212-ft Adix. We're talking big boats; 150 tons and 26 crew for the former, and 380 tons and only 13 crew for the latter. Despite being a much smaller crew, on race eve the Adix folks were at rest, their preparations complete, while the mostly Dutch crew of Windrose were rushing about littered decks trying to get ready to go to sea. That Adix would be ready is no surprise to us, as she is skippered by Paul Goss, a consummate skipper. It was one of the treats of our lives to be able to sail with him aboard Adix in the Caribbean a few years ago. He sailed the huge schooner off the hook and out of the crowded St. Barts, and then sailed back onto the hook in that same harbor. Spectacular!
This is old school racing, the likes of which hasn't been seen in decades. A nice change from the America's Cup.
Adix in New York in 2001
Photo Courtesy Rolex Yachting Events
May 13 - 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/
May 13 - 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
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