A flock of seagulls and a fleet of Swans
Photo Carlo Borlenghi/SEA&SEE

Photos of the Day

November 1 - Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy

Today's Photos of the Day travel across time and space, from Italy in September, to promote our coverage of the Swan Cup, held Sept. 8-15 in Porto Cervo. For our reporter's essay on ten things about the Swan Cup, as well as more spectacular photographs, see the November issue of Latitude 38. Pick yours up at a Bay Area marine location today!

The Swan Fleet at Biscie strait
Photo Guido Cantini/SEA&SEE

Constansea, a French Swan 44, wipes out.
Photo Simon Palfrader/SEA&SEE

Bvlgari Match Race Day:
Ed Baird vs. Ben Ainslie on Swan 45s
Photo Carlo Borlenghi/SEA&SEE

The glamor quotient at this regatta would be hard to top.
Here King of Spain Juan Carlos meets Nautor Swan Chairman Leonardo Farragamo (from the high
fashion empire of the same name) at the Azzurra
Square in Porto Cervo.
Photo Carlo Borlenghi/SEA&SEE

Good Sailing Conditions Return to Auckland

November 1 - Auckland, NZ

For the last couple of days, the weather has cooperated with the postponement-plagued Round Robin Two of the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Trials, and the Race Committee was able to get in two full days of two races each. Conditions have mostly featured westerlies of 15-20 knots.

Dennis Conner, who first sailed in an America's Cup competition in 1974, made his return to competition when he took the wheel of Stars & Stripes for its match in Flight 8 against Mascalzone Latino. Conner, who hadn't sailed a Louis Vuitton Cup race in three years looked like he'd never been away, steering his team to its second victory in Round Robin Two.

On the same race course, Oracle BMW Racing earned its second consecutive big win with its new afterguard configuration, (Peter Holmberg steering and Chris Dickson skippering), squeezing by series leader Alinghi in a tight win, their second in a row.

Tight racing between the Swiss and Silicon Valley
Photos Bob Grieser/Louis Vuitton Cup

Le Défi Aréva celebrated its first win of the competition against OneWorld, when the Seattle team dropped their spinnaker in the water and sailed over it. For full coverage, and to follow the racing this weekend, see www.louisvuittoncup.yahoo.com.

In off-the-water news, the International Jury last night agreed with GBR Challenge's request for redress in its Flight 5 match against Alinghi. The Jury directed the match to be re-sailed. That rematch is coming up this afternoon. For the complete story, see www.louisvuittoncup.yahoo.com/story831.html.

Stars & Stripes
crosses the line to win their
match against the 'Latin Rascals'.

Dennis Conner, back at the helm of Stars & Stripes


Another race of interest coming up today (Saturday in New Zealand) is the match between Le Défi and Mascalzone Latino. The winner of today's match will go on to the Quarter-Finals. The loser will be eliminated at the end of Round Robin Two.

Awesome Sunset Close to Home

November 1 - Angel Island

Paul Kassatkin sent us this photo of a 'red sky at night' over the ketch Pegasus docked at Ayala Cove in Raccoon Strait.

Photo Paul Kassatkin

Route du Rhum

November 1 - St. Malo, France

This transatlantic race from St. Malo to Guadaloupe Island in the Caribbean will begin November 9 (monohulls) and November 10 (multihulls). 60 skippers are entered in the singlehanded event.

Among the competitors, Michel Desjoyeaux has hauled out his trimaran Géant and is having some repairs done. He hopes to arrive in St. Malo Sunday or Monday.

British sailing phenom Ellen MacArthur will be competing on the 60-ft monohull Kingfisher, and is hoping to get by with very little sleep on the event, as little as four hours out of every 24, taken in small naps of 10-60 minutes. Sleep expert Dr. Claudio Stampi, director of the Chronobiology Research Institute in Boston, will be monitoring MacArthur and providing her with sleep management for performance optimization. MacArthur will wear a wireless bio-monitor on her arm, which will feed Stampi data via satellite uplink. Stampi is a former Whitbread skipper who has worked with MacArthur for the past three years of her solo sailing career.

Alain Gautier in his qualifying sail aboard Foncia
Photo Gilles Martin-Raget/Foncia

The course
Graphic Courtesy www.routedurhum.org


November 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 http://www.bitwrangler.com/yotreps/

Weather Updates

November 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 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/Maps/Southwest.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 at: http://www.mpc.ncep.noaa.gov/RSSA/PacRegSSA.html.
For views of sea states anywhere in the world, see http://www.oceanweather.com/data/.

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