Photos of the Day

October 28 - Pt. Richmond

Richmond Yacht Club held their Great Pumpkin Regatta this weekend, featuring three one design 'counters' on Saturday and a for-fun pumpkin-hunting PHRF pursuit race on Sunday, bisected by a kick-ass Halloween party on Saturday night. 138 boats hit the starting line, and it seemed like all their crews were in the clubhouse Saturday night, as a huge crowd packed the lounge to watch the Giants almost win Game 6, and another crowd packed the dance floor, breathlessly gyrating to the tunes of the highly energetic and thematically-named Shark Sandwich Band. And of course there was the costume contest, the subject of today's photos. For race results, see Race Sheet in November's Latitude 38.

Rudy's Santa Cruz Surfboards costume fit right in with the party's Jaws theme. Mermaids Marlaina and Emily won first prize, a bottle of Piper-Sonoma champagne.

Count Dracula meets Catwoman.

Great smile on the Mona Lisa

Photos Latitude/Chris

The channel between green buoy #11 and red buoy #10 appears to have narrowed.

These bikini-clad lovelies took second
prize, a bottle of Tanqueray.

A biker couple hangs out and looks tough.

The two-contestant children's division was a scream.

Red Rock Regatta

October 28 - Tiburon

No surprise upsets in Tiburon Yacht Club's annual Halloween event, the Red Rock Regatta: Division I (PHRF 150 and below) went to Bill and Susan Hoehler's J/105 Joy Ride, while Don Kunstler's Santana 28 Don Wan took Division II (PHRF 151 and up). For more results from this and the rest of the weekend's races, see Box Scores in Race Sheet in the November issue of Latitude 38, which will be distributed Friday.

Division I start off TYC's beautiful new clubhouse
Photo Walt Bilofsky

Clipper 2002 Starts a Day Late

October 28 - Liverpool, UK

Hong Kong Clipper, skippered by Justin Taylor, blasted across the River Mersey line ahead of her seven rivals at 14:30 GMT today, Monday, to start of the Clipper 2002 Round the World Yacht Race in Liverpool.

Beneath glorious blue skies in 10-12 knots of westerly breeze, eight yachts racing for eight cities set sail on the first leg of the eleven-month challenge, billed as the longest around the world race. A very close start saw the fleet all coming in on a port tack, with Liverpool Clipper leading in the approach to the line. The local yacht then luffed, not to cross the race start line early, and Hong Kong came just to windward at full speed to cross the line on the gun.

As the fleet tussled for positions, Hong Kong reached the first mark ahead of the fleet, but overshot, enabling London Clipper, skippered by Chris Hazeldene, to take the lead. At the Liverpool Yacht Club mark, London had extended her lead, while closely behind, New York went wide of the line managing to take Hong Kong's wind and move into second. New York is skippered by the first ever female Clipper skipper, Samantha Fuller.

Severe weather yesterday caused the start to be postponed for 24 hours. Estimated fleet arrival in Cascais, Portugal, the first stopover, is Monday, November 4.

Hong Kong, leader at the start, and Glasgow
leave Albert Docks to head for the starting line.

Photos Courtesy Clipper Ventures


For Loretta Spridgeon 's complete story, as well as previous and future reports, see

Postponed, Postponed, Postponed, Postponed

October 28 - Auckland, NZ

Speaking of weather postponements, the Louis Vuitton Round Robin 2 has lost four straight days of racing to excessive winds, causing race organizers to scramble to fit in the remaining heats in the allotted time. It looks like two-race days will be the solution, which could cause logistical problems for the teams. For the full story, see

Today's (Tuesday in New Zealand) weather looks more moderate, and Race Officer Peter Reggio hopes to get in flights three and four, beginning no earlier than 10:30 am, on the shorter (12.5 mile) Course B.

Current leaderboard:

9-1 Alinghi Challenge
9-1 OneWorld Challenge
6-4 Oracle BMW Racing
6-4 Prada Challenge
5-4 GBR Challenge
4-5 Victory Challenge
4-6 Team Dennis Conner
1-9 Mascalzone Latino
0-10 Le Défi Aréva

Oracle BMW in a match against the radioactive yellow Aréva
Photo Bob Grieser/Louis Vuitton Cup
For more of Bob's excellent photographic coverage of the Cup, see November's Latitude 38, due out Friday.

Flight Three Pairings: 

Luna Rossa (ITA-74) vs. Le Défi (FRA-69)
Alinghi (SUI-64) vs. Mascalzone Latino (ITA-72)
Stars & Stripes (USA-66) vs. Orm (SWE-73)
Wight Lightning (GBR-70) vs. OneWorld (USA-67)

Flight Four:
Oracle BMW (USA-76) vs. Stars & Stripes (USA-66)
Wight Lightning (GBR-70) vs. Le Défi (FRA-69)
Alinghi (SUI-64) vs. Luna Rossa (ITA-74)
Orm (SWE-73) vs. Mascalzone Latino (ITA-72)


October 28 - 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

October 28 - 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 is at

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 views of sea states anywhere in the world, see

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