Photos of the Day
October 30 - San Diego
The Baja Ha-Ha fleet began their day, and their rally, yesterday under overcast skies, but soon the sun broke through and the breeze picked up.
Following a spectacular Halloween costume party (sponsored by West Marine) on Sunday, 105 boats left in separate starts on Monday and Tuesday. Yesterday's conditions were 8-10 knots of southwest breeze (hence the white sails) on moderate seas. The Rally Committee is getting weather reports from Commander's Weather via Globalstar phones.
The fleet expects to reach Turtle Bay on Thursday, and we hope to have more photos on Friday.
Tuesday's start from Pt. Loma
Some local scenery
Meet the Rally Committee
Isn't this supposed to be a downwind sail?
One crazy cat
Mike Fitzgerald, a sometime Latitude contributor, takes his Sabbatical south.
Louis Vuitton Gossip Column - uh, Report
October 30 - Auckland, NZ
Squalls swept through the Hauraki Gulf yesterday, further disrupting competition in the Louis Vuitton Cup. Oh, and there was some bad weather too.
Stormy skies over the Gulf
Photo Bob Grieser/Louis Vuitton Cup
The bad weather caused a two-hour postponement of Flight Five on both race courses before action resumed on the shorter, 12.5 mile Course B. Once racing got underway, frustration soon set in as the wind died and massive wind shifts gave fits to tacticians, sailors and Race Officers alike. Leg time limits saved OneWorld and Victory Challenge who were losing their matches when the leading boats ran out of time to cross the finish line. Luna Rossa and Alinghi beat the clock however, and both scored their fourth point in four outings in Round Robin Two. All Flight Six matches were postponed without starting.
After racing, GBR Challenge submitted a Request for Redress, claiming the Race Committee made significant errors in GBR's match with Alinghi. At the post-race press conference, GBR Challenge skipper Ian Walker said his match with Alinghi was simply not a fair test of sailing.
"It wasn't much of a race. On the first beat we didn't tack, and on the next run we laid down on port," complained Walker. "We want to have good racing. Even if we don't win the race, we want to have a race. There's a number of errors ranging from where the course area was, the length of the course, as well as procedural errors. It's probably the first America's Cup race that's gone around an island since 1851. Had we known that we probably would have had a different set of charts on board." Both competitors racing on the same course in the match ahead of the GBR vs. Alinghi contest OneWorld and Stars & Stripes were flying protest flags before their match was abandoned for breaching the leg time limit. For the complete story, see www.louisvuittoncup.yahoo.com/story802.html.
If necessary, race organizers can hold races on the reserve days, November 2-4.
Oracle BMW has protested Stars & Stripes for postponing their scheduled race Tuesday, which led to an abandonment of the match. Stars & Stripes had first asked to be excused from their second race that day due to gear failure in the first race. They then asked to switch to a 45-minute postponement, for which they would not have to give a reason. The postponement put the start of the match past 1600 hours, but Oracle BMW said they would still be willing to start. Stars & Stripes declined the option to start after 1600. In their protest Oracle BMW (USA-76) claims that Team Dennis Conner (USA-66) radioed the Race Committee and stated that they were damaged in the first race; that USA-66 was in fact not damaged in the first race; that USA-66 used this "ploy in an attempt to get today's afternoon race with USA-76 'killed' rather than using their one-time per round 45-minute postponement"; and that USA-66 failed to comply with recognized principles of fair play and sportsmanship. For a more detailed explanation of the rules involved, see www.louisvuittoncup.yahoo.com/story797.html.
In other Louis Vuitton Cup antics, Greenpeace inflated a 50-ft tall bomb-shaped balloon outside the French base in the Viaduct Tuesday, as part of their ongoing protest of the French Challenger's sponsorship by the French nuclear company Aréva. The balloon was tethered to large yellow barrels marked with 'Aréva' and radiation warning symbols.
Over on the Defender side, Team New Zealand's second yacht, NZL-82, has had her maiden voyage in the Gulf. NZL-81 sailed alongside her new sistership yesterday, as the design team checked the new boat for problems. If all goes well, two-boat testing should begin by the end of the week.
Need a Place to Stay Near the Cup?
October 30 - Auckland, NZ
Bill Rehm writes, "When I got to New
Zealand eight years ago as crew on a bluewater cruiser, I liked
it so much here that I decided to stay and live in this beautiful
place. When I sailed here there were many cruisers needing reasonably
"I've recently mortgaged myself up
to my butt to own a brand new fully furnished 3 bedroom, 2 1/2
bath house on the
"The current rate the local agent is renting it out for over the Oct-March season is for U.S.$750/week. I would also rent the 12m berth separately for U.S.$25/week but note that living aboard is not allowed."
Bill sent us lots of pictures, but we can't run them all. Rest assured, the place looks real nice. Anyone interested should contact Bill.
Photos Courtesy Bill Rehm
Pizza Delivery in the Sea of Cortez
October 30 - Puerto Escondido, Baja California
Michael Miller of Uhuru writes, "The attached photo is to assure all of this year's Baja Ha-Ha participants that just when they think they've had enough rice, beans, carnitas, tortillas, fish tacos, and all of the other wonderful gastronomic delights of Mexico, a delicious American-style pizza delivered to the anchorage can still be found. After befriending Denise and Jorge of Tiffany's Pizza Parlor in Loreto in May of 2000, I returned again this year to enjoy the best pizza in all of Mexico! After taking pizza orders from 16 boats in the Puerto Escondido anchorage I called Tiffany's and scheduled delivery for 6:30pm, and nobody was disappointed."
Photo Michael Miller
Around (not so) Alone
October 30 - Equatorial Eastern Atlantic
The Around Alone fleets are passing the Canary Islands and the Equator on their second leg to Cape Town. Bernard Stamm still holds the lead on the Open 60 Bobst Group-Armor Lux, and he reported today crossing into the Southern Hemisphere at 1300 GMT exactly.
Bruce Schwab aboard Ocean Planet
reports on some visitors to his boat, but we don't think he'll
be disqualified from the solo race. "The dolphins came to
visit for a while yesterday, and they always have a blast. One
came up and said he liked our AMD logo, and would only
use an AMD-powered computer himself.
"So this morning I uncovered our now rested little friend, who slept a bit more, then went on a tour of the inside of the boat, even chirping a few times. Eventually it went out the open foredeck hatch, to sit and sing (and poop) on the staysail bag for a while. Then it was off to who knows where. Nice to have a visitor."
October 30 - 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/
October 30 - 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