Photos of the Day

January 3 -
Southern Ocean

We start out the New Year with rainbows in the Southern Ocean, courtesy the Around Alone Race.

While the Class 1 boats rocket under Australia with \leader Bernard Stamm almost around Tasmania, the Class 2 boats, with the exception of Tommy Hilfiger Freedom America, are approaching the longitude of Cape Leeuwin on the southwest corner of Australia. Brad van Liew on Tommy Hilfiger Freedom America passed that famous cape, one of the five great southern capes, a few days ago. He has a substantial lead in his class and is sailing a fast, yet conservative race across the bottom of the world. For more, see

Brad van Liew watches 2002 fade behind a rainbow.
Photo Brad van Liew

Southern double rainbow
Photo Bruce Schwab

Tasmania Tease

January 3 - Tasmania

Does anyone remember the Mystery Photo from December 20? Here it is in case you've forgotten:

We ran this as a teaser, not a contest. The tease has stretched out all through the holidays, but no more excuses. The photo is from Steve Darden on Adagio, and we assume it was taken by his wife Dorothy. The unspoiled locale is Tasmania, specifically the slopes of Mt. Rugby overlooking Bathurst Channel. You can see many more spectacular photos at Adagio's Web site,

Anchorage at Moulters Inlet

Adagio at anchor in Wineglass Bay, viewed from
the lookout between Mt. Mayson and Mt. Amos

Carnivorous Forked Sundew plants underfoot
on the walk up to the top of King's Knob.
All Photos Courtesy Adagio

"Adagio is now at Sanctuary Cove Resort on the Gold Coast [of Australia], where I've talked the IT Manager into allowing us to connect our wireless LAN to their corporate network. Happiness is a broadband connection on the boat!

"We have just done an update to our Web site, covering the cruising from Tasmania up to Great Barrier Reef, June to November, 2002. In addition to the new 2002 sections, there are also lots of new photos in the 2002 section 'Tasmania - Sailing Around Hobart.' In an attempt to convey via image what some of these beautiful places are like, there are nine new panoramas on the 2002 page.

"There is a new button at the upper right of each 2000-2002 page 'All Cruise Reports Here'. This link takes you to sixteen adventure reports from Aug 2000 through Oct 2002. There are two new articles under the Techno tab: Boom Furler Issues and Web Site development tips.

"Adagio will make for Tasmania as fast as the fair winds grant, where we'll be cruising for the southern summer. Our current plans are to sail to NZ in April '03, Tahiti in April '04, and Patagonia in November '04."

Steve and Dorothy plan to write in soon with a more complete report for Changes in Latitudes. For more on Tasmania, including an interactive map, see

Police Investigating Threats Against Alinghi

January 3 - Auckland, NZ

The police are investigating threats made against the Swiss Alinghi challenger team property, its team members and their children.
According to Alinghi Team Executive Director Michel Bonnefous, two threatening letters were sent to Alinghi on December 16 and 17. Bonnefous said that the letters were sent from what purported to be a group of patriotic activists and had spelled out a clear intention to target the children and families of sailors. The letters identified team members who have young children, and warned that the group would damage team members' property and inflict violence on their families. They said they had tracked the movements of children and other family members, and gave personal details about one crewmember.
Jeoff Barraclough, Communications Manager for the America's Cup Division of the New Zealand Police, said that the police rate the issue very seriously. "This isn't a nasty letter," said Barraclough. "This is a threat, and it's a threat to harm. So it's being treated extraordinarily seriously."

For Sean McNeill's complete story, see


January 3 - The Pacific Ocean and Cyberspace

Who is out making passages in the Pacific and what kind of weather are they having? The YOTREPS daily yacht tracking page has moved to

Weather Updates

January 3 - 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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