Photos of the Day: Berkeley YC Midwinters
February 11 - Olympic Circle
Today's photos come from Saturday's Berkeley YC Midwinters, held in very light air on the Circle. What breeze there was came mostly from the WNW, and ranged from 0-8 knots. However, the RC sent all fleets on a short (3.8 nm) course, and most were able to finish. Sunday's racing featured more breeze (10-12 knots), and both days were a warm spring tease.
The weekend's events wrapped up the series, except for the Champion of Champion Trophy Winners' Race on Sunday, February 23. For our report, see the March issue of Latitude 38. For complete results, see www.berkeleyyc.org/Midwinters.
Boats and Can-Can Girls Lift Their Skirts
February 11 - Auckland, NZ
When the Kiwis lifted the skirts from NZL-82, the boat they have declared for the America's Cup, a still-intact hula (hull appendage) and bright orange flames painted on the keel bulb were revealed. An Auckland graphics company, Signing-On, and its flamboyant chief executive, Ross Hall were responsible. Says Hall, "I reckon it gives them about three knots."
When the Swiss lifted the skirt from their boat, folks were looking more at the accompanying Can-Can girls, who had also lifted their skirts. On the ladies' undergarments was spelled out, 'SUI64'. For photos (and full reports) see http://americascup.yahoo.com.
The Beerfort Scale and Coarse Sailors
February 11 - Cyberspace
Yesterday, we ran Greg Sherwood's request for a scale measuring wind speed using beer. He sited the examples, "Force 2 - blows the head off your beer," and "Force 6 - you have to sit on the cases to keep them from sliding across the cockpit." We asked our readers if they could point us in the right direction and got many responses (thanks to all of you who wrote in). The above examples are actually from two completely different humorous scales, and they are highlighted below in bold.
Several readers pointed us in the direction of the Beerfort Scale, on line at www.usual-suspects-sailing.com/exp-beerfort-scale.htm
Force 0: Sails hanging limp. Tiller tends
Others referred us to the Course Sailor's Beaufort Scale at www.ccrc.sr.unh.edu/~stm/AS/Weather_Toolbox/Beaufort2.html and www.franksingleton.clara.net/beaufort_variations.html. They are not completely identical, but here is our extrapolation:
For more on 'Coarse Sailing', see Michael Green's book, The Art of Coarse Sailing.
These scales are riffs on Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort's wind force scale developed in 1831. For that scale and its history, see www.crh.noaa.gov/lot/webpage/beaufort.
February 11 - 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