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March 19 - Daly City

Two sailors are lucky they lived to tell the tale - as we reported in Monday's 'Lectronic, Steve Klein's J/35 Jammin' was rolled and dismasted by breaking waves on the way in from Saturday's Doublehanded Lightship Race. Steve and crew Jamie Quevado were rescued by the Coast Guard, but the boat sank near buoy five in the ship channel while being towed. It ended up on the beach in Daly City on Monday.

As we post this edition, our managing editor is meeting with Steve Klein, so look for a complete description of the incident in the April issue of Latitude 38.

Jammin's co-owner Eric Brown (who was not aboard when the boat rolled) surveys the wreckage.
Photos Jamie Quevado

Osaka Cup Underway

March 19 - Melbourne, Australia

This weekend kicked off a 5,500 nm doublehanded race backwards in time (starting with autumn in Australia, traveling through summer at the Equator, finishing with spring in Japan) from the southern tip of Australia to Osaka, Japan.

This is the fifth running of the event begun in 1987 (to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the opening of the Port of Osaka) and held every four years. After the start of Leg 2 on Day 2, the yachts have no scheduled stopovers until they reach Osaka a month or two after leaving Melbourne.

Rough weather (40-50 knot northerly wind, 20-ft seas), however, prompted about a dozen boats to anchor for shelter last night in the lee of tiny Tullaburnga Island, a few miles west of Gabo Island, on the northeastern edge of Bass Strait. They've inaugurated the 'Gabo Island Yacht Club', but hope to head off again early Thursday morning (our Wednesday morning). To follow this gutsy event, see

Start of Leg 2

Start of Leg 1

Photos Courtesy Osaka Cup

Spring One Design Invitational

March 19 - San Francisco

Spring must be here, because the St. Francis Yacht Club hosted its Spring One Design Invitational this past weekend. Just three classes raced, the J/105s and 120s and the Express 37s. Of the 45 entries, 34 were J/105s, led by Bruce Stone's Arbitrage. Barry Lewis topped the J/120 fleet with Chance, and Mark Dowdy's Eclipse, always at or near the head of the pack, beat out four other Expresses.

Last weekend's regatta is the third in the St. Francis YC's triumvirate of March invitationals, following the Spring Keel for smaller one design classes and the Spring Dinghy for really small one design classes. We'll have full coverage, including a bunch more photos, in the April issue of Latitude 38. For complete results right now, work your way through the maze that is

Photos Latitude/Rob


March 19 - 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

March 19 - 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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