Photos of the Day:

April 25 - Oakland

Today's Photos of the Day is from Sail Expo at Jack London Square in Oakland. Despite a relatively beat-up economy - particularly in Northern California - exhibitors are pretty upbeat about attendance and boat sales after the first two days. What kind of people are buying boats these days? Aging baby boomers, among others, who are saying, "If I don't get started cruising to Mexico or the South Pacific pretty soon, I never will." The show continues through Sunday at 5 p.m. For more info, see the April issue of Latitude 38 or go to

Folks interested in doing the Baja Ha-Ha are invited to stop by Area B at 4:30 this afternoon, as the Grand Poobah will give a slide show and talk about the past and upcoming Ha-Has. Done a Ha-Ha before, stop by and pick up a 'Ha-Ha vet' button, free to the first 1,000. After the seminar, there will be a gathering at Latitude's booth, #319 in Tent A. We hope to see you there.

Photos Latitude/Rob

Sad and Ironic News on Gary Jobson

April 25 - Annapolis, MD

In a terrible, ironic twist, Gary Jobson, who has been Chairman of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Regatta Series for the past 11 years, has just been diagnosed with lymphoma and will be receiving chemotherapy for the next six to eight months. Jobson has been the familiar face and voice of sailing in North America for all his television work on the America's Cup, Whitbread, and other sailing events. He was also Ted Turner's navigator during their victorious America's Cup campaign. Jobson is a good guy - he recently spoke at the Tiburon YC - and we wish him a swift and full recovery.

Fun Photo

April 25 - Mallorca, Spain

While thumbing through a massive stack of unfiled photos last night, we came across this dramatic shot taken from Latitude's old boat, Big O, during a trip to the Med in the mid-'90s. The shot is of a couple of the gal crewmembers - if you look really close you can see they are topless - exploring caves on the north side of Mallorca in Spain's Balearic Islands. The Med may not have the greatest sailing conditions in the world, but it's got great culture, tremendous natural scenery, and stunning variety. Every sailor ought to try to spend at least one full summer there.

Photo Latitude/Richard

It Would Have to Happen Just a Few Miles from Home

April 25 - Atlantic Ocean

Just days from finishing the Around Alone singlehanded race, Italian skipper Simone Bianchetti of Tiscali has had to go to the top of his 80-ft mast no less than 11 times in 48 hours to repair a sail track coming off above the third spreader. "My body is shattered - I spent over four hours up the mast at one time. But I haven't slept for 24 hours as I need to push the boat even harder."

Simone Bianchetti aboard Tiscali
Photo James Robinson Taylor Courtesy Around Alone

Keeping the Whales Away

April 25 - Trinity Bay, Canada

In recent issues of Scuttlebutt, Cam Lewis - best known for his adventures with the maxi-cat Team Adventure - has been talking about the worries they had about colliding with whales while sailing in excess of 30 knots. In today's 'butt, John Diggins reports that Dr. Peter Beamish of Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, developed a whale warning acoustical system some years ago. "The Canadian Fisheries Department commissioned sonar buoys to attach to nets to protect the whales from becoming entangled in the fishing nets. Dr. Beamish also developed an album of whale calls, which he has used to call whales to his boat or to chase them away." If this sounds interesting to you, visit Ceta Research at

Three small whales thinking about
ramming a Ha-Ha boat last year
Photo John Pettitt

Eye Candy from the Caribbean

April 25 - Antigua

Victoria of Strathern plows through the seas off
Antigua during the Antigua Classic Regatta.
Photo Tim Wright


April 25 - 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

April 25 - 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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