Photos of the Day: The Med on Their Minds

June 6 - Alicante, Spain

The Mark and David Bernard families of Northern California report they are back in the Med aboard their Catana 58 cat Aurora - where they started from about a year ago. In fact, they sent us an email from Alicante, Spain, just as they were to leave for Barcelona. Today's Photos of the Day are of their adventures.

Two of the daughters - sorry we don't know their names - as they pulled into beautiful Horta in the Azores.

In Cascais, Portugal, near Lisbon

The Bernards and their cat arrived in St. Lucia last December at the completion of the 2,700-mile Atlantic Rally for Cruisers.

Here, the group have just completed their 'boat painting' on the seawall at Horta.

All Photos Courtesy Aurora

Get Up Close and Personal with IACC Boats this Weekend at Treasure Island

June 6 - Treasure Island

"If you're not sailing both days this weekend, be sure to visit the Open House at the Sailing Center at Treasure Island this weekend," reports Jan Pehrson. "You'll be able to get up close and personal with beautiful modern era America's Cup yachts that were built for the oldest and most prestigious sports trophy in the world.

"These yachts will compete in four regattas this summer, promising fabulous spectator viewing from many points on San Francisco Bay. The regatta dates will be: June 20-22, July 25-27, Sept. 6-13 and Oct. 11-18.

"Open House hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Getting there is easy, just get on the Bay Bridge going in either direction, take the Treasure Island turnoff, and follow the signs. For more info, check out"

Tina Kleinjan stands in front of several of the IACC boats open for viewing this weekend. Tina, who along with John Sweeney is responsible for the IACC boats and regattas on the Bay, will be driving Il Moro (ITA-1) during the June 20-22 IACC regatta on the Bay.
Photo Jan Pehrson

Delta Dawdling

June 6 - Sacramento Delta

As evidenced by this vintage 1932 photo, folks have been enjoying 'Delta dawdling' for generations. And if you've been among them, we'd very much appreciate your editorial input. As we mentioned in 'Lectronic Latitude last week, we are not Delta experts, despite the fact that we've been writing about it for years. So, for our
July issue, we'd like to invite Delta aficionados to share their expertise by sending in photos and short write-ups (300 words max) on their favorite Delta attractions, be they anchorages, marinas, restaurants, watering holes
or secluded waterways.

We'd also love to hear your favorite Delta anecdotes (500 words max), especially the humorous ones, i.e.: the time Grandma went water-skiing, your most embarrassing grounding, skinny-dipping by moonlight, the big fish that got away, whatever. . . Send submissions by email to Andy or by snail mail ASAP to: Andy Turpin, Latitude 38, 15 Locust Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941

Swimsuit fashions may have
changed since the 1930s, but the pursuit of
fun, sun and relaxation still takes similar forms.

Photo Courtesy John McNeill

Correction, No Anchoring Allowed in Clipper Cove

June 6 - Treasure Island

There's been a lot of confusion - including on our part - whether it's legal to anchor a boat at Treasure Island's Clipper Cove, and for how long. We just got the official word from Amy Jo Wileman of BRAC, who wants to set the record straight. In friendly but no uncertain terms, she informed us that Clipper Cove is, under the Code of Federal Regulations, restricted waters. As such, under CFR 334.1070, "No person and no vessel or other craft, except vessels owned and operated by the U.S. Government, or vessels duly authorized by the Commanding Officer, Naval Station, Treasure Island, shall enter the restricted area."

That means you can't legally anchor your boat there for a month, a week, a day, or even a few hours. At least until the property is conveyed to the City of San Francisco, which won't happen until January at the earliest.

While the CFR may prohibit anchoring in Clipper Cove, the reality is that mariners have been doing it for years, and nobody seems to have been kicking them out, so we'll let you take it from there. Beware, however, that the water has gotten quite shallow on the bridge side of the cove.

All the anchored boats in this photo are in restricted waters. The law that prevents them from being there has been enforced about as often as the speed limit on highways.
Photo Latitude/Richard

Now We Get the Picture

June 6 - Los Coronados Islands, Baja California

Remember our report of the 'intruder' who boarded Dwain and Nancy Lentz's Tempe-based Hunter 340 Dancy last weekend at South Coronado Island in Mexico, and had to be lured away with a steak? Here's what he looked like.

Photo Courtesy Dancy

Need Fine Accommodations for Your Crew in San Francisco for Less than $100?

June 6 - San Francisco

The Grand Poobah recommends the historic San Remo Hotel, just a couple of quiet blocks from Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, and the cable cars.

This fine old hotel was built just after the '06 earthquake, and features a bar that came around the Horn and a '47 woodie out front.

A pension-style hotel, it's long been a favorite with European visitors, and would be perfect crew accommodations during the Big Boat Series or other events.

See for details, and tell them the Poobah sent you!


June 6 - 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

June 6 - 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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