Photos of the Day

June 9 - San Francisco Bay

Today's Photos of the Day come from near Pt. Blunt on San Francisco Bay last Saturday, where it appears Jim Wallis and crew were temporarily having a little trouble jibing the chute on his Primrose 50 Axel-Heyst. As the second photo shows, they soon got the situation under control. How time flies - we remember racing against Axel-Heyst when Hal Nelson owned her way, way, way back in 1975.

Photos Latitude/Nick

Dawn Riley to Speak at Corinthian YC on Thursday Night

June 9 - Tiburon

"Everybody is invited to come to the picturesque Corinthian YC in Tiburon this Thursday evening to hear Dawn Riley live and in person," advises Mark Leonard. "Dawn is one of the best known sailors in the world, having competed in three America's Cup campaigns, including her own AmericaTrue Campaign, and two Around the World Races, and having provided commentary on the last Louis Vuitton Series for the Outdoor Life Network.

"Come hear Dawn discuss the America's Cup, past and future, and talk about providing access to sailing, particularly for women and underprivileged youth. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a buffet dinner ($10 per person) and no-host bar. Dawn will begin her talk around 7:00 p.m. Your $10 admission will go to the TrueYouth Foundation, providing access to sailing for underprivileged youth. What a great way to start the weekend!

"Call the Corinthian at (415) 435-4771 or go to their Web site at to make reservations. The ballroom can only handle so many people, and space is going fast!"

Dawn Riley

SSS In the Bay Race

June 9 - San Francisco Bay

For our money, shorthanded racing is the most fun of all, so it came as no surprise to us that 57 boats finished Saturday's Singlehanded Sailing Society's 20-mile In the Bay Race. Light winds under gray skies kept things from getting crazy on the shorthanded boats. In the Singlehanded category, Steve Wonner took honors with his Wylie cat 30 Uno. Doublehanded honors went to Erik Menzel and crew aboard the Wylie Wabbit Bad Hare Day. We'll have a photo feature in the July issue of Latitude 38.

Erik Menzel and crew sail to Doublehanded honors on the Wylie Wabbit Bad Hare Day.

Light air and a heavy flood made Crissy a real bear to round.

David Rasmussen and crew didn't correct out well with the Express 27 Salty Hotel, but they looked great.

Wayne Mereksty singlehanded his big and heavy S&S 47 to second in his singlehanded division, just three seconds out of first. The sunny sky in the photo indicates it was taken shortly after the finish.

Photos Latitude/Nick

Catnip Cup this Weekend

June 9 - San Francisco Bay

If you own a cruising catamaran or trimaran, don't miss this weekend's Catnip Cup from the general area of the Golden Gate Bridge to Vallejo on Saturday, and back on Sunday. No host Glenn Fagerlin of the Kronos 45 Perception reports that seven boats have already signed up, with another eight or so expected. For details on this totally mellow event, email Glenn at gf at If you had trouble getting in touch with him before, try the new email address linked above.

Photo Quiz of the Day

June 9 - San Francisco Bay

Any idea why the pilot on this ship kept sounding his horn?

Photo Latitude/Richard

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

June 9 - 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 9 - 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 9 - 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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