Photos of the Day

June 16 - San Francisco Bay

It was a beautiful weekend to be out sailing in Northern California. Here are some Photos of the Day to prove it.

Photos Latitude/Richard

Latitude Web Site Server Down, Now Up; Classy Deadline Extended

June 16 - Seattle, WA

The massive server up in Washington that carries Latitude's Web site crashed over the weekend and had to be sent out for "emergency disaster recovery services", so anyone who tried to log on got one of those wonderful "Forbidden" messages. The site is up once again, and the Classy Classified deadline has been extended to Thursday the 19th at 5:00 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Kahn's Pegasus Smashes Coastal Cup Record

June 16 - San Francisco

In a tune up for next month's TransPac, Philippe Kahn's R/P 77 Pegasus bested Roy Disney's near sistership Pyewacket in the Encinal YC's wild 360-mile, 43 boat Coastal Cup Race from San Francisco to Catalina. Although no results have been posted, Kahn reports that with the wind blowing up to 37 knots, they crushed the previous record by 6.5 hours to finish in around 26 hours. Although Pyewacket had the early lead, Pegasus, sailing for the first time in full turbo mode, pulled ahead. Both boats hit high speeds, with many drivers on Pegasus hitting 28s and 29s. In fact, after blowing one chute, they hit 22 knots under main and staysail alone. We'll have more to come and a full story in the July issue of Latitude 38.

Despite all the boats that have hit rocks inside Mile Rock, almost the entire Coastal Cup fleet dared to sail inside - and very close to Seal Rocks.

Having darn near put their bows on the beach, a group of four boats tacked out to round a rock with a big hole in it.

Pyewacket leads Pegasus as the two boats sail close to the Baker Beach/Dead's Man's shore of San Francisco, with Latitude's Bertram 25 struggling to keep up.

With the boats seeking relief from a heavy flood, there was a lot of bouncing around.
Photos Latitude/Richard

Delightful Delta Ditch Run

June 16 - Stockton

The delightfully easy 13th annual Delta Ditch Run featured 132 starters out of 140 sign-ups. The fleet rode a flood the whole way. Don Jesberg and Zarko Draganic teamed up to win first overall for the third time in a row - different Melges, same result. We'll have more in the July issue of Latitude 38, but for now here are the top finishers and some photos:

EXPRESS 27 - Swamp Donkey, Scott Sellers
MELGES 24 - Ego, Don Jesberg
MOORE 24 - Eclipse, Brad Butler
WYLIE WABBIT - Kwazy, Colin Moore
J/22 - Tinseltown Rebellion, Cam Lewis
LIGHT I - Shop Girl, Sierra 26, Kim Desenberg
LIGHT II - Moonshine, Dogpatch 26, R.B. Ward
HEAVY I - Yucca, 8-Meter, Hank Easom
HEAVY II - Cowabunga, Schock 34-PC, Pat & Marilyn Brown
HEAVY III - Happy Houka, Cal 27, Greg Goodman
HEAVY IV - Valkyrie, Peterson Quarter Ton, Michael Tosse
MULTIHULL - Hobie 21, George Pedrick

The fleet parades through Carquinez Strait.

A trio of Melgi looking patriotic

Ed Almaas' Maria finished second in Heavy III.

Hank Easom's Yucca won Heavy-I.

Light-I winners Shop Girl

The Farr 40 Blue Chip

The Davidson 44 Infrared

was the only Wyliecat 30 to make the pilgrimage.

Photos Elaine Smith

Another Reason to Wear Your PFD

June 16 - Garibaldi, OR

After leaving Garibaldi, Oregon, with 19 people aboard last weekend, the 32-ft charter fishing vessel Taki Tooo capsized when hit by a large wave. The eight people wearing PFDs all survived by swimming 100 yards or so to shore. The 11 people who weren't wearing PFDs died. We repeat, all who were wearing PFDs survived, all who didn't, died.

DaimlerChrysler North Atlantic Challenge Underway

June 16 - Newport, RI

With a dramatic cannon blast - and smoke ring! - from the starting line at Fort Adams on the shores of Newport, Rhode Island, the first fleet of 58 yachts set off on the North Atlantic Challenge to a 3,600-mile distant Cuxhaven, Germany. Ten countries are represented in the fleet: Antigua, Belgium, Canada, Grand Cayman, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and United States. The second fleet of five yachts will start on June 21, a group that includes Mill Valley's Bob McNeil, whose bad boy Zephyrus V, an R/P 84, should shine.

Photos Daniel Forster

Just Hanging Out on the Boat on a Father's Day

June 16 - San Francisco Bay

With big wakes from tugs and ships a constant danger, this guy probably wasn't sitting in the safest place on a moving sailboat.

Photo Latitude/Richard


June 16 - 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 16 - Pacific Ocean

San Francisco Bay Weather

Check out this guide to San Francisco Bay Navigational Aids:

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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