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Photos of the Day: Sausalito Cup

June 23 - San Francisco Bay

Today's Photos of the Day are from the weekend's Sausalito Cup, which was sailed in five IACC - America's Cup - boats. Intended to be nothing more than fun racing among friends with owners behind the wheels, Larry Ellison 'won' with Oracle BMW, as expected, because he had the only modern boat. The four other older boats enjoyed spirited competition and some excellent sailing.

The conditions couldn't have been more ideal. There was plenty of sun and no fog, it was unusually warm on the Bay, and it only blew over 20 for a brief period on the Cityfront during one race. It was a good thing, too, because these boats weren't intended for heavy air, and not all crews had more than a sprinkling of folks with IACC experience. Mary Coleman, charterer/helmsperson of NZL-14, reported that it took her and three others putting all their might on the two wheels to keep the boat from rounding up during one breezy sequence. But she had a great time.

Sunday's second race - the last of the scheduled five race series - was called off when it looked liked the wind was going to hoot. Ironically, it faded instead of filling in; nonetheless everyone was quite satisfied with the experience. There will be more of John Sweeney and Tina Kleinjan's Challenge Series racing in IACC boats this summer on the Bay, in late July, in September, and culminating in the the Worlds October 11-19.

Instigators Tina Kleinjan and John Sweeney

All Photos Latitude/Richard

Monsun Abandoned in North Atlantic Challenge

June 23 - North Atlantic Ocean

After battling 40-knot winds and taking on water, the crew of the 46-ft ketch Monsun issued a Mayday and dropped out of the DaimlerChrysler North Atlantic Challenge event from Rhode Island to Germany. After spending three hours in the liferaft, the six crewmembers were rescued. Owned by Peter Flügge of Bremen, Germany, Monsun had previously crossed the Atlantic four times.

On Saturday, Bob McNeil's R/P 86 Zephyrus V - the 'bad boy' of the event - took off on the 3,600-mile course. Fifty-two of the 57 other boats had started days before. It will not be warm weather sailing.

Skipper Dies, Boat Sinks, after Collision on the Way to Block Island

June 23 - Rhode Island

The J/105 Hilaria was hit in a thick fog last Thursday night by the 122-ft chartered motoryacht Mariner III while en route to Block Island Race Week in Rhode Island. The boat sank almost instantly. Two of three crew survived with minor injuries, but Joe Schulz-Heik died en route to the hospital despite heroic efforts to resuscitate him.

Another Sailboat in Trouble on the East Coast

June 23 - Atlantic Ocean

Tim Kent, former Around Alone competitor, and crew Rick McKenna, were competing in the Bermuda 1-2 Race on Friday aboard the Open 50 Everest Horizontal when the bulb keel fell off. The boat inverted and stayed that way 100 miles from Bermuda. The two swam to each of the boat's rudders, and climbed aboard the bottom of the hull. Before long the brightly illuminated cruise ship Nordic Empress came alongside and picked them up. The cruise ship passengers loved the excitement. Everest Horizontal is presumed lost.

Everest Horizontal in the Around Alone race

Tim Kent 
Courtesy Around Alone

Boat Trouble on San Francisco Bay, too

June 23 - San Francisco Bay

Jay Gardner reports that Adventure Cat 2, his outfit's nearly new charter cat out of Pier 39, lost her rig on Sunday while sailing upwind with 30 passengers aboard. The cat, which is licensed to carry 99, was doing 10 knots upwind in 23 knots of breeze. The 74-ft mast appeared to buckle about 40 feet up. Captain Hans released the three shrouds and the mast and sails headed to the bottom of the Bay. The Coast Guard is investigating.

Adventure Cat 2
Photo Latitude/Richard

Adventure Cat 2's rig is a duplicate of the "bigger, better, stronger" rig we put on Profligate - the original one is still intact and for sale. We can only assume a fitting broke causing the mast to go out of column and break.

Around the Island Attracts 1,595 Entries

June 23 - Cowes, UK

A total of 1,595 sailboats did the 67th Round the Island (of Wight) Race. Francis Joyon's ORMA 60 Eure Loir-Idec trimaran finished the 55-mile course in just over four hours to take line honors. All the top boats on corrected time were under 35 feet.


June 23 - 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 23 - Pacific Ocean

San Francisco Bay Weather

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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

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