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June 25 - San Francisco Bay

Today's Photos of the Day came from last Saturday when we were out on the Bay taking shots of the Sausalito Cup. Not far from Alcatraz, a series of boats - apparently part of a YRA race - sailed by to weather. As you can tell from the photos, they were looking good. We didn't get the names, but the boat leading at the time was a Newport 30 with a number of crew hard on the rail. Next along was a Cal with the Cityscape in the background. The last two boats we saw of this group were a Catalina 30 and a Santana 22, with the bigger boat overtaking the smaller one. A salute to all of you for looking so fine in such perfect sailing conditions.

Photos Latitude/Richard

Can Everest Horizontal Be Found Upside Down?

June 25 - Atlantic Ocean

As reported in the last 'Lectronic, last Friday the keel bulb fell off Tim Kent's Open 50 Everest Horizontal while he and Rick McKenna were competing in the Bermuda 1-2. Although the two were quickly rescued 110 miles from Bermuda by a cruise ship, now the search is underway for the upside down hull. The search efforts are hampered by the fact that Kent doesn't have the means to hire a plane to look for the proverbial 'needle in a haystack' at $700/hour. Having looked for a missing craft from the air, we can confirm it would actually be easier to find a needle in a haystack than an overturned 50-footer in the middle of the ocean. Nonetheless, when a guy is down and out, it's often his least well off friends who are willing to pitch in and help, no matter how slight the odds. Thus it is that fellow Around Alone competitor Bruce Schwab - who raced around the world virtually without any money at all - is flying back to Newport so he and Kent can search for Everest Horizontal from the deck of Schwab's Wylie 60 Ocean Planet. Meanwhile, Brad Van Liew, another Around Alone competitor, will be coordinating from shore.

If anyone wants to chip in, either in terms of cash or moral support, contact the Everest Horizontal Shore Crew at Good lucks guys - we admire your passion and your being there for each other.

More Shots from Last Weekend's Sausalito Cup for IACC boats

June 25 - San Francisco Bay

Il Moro di Venezia and NZL-20 appear to be chasing a Folkboat.

Oracle BMW Racing crew

NZL-20 leads Il Moro di Venezia
The newest of the fleet, Oracle BMW Racing was out in front by herself.

Photos Latitude/Richard

Weather Differences Split DaimlerChrysler North Atlantic Challenge Fleet

June 25 - Atlantic Ocean

Having to be one of the five boats that started the 3,500-mile Newport to Cuxhaven, Germany, race a week later than the majority of the fleet, the R/P 86 Zephyrus V owned by Mill Valley's Robert McNeil is finding itself getting the short end of the weather stick. So far the mighty hard blue sloop has averaged a relatively pitiful 9.35 knots for 500 miles, while the 66-ft Zaraffa - navigated by Marin's Mark Rudiger - has averaged 11.86 knots for 2,630 miles. It takes more than the best boat and crew to win a race - you need some luck, too.

It Looks Like Perfect Weather for the 19th North Sails Race Week in Long Beach

June 25 - Long Beach

Rich Roberts reports: "It must be witchcraft that is chasing away the notorious marine layer called June Gloom that strips sun, wind and joy from the Southern California sailing scene, just in time for the 19th North Sails Race Week starting Friday. More than 130 boats will compete. Forecasts call for temperatures in the 70s and up to 15 knots of breeze on the weekend, which would be a welcome change of pace from recent events in the region. Credit may be due Pyewacket, Roy E. Disney's record-setting Reichel/Pugh 75 named for the mystical cat from the movie Bell, Book and Candle. Pyewacket, in its final tune-up for the TransPac, will make a rare inshore appearance in PHRF-A."

Pyewacket (chased by Pegasus) off Baker Beach at the start of the Coastal Cup
Photo Latitude/Richard

By the way, the TransPac will be the last race for Pyewacket under Disney's ownership. From Hawaii she'll be delivered to her new owner in Hong Kong. As for Disney, he's to soon take delivery of a high-tech R/P 86.


June 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

June 25 - 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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