Photos of the Day: TransPac
July 7 - Los Angeles
Today's Photos of the Day are from Sunday's last start of the 42nd TransPac Race 2,225 miles from Los Angeles to Honolulu.
Stan Honey and Sally Lindsay's Cal 40 Illusion, the only boat to hit the starting line on time during the light air first start last week. Stan and Sally are currently leading their class and the entire fleet, with 1,400 miles to go.
The two elapsed time threats, Roy Disney's R/P 75 Pyewacket and Philippe Kahn's R/P 77 Pegasus, both of which started on Sunday and both of which are doing their last races for their current owners.
Photos Rich Roberts
Rich Roberts reports: "Roy E. Disney's Pyewacket led Philippe Kahn's Pegasus 77 past the West End of Santa Catalina Island and into open ocean as the great match race of the 42nd Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii unfolded Sunday. 'We're about a mile ahead of Pegasus, which is dead astern,' Peter Isler, Pyewacket's navigator, reported by phone. 'I can't see anybody else right now in the haze.' The two lead boats passed the island 23 miles off the Pacific Coast a bit more than 2 1/2 hours after the start.
"Meanwhile, two smaller boats that started Friday dropped out. Lucky Dog, a J/125 being sailed doublehanded by Peter Putnam and Len Bose of Newport Beach, returned to its home port at noon Sunday because of a leak in the steering column of its rudder. The Cone of Silence, a Super 30 from Australia and the smallest boat in the race at 31 feet, withdrew reporting 'structural damage.' Skipper James Neill said he did not require assistance. Another boat transmitted an automatic distress signal early Sunday morning - apparently accidentally. A Coast Guard C-130 responded to an EPIRB alarm sent by Nick Martin's Schock 40, On Point, from Wilmington. On Point reported later that it had taken a wave over the side that activated the alarm but caused no damage.
"The last 12 of 57 boats to start (now numbering 55) were surrounded by a sun-splashed spectator fleet at the end of the Independence Day holiday weekend. They started in light wind off the cliffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Their destination is the landmark Diamond Head finish line 2,225 nautical miles away.
"The best start was claimed by a TransPac 52, Karl Kwok's Beau Geste from Hong Kong that has Gavin Brady and other world-class New Zealand sailors on board - all sailing their first TransPacs. Beau Geste started to windward of Alta Vita and slightly ahead of John MacLaurin's fire engine-red Pendragon 4, the Davidson 52 prototype for the TransPac 52s. Pyewacket started near the middle of the line directly windward of Pegasus 77, which then played the puffs and zephyrs expertly to sail higher and faster until Pyewacket was directly behind. That changed in mid-channel, and Pyewacket seized the lead as a fresh westerly breeze of 9-10 knots arrived, allowing tacks to starboard for the first time. 'It was pretty fickle, Isler said. It kept teasing us halfway across [the San Pedro Channel]. But we're easily laying the West End by about four miles.'
"Among the boats already at sea, Peter Johnson's Maitri, a J/160 from San Diego that started Friday, had the best 24-hour run of 246 miles, averaging 10.3 knots, to stretch its lead in Division 3. The front runner was still Roger and Brenda Kuske's Dynamique 62, Lady Bleu II, from San Diego, that started Tuesday in the Aloha fleet. Lady Bleu II was almost halfway, 1,271 miles from Honolulu."
Daily position reports, charts, news summaries and photos will be posted at www.transpacificyc.org until the completion of the race. Usually they come up between 2 and 3 pm each day. Check them out!
Catalina as Seen from the Cockpit of a 747
July 7 - Santa Catalina Island
"Here's a photo of the crowd of boats that was at the Isthmus at Catalina on July 5 - as seen from 11,000 feet," writes Rennie Wexlax. "I was hoping it would come out a little more clear, but a combination of a slight haze and the windshield caused the fuzziness."
Rennie and his lady Anne did the Ha-Ha two years ago, and are signed up to do it again this fall with their Swan 65 Cassiopeia.
Photo Rennie Wexlax
TransPac Report from Beach Music
July 7 - Pacific Ocean
Northern Californian Kirby Coryell, who survived a very serious health crisis last year, has returned to sailing with a vengeance aboard his TransPac 52 Beach Music. He's doublehanding the TransPac and will be doing another Baja Ha-Ha in the fall. Here is his report on the TransPac:
"We had a horrible start, as we were an hour late, it was only blowing 2-3 knots, and a spectator boat forced us to a dead stop right at the line - but we've done okay since then and have been having a great time. Doublehanding has been a challenge on a boat this big, as everything is fine until something goes wrong - and then it goes really wrong quick. We purchased a SkyMate email system days before the TransPac, installed it in under two hours, and it worked immediately and continues to work 900 miles from shore. It cost less than an SSB modem and I am very impressed with the simplicity and functionality it provides. I've having fun on the TransPac but can't wait for this fall's Ha-Ha!"
Bruce Schwab to Speak at Corinthian YC on Thursday
July 7 - Tiburon
"Bruce Schwab, local rock-star sailor and rigger extraordinaire, will be speaking in person at the Corinthian YC in Tiburon on Thursday, July 10, and everyone is cordially invited," writes Mark Leonard. "About two months ago, Bruce finished the pinnacle of a lifetime of adventures: he raced around the world, alone, on the innovative Tom Wylie-designed Open 60 Ocean Planet. Bruce, a rigger by training, has won just about every West Coast race during his career, but this challenge was an order of magnitude larger. He will share his joys and terrors with dramatic photos and video taken from all around the globe.
Photo Courtesy Ocean Planet
"The doors will open at the club at 6 pm, and a buffet ($10/person) and a no-host bar will be available. Bruce will start his talk around 7:00 pm, and we expect to wrap up around 9:00 pm. Admission is only $10 per person, and all proceeds will go to the Made in America Foundation, supporting Bruce's bid for the Vendée Globe and his outreach activities to youth. We strongly encourage you to make reservations, as there will be limited seating. To make reservations, please call the club at (415) 435-4771 or visit our Web site at www.cyc.org/speakers and fill out the online reservation form."
Looking for One of the Wildest Sailing Photos Ever?
July 7 - Marseille, France
Check out the home page photo for www.martin-raget.com. The shot was taken at the recent ORMA regatta at Marseille. Will somebody please ease the traveler!
Napa River Cruising
July 7 - San Pablo Bay/Napa River
We hope your Fourth of July cruising weekend was as good as ours. We joined up with four other boats for a cruise up the Napa River and a barbecue at the Napa Valley Marina. Here's some shots from the trip up, where the breeze was as light as it was heavy coming back, and on the hook. More on Wednesday.
Wing-on-wing across San Pablo Bay, where the wind was light and the air was warm.
Friends Jeff and Linda reaching up San Pablo Bay aboard their South Beach based Catalina 27 Second Draft.
After passing the Mare Island Causeway Bridge, we saw a couple of boats - and houses - that could be classified as 'fixer-uppers'.
Dave and Anna's Peterson 34 Baccarat rafted up with Barry and Silvia's Islander 36 Tom Cat. Dave used to be one of the most relentless sailors on the Bay, but the birth of daughter Madeline has kept the couple off the water for three years. This was their first cruise with their daughter.
Always trying to be helpful, we advised Wayne and Wendy to anchor his S&S 47 Moonduster close to shore so she wouldn't be hit by the sand barge. How were we supposed to know the boat draws eight feet!
July 7 - 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 www.bitwrangler.com/psn.
July 7 - Pacific Ocean
San Francisco Bay Weather
Check out this guide to San Francisco Bay Navigational Aids: http://sfports.wr.usgs.gov/sfports.html.
To see what the winds are like on the Bay and just outside the Gate right now, check out http://sfports.wr.usgs.gov/wind.
The National Weather Service site for San Francisco Bay is at www.wrh.noaa.gov/Monterey.
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.: www.ndbc.noaa.gov/Maps/Southwest.shtml.
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