Photo of the Day
July 23 - Caribbean Sea
Today's Photo of the Day is of the Ocean 71 Second Life - veteran of the first Whitbread Around the World Race - as seen during the second leg of the 2001 Baja Ha-Ha.
Owner Tony Clarke of Sonoma - who did more than 500 group charters with her on San Francisco Bay, and who sailed her to the Line Islands, Tahiti, Bermuda, the East Coast, Bermuda, and the Caribbean over a period of 17 years - just informed us that she sank on May 3 while on her way from Grenada to Trinidad. "I suspect hull failure in the way of the mast step."
Clarke and one crewman heard the bilge alarm go off about 12:30 a.m. "It was blowing about 20 knots with eight foot seas, nothing bad. There was no problem with the sea chest, the sink drain, and the depthsounder thru-hull, and initially there was no water forward or aft. But there was so much water near the mast that the floorboards wouldn't come up. By 2:30 p.m., the bilge had flooded so much the engine quit. We put out a distress call and cut the lifelines in order to get the 450-lb liferaft over the side. We were picked up a short time later by a boat from a British ship. Second Life is now at the bottom in 500 feet of water. She can't be recovered, but hopefully it's shallow enough so cameras can be lowered to find out what happened."
Looking Good Last Weekend
July 23 - San Francisco Bay
There was beautiful sailing on the Bay last weekend, with lots of boats out to enjoy the excellent conditions. Here are a few shots of some of them.
A couple of Bay View Boat Club's Plastic Classic Regatta entries split tacks heading upwind. In the distance to the right of them you can see a Wylie Cat 30 reaching up the Bay while racing in Island Yacht Club's Silver Eagle Long Distance Race.
A big audience - of birds - watches from The Brothers as a Silver Eagle entry heads into San Pablo Bay.
A couple of folks enjoy a vigorous beat on port tack, headed in the direction of Raccoon Strait. It was blowing about 20 knots, so they were probably getting ready to ease the traveler down.
A locally built Nor'West 33 reaching down the Bay south of PacBell Park.
A grumpy looking spinnaker on what looks like a Cal 28 during the Plastic Classic Regatta.
An Ariel 26 rounds the weather mark for the Plastic Classic. Yes, that's the San Francisco City Hall in the background. A lot of you will probably enjoy knowing that we had a girlfriend in high school whose grandfather built the metal dome for City Hall.
Life Is Pretty Good in the Med
July 23 - Tuscan Islands, Italy
"We're headed out from the Italian Riviera to the Tuscan Islands tomorrow," report Ken Burnap and Nancy Gaffney of the Santa Cruz-based Amel Super Maramu 53 Notre Vie.
Isola d'Elba in the Tuscan Islands
"It's a rough life, but someone has to do it. We did not expect to be here in the high season, but things are not as crowded as the guide book said they would be. We have been able to get in all the fancy marinas except on weekends. Anchorages are crowded during the day, but 75% of the boats go back to the berths at the end of the day. My suggestion is to get to the marinas early in the day, but the anchorages after 5 p.m.
Nancy Gaffney gives the Med two thumbs up.
Photo Courtesy Notre Vie
July 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 www.bitwrangler.com/psn.
July 23 - 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
Check out the Pacific Ocean sea states