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Photos of the Day: McNish Classic

August 22 - Ventura

Today's beautiful Photos of the Day are of something called the McNish Classic and were taken by Maraya Droney. We haven't been able to find out anything about the boats, the event, or even whether it was held out of Ventura or Oxnard. Can somebody clue us in? In any event, they are lovely boats sailing in lovely weather.

Photos Maraya Droney

France to California in Just over Five Years

August 22 - North America

A little more than five years ago, Marvin and Ruth Stark bought a Catana 44 catamaran in St. Tropez, France. Since then, they've spent much of their time sailing her back to their homeport of Sacramento. They did take their time, of course, and made a number of side trips to places such as the Northeast. Now that they are home after 35,000 miles, Marvin says he wishes he was out there again.

The Starks at the San Blas Islands in Panama.

Suzanna's Laguna Marina in San Blas, where the Starks left their cat for eight months at $120/month.

Chesapeake hauled out at a little boatyard at La Ceiba, Honduras, where she had her rudders replaced after bending them on a reef.

Marvin at the helm, sailing up New York's East River at eight knots. 
Photos Courtesy the Starks

Under the Proud Burgee of the New York Yacht Club . . .

August 22 - New York, NY

. . . there was about 140 years of hosting the America's Cup - plus slave trading! Wait until Al Sharpton gets in teeth into this.

Thanks to David Demarest.

Singlehanded Around the World in a Maxi Cat?

August 22 - France

A lot of Frenchmen - and Frenchwomen - have talked about it, but Frances Joyon is actually going to attempt it this winter aboard IDCE (ex-Sport Elec). The 90-ft trimaran was built for Olivier de Kersauson in '86, and for five years held the Jules Verne Around The World Record. She's now been modified for singlehanding. de Kersauson, incidentally, holds the singlehanded around the world record on a multihull - 125 days. Ironically, the solo around the world record is one of the few still held by a monohull - Michel Desjoyeaux did it in 93 days.

Several other crewed multihull assaults on the around the world record have also been announced for this winter, including one by Steve Fossett in Cheyenne, the new name for his 125-ft M&M maxi cat.

Rare Openings on Alaska Eagle Sail Training Trips

August 22 - Pacific Ocean

We've learned that, in a rare situation, Orange Coast College's Sailing and Seamanship School has two berths open on two of its upcoming offshore sail training passages aboard Alaska Eagle. As many readers know, this custom 65-ft yacht was built by Huisman, arguably the best boatyard in the world, for the then-Whitbread Around the World Race, the toughest race in the world. Originally named Flyer, she won that event, and sailed in it again four years later as Alaska Eagle.

The openings are on the September 21 to October 12 trip from Tahiti to Hawaii, which is for women only. No guys, you can't sign up for the women-only trip. The second is from Hawaii to San Francisco on October 14-31. The goal of the passages is to improve the students' offshore skills and confidence. Call (949) 645-9412 for details.

Late Entries Okay for Storer Race

August 22 - Tiburon

When asked if late entries will be accepted for this Sunday's Joan Storer women's regatta at Tiburon YC, race organizer Lesa Kinney replied, "If they want to bring the entries to the race seminar or even as they sail by the race committee boat, we'll accept them. We are encouraging everyone!" The race seminar will be given at 10:30 am by Marcia Peck at the lovely new clubhouse in Paradise Cay. The regatta will be followed by an auction and barbecue, and the event will benefit the Mikey Murison Fund, which was set up through the College of Marin Foundation to help the well-known local sailor in his recovery from cancer.

For more information and an entry form see www.tyc.org.

Another Cat Trip Aboard Profligate

August 22 - Southern California

We had so much fun during our last three-day shared-expenses Catalina weekend, that we'll do another on September 5, 6, and 7.

We'll gather in Long Beach at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 5, and sail over to Avalon and either take a mooring or anchor for the night. Want to drive a 63-ft cat? This would be your chance. Folks could explore Avalon that night and the next morning. In the afternoon, we'll either sail around the back side up the island, or up the front side, depending on the wind, and in any event end up at Two Harbors for the night. It's a great place to hike and we'll have a beach barbecue for the evening meal, followed by a bonfire. As always, there would be live music and dancing ashore. After more hiking opportunities on Sunday morning, at noon we'll set sail on what's usually a spinnaker run to Newport Beach. We should arrive by 7 p.m., in time to catch the 9 p.m. Southwest flight back to Oakland.

It would be an activity-packed three-day adventure, with lots of sailing and lots of time to run around onshore - a great three-day getaway. It would be a particularly good trip for couples, especially couples who have toyed with the idea of buying or chartering a catamaran. If you're interested, email Richard. Be sure to include in your email a phone number where we can reach you.


August 22 - 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.

Weather Updates

August 22 - 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

The site for the Pacific Ocean sea states has moved to http://www.mpc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/PacRegSSA.shtml.
For views of sea states anywhere in the world, see http://www.oceanweather.com/data.

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