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Photos of the Day: 18-ft Skiffs

September 8 - San Francisco Bay

Thursday, Friday and Saturday saw a fleet of ten 18-ft skiffs (aka Aussie 18s) take flight on the Bay. After nine races, RMW Marine emerged victorious, followed by West Marine and Yandoo.

The winning team, Robert Greenhalgh, Dan Johnson and Sam Gardner

RMW Marine

On Friday night the skiffs competed with sailboarders and kite boarders in the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge race. Micah Buzianis, a sailboarder, had the fastest time, an amazing 16 mins. 29 secs. - shaving a whole 1.35 seconds off 2002's record.

We'll have more in the October issue of Latitude 38, but in the meantime, see www.stfyc.com for complete results.

Third place boat Yandoo crosses a cruiser, with Alma in the background.
Photos Latitude/Andy

Local team Howard Hamlin, Mike Martin and Andy Zinn on West Marine, the second place finisher.

A Fine Line Between Pleasure and Pain

September 8 - Angel Island/Tiburon

Latitude Ad Guy John Arndt's Labor Day Weekend family adventures illustrate San Francisco Bay's fine line between pleasure and pain: "We enjoyed two days on the moorings with barbecues ashore and aboard our Ranger 33, kids swimming and a hike to the top of the recently reshaped Mt. Livermore. From the top you could see the boats on the Bay thrashing to weather in a steep chop and stiff breeze while, with a quick rotation, you could see boats lazily sailing along in the sun to leeward of Angel and Tiburon. The weekend finished with a Corinthian Yacht Club 'kidfest' as they sailed, rowed, swam in the 'warmth' of the yacht club basin.

"A mile to the south the cool, windy fog line continued to offer its challenges and pain but in the CYC basin, where the DeWitt dinghy was used as a 'pool toy' as much as a sailboat, as shown in the photos below, it was nothing but gentle winds, warmth and pleasure."

Above: Raft-up on Ayala Cove moorings

Below: The motto of the weekend seemed to be, "If it floats, throw it in the water and play with it!"

Photos Latitude/John Arndt

Junior Sailors Meet America's Cup Sailors

September 8 - San Francisco

Carisa Harris Adamson of the TISC Foundation writes to remind us that today is the day to RSVP for the Sailing Center's 2003 Youth America's Cup Class Racing Celebration.

"Junior sailors are invited to Treasure Island for a special event on Wednesday September 10, from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Come meet America's Cup sailors and sail on an America's Cup boat! Sailors from Alinghi, the 2003 America's Cup winner, and Oracle BMW Racing will tell how their passion for sailing began and talk about their path to the pro circuit. Then join us for boat rides and a post-sailing barbecue with awards and achievement certificates for those who participated in our summer classes. RSVP by September 8 for barbecue and giveaways. Parents are welcome for shoreside activities and all ages are invited. There is no entry fee, but $5 per child is asked to pay for dinner from those able to pay.

"There will be plenty of room on our docks if you would like to come via boat. There may be opportunities to arrange transportation via water if ground transportation is difficult for your group.

"For more information, please contact me via email or at (415) 640-0563. You can also contact our Program Director, Dan Malpas, at (415) 421-2225." They'll accept RSVPs via phone, email and fax. The fax number is (415) 421-2208.

Relaxing with Latitude 38 on the Med

September 8 - Mediterranean Sea

Dave Wright and John Bunton sent us these photos along with the following note: "We are steaming for the next dive site on Skerki Bank. The ROV Hercules is relaxing and catching up on his reading during the transit from the Black Sea. He has earned his well-deserved rest after recovering amphorae from 'Wreck D' at a depth of ~330 meters near Sinop, Turkey.

"See http://expedition2003.org/ for 'official' background, and
www.swingingd.us/Blacksea/coming_soon.htm for the 'unofficial' report from Mike Durbin, the wizard of our satellite Internet connection."


Photos Courtesy Dave Wright & John Bunton

Relaxing with Latitude Logowear in the Pacific Northwest

September 8 -
Desolation Sound, BC

Curtis Adams, who worked with Anacortes Yacht Charters in Washington for many years, has moved on to a new challenge and writes, "With my new endeavor at Bristol Yachts Northwest, I have taken the time to enjoy the summer weather a bit more than I was able to in the past. Anyway, it has allowed me to wear my Latitude 38 shirt under appropriate circumstances. As you can, see I am appropriately attired in your proprietary product during a recent Desolation Sound cruise aboard the S.V. Coriolis."

Curtis displays his version of the Cheeseburger in Paradise
Photo Courtesy Curtis Adams


September 8 - 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

September 8 - 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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