September 16 - San Francisco
Yesterday was the first day of the Moët
Cup match racing on the San Francisco Bay between Alinghi,
winners of the America's Cup, and Oracle BMW Racing, runners-up
in the Louis Vuitton Cup. God knows we can be skeptical, but
the show exceeded our expectations in all respects:
Oh yeah, baby, a front row seat for a IACC tacking duel.
- San Francisco Bay came up with great
conditions, with about 14 knots in the first race, and close
to 20 knots in the second race. What a terrific venue!
- The spectator facilities on shore have been done well. You know how cold it gets on the Cityfront? Well, they've erected a number of heated temporary structures where you can go inside and warm up - and buy food, drink, and America's Cup clothing - as well as follow the racing through superb graphics displays on flat screens. In addition, Dawn Riley provided ongoing commentary.
You want 'up close and personal' viewing opportunities of IACC boats in full flight? The Moët Cup is your chance.
Oracle BMW Racing crosses in front of Alinghi.
The racing doesn't get much closer than you see at the weather mark.
The many flat screens showing the boat's positions and length of separation are terrific.
Larry Ellison, at the helm of Oracle BMW Racing, takes the bow of Ernesto Bertarelli on Alinghi.
September 16 - 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.
September 16 - 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.