Do You Have a Dark Side Itching to Bust Out?
September 29 - Two Harbors, Catalina Island
If that dark side includes being a pirate or a wench, you don't want to miss the 14th annual Buccaneer Days in Two Harbors at Catalina on October 4. We've never been, but we're told that nobody is allowed ashore unless they are dressed as a pirate or a wench. Once ashore, everybody can let their inner fantasy child loose for one day - sort of like Fantasy Fest at Key West - with the full support of everyone else. And, locals tell us, it's a "what happens on the island, stays on the island" kind of deal.
While researching Buccaneer Days, we came across www.imaginetree.com/ed/ - and didn't know what we were getting into. It's the memorial site for Ed Luedke, Ph.D., 12/4/58-7/2/02, and it's very inspiring. When we get to Two Harbors, we're going to spill a little rum in tribute to Ed. Today's Photos of the Day are from that Web site and from Ed's time at Buccaneer Days. He's the big guy with the dark hair and dark beard.
Photos Courtesy ImagineTree
Get Hooked Up at the Crew Party
September 29 - Alameda
Latitude 38's Mexico-Only Crew List Party is fast approaching - it's early this year, on Wednesday, October 1, from 6 to 9 pm. You pay $5 to get in (unless you're on the crew list published in the October issue or a Baja Ha-Ha skipper or first mate), receive a color-coded name tag detailing your wishes for the Mexico cruising season, buy a drink at the bar, grab some free munchies, and the merriment begins.
Once again generously allowing all the Mexico-bound celebrants to use their facilities to congregate is the Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda. For complete info, a map and directions, see www.latitude38.com/crewlist/CrewParty/CrewParty.html.
Magic Carpet to Costa Rica and Panama
September 29 - Isla Parida, Panama
The accompanying photo comes from Dave and Angie of the Seattle-based Magic Carpet Ride in Costa Rica. "Since leaving Puntarenas, we've mostly been motoring. We anchored off the ritzy Los Suenos, the new marina in southern Costa Rica. The slips were too pricey for us, but the fuel was reasonably priced, we could fill our water tanks, and the dock staff was wonderful. The anchorage was quite rolly however, as most have been in Costa Rica, because of a southwest swell.
"We spent five rolly days at Bahia Drake, but it was worth it, as it was very isolated and much to our liking. From there we made two day trips to Isla Canos for diving and hiking. We spent several days in Golfito and can report a new marina, King and Bardell, in addition to Banana Bay Marina. While fueling, you can take on water and enjoy a shower. Carlos is the head of the friendly staff. We anchored off Land and Sea, and Tim and Katy, as always, were very helpful. After buying our favorite rum in a duty free shop, we headed to Panama.
Photo Courtesy Magic Carpet Ride
"We thought Bahia Drake was rolly, but Puerto Armuelles proved we didn't know what rolly was! We got there just about dusk, which is squall time. We had to re-anchor several times, then watched the depth drop to just two feet beneath our keel. After a sleepless night, we headed on to Isla Parida, which seemed like paradise - lots of anchorages and empty except for an occasional fishing village. We traded a bottle of cooking oil, some powdered milk, and some rice for three good sized lobsters, a huge avocado, and some lemons. That brings us to the photo of the Pacific Bumper that Angie caught just before dark. I think all fish you catch tastes wonderful - even if barbecued by flashlight!"
Watch Your Wallet in Costa Rica!
September 29 - Golfito, Costa Rica
Matt and Judy Johnston of the San Francisco-based Cabo Rico 38 Elsewhere moved from El Salvador, where they'd been for 11 months, to Costa Rica. They had a great time, and have left their boat in Golfito for the summer. They caution folks to look out for pickpockets, as they had attempts on their wallets in both San Jose and Puntarenas. "We survived with only a small $25 loss because I don't carry cards or any significant amount of money in my wallet." We'll have their full report in the November Changes.
Cabo Hotel Alert
September 29 - Cabo San Lucas, BCS
If you, your crew, or your fly-down friends will be wanting a hotel in Cabo after the Ha-Ha, tell them not to wait to book reservations. Some hotels are already full.
More Post-Marty Photos of La Paz
September 29 - La Paz, BCS
The accompanying photos were taken by Mike and Joan Whalen of the Catalina 380 Esperanza, who were very frightened by the 100+ knot winds, but came through in fine shape at Marina Palmira. As we mentioned before, both Cabo and La Paz got hit by 100-knot winds, but in both places where marinas had big breakwaters there was no damage.
Photos Courtesy Esperanza
Marty Damaged the Mainland, Too
September 29 - San Carlos, Mexico
While the Marina San Carlos/Marina Real/Marina Seca fleets on mainland Mexico did quite well, there was still some damage. In the top photo, you see Richard and Dana Stubberfield's Islander Freeport 36 Magic Mist having been knocked off her stand at Marina Real Dry Storage. In the photo below, you see what happened to the mast. The photos were forwarded to us by John and Susan Pazera of the Tayana 42 Compania.
September 29 - 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 29 - 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.