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Photos of the Day: Baja Ha-Ha

November 1 - Turtle Bay, Baja California

We're happy to bring you another report from Ha-Ha 10, which was transmitted from the committee boat, Profligate, while at sea, via her onboard Globalstar phone.

The fleet's arrival at Turtle Bay was met with sunny skies and the smiling faces of the always-welcoming people of the waterside town. As in years past, Ha-Ha participants enjoyed hiking the stark hillsides and meeting the townspeople, whose lives revolve around the local lobster and fishing industry. On Friday night fleet members descended on the Vera Cruz Restaurant, the largest eatery in the remote town, where they swapped tales and boogied into the wee hours in the adjacent disco.

Photos Latitude/Richard & Andy

Baja Ha-Ha Update

November 2 - Turtle Bay, Baja California

The traditional Turtle Bay beach party was held on Saturday, and, as the accompanying photos reveal, a good time was had by all. Kids played in the surf, the ladies of the town sold tasty tacos for a dollar apiece, while some local hombres matched that bargain with icy-cold one dollar Coronas.

As you read this, the fleet is breezing south under moderate winds en route to Bahia Santa Maria, the Ha-Ha's second stop. Stay tuned for another report tomorrow featuring a selection of killer photos of the running south under spinnakers.

Photos Latitude/Richard & Andy

Fleet Hits Heavy Weather in Transat Jacques Vabre

November 3 - English Channel

The monohull fleet racing in the doublehanded Transat Jacques Vabre is being subjected to harsh weather conditions generated by a strong low pressure system moving eastwards, coupled with heavy cross seas off Ushant, as they head out of the English Channel into the Atlantic. Ecover and Sill are so far cleaning up on the rest of the fleet, the skippers on each boat however doing their own clean up on board after the worst of the bad weather. The 17 Open 60 monohulls, five Open 50 monohulls and the two Class 2 multihulls pointed their bows towards Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, 4,340 miles away, at precisely 1500 French time on Saturday.

The monohull fleet started on Saturday afternoon
Photo Jacques Vapillon, Courtesy www.pixsail.com

By Sunday morning, the starters had already suffered two casualties. Canadians Georges Leblanc and Marc Nadeau were air-lifted off their Open 60 Ciments Saint-Laurent-Océan by a helicopter. The boat lost its keel during the night offshore.

At 0500 French time, the Race Office were alerted that the alarm on the ARGOS beacon on board the Canadian Open 60 had been set off. Immediately, a helicopter was sent out to fly over the zone, which was 16 miles north of Cherbourg, and reported that Ciment Saint-Laurent-Océan was upside down without its keel at 49°55.6N, 1°37.32W. The pilots could confirm that both safety beacons which had been set off were in the water, but that at that time of night they could not see either of the two skippers.

Therefore the Rescue Services initiated an immediate search over the whole zone. The winds were in excess of 30 knots and the sea was very rough. Then just as the light dawned one of the skippers appeared from the boat and was spotted by the helicopter, which engaged immediately in their airlift rescue procedure. Both skippers are safe and sound.

The other casualty of the first 24 hours was the trimaran of Anne Caseneuve and Christophe Houdet. Atlantic Nature informed the Race Office at 0700 French time yesterday that they had dismasted in the middle of the English Channel at 50°04.8N, 2°46W, north of Guernsey). Anne Caseneuve added that, "The wind was up to 50 knots from the southwest and the mast came down at 0500 hours, breaking at the second spreader." The trimaran did not request assistance and arrived at Cherbourg at 2050 last night.

Due to the harsh weather, the Open 60 multihull start was postponed from its original Sunday slot. The start has been rescheduled for 1000 French time from Le Havre on Wednesday morning. The weather forecast looks to be considerably better with moderate winds of 15-20 knots from the south-southwest, with wave heights around six feet.

Other competitors have put in at various ports for repairs, but all of them have or intend to resail. For complete reports, more photos and to follow the action, see www.jacques-vabre.com.

Offshore Champion Decided in Annapolis

November 3 - Annapolis, MD

The U.S. Offshore Championship was sailed this weekend, Friday through Sunday, at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, under sunny skies and mild breezes. Rolex Watch USA sponsors this championship, as it does with all of US Sailing's National Adult Championships.

A light air spinnaker parade of matching Navy 44s
Photo Courtesy US Sailing

Winning the Lloyd Phoenix Trophy, skipper Hank Stuart of Rochester, NY, representing Area E, topped the field of eleven teams with 14 points after five races. Area A's team, led by Warren Hudson of Chestnut Hill, MA, took second with 23 points; and Area B's Bruce Kuryla of Milford, CT, came in third. Host U.S. Naval Academy's team followed in fourth. Our own NorCal Area G was absent; SoCal's Area J, led by Thomas Wheatley of Seal Beach, came in tenth.

The U.S. Offshore Championship is a fleet racing competition in offshore keelboats on closed courses plus one long-distance race. Since 1994, racing for this championship has alternated between the U.S. Naval Academy in Navy 44s and Long Beach Yacht Club in Catalina 37s.


November 3 - 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 Links

November 3 - 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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