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November 10 - Cabo San Lucas, BCS

This final report on Baja Ha-Ha 10 was sent from aboard the committee boat using via the Globalstar satellite telephone

As you read this, Baja Ha-Ha 2003 - the tenth annual cruisers' rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas - has drawn to a close. These images give us a sampling of the
event's final days.

Winds were light but steady for the 6 a.m. start of Leg Three, which began at Bahia Santa Maria, and the breeze built during the day. The final night at sea was a glorious one, with a nearly full moon above and balmy temperatures that required only T-shirts and shorts for night watches.

Once at Cabo San Lucas, hundreds of Ha-Ha'ers descended on Squid Roe for the traditional 'we cheated death again' dance marathon. The following day, Friday, crews chilled out at the Ha-Ha beach party, held at Mango Deck this year. And the event closed Saturday night with a lighthearted awards ceremony, hosted by Marina Cabo San Lucas and Tecate beer.

Check the Baja Ha-Ha Web site, www.baja-haha.com, in the coming months for details on next year's event (usually put together sometime in May).

Just after the 6 a.m. start in light air

Water-skiing on a surfboard behind Endorphin
Photo Mary Wilson

Banana boat ride

Photos Latitude/Andy except as noted

Groupama and Virbac Take over Lead in Transat Jacques Vabre

November 10 - Atlantic Ocean

As Virbac streaks ahead in the Open 60 monohull division of the doublehanded transatlantic race, Sill and Team Cowes try to take advantage of more their westerly position to sail at a hotter angle in the trades. The early leader, Ecover, is back on form and closing the gap.

Groupama, leader of the multihulls

In the Open 60 multihull fleet, Groupama leads the top four boats into the trades. Sergio Tacchini spears south, while backmarkers, including Foncia and Bonduelle, are becalmed.

Hellomoto is maintaining her lead over Storagetek in the Open 50 monohulls. The only Open 50 multihull still racing, Mollymawk, is still at the tail end of the whole fleet at 36º North, but their goal is to catch up to the Open 50 monohulls before too long! See www.jacques-vabre.com.

Virbac leads the monohulls

Photos Courtesy Transat Jacques Vabre


November 9 - 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 9 - 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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