Photos of the Day:
Riding along toward Sausalito, the water hub deep
Businesses along Gate Five Road in Sausalito
Anderson's Boat Yard
The Clipper Harbor launch ramp goes from the Bay - back into the Bay
What Goes Up Must Come Down
December 29 - Richmond
Including the tide.
Photo Mike Dennis
This picture was taken in the Richmond ship channel on Sunday, December 21, an hour before the max. low tide of -1.3 feet. "The boat was stuck upright with nothing holding it vertically. Must have made a loud sucking sound when she came free," says Mike Dennis.
About 4:30 pm.
December 29 - Hobart, Tasmania
Down under where it's summer, the Sydney-Hobart Race got underway on Boxing Day (Dec. 26) as usual. Line honors went to 98-ft Super Maxi Skandia, who finished in 2 days, 15 hours, 14 minutes and 6 seconds, after a collision in Bass Strait, possibly with a sunfish (a fish, not a dinghy). Handicap leader is First National, a Beneteau 40.7. Zaraffa, an American Reichel Pugh 65 whose crew includes Ted Hood Jr. and Volvo Ocean Race navigator Mark Rudiger of Marin County, who was onboard Assa Abloy when she took line honors in the 2001 Sydney Hobart Race, finished seventh.
Onboard first to finish Skandia
Photo Courtesy Skandia
For all the details and lots of photos, see http://rolexsydneyhobart.com.
What Do These Three Boats Have in Common?
December 29 - San Francisco Bay
See January's Racing Sheet to find out!
Pegasus, Melges 24
Photo Sharon Green
Zephyrus V, Reichel/Pugh 86
Photos Latitude/Archives except as noted
Christmas Greetings from PNG
December 29 - Papua New Guinea
This greeting was forwarded by Michael and JoAnne Gray at the request of their friends Fred and Judy, who are unable to get reliable access to AOL in Papua New Guinea. Fred and Judy sail the Seattle-based Serendipity 43 Wings.
We're hoping to hear from lots more cruisers, with photos, so we can show where you are. You can get in touch by emailing the editorial department, or use our handy online form at www.latitude38.com/changes/login.php.
December 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.
December 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.