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Water, Water Everywhere

December 29 - North Bay

The unusually high tides around midday on Christmas Eve caused road closings and traffic jams and flooded cars and boats parked on low ground, as Richardson Bay overflowed its banks into Mill Valley and Sausalito. It was the highest water Sausalito old-timer Hank Easom can remember since 1982.

Although the tides are not as high today, flood watches are in effect for many Bay Area counties, and a flash flood warning ( meaning flooding is imminent) has been issued for Napa Creek and Napa River. For more on today's flooding, listen to the radio or see www.kcbs.com.

Almonte south of Tam High - an area of Mill Valley "subject to flooding"
Photo Dave Gruver

Manzanita - the Hwy. 1/Stinson Beach exit

The Manzanita Park & Ride lot under the Richardson Bay Bridge - not a good place to park on a day like this
Photos Patrick Kerslake except as noted

See more of Patrick's photos at www.sailpix.com/~pkphotos/id99.htm.

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.
David Viglierchio

Sydney-Hobart Race

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

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

Yucca, 8-Meter
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.

Weather Links

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.
For views of sea states anywhere in the world, see http://www.oceanweather.com/data.

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