Photos of the Day:
Photos Mike Harker & Fabio
If you're interested in the details of this extraordinary story, you'll find it in the January issue of Latitude 38 which hit the newstands yesterday.
Disturbing Update on Dawn Wilson
December 31 - Mexico
Here's a sad update from Terry Kennedy:
"This is the latest about Dawn being held in Mexican prison. I guess the judge turned down her appeal. This will be short as I am not feeling good over the Mexican court's decision. I just got a call from Dawn in prison. She was having a hard time talking. They had just "notified" her of the decision of the Mexican judge to turn down her appeal. This dashes our hopes for a release after 8 months. Our dream of having Christmas and New Year's together is gone.
I wish it could have been different and I could say something good about Mexican justice, but what I have to say right now would not be good! Just before I got her call, a story came on the television about four more women who have come forward to report that they had been raped and taken to ATMs for money by Mexican police.
Where is our Government now?!"
Winter Solstice in Paradise
Marina Puesta del Sol Scholarship Fund
December 31 - Nicaragua
We wanted to let you know that with the
help of Robert Membreno, President of Marina Puesta del Sol here
in Nicaragua, we have established the Marina Puesta del Sol Scholarship
Fund. This fund will provide for university and trade school
education of local Nicaraguans. Typical expenses to fund one
student for a year of education is about $600 USD. This fund
was initiated by Linda and
Linda and Jude Wheeler
Marina Puesta del Sol, where the crew of Profligate were warmly welcomed and treated to a proper tour by Roberto Membrano and Gene Menzies back on November 17 when they stopped for fuel on their way to the Panama Canal.
Rolex 2003 Nominees Announced
December 31 - Portsmouth, RI
On December 23, US Sailing, national governing body for the sport, announced the final list of nominees -- five women and six men -- who will be considered for the 2003 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards. Established in 1961 by US Sailing and sponsored by Rolex Watch, U.S.A. since 1980, the Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards recognize outstanding on-the-water achievement in the calendar year just concluded. Generally acknowledged as the sport's highest individual accolade in the United States, the Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards have honored such sailing standouts as John Kostecki, Steve Fossett, Cory Sertl, Betsy Alison, Paul Cayard, Dennis Conner, Dawn Riley and Ted Turner.
The nominees, determined by the membership of US Sailing, will be reviewed by a panel of noted sailing journalists, who together will discuss the merits of each nominee and vote by secret ballot to determine the 2003 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. The winners will be honored at a luncheon at the New York Yacht Club in New York City, on February 6, 2004, where they will be presented with Rolex timepieces.
Nominees for the 2003 Rolex Yachtsman of
the Year are: Snipe World Champion
Nominees for the 2003 Rolex Yachtswoman
of the Year are: Rolex International
December 31 - Lake Pleasant, AZ
Here's an inspiring shot of Silk Sheets taken on November 22 in Arizona. She's a C&C 27 skippered by Don Rhodes and crewed by Brian Ketter. Just more proof that you don't have to live in San Francisco to enjoy the very best that sailing has to offer. In fact, you can even live in the desert!
Photo Kyle Clarke
"I'm Trying to Locate My Friends Who Are Out Cruising"
December 31 - Mill Valley
We get lots of emails, phone calls and letters that start with some variation of the headline above. Well, starting with the January issue of Latitude 38, which was, by the way, delivered yesterday to all the usual places, you'll see a new section in the Classy Classifieds called "TRYING TO LOCATE" for readers searching for specific people or a specific boat. Now if you're looking for your friends who turned south and lost touch, you can purchase a special classified ad. We're keeping it small (we don't want to hear the whole sad story) and cheap: $10 for 20 words max. Just say who you're looking for and how they can contact you.
Along with delivery of the January issue comes the 2004 Northern California Sailing Calendar and YRA Master Schedule. Don't forget to pick yours up so you can plan your year of sailing if you're lucky enough to be in the Bay Area. And if the distributor has already run out -- they go fast -- you can send us a check or money order for five bucks and we'll mail you one. But even our supply goes fast, so don't wait too long.
We're all going to take some time now to welcome the New Year, so we won't be back on these pages until next week, when we'll update you on the adventures of the Wanderer and Doña de Mallorca aboard Profligate in the Caribbean and lots of other sailing news and stories. Everyone at Latitude 38 wishes you and your family the very best of health and happiness for the New Year and, of course, fair winds always.
December 31 - 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 31 - 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.