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January 28 - Atlantic Ocean

Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

Having covered more than 25,000 watery miles, Francis Joyon, singlehanding the 90-ft tri IDEC around the world, is at 23º41N and 33º02W just north of the Tropic of Cancer in the mid-Atlantic. Meteorologists had forecast very little wind, and so Joyon worked through the calm night to catch the slightest breeze. After dealing with squalls on Tuesday and a hole in his port float, Joyon is now in his 67th day at sea. Once he emerges from the tropical doldrums, Joyon should be able to put on some speed, and he estimates that he should arrive at the finish line in the English Channel on Sunday night or early Monday morning, to set a new solo around-the-world record. Joyon's Web site (in French) is at www.trimaran-idec.com/trimaran-idec/public/page.php.

Like Ping Pong Balls in a Wind Tunnel

January 28 - Tortola, BVI

Antrim 27 sailor Tom Mullen writes, "My A27, Rhumb Squall, USA17, is based in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Each winter and early spring, Rhumb Squall competes in a number of regattas around the Caribbean and folks come down from the States to jump on board, race and party. The group includes some of the A27 crowd from California along with that well-known party animal himself, Jim Antrim.

"This year we are doing the following events: St. Croix International Regatta, February 14-16; the Dark and Stormy, Tortola to Anegada and back, March 5-8, International St. Thomas Rolex Regatta, March 26-28; BVI Sailing Festival, Tortola to the Bitter End at Virgin Gorda and back, March 29 thru April 1; BVI Spring Regatta, around the buoy racing out of Nanny Cay, Tortola, April 2-4; and the Puerto Rico Heineken Regatta, around the buoys out of Fajardo, PR, April 9-11.

"Lastly, there's a group of us that would like to compete in Antigua Sailing Week from April 25 to May 1, but we won't take the Antrim all the way to Antigua. The trip is too long from Tortola and the seas are too rough. The last Antigua Sailing Week cost us a new mast, a new main, a new rudder gudgeon and a new spinnaker. As a result, we're trying to find a more substantial boat to do Antigua and there's a class for large cats. Perhaps you'd like to enter Profligate and have a ready-made crew for the event? My California soulmates told me that you're in the Caribbean now on Profligate, and that you might want to cover the antics of an Antrim doing the circuit for your magazine. I and my crew need a Mothership for portions of or all of the circuit with a few berths for our tired heads and for the black and blue bodies we always end up with following a day of being tossed around like ping pong balls in a wind tunnel - that's how I describe racing on an Antrim 27 to the uninitiated."

Wind Steals the Show at Rolex Miami OCR

January 28 - Miami, FL

The first day of the 2004 Rolex Miami OCR was cut short for most of the 11 classes competing when a rain squall bearing high, shifty winds rolled down Biscayne Bay at mid-day. With six racecourses in six different areas, some classes were affected more drastically by the surprise conditions than others. "The water was foaming," said US Sailing Team Coach Skip Whyte, who was on the 470 course where several of the boats purposely capsized to avoid wind damage to their rigs and one signal boat reported a waterspout hitting it. "The gusts felt like bowling balls coming at you."

Nevertheless, scores tallied - even if it was for one race - were important for all 11 Olympic and Paralympic classes competing. The Rolex Miami OCR, in its 15th year, has attracted 503 sailors from more than 35 countries.

Great Britain's Iain Percy had an "untroubled start" in the Star class's single race and led Mark Reynolds of San Diego, the 2000 Star Olympic gold medalist, around the course to win. When a 40-degree wind shift forced the race committee to abandon the second race halfway through the first beat, Percy was sitting in 15th. "That was going to be the hard one," said Percy, conceding that winning in this fleet, with 58 entries, will be no cakewalk. Paul Cayard of Kentfield and crew Phil Trinter are in 20th place.

Sally Barkow, Deborah Capozzi and Carrie Howe lead the Yngling fleet after one race. Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Hannah Swett of New York, sailing with regular crew Melissa Purdy of Tiburon and Joan Touchette are in second.
Photo 2004 Rolex Miami OCR/Dan Nerney


Hopefully they'll get more races in today. The event runs through Friday, and is hosted by the US Sailing Center in Coconut Grove; the Coral Reef, Key Biscayne and Miami Yacht Clubs; the Coconut Grove Sailing Club; and Shake-A-Leg Miami.

For full results, details, updates and more photos, see www.ussailing.org/olympics/RolexMiamiOCR/index.htm.


January 28 - 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

January 28 - 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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