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July 22 - Golden Gate

Photo Paul Elliott of Valis

Today's lovely Photo of the Day is of Jim Marco's Northern California-based Crealock 37 Intention as she sailed past the Marin Headlands for the Marquesas on May 11. Note the flock of cormorants escorting Marco and his crew of Darla and John. The trio enjoyed a 24-day non-stop passage to the Marquesas, after which they visited the Tuamotus and Papeete. If all went to schedule, they are now in Fiji.

Northern California Boats Hold Glamor Spots in TransPac

July 22 - Pacific Ocean

As of yesterday morning's report, Hasso Plattner, who has a house in Northern California and his MaxZ86 Morning Glory have the best shot at a new TransPac record - although at least four boats are on pace to smash the old one. This despite only light to moderate winds. Morning Glory was nearly 70 miles closer to Honolulu than her nearest competitors, Pyewacket and Genuine Risk, having made a big gain on both of them yesterday with her 339-mile run.

Morning Glory, as she looks streaking across the Pacific in moderate conditions.
Photo Latitude/Richard

But when it comes to corrected time, a couple of Northern California TransPac 52s are leading the way. Philippe Kahn, who now lives in Santa Cruz and Tiburon, and his brand new Pegasus had about a one-hour lead over Roger Sturgeon's Santa Cruz-based Rosebud. Third overall was the oldest boat in the fleet, the Spencer 62 Ragtime, which has been doing the TransPac for more than 30 years.

The first boats are scheduled to arrive off Diamond Head on Sunday morning. But it's going to take a lot longer for James and Ann Read's San Francisco-based Stewart 43 Camille. We're not sure why, but they've only been averaging 3.8 knots, and after well over a week are only one-third of the way there. we hope they bought a lot of food.

Flo and Jasper Back in Vegas after Sailing to New Zealand

July 22 - Las Vegas, NV

Few people who did the '03 Baja Ha-Ha wouldn't remember Jasper and Flo - well, at least voluptuous and exuberant Flo - of the Las Vegas-based Columbia 34 Flocerfida. One of the youngest couples ever in the Ha-Ha, they'd gotten sick of Vegas, bought a very inexpensive boat, some very nice sails, and with very little experience set sail. "Dreams are for dreamers," said Flo, "goals are for doers." It was Jasper and Flo's goal to sail across the Pacific, and that's exactly what they did with their humble boat.

Photo Latitude/Richard

They wrote us recently to report they sold the boat in New Zealand, and have returned to Las Vegas to - like everybody else - sell real estate. Once they load up with a little money, they plan to buy a bigger boat and go cruising again.

Summer Has Arrived in Full Force

July 22 - Napa River

You'd have to be crazy not to go sailing - like the Catalina 36 Lita K, seen here in the Mare Island Strait - this weekend.

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