Photo of the Day
September 13 - San Francisco Bay
Todays Photo of the Day comes from Nelle and Chauncey Chapman of the Island Packet 32 Caprice, and is of debris that fell onto their boat while they were sailing beneath the Bravo Charlie span of the Bay Bridge that is being built.
Photo Courtesy Caprice
Nelle describes what happened: "It was Sunday afternoon, September 3, at 1:30, when my my husband, my friend Susan, and I took our boat under the Bravo Charlie span of the Bay Bridge. Like most people in the Bay Area, we were aware that work was being done that weekend on the lower level of the bridge. But little did we know that we would soon see some of that very work raining on our heads and onto the deck of Caprice! As we approached the bridge, we heard the sounds of jackhammers. While traveling under the span, we began to hear a rain of particulate upon our bimini top and decks. Lucky for us, we were under cover! As you can see by the photo, some of the pieces of the bridge asphalt were substantial in size, and could have caused a head injury. Had we known it would start raining asphalt, we would have gone under the Golf Hotel span instead. Did anybody else experience debris falling on their boat that weekend?"
We hope you notified CalTrans, because some of that debris could indeed have caused a very serious if not fatal head injury.
- latitude / rs
Kozlowski's J Boat Endeavour Finally Sold
September 13 - Newport, RI
Convicted former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski has finally sold his 135-ft J Class yacht Endeavour for $13.1 million, somewhat less than the original $17.3 million asking price. The 59-year old had to sell the boat in order to try to help met the $167 million in court-ordered restitution and fines for looting Tyco while serving as the CEO. The son of a policeman, Kozlowski is now serving an 8 to 25 year prison sentence. The accompanying photo was taken of Kozlowski at the helm of Endeavour during an around-the-island race of St. Barth several New Year's Eves ago.
For what it's worth, the world of J Class yachts seems to be heating up, as it appears that as many as four new boats will be built.
- latitude / rs
Baja Ha-Ha About to Set All-Time Record for Paid Entries
September 13 - Tiburon
As you can see from the accompanying list,
there are now 167 paid entries for this October's Baja
Ha-Ha XIII, which is just two short of the record of 169
in '04. However, since Ha-Ha Honcho Lauren Spindler has extended
the official entry deadline of the 11th until the end of this
week, a new record is sure to be set.
Here are the most recent 60 entries:
108) Grace / Traveller 32/
Robert L. Walker / Grass Valley
For the complete list, see www.baja-haha.com/Alumni/2006Roster.html.
- latitude / rs
Big Boat Series Memories
September 13 - San Francisco
St. Francis YC's Rolex Big Boat Series starts tomorrow, and while it's not going to be a glamor boat year, it's still sure to be a blast. No matter if you're watching from the rail, the yacht club, the shore or the water, it's a great spectacle.
Remember the big glamor boats in last year's BBS, which raced out to a mark in the ocean and back to the Bay? We're fortunate to have some Quick Time movies to share with you of those megayachts - which flew by so fast we couldn't chase them with our photoboat's pedal to the metal. Click on the name of the boat to see each movie: Beecom, Genuine Risk, Pegasus, Peligroso.
Speaking of reminiscing about past Big Boat Series, while at Two Harbors a couple of weeks ago, we saw a guy who - we think - sparked some good Big Boat Series memories from the early '80s. Back then there was a handsome and dynamic guy from Newport Beach with the fitting name of Bill Power, who campaigned a series of medium-sized boats named High Roler. We remember one Big Boat Series when, for reasons we don't remember, Jon Andron and Paul Cayard took turns driving High Roler. The hot young Cayard would drive the boat to victory, then have to sail on another boat for a race or two - this was back when it was a week-long event with lots more races - at which point High Roler would stumble. Cayard would come back for another race or two, and they'd be back at the top of the pile again. Surely this memory wouldn't mean anything but to about five people, but thousands of Big Boat Series participants over the years have their own great memories of the wonderful event.
While at Catalina we saw this guy wearing a collared High Roler shirt, and a belt that read 'SORC, 1982'. While his hair had gone gray and his step was not quite so sure, this had to have been Bill Power. He still had that dignified bearing, and was serious about getting his exercise. We could kick ourselves for not saying hello.
Anyway, tomorrow is the day to get started on your own Big Boat Series memories.
- latitude / rs & cw