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Here Comes Rosa

A second press release from the Coasties was waiting in our inbox when we logged in this morning, this one an alert for mariners in Southern California.

“As we begin Fleet Week in San Francisco, Coast Guard crews and other first responders in Southern California are working together to minimize the impacts of Tropical Storm Rosa," said Rear Adm. Peter W. Gautier, the 11th Coast Guard District commander. "This storm is forecasted to bring heavy rains and surf to California this week, so it’s important that we all take appropriate actions to prepare and stay safe.”

Tropical Storm Rosa is expected to cause dangerous surf and rip current conditions through Tuesday. Waves of 6 to 10 feet are possible on Los Angeles and Ventura County beaches today. Orange County may experience seas up to 8 feet, while surf could reach 6-8 feet near San Diego, causing the Oceanside Harbor entrance to be especially dangerous.

While Southern California is getting the side effects from Rosa, she’s got her bow pointed at Baja California. We hope that our friends to the south are safe.


Mariners and beachgoers are encouraged to take the following precautions to protect their vessels and themselves:

  • Monitor the weather and heed all marine warnings.
  • Double-check mooring lines when securing boats and take precautions for items stored loosely aboard.
  • Secure all paddle craft so they do not end up in the water and cause a false distress.
  • Recreational boaters, personal watercraft and paddle-craft users are advised to stay off the water due to extremely hazardous sea conditions.
  • Swimmers, surfers and windsurfers are strongly urged to stay out of the water during this period of heavy weather due to increased rip currents and sneaker waves.
  • If mariners must get underway, they should create a float plan and send it to friends and families before getting underway. A float plan consists of a description of the vessel, the number of people aboard, the destination and the expected return time.
  • Always wear a proper life jacket when on the water and use VHF-FM channel 16 to notify rescuers in the event of an emergency.

For more info on the storm, visit the National Weather Service or National Hurricane Center.

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And he’s off . . . again. Yesterday, Randall Reeves set sail (or motor) on his 41-ft aluminum sloop Moli for his second attempt at the Figure 8 Voyage. 
San Francisco Fleet Week officially begins today, and the Coast Guard has been tasked with keeping everyone safe.
As was noted in Friday’s ‘Lectronic Latitude, the Grand Poobah of the Baja Ha-Ha strongly urged people not to buy boats that have current Temporary Import Permits (TIPs) for Mexico, and/or didn’t properly clear out of Mexico.