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Photo of the Day
February 19 - Tenacatita Bay, Mexico
Think cruising doesn't change a man? Before they took
off cruising to Mexico, most of these guys were probably your typical
hard-charging, stressed-out, career freaks, worried about all kinds of
artificial stuff. There was no way any of them in their former lives would
have agreed to participate in a 'pareo fashion show', as they're seen
doing here at Tenacatita Bay. It's just a guess, but we suspect their
blood pressure has dropped an average of 20 points and that they're
laughing a whole lot more. Jan Twardowski of the Deerfoot 65 Raven
took the photo.
Puerto Vallarta Race Update
February 19 - Pacific Ocean
The rich are getting
richer. All the smaller and slower boats that were in the early starts of the
Del Rey to Puerto Vallarta Race suffered through several days of zephyrs,
sometimes covering less than 100 miles in 24 hours. But when the sleds finally
started, they had at least enough wind to turn in 200-mile days. Nothing for
them, but they're rapidly overtaking the smaller boats. For details, check out
today's report about 1:30 p.m. at http://www.dryc.org/.
The Race Update
February 19 - Atlantic and Southern Oceans
Club Med, soon to cross back into the North Atlantic and having a
nearly 1,000-mile lead on Innovation Explorer, the only question
seems to be whether Club Med will finish the course in less than 60
days. Skipper Grant Dalton is cautioning against any such expectation.
Meanwhile, the other three boats are basically 6,500 miles behind in New
Zealand. Warta Polpharma is in third place, having overtaken
Team Adventure, which pulled into Wellington for repairs and the
loss of another crewman to injury. They've continued on with nine. As she
departed, Team Adventure crossed paths with Team Legato,
which was putting into Wellington so three crew could seek medical
attention. It's expected they'll be down to seven crew.
With a comfortable lead, Grant Dalton touched on
several interesting topics: "The Trades blow at between 15-18 knots at
night and 11-12 knots during the day. We are sailing with the full main
and the Solent and moving correctly towards the north. Perhaps if I had
this race to do again, we would have developed another reaching sail for
the Trades that would be a bit more efficient right now, something like
the sail that Team Adventure used on the way south through here a
month ago. But taking another sail means having to carry that extra weight
when it isn't used, and, importantly, putting it down below inside one of
the hulls in the South.
"You can never have enough food on board. We are
always hungry. At the beginning of The Race we were throwing some of the
food we prepared away everyday as people weren't that hungry. But as The
Race has progressed we are just more and more hungry. Every grain of rice
that falls on the floor is meticulously picked up and eaten, every scrap
is devoured. One of the biggest dilemmas for each of the crew is to decide
whether or not to eat his three extra daily snacks, issued for the time
between meals, right at the beginning of the day, or to try and make them
last out all day. Not an easy one to solve."
Courtesy Club Med
Ranking of 19 Feb 2001 15:00:00 GMT:
Med / dtf 4084.3 miles
2. Innovation Explorer / dtl 926.7
3. Warta Polpharma / dtl 6615.9 miles
Adventure / dtl 7007.3 miles
5. Team Legato / dtl 7232.9
Port Captain fees in Mexico
February 19 - Mexico City
On January 1,
Mexico's Secretary of Communication and Transportation instructed Mexican
port captains to, for the first time, charge fees each time a boat checked
in and out of a port. These fees were not only very expensive, about $20
each way, but required an extra visit to a bank to pay the fee. It was not
good. Another reason it wasn't good was because it was confusing. If a
boat left a marina to anchor out for a night, did it have to check out and
then back in again? Some port captains thought yes, some thought
Terri Grossman, president of the Mexican Marina Owner's
Association, and several others flew to Mexico City to tell Communications
and Transportation that this new law wasn't in anyone's best interest. Not
for the Mexican government, not for the port captains, and not for owners
of private boats or the Mexican marine industry.
government listened, because on February 13, the Director General of Port
Captains sent out a temporary modification of the law that is expected to
be a prototype of a permanent change in the law. According to Mary Shroyer
of Marina de La Paz, the main impact of the modification is that when a
boat leaves a port, but stays within the port captain's jurisdiction, they
only have to check out over the VHF radio and there is no fee. For
example, if a boat that was in La Paz wanted to leave for a month of
cruising between Muertos and Agua Verde - a fine and large cruising area -
it would only have to inform the port captain over the radio. But if the
boat was going to leave the port captain's jurisdiction, perhaps going
down to Cabo, up to Puerto Escondido, or over to Mazatlan, the boat would
have to check out and pay the fee.
Everything was relatively clear
this morning, until we got the following email from Heidi Grossman in San
Carlos. Heidi is Terri Grossman's daughter:
these boats anchored off La Cruz have to pay $20 to check out, and then
another $20 10 miles later to check into Nuevo Vallarta?
"The law actually states three types of
1. Interno. The internal despacho is
the one that causes some confusion. The law says that this despacho
is required when leaving the Captain's port or zone. This usually means
that just exiting the port would require you to have a despacho.
Some Captains have not really been too strict about requiring this
despacho, but others have. The Captain of the Port here has already
started requiring a monthly despacho for all rental boats that go
out fishing/diving in the immediate San Carlos area. The next step will be
to also require these monthly despachos for private owners that
fish or dive in the area.
"2. Cabotaje. This despacho applies when
you are leaving the port for an overnight stay elsewhere or to another
port. This has always required a despacho, and if I am able to
become an honorary delegate, I would be able to issue these without having
to pay the new port captains fees. Until then clients will have to go
through the new steps to get the despacho.
"3. Altura. This despacho is issued when
traveling from a Mexican port to a foreign port. This type of
despacho may only be issued by the port captain's office and they
will charge you the new fees. Another big change in the temporary
modification is that day charter boats - particularly the hundreds of
sports fishing boats in Cabo - no longer have to check in and out every
day. They'll now be allowed to do it once a month."
totally confused, because Mary and Heidi seem to have a different take on
Interno despachos. Mary understands they can be done over the radio
without a fee; Heidi says not all port captains are seeing it that way,
but in any event she's trying to become an honorary delegate so she can do
it for cruisers for free. Confusion about Mexican law is nothing new, and
we'll try to stay on top of it.
February 19 - The Pacific Ocean and Cyberspace
Who is out making passages in the Pacific and what kind of
weather are they having? Check out YOTREPS - 'yacht reports' - at http://www.bitwrangler.com/yotreps/
February 19 - Pacific Ocean
San Francisco Bay Weather
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/.
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.:
Pacific Sea State
Seas are normal in the Pacific. But you might check out the
Pacific Ocean sea states at: http://www.mpc.ncep.noaa.gov/RSSA/PacRegSSA.html.
For another view, see http://www.oceanweather.com/data/global.html.
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