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Pacific Puddle Jump Fleet

March 8 - Puerto Vallarta

We had the pleasure of meeting many of this year's Pacific Puddle Jump fleet last week that is, those lucky sailors who will soon be crossing the Pacific from Mexico to French Polynesia. About 50 boats will be making the 2,800-mile crossing this year and we're jealous as heck! You can meet them in the pages of the April Latitude, but until then, here is a sampling of photos from the fleet.


L to R: Jan, Signe and Mark of the Sundeer 64 Raven feel the heat of a Rhino's breath at The Jungle Restaurant in Paradise Village, Nuevo Vallarta, where the March 5 Puddle Jump Party was held (co-sponsored by Latitude 38 and Paradise Village Resort and Marina).

Long ago, when Keith was courting Susan, he promised that life with him would never be dull.
And their life together aboard C'est La Vie, a Catalina 470, has been anything but that.


Meet Diane and John of Island Packet 35 Rag'n Drag'n. John and two brothers will make the crossing and Diane will rendezvous with them in Tahiti for further adventuring.
Suzy and Clark of the Mason 52 Final Straw took on the ambitious roll of organizing the fleet's information database so everyone could keep in touch before, during and after the crossing.



Photos Latitude/Andy



Latitude 38 25th Anniversary Issue

March 8 - Mill Valley, CA

Our upcoming April issue represents an auspicious occasion! It is the 25th anniversary of our magazine. As part of the celebration, we will be featuring an interview with our esteemed publisher, Richard Spindler, aka The Wanderer, aka The Grand Poobah. If you have any questions that you would like put to him during this interview, please email them as soon as possible to andy@latitude38.com.




March 8 - 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/



Weather Updates

March 8 - 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/. The National Weather Service site for San Francisco Bay has moved to 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/stuff/southwest/swstmap.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

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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