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    ALOHA's tracker is giving occasional erratic...

    ALOHA's tracker is giving occasional erratic positions, as is PERPLEXITY. ALOHA has not yet jibed. The reason for tracker malfunction often has to do with location of tracker mounting, being...
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    Some changes overnight in the corrected time...

    Some changes overnight in the corrected time leaders (unofficial, and just my opinion, as always.) #1 ALOHA is being well sailed, and running away with the race. #2 GREEN BUFFALO is being well...
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    Ants, Excellent questions. I did say the...

    Ants,

    Excellent questions. I did say the center of the current EPAC High will likely deflate in pressure to 1025 mb. The old saw from races past is to follow the 1020 isobar and curve around the...
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    I've been asked by fans of SHARK ON BLUEGRASS, an...

    I've been asked by fans of SHARK ON BLUEGRASS, an Olson 25 and the smallest but theoretically not the slowest boat in the 2021 fleet, "how many hours do the different boats owe SOB on corrected...
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    Not quite so fast, Sleddog. Over the next 3 days,...

    Not quite so fast, Sleddog. Over the next 3 days, the EPAC Pacific High is forecast to weaken from 1029mb to 1025mb. As well, it will be nudged east by a slow moving cold front to its west. The...
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    Excellent SHTP news is, except for RAINBOW, HULA,...

    Excellent SHTP news is, except for RAINBOW, HULA, and SEA WISDOM, the fleet has negotiated the pesky low pressure, emerged on its western flank, and entered the NNW synoptic wind of Windy Lane, next...
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    End of an era. And the beginning of a new one. ...

    End of an era. And the beginning of a new one. The last boat builder standing in Santa Cruz has closed its doors forever: Moore Bros. has been evicted and the shop emptied on Grove St. in...
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    Things are beginning to shake out: MOUNTAIN, the...

    Things are beginning to shake out: MOUNTAIN, the J-109, thus far appears to be .25 knots faster than anyone, close reaching on port at 6.1 knots in 9 knots of breeze, likely with a Code 0. Boat for...
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    OK Weirdos, You want scientific evidence...

    OK Weirdos,
    You want scientific evidence the SHTP fleet is sailing the fastest route instead of north to Bodega Bay and then over the top of the pesky low pressure? Maybe this is why HULA...
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    Good news for the Summer Solstice, at 0800...

    Good news for the Summer Solstice, at 0800 Sunday, June 20, the van of the SHTP fleet found consistent breeze overnight and has been close reaching along at 5-6 knots, 120 miles SW of the start,...
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    Waters from Point Reyes to Pigeon Point 10-60 NM...

    Waters from Point Reyes to Pigeon Point 10-60 NM offshore-
    issued 857 PM PDT Sat Jun 19 2021
    TONIGHT
    W winds 5 to 10 kt. Wind waves 9 to 10 ft. Patchy fog.
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    S winds 5 to 10 kt. Wind waves 7...
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    Yes DAZZLER. Not only is the transition between...

    Yes DAZZLER. Not only is the transition between the Southerly Surge and synoptic wind moving slowly west, but a low pressure is developing just offshore with an associated trough extending NE/SW. ...
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    For those interested in the 2021 Singlehanded...

    For those interested in the 2021 Singlehanded Transpac, the 11 boat fleet started this morning off the Golden Gate YC in 12-16 knot westerlies and strong ebb tide. The battle for first under the...
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    I can vouch the winches do turn, and the sails...

    I can vouch the winches do turn, and the sails can be sheeted. As for 3Di, I believe the sailmaker will be a quilting expert down the street... The bedsheet suit of sails is just for trial...
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    No worries MAGIC dreamers! It's a boatyard, not a...

    No worries MAGIC dreamers! It's a boatyard, not a boatshow. Inquiring minds have asked if you will be minting miniature coins for the mast steps? Hope to visit soon. ~sleddog
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    Craig checks in from the Los Osos Boatyard and...

    Craig checks in from the Los Osos Boatyard and Schooner Club. MiniMagic's rig is standing and she has trial bedsheet sails for patterns while more deck gear is being manufactured:

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    Thanks to Capt. Bob for pointing out this...

    Thanks to Capt. Bob for pointing out this extraordinary rescue by the Royal Naval Lifeboat at Trearddur Bay in Wales. Said the RNLI shore boss, "glad I'm just the tractor driver." Yeh, Boss, but you...
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    Walking the docks, a lot can be told by looking...

    Walking the docks, a lot can be told by looking upward at spreaders. For example, if a Cal-40 and there are wooden spreaders, the rig is original, 50 odd years old, and not to be trusted. If the...
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    "Standing into danger!" can be a simple and...

    "Standing into danger!" can be a simple and effective warning to a fellow sailor. But the question arises as to when it is appropriate to issue a warning, and how. For example, this morning a 34'...
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    Here comes Chris towards the hot shower at Morro...

    Here comes Chris towards the hot shower at Morro Bay Yacht Club on his way to Hawaii.

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    Having given up SUP as overrated, paddlin'...

    Having given up SUP as overrated, paddlin' MADELINE most mornings is an eminently more satisfying substitute. MADELINE is a 40 year old, polyethelyne, green Kiwi kayak. 8.5 feet and 25 pounds, MAD...
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    Hmmm. Chris Bertish recently left Half Moon Bay...

    Hmmm. Chris Bertish recently left Half Moon Bay to be the first to wing foil to Hawaii. On Yellow Brick tracker, looks like Chris is headed for CBC instead. We'll feed him some Macapuno and get him...
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    Good news for the 2021 Class of Buglighters: I...

    Good news for the 2021 Class of Buglighters: I have confirmed with Rocky and Priscilla that their traditional half way barge, BUBBLES, will be on station from 0800, June 24th, until 2200, June 29th...
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    Thank you for mentioning this important film. I...

    Thank you for mentioning this important film. I encourage all to give it a watch. Just the sight of the thousands of sick Atlantic salmon in fish farm pens is reason to say "enough." Would anyone...
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