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2018 BAMA Doublehanded Farallones Race Update – Thursday, March 22

Pat Broderick is participating in the race and is generously sharing reports about the race.
Race is scheduled for Saturday, March 24

Farallon Freaks,

Well, NOAA thinks things will be more interesting on Saturday’s BAMA Doublehanded Race!  And, SailFlow isn’t far behind.  These forecasts are for the “Lightship” – about halfway out and back.  The wind at the Island is a notch higher.   Waves, NW at 7 feet at 11/112 seconds. Certainly doable, but much more exciting than earlier forecasts.  Add in the chance of showers later on and it gets even better!

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2018 BAMA Doublehanded Farallones Race Update – Wednesday, March 21

Pat Broderick is participating in the race and is generously sharing reports about the race.

Race is scheduled for Saturday, March 24

Fearless Faralloners,

Here’s Wednesday’s SailFlow and NOAA forecasts for Saturday.  With 3 days to go, their forecasts are becoming more “real,” although you can see their computer models disagree a little.  SailFlow has high teen/low 20 mph wind by noon, but NOAA thinks the wind will arrive later.  Since we think it will take 10 hours and we Start around 08:30 (rounding things off), it appears we can expect Southwesterly wind around 10 knots and then high wind speeds for the trip back to the Golden Gate.  That would be almost perfect!  It would mean reaching on the way out and on the way back for a Wyliecat, and would drive the spinnaker boats to the North if they set on the way back in.  In wind above 10 knots, we can sail 7+ knots over the bottom!  The more wind, the merrier!

 

Today’s “Farallon Facts” will be birds.  Lot of birds!

The food chain in the Gulf of the Farallones goes from tiny krill to blue whales – from the very smallest to the very largest.  And, in that chain are hundreds of thousands of birds.  Some are permanent residents while others are travelers on their migration routes.

Although the Spanish had been sailing up and down the Pacific Coast and no doubt “discovered” the islands, the first recorded “visit” was in 1579 as Sir Francis Drake left Drakes Bay to sail across the Pacific on his journey around the world.  Drake’s log is lost, but his priest’s journal records that after refitting the “Golden Hinde” Drake’s party stopped at an island and gathered birds and birds eggs for their voyage across the Pacific. Gathering eggs from the Farallones became big-time business during the 1850s when fresh eggs sold for as much as $1 apiece in Gold Rush San Francisco.  The “Farallon Egg Companies” almost wiped out the Farallon bird population by stealing the eggs.   Rabbits, rats, and mice – introduced by humans – also decimated the population.  Rabbits have been eradicated, but rats and mice still prey upon the birds.

 

Here’s the cover of “The World Encompassed” (1628), based on Francis Fletcher’s journal and other accounts of Drake’s voyage.