month, depending on whether they keep their boat in a marina and how many meals they eat in tourist restaurants. If anyone is looking for evidence of global cooling, the Sea of Cortez would have been the place to be this spring. According to several cruisers, the water at Agua Verde in late May was 66 degrees — so nobody was swimming. By that time of year it's usually in the 80s. And folks who had been down in La Paz report that most nights in the spring were downright cold. But as Neil Shroyer of Marina de La Paz told us a few years ago, about 50% of the time it's cool in La Paz in the winter and spring, and about 50% of the time it's warm. But this is an average over years, so you might have entire weeks, months or even seasons that are almost all cold, and the following weeks, months or season might be all hot. For what it's worth, things seem to have returned to normal, as the daytime temperature in Loreto and La Paz, respectively, on June 10 were 95 and 100 degrees respectively. For what it's worth, the water at Catalina has been about 15 degrees colder than it was last year. But you have to keep things in perspective, as last year the water was warmer than in the previous 40 or so years.
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⇑⇓I'D LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE TO A LEGAL FUND I read the June 13 'Lectronic in which you reported that Dinius Bismarck had been charged with vehicular manslaughter as a result of a boating accident on Clear Lake, even though the real cause of the accident seemed to be Deputy Sheriff Perdock recklessly speeding across the lake in the blackness at a minimum of 40 mph. Bismarck wasn't even the owner of the drifting boat, but just happened to be sitting at the helm — so how is it the deputy and the owner of the boat The motto of the Baja Outlaw series is "You don't follow a r e n ' t the rules . . . you make your own." It could have been charged coined by Deputy Perdock. with anything? Has a legal fund been started for Bismarck? If what Latitude has reported is true, I would definitely contribute to such a fund, and I'm sure that other sailors would do likewise. Glen Melnik Friar Tuck, Lancer 30 Sausalito Readers — For those of you who haven't read the story of the accident and the senseless death of Lynn Thornton on Clear Lake a year ago, please turn to page 136 of this issue. Here are the basics: On a black night, Lake County Deputy Sheriff Russell Perdock, who admitted that he knew that unlit boats are often on Clear Lake at night, nonetheless did a speed run with his Baja 24 motorboat estimated at between 40 to 55 mph. The run ended when he collided with an O'Day 27 sailboat that was drifting in zephyrs with her sails up. It resulted in the death of Lynn Thornton, who was a passenger on the sailboat. Sailboat owner Mark Weber was aboard but, at the time of the collision, Dinius Bismarck happened to be at the helm. The extenuating circumstances are that both men were over the legal limit for alcohol, and the running lights may not
The July 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.