movistar Wins Volvo In Port Race
May 1 - Baltimore, MD
ABN Amro One leads Brunel around the top mark of the Volvo In Port Race
Photo David Branigan
Light airs dominated Sunday's Volvo In Port Race, giving the four Bruce Farr-designed entries an advantage. Paul Cayard's Pirates of the Caribbean were first off the line, followed closely by Ericsson, who took the lead by the first mark. movistar then stepped up to scoot past both boats, gaining a huge lead which allowed them to take line honors and much-needed points. ABN Amro One, the overall leader by nearly 20 points, generally performs better in heavier winds and scraped by with second to last. Recent re-entry Brunel had hoped to make a big splash with their extensive refit but ended up trailing the entire race.
Newly crowned Miss USA Tara Connor sailed on Pirates with bowman Justin Clougher.
Photo Oskar Kihlborg
Scenes from a Swap Meet
May 1 - San Francisco Bay Area
Everyone wins at a swap meet.
Tis the season for swap meets, and, while you may have missed recent ones, there are more to come. Here's a list of a few to add to your calendar:
May 6 - Marina Bay Yacht Harbor, Richmond
How much is that puppy dog?
May Latitude 38 Out Today
May 1 - San Francisco Bay Area
April showers bring May flowers. And May Latitudes.
It's May Day, so celebrate by picking up the new issue of Latitude 38 around the Bay Area. You can get yours where you always do!
Opening Day on the Bay
May 1 - Tiburon
Esther Lerner leads the assembled Corinthian YC members in the Star Spangled Banner as everyone greeted magnificent weather for Opening Day on the Bay yesterday.
Corinthian Yacht Club in downtown Tiburon serves as the traditional host for Opening Day's Blessing of the Fleet. The ceremonials are followed by a party for members and their guests.
These yachts are all dressed up and ready for the day.
Ed and Diana Fischer took advantage of the Opening Day festivities at CYC to host a christening party for their new Catalina 34 Sirius, which replaces their old Catalina 27 of the same name.
Photos Latitude/John Arndt
Pyewacket Takes Line Honors at Ensenada with Amateur Crew
May 1 - Ensenada, Baja California
While most entries in the 59th Lexus Newport to Ensenada Race were struggling in light air, the R/P maxZ86 Pyewacket seemed to be making her own breeze, as she slid down the coast to take line honors.
Beyond the initial glory, the win will undoubtedly have invaluable PR value for its owner, the Orange Coast College School of Sailing and Seamanship, as most of the 26-person crew were amateur sailors from the school's student roster or from the neighboring community. Longtime school director Brad Avery and boat manager Keith Kilpatrick, co-captained during the race.
Co-skipper Keith Kilpatrick receives Pyewacket's first-to-finish trophy.
The event's overall winner was Max Rosenberg's Hobie 33 Mad Max, with a corrected time of 22 hours, 26 minutes, 41 seconds. For complete results see www.nosa.org.
With 7 to 8 knots at the start and never more than 11 throughout the course, it was a slow crawl to Ensenada, causing roughly a quarter of the 461-boat fleet to drop out. As you might imagine, however, most racers still found themselves in a celebratory mood once they finally stepped onto Mexican soil.
Loe Real dwarfs the multihull fleet.
A bow lady on an Ancient Mariner
Photos Rich Roberts