Photos of the Day
August 9 - Two Harbors
Getting busy at the start
Today's Photos of The Day come from last year's Baja Ha-Ha in the off chance that any of you are interested in doing this year's version. If you want to see more photos, we suggest that you be at Two Harbors on Catalina Island this Saturday for our Ha-Ha Preview. It's a casual affair, with a BBQ potluck starting about 5 p.m., to later be followed by a new Ha-Ha slide presentation and a Q&A session. It's nothing serious, but should be a good time.
The second leg of sailing is often the best.
By the way, here is a list of the most recent paid up Ha-Ha entries:
42) Pantera / 44-ft catamaran
/ Robert Smith / Victoria, BC, Canada
To see the entire list, go to www.baja-haha.com/Alumni/2006Roster.html.
- latitude / rs
The arc of a diver at Bahia Santa Marina
A time for tears: Cabo Falso is in sight.
By Cabo, the Ha-Ha kids have bonded.
Photos Latitude/Richard & Andy
Hobie 17 North Americans
August 9 - San Francisco Bay
Once the fog lifted on Monday, sunny skies and light winds made for a gorgeous opening day for the Hobie 17 North American Championships hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. After two days and six races, Matt Bounds, Wayne Mooneyham and Stephen Acquart currently hold the top three spots. Racing will continue through Friday. Results can be found at www.stfyc.org.
- Chris Ray
The Hobie 17 NAs will run through Friday.
Photo Chris Ray
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It Wasn't the Year for Santa Barbara to King Harbor
August 9 - Redondo Beach
"The five-day forecast you got from buoyweather.com, which caused you to pass on this year's Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race, was right on as it was indeed light," reports Paul Martson of the Northern California-based Corsair 31 Sally Lightfoot. "It blew from the east for the first few hours, which brought us up to the left third of Santa Cruz Island - when we wanted to be on the eastern third of Anacapa Island. The prevailing wind finally prevailed around 3 p.m. with a 180-degree windshift a couple of miles from the island. But if you check the results on the Santa Barbara YC Web site, you'll see that most boats didn't finish. We eventually did - and as soon as we crossed the line the wind filled in for our fastest ever sail from Redondo to Marina del Rey! Even though this was a disappointing year, ever since we won overall with my Antrim 27 five years ago, we've been addicted to this race as you have been. In fact, it was my fifth straight time with the same crew - Debi Cohn, Dean Daniels, and myself."
Debi settles in for what's going to be a very long afternoon - and night - on a very calm ocean.
Doug Baker's Long Beach-based Andrews 80 Magnitude was the big winner this year, as she was the first boat to finish and corrected out in fleet and in class by a wide margin. Only two boats in the 100+ fleet made it to King Harbor before the yacht club bar had to shut down, and several class winners took nearly 24 hours to cover the 81-mile course. Yeech! But we'll be back with Profligate next year.
- latitude / rs
Wylie Wabbit Nationals
August 9 - San Francisco Bay
Start of the second race on Saturday. Bear Wabbit is in the foreground.
Wylie Wabbits emerged from their various warrens around the Bay to participate in the class Nationals, held Saturday in the waters near Southampton Shoals. Tom Wylie's unique trapeze keelboat - what other class has its own 'language'? - celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, with no sign that it's 'cwazy' popularity has dwindled a bit. Some of the same people who were sailing them back in the early '80s are still at it today! Final 'wesults' will be listed in the September issue of Latitude 38.
- latitude / jr
Kwazy (#26) crosses Furrious
Hanging out on 8419, Keala and Kwazy