Dec. 1 — Subasta Auction at Marina de La Paz, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This fundraiser for needy kids in La Paz is hosted by Fundación Ayuda Niños La Paz (FANLAP) and sponsored by Club Cruceros. Info, www.FanlapSubasta.com.
Dec. 1-20 — Christmas Boat Decorating Contest at Marina Mazatlan. Any boats with decorations are automatically entered. Prizes awarded Christmas Eve. Contact Jaime Ruiz at Marina Mazatlan, .
Dec. 1-29 — Free sailing at Pier 40 every Sunday courtesy of BAADS. Info, (415) 281-0212 or www.baads.org.
Dec. 4-18 — Wednesday Yachting Luncheon Series at St. Francis YC, 12-2 p.m. Enjoy lunch and a dynamic speaker each Wednesday for about $25. All YCs’ members welcome. More info under ‘Events’ tab at www.stfyc.com.
Dec. 5 — Angel Lights Countdown Benefit, a fundraiser for the Angel Island Conservancy. Info, www.angelisland.org/angellights.
Dec. 7 — 37th Annual Lighted Yacht Parade on the Oakland/Alameda Estuary. Starts at 5:30 p.m. This year's theme is 'Global Holidays'. Presented by Encinal YC, Oakland YC and Marina Village Yacht Harbor. Find out more and enter your boat at www.lightedyachtparade.com.
Dec. 7 — Vallejo YC Harbor Lighted Boat Parade. Info, www.vyc.org or (707) 643-1254.
Dec. 7 — Stockton SC Lighted Boat Parade. Info, www.stocktonsc.org.
Dec. 7 — Santa Cruz YC Lighted Boat Parade in the south harbor, 5:30 p.m. Info, www.scyc.org.
Dec. 7 — Petaluma YC Lighted Boat Parade, 6 p.m. Info, www.petalumayachtclub.com.
Dec. 8 — Monterey Peninsula YC Lighted Boat Parade, 5:30 p.m. Info, www.mpyc.org.
Dec. 11 — Singlehanded TransPac race seminar #3: Rigging & Sails at Oakland YC, 7:30 p.m. All seminars are free and open to the public. For more about the race or future seminars, contact .
Dec. 12 — Sailing Stories From Abroad presentation by Modern Sailing’s John Connolly at Presidio Sports Basement in San Francisco, 6-7 p.m. RSVP to .
Dec. 13 — Shop our online chandlery for the perfect gift for your favorite sailor. Go to www.latitude38.com and be sure to order by today for delivery in time for Christmas.
Dec. 13 — St. Francis YC Lighted Boat Parade, from Pier 39 to Ft. Mason, 6 p.m. Info, www.stfyc.com.
Dec. 14 — Holiday celebrations at Hyde St. Pier with live music, activities and a visit from the Big Guy himself, 3-4:45 p.m. Kids under 16 free, adults $5. Tour historic vessels from 6-9 p.m. Free, RSVP required. Info, (415) 447-5000.
Dec. 14 — Sausalito YC Lighted Boat Parade along the waterfront, 6 p.m. Info, www.sausalitoyachtclub.org.
Dec. 17 — Sail under the full moon on a Tuesday night.
Dec. 21 — Summer Sailstice for those in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s still six months away for the rest of us.
Dec. 31 — Presidio YC New Year's Eve Dinner, 7-9 p.m. $40. RSVP, or 415-816-2902.
December, 1983 — It Was Thirty Years Ago from the Latitude 38 Interview with Lin & Larry Pardey:
On the basis of their magazine articles, books and slide presentations, Lin and Larry Pardey are one of the better known cruising couples in the world today. Somewhat ironically, they’ve only been on one cruise — but it lasted 11 years.
By their own admission, the Pardeys are ‘intense’ cruisers. They built their last two boats themselves, using traditional wood construction. Neither boat was equipped with an engine or even the most basic electrical system. The Pardeys like their boats small and simple. Lin — and Larry in particular — do not have a merely casual interest in sailboat design and construction; when not sailing or building boats, they spend a lot of time examining and thinking about them.
The Pardeys’ first boat as a married couple was the 24-ft Serrafyn, in which they took their 11-year cruise. Their latest boat is the 30-ft Taleisin, which was launched on October 29 in Newport Beach. Both are full-keel Lyle Hess designs. Neither boat would be to everyone’s fancy, but they suit the Pardeys’ philosophy of cruising just fine.
With the completion and launching of Taleisin, 44-year-old Larry and 39-year-old Lin are back home on the water again, eager to resume cruising.
38: Give us the general idea behind your new boat. Did you want to have a little more room or what?
Lin: It was an excuse. We really didn’t need another boat, but Larry was dying to have a project again, to build something big. We’d been to 40 or 50 of the best boatyards in the world and Larry wanted to use some of the techniques that he’d learned.
Larry: We didn’t have to come back after three years to build a new boat to keep the creative thing going, because we had the writing. A lot of guys have to come back and build the ‘perfect boat’. Usually they build a boat too big for their wallet and can’t afford it. I see guys who are carpenters like myself, average wage earners, who build 40-ft boats. And then they don’t go sailing anymore. A mainsail costs $1,000 or some damn thing. Everything else is proportionally as expensive.
So while they’ve got the base money for the boat that size, they can’t buy the stuff they need for it. They just don’t have it and end up screwing themselves by building such a big boat.
38: Are you willing to divulge what you have in the new boat?
Lin: Far too much.
Lin: $10,000 of that we didn’t have to spend, if we’d been trying to save money. But we found we had the extra money and made some expensive choices. Like upholstery, bird’s eye maple doors, and stuff like that.
38: We must say the boat looks like a jewel. Very, very impressive.
Jan. 1 — Clear away last night’s cobwebs with a daysail.
Jan. 1 — ‘Round the Island circumnavigation of Alameda. Starts at Island YC, then on to Aeolian and Ballena Bay YCs, finishing at Encinal YC. Info, .
Jan. 8-12 — 54th Annual Portland Boat Show at the Expo Center. Info, www.otshows.com.
Jan. 11 — Auction of remaining vessels at Nelson's Marine in Alameda, 1 p.m. Previews 1/9-11. Info, www.michaans.com.
Jan. 14-Feb. 2 — Seattle Boat Show Indoors + Afloat at CenturyLink Field & South Lake Union. The largest boat show on the West Coast. Info, www.seattleboatshow.com.
Jan. 23-26 — San Diego Sunroad Boat Show at Sunroad Resort Marina on the east end of Harbor Island. Info, www.bigbayboatshow.com.
Jan. 23-26 — Progressive Insurance San Francisco Boat show at AT&T Park and McCovey Cove. Check out this inaugural event featuring an in-the-water show and dozens of exhibits. Info, www.SFBoatShow.com.
Jan. 26 — Pacific Offshore Academy prep seminar #3 at Richmond YC, 8 a.m. Perfect for anyone planning to sail to Hawaii, especially in the Pacific Cup. Free for Pac Cup skippers, $18 for others. Pre-registration strongly advised! Info, www.pacificcup.org.
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Dec. 7 — Perry Cup/Midwinters. MPYC, www.mpyc.org.
Dec. 13-17 — Banderas Bay Blast & Pirates for Pupils Spinnaker Run. Includes three days of fun cruiser-only racing, free berthing at Marina Riviera Nayarit and Paradise Marina, and the annual opening of the Punta Mita Yacht & Surf Club. Info, www.vallartayachtclub.org.
Dec. 14 — Fall Series #5. SSC, www.stocktonsc.org.
Dec. 22, 29 — Aquatic Center Winter Racing Club at Mountain View’s Shoreline Lake, 2-4 p.m. All small boat sailors welcome every Sunday through March 16 to sail six races in Capri 14.2s. Info, www.ShorelineLake.com.
Dec. 29 — Christmas Race. MPYC, www.mpyc.org.
Jan. 1 — Master Mariners New Year’s Day Race and Chili Potluck at Pt. San Pablo YC in Pt. Richmond. Info, (415) 364-1656 or www.mastermariners.org.
Jan. 19-24 — 27th Annual Key West Race Week by Quantum. Info, www.premiere-racing.com.
Jan. 25 — Three Bridge Fiasco, one of the oddest and most entertaining races ever invented, and the first SSS event of the season. Info, www.sfbaysss.org.
BAY VIEW BC — Midwinter Madness: 12/4, 1/11, 2/8, 3/8. Info, or (408) 210-0517.
BERKELEY YC — Midwinters: 12/14-15, 1/11-12, 2/8-9. Bobbi, (925) 939-9885 or www.berkeleyyc.org.
BERKELEY YC — Chowder Races: Sundays through March except when it conflicts with above. Patrick, (415) 328-2819 or www.berkeleyyc.org.
CAL SAILING CLUB — Year-round Sunday morning dinghy races, intraclub only, typically in Laser Bahias and JY15s. Info,
CORINTHIAN YC — Midwinters: 1/18-19, 2/15-16. Kim, www.cyc.org.
ENCINAL YC — Jack Frost Series: 1/18, 2/15, 3/15. Info, www.encinal.org.
GOLDEN GATE YC — Manuel Fagundes Seaweed Soup Series: 12/7, 1/4, 2/1, 3/1. Info, (916) 215-4566 or www.ggyc.com.
ISLAND YC — Estuary Midwinters: 12/8, 1/12, 2/9, 3/9. John, (510) 521-2980 or www.iyc.org.
OAKLAND YC — Sunday Brunch Series: 1/5, 1/19, 2/2, 2/16, 3/2. Jim, www.oaklandyachtclub.net.
REGATTAPRO — Winter One Design & IRC: 12/14, 1/11, 2/8. Jeff, (415) 595-8364 or www.regattapro.com.
RICHMOND YC — Small Boat Midwinters: 12/8, 1/5, 2/2, 3/2. Opti Midwinters: 12/7, 2/1, 3/1. Info, www.richmondyc.org. Laser Sundays: 12/15, 12/22, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/16, 3/23. Info, rycsunday.myfleet.org.
SANTA CRUZ YC — Midwinters: 12/21, 1/18, remaining TBA. Info, (831) 425-0690 or www.scyc.org.
SANTA ROSA SC — Winter Series: 12/21, 1/18, 2/15. Info, www.santarosasailingclub.org.
SAUSALITO YC — Sunday Midwinters: 12/1, 1/5, 2/2, 3/2. Dave Borton, (415) 302-7084 or www.sausalitoyachtclub.org.
SEQUOIA YC — Winter Series: 12/7, 1/4, 2/8, 3/15. Redwood Cup: 12/21, 1/18, 2/22, 3/29. Info, www.sequoiayc.org.
SOUTH BEACH YC — Island Fever Midwinters: 12/14, 1/18, 2/15, 3/15. Info, www.southbeachyc.org.
TIBURON YC — Midwinters: 1/11, 2/8, 3/8. Rob, www.tyc.org.
VALLEJO YC — Tiny Robbins Midwinters: 12/7, 1/25, 2/22, 3/22. Info, www.vyc.org or (707) 643-1254.
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