May 16, 2011

El Salvador Rally’s Final Fiesta

Depending on your attitude, crossing the bar to arrive at the marina can be either fun or daunting. But during the Rally every arriving boat is escorted in by marina staff.

© 2011 El Salvador Rally

The recently completed El Salvador Rally is a cruiser event like no other, as it encompasses seven weeks of activities. Over that period, 47 vessels arrived from nine different countries. "This is truly an international event," say rally organizers Bill Yeargan and Jean Strain.

Pool therapy at Bahia del Sol seems to have been one of the Rally’s most popular activities.

© El Salvador Rally

The closing ceremony, April 30, at the Bahia del Sol Marina and Resort drew more than 60 cruisers and 40 guests. Reportedly, everyone had a terrific time, but some sailors went away exceedingly happy, as more than $3,500 in cash and prizes were awarded by a simple drawing. The top prizes went to Carl Johnson and Christina Revilla aboard Bambolerio ($500), Tom and Carolynn Boehmler aboard Sunny Side Up ($300), and Larry and Vicky Byers aboard Rocinante ($250).

Lisa Anderson (of Lisa Kay) strikes a pose with the winning wine after an exhausting round of tasting.

© 2011 El Salvador Rally

Not only were the ongoing Rally events fun for the participants, but the event achieved its goal of introducing many new clients to the Bahia del Sol’s facilities. As of April 30 the average length of stay was 32 days. And 30 boats plan to spend part or all of the summer in Bahia where mooring are only $100/month and long-term rates at the marina are $.40/foot. You can find more info on this second annual event at its official blog.

Who is Your Unsung Hero?

If you’re a regular Latitude reader you’ve probably noticed that many of the same names make headlines and show up in racing box scores again and again. While these sailing stars certainly deserve the notoriety, in an upcoming article we plan to turn the spotlight on a lesser-known group of sailors who quietly make a dramatic difference in our sport with little or no recognition — a group we’ll call Latitude 38‘s Unsung Heroes.

We consider sailors who take the time to nurture the skills of youngsters to be heroes. Do you know one you’d like to nominate?

© 2011 Richard Gillette

We’re talking about folks who, out of the goodness of their hearts, volunteer their time and expertise to introduce novices to our sport, mentor young people, nurture disabled sailors, endure long hours bobbing around on committee boats, or teach the time-honored skills of marlinspike seamanship.

So if you’ve got an ‘unsung hero’ you’d like to nominate to our honor roll, shoot us an email about them and, if possible, a few photos, and tell us why you think they qualify for this special recognition.

An outdoor classroom, what a concept. With all the cuts to education these days – including sports programs – parents need to take proactive steps if they want their kids to become healthy, well-rounded adults.

© 2011 Treasure Island Sailing Center
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