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Where There's A Will, There's A Way

September 19, 2007 – Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

Little Boat, Big Man
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Yes, it took 52 days from the Galapagos, but who cares? © 2018 Liz Clark

Today's Photo of the Day is of 'Aron', a young Hungarian man who has sailed his modest little 19-footer all the way from Europe. She may not be the most luxurious boat, and the Galapagos to Marquesas leg might have taken him 52 days, but we'll be darned if he isn't both living life to the hilt and making the most of what he's got. The photo was taken by Liz Clark of the Santa Barbara-based Cal 40 Swell, whose reaction was, "And I thought I was brave!"

Aron came across the Pacific in that little boat?! Photo Courtesy Swell
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Speaking of Liz, we suspect she's gone a little bit 'native', as her surfing and local adventuring seem to have increased dramatically at the expense of her writing. Plus, she's gone from lengthy, logical Western-type pieces to more lyrical, stream of consciousness stuff. Check it out in the October 1 Latitude 38.

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Jessica Cup Dates Changed

September 19, 2007 – San Francisco Bay

Master Mariners
The Master Mariners always put on a good show, and the Jessica Cup will be worth the wait. Photo Latitude / JR
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While we strive for perfection here at Latitude (we'll give you a second to wipe the coffee off your screen), sometimes we fall short. Way back in January, we published the Northern California Sailing Calendar, in it listing the dates for the Master Mariners' Jessica Cup for this weekend, September 22-23. At some point in the last nine months, the dates changed to October 20-21 and we just now learned of it. Most likely, if you're planning to race, you already knew this, but if you were looking forward to watching some good old fashioned woodie racing this weekend . . . well, you're just going to have to wait.

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Saving The Turtle Eggs

September 19, 2007 – Punta Mita, Banderas Bay, Mexico

Collecting eggs
Kati and the marines collect the turtle eggs at Punta Mita. © 2018 Karen Milleson

"On September 3, a friend told me that he'd seen turtles on the beach to the east of the panga harbor at Punta Mita, Banderas Bay," writes young Kati Milleson, who lives in the El Faro condo project nearby. "So I went to the beach to check it out, and found that other turtles had come ashore to lay their eggs. Over the next 24 hours, we found 15 nests that held over 1,500 eggs. This was even more than we found last time.  After collecting the eggs from these nests, some local marines and I took them to a private section of beach where they will be protected until they hatch. It's important that there be a turtle egg sanctuary, because if they weren't protected, the locals would take the eggs and sell them. They are supposed to be a great aphrodisiac, so they are worth a lot of money. You think people would use Viagra instead, which is available all over Mexico. I can't wait until the eggs hatch so I can return to the sanctuary to help release them back to the wild."

Helping mama
Kati helps mama make it back to the waters of Banderas Bay. © 2018 Karen Milleson

Thanks to efforts such as Kati's, turtles have made such a great comeback on Banderas Bay that it's not uncommon to see them swimming around. It's a beautiful sight. Richard Bernard of the Valiant 40 Surf Ride says he's seeing a lot more in the waters off of Hawaii, too, again thanks to the turtle eggs being protected.

Kati and marines and eggsa
Kati and the Punta Mita marines, getting ready to take the eggs to the sanctuary. Saving the eggs is critical, because young turtles have a mortality rate of over 95%. © 2018 Karen Milleson

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Shooting Fish - And Photos

September 19, 2007 – Cyberspace

Cruisers are always looking for ways to save money and be self sufficient. In the October issue of Latitude, an article on the art of spearfishing sheds light on both these issues — even if you’re no good with a rod and reel, you may find that you’re a sure-shot underwater. Be sure to check it out.

In the meantime, we’re looking for some great spearfishing photos to run with the piece. Anyone out there have any? Not so much the holding-the-caught-fish ones. What we’d really like is underwater photos of snorkel divers (no scuba) with spear guns, either looking for fish or with speared fish. We also need them quickly — which means electronically (at high-resolution, please) — in the next few days. There’s a Latitude T-shirt in it for any that we use. Email them to John.

- latitude / jr

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Google Earth is More Detailed Than Ever

September 19, 2007 – Outerspace

Cabo San Lucas
This isn't nearly the maximum resolution available on Google Earth, nonetheless, it's ideal for orientation of Marina Cabo San Lucas Photo Courtesy Google Earth
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Bill Finkelstein of the Valiant 50 Raptor Dance informed us that Google has just added a bunch of new countries and detail to their Maps/Earth feature, including more detailed images of Mexico. "I discovered it by looking at our position report," Finkelstein wrote, "and noticed that the map of PV now has streets on it! Not everything is in great detail. For example, La Cruz isn't detailed, but cities like Cabo, Mazatlan, PV, La Paz are. Just go to and enter the city name (e.g. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico) and have at it! And things should improve even more, as they launched a new 'WorldView I' satellite yesterday."

Barra Navidad
Once again, this isn't the maximum resolution available, but it's just perfect for finding your way into and around the lagoon at Barra. Photo Courtesy Google Earth
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Google Earth is a great resource for checking out anchorages and entrances you haven't visited before and, as Finkelstein reminded us, finding businesses ashore — such as your favorite sushi restaurant.

Nuevo Vallarta
If you zoomed in on this image of Nuevo Vallarta on Google Earth, you'd also get a directory of restaurants and other services. Would this take some of the fun out of exploring? Photo Courtesy Google Earth
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International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

September 19, 2007 – Thar!

Shiver me timbers, put down yer grog and cackle fruit, it's 'Talk Like a Pirate Day!'
Be sure to tell the cockswains, squiffies and powder monkies; maybe grab yer doubloons and head out for a bumboo or two.

So talk smartly me lads 'n' lasses or you'll be keelhauled!!

- latitude / lc

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