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We Can Rest When We're Dead

November 9, 2007 – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Crew Dance
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When the supercargo is away, the crew will play. We can't be sure, but it's believed that Dave Cort, (third from left), Commodore of the Los Angeles YC, was behind the dance party that broke out on Profligate the afternoon spent in Bahia Santa Maria. The other conspirators included, from left, Carol, his wife, Gail of Connecticut, Strawberries Wild from Paso Robles, Julia from Berkeley and Dino from Colorado Springs. Photo Latitude / Richard
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If your answer to "What have you been doing for the last 10 days?" is a lifeless "Ah, nuthin" or "Same old, same old," perhaps you should have been one of the 601 people on 150 boats who participated in the now nearly concluded Baja Ha-Ha 14 from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas. Their lives have been anything but dull, as they've:

  • sailed more than 750 miles, in everything from chilly afternoon temps to a tropical 79 degrees at 3 a.m.
Promotion
There were so many boats in the Ha-Ha that it was hard to identify them all without the program, but we suspect this was the Holly Scott skippered SC 40 Promotion, crewed by five West Marine employees. Photo Latitude / Richard
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  • enjoyed — or at least endured — sailing conditions that varied from flat calm to 30 knots and sloppy eight-foot seas
Strawberries Wild
It was longed believed there were no pirates along the Baja coast, then Hank and Gail Salerno's Long Beach based Beneteau 400 Volare was attacked by Roller Derby star Strawberries Wild. Photo Latitude / Richard
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  • been up at all hours of the day and night, driving, trimming sails, gybing the chute and setting the hook
  • dropped anchor in three of the most diverse imaginable spots in Mexico, from the spectacular natural environment at Bahia Santa Maria to totally synthetic 'Cabo and Gormorrah'
Waterski
Brenden and Barbara of the SC52 Isis prove that taking a panga wasn't the only way to get to the beach for the Turtle Bay beach party. Photo Latitude / Richard
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  • met many great Mexican folks, from friendly shopkeepers in little Turtle Bay to ballsy pangañeros in Bahia Santa Maria to surprisingly talented strolling musicians in Cabo restaurants
  • seen a billion stars undefiled by ambient light
  • seen many whales and dolphin
  • enjoyed the taste of the freshest possible tuna, dorado, and wahoo sashimi
Sashimi
Fresh fish for lunch! Dino and Julia hold up the sashimi-ized and sushi-ized version of the latest yellowtail tuna catch. Photo Latitude / Richard
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  • got caught on the beach by huge swells generated from deep in the southern hemisphere
Big Waves
"Hmmm, maybe we should wait before taking the dinghy through the surf." Seventy-two Ha-Ha participants ended up stranded on the beach for the night due to large waves closing out the bar at Bahia Santa Maria. The 'Survivor Bahia Santa Maria' group fortunately didn't vote anyone 'off the island'. Photo Latitude / Richard
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  • been prohibited from anchoring in the main Cabo anchorage because some film company needed the beach to be the Dead Sea for their movie
Swells
Swells from deep in the southern hemisphere made their impressive presence known on the rocks along the shore at Bahia Santa Maria. Photo Latitude / Richard
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  • and perhaps most important, made dozens of new sailing friends.
Nuke Kids
The nuke globes proved to be a big hit with kids of all ages. One was left behind in Turtle Bay for the local kids. Photo Latitude / Richard
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Talk to anyone who did this year's Ha-Ha, and they'll tell you that the above doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of what the participants have been up to for the last 10 days, because it's been living life full tilt and to the hilt. So if "nuthin'" or "same old, same old" is what you're looking for in life, make sure there's no Ha-Ha in your future.

- latitude / rs

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Oil Spill Update

November 9, 2007 – San Francisco Bay

Abutment
The Bay Bridge's concrete abutment acted like a can opener on the Cosco Busan, spewing 58,000 gallons of thick bunker oil into the Bay. Note the oily 'arterial spray' from the accident. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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We've been receiving calls from boaters asking what the "real deal" is with the oil spill. "Some guys from the club are saying it's been blown out of proportion while others are predicting the end of days. What's the deal?" asked Charlie Pick of the Olson 911 Elusive. Well, Charlie, we took a media tour of the Bay yesterday afternoon aboard a boat chartered by the owners of the Cosco Busan and can tell you that, based on what we saw, we quickly canceled our weekend sailing plans.

Oil
The oily ribbons and globs that quickly spread throughout the Bay can wreak havoc on gelcoat. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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We're not the only ones. Just before uploading this edition of 'Lectronic, we received a call that Berkeley YC has postponed their weekend Midwinters. Corinthian YC's Allyn Schafer reported they're taking a 'wait and see' attitude toward tomorrow's Corinthian Challenge Regatta: "If on Saturday morning we find or hear of large concentrations of oil still floating in Raccoon Strait and the Knox race area we'll postpone the race." We tried contacting Coyote Point YC and Alameda YC to find out the status of their weekend racing but hadn't heard back before going to press.

4 p.m. UPDATE: Lucie Mewes just reported that the race committee for Sunday's Alameda/Island YC's Estuary Midwinters is 80% sure the race will be cancelled. Contact Joanne McFee at (510) 521-7442 for more info.

Morris
The Morris 36 Annie returned to Brickyard Cove yesterday looking as if its jugular had been cut. © 2017 Kim Hampton / www.seageeks.com

At a press conference yesterday afternoon, the Coast Guard said recreational boats should feel free to enjoy the Bay but to stay away from any skimming operations. But on our tour yesterday, we didn't see a single skimming operation between the Richmond Bridge and the Golden Gate even though we did go through plenty of patches of goo and sheen. The problem is that the spill spread out into a jillion ribbons and globs of the black gunk, fouling the waters of the entire Bay. And this stuff is nearly impossible to clean off your boat. "It takes pretty strong solvents to remove it," said Chris Kaplan of City Yachts, recalling the 1988 spill that damaged a number of Bay Area boats. Anyone wanting to file a claim for property damaged by oil can call (888) 850-8486.

Clean Bay II
If you take your boat out this weekend, steer clear of oil skimmers like Clean Bay II. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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The Coast Guard reports that 11 skimmers are now working inside and outside the Bay trying to suck up as much oil as possible but they've only been able to recover 9,500 gallons as of yesterday afternoon. Dozens of dead birds have been found so far, victims of the oil, and many more are expected. Wildlife rescue agencies are asking the public not to approach oiled wildlife but to call (877) 823-6926 and report the location. Sadly, in the last two days we've noticed a marked absence of birds on Richardson Bay which had been teeming with cormorants, scoters and gulls before the spill. If you'd like to volunteer with the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, call (800) 228-4544.

Angel Island
Angel Island is closed to the public today, and possibly the entire weekend. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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If you do plan to take your chances on the water this weekend, take note that Angel Island is closed today and this weekend's Victorian Christmas celebration — something we were planning to attend — has been cancelled. The Park Service will decide this afternoon if they'll remain closed for the weekend.

4:30 p.m. UPDATE: Angel Island will be closed this weekend and until further notice.

Here's a list of the most current beach closures:

  • Cityfront: Baker Beach, China Beach, Fort Point, Alcatraz
  • Marin: Fort Baker, Black Sand Beach, Kirby Cove, Muir Beach, Rodeo Beach, Tennessee Valley
  • East Bay: Point Isabel Regional Shoreline, Keller Beach and Ferry Point Pier at Miller Knox Regional Shoreline, Shimada Park, Albany Beach and North Basin at Eastshore State Park, Cesar Chavez Park, Memorial State Beach (Alameda), Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

3 p.m. UPDATE: Aquatic Park, San Francisco Municipal Pier and Mile Rock Beach have been added to the closures. Crissy Field has reopened. The City has asked boaters in San Francisco Marina, Hyde Street Harbor, Pier 39 Marina, South Beach Marina, Mission Creek Harbor and Clipper Cove Marina to remain at the dock until at least November 13 to help minimize the spread of oil and to save owners from dealing with boat clean up. This is probably wise advice for most places on the Bay.

5 p.m. UPDATE: The entrances to Schoonmaker Marina have been boomed, so if you keep your boat there, don't expect to leave your slip.

- latitude / ld

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November 9, 2007 – Richmond

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33rd America's Cup Race Dates Set

November 9, 2007 – Valencia, Spain

Moving forward as if there was no lawsuit pending, America's Cup Management announced yesterday that the 33rd America's Cup will start July 18, 2009 in Valencia, Spain.

They also revealed some new regulations — such as limiting competitors' costs by banning two-boat testing, introducing 'no sail' periods and restricting the number of sails competitors can have — as well as more details on on the new AC90 class: The boats will be 90 feet long with a 21-ft draft and 17-ft beam.

The format of the event will be divided into four phases: Acts (which begin next June), Trials, Challenger Selection Series (which Alinghi will not compete in) and the America's Cup Match. Though the results of the Acts won't carry over to the Trials, bonus points in the form of additional sails will be awarded to boats who compete. For more details, go to http://33rd.americascup.com/en/.

- latitude / lc & ld

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The World's Most Thrifty Cruiser?

November 9, 2007 – Turtle Bay, Mexico

Glenn Tieman
Glenn Tieman on his bitching 38-ft cat Manu Rere. Photo Latitude / Richard
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It was our pleasure to cross paths with Glenn Tieman of the homebuilt 38-ft cat Manu Rere while in Turtle Bay. If there is a record for cruising on the least amount of money, the Modesto native, who got his sailing chops on a reservoir, may hold it.

Lanterns
Manu Rere is one of the few boats that still uses kerosene lanterns for running lights . . . although kerosene is hard to come by. Photo Latitude / Richard
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During his first cruise, on a 26-ft cat he built for less than $3,000, he lived on $1 a day for the first seven years, then splurged, spending $3 a day for the last three years. While teaching school in Los Angeles, he built his new cat, which is based almost entirely on what was used in Polynesia 100 years ago.

Living Quarters
Unlike the 26-ft cat that Tieman previously cruised for 10 years from California to Southeast Asia, his new cat actually has living quarters in the hull. Photo Latitude / Richard
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Glenn's new cat is really cool. We'll have more on it in a future issue of Latitude, as well as an interview conducted by Profligate's 13 crew for the Ha-Ha.


Tieman's 22-pound outrigger dinghy is a little different, in that it's the only one he's seen that has just one outrigger beam rather than two. Photo Latitude / Richard
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- latitude / rs

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