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Photo of the Day

November 28, 2007 – Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja Mexico

Gypsy Soul
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The same day the Cosco Busan 'touched' the Bay Bridge, Gypsy Soul was resting peacefully at anchor in El Candelero anchorage on Isla Espirtu Santo. © 2018 Jay Sousa

After doing the 'Lucky 13' Baja Ha-Ha last year, I've kept my Cal 34 Gypsy Soul in Marina Costa Baja in La Paz. I commuter cruise now, making it down every two or three months. We just got back to Merced from a great week in La Paz and Islas Espiritu Santo and Partida. Water temp was 80 degrees and the air was 90. It was an awesome week and I just had to share a photo to remind others of what they're missing!

- jay sousa

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Ellison Wins A-Cup Court Challenge

November 28, 2007 – New York, NY

Chalk up a point for Larry Ellison. The New York State Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the Golden Gate YC's challenge for the 33rd America’s Cup is, in fact, valid - that is, GGYC, rather than the Spanish CNEV, will be the Challenger of Record. In case you're wondering, the Dispute was abitrated in NY, rather than Geneva or elsewhere, as mandated by the original Deed of Gift.

As reported earlier this month, when negotiations over the proposed rules for the next running of the A-Cup fell apart between defender Société Nautique de Genève (SNG)/Alinghi and GGYC's BMW Oracle, that latter filed suit in New York. If SNG does not appeal the decision, the next question will be whether the competition will take place aboard monohulls - the AC90 monohull rule is GGYC's preference - or aboard 90-foot catamarans which might take the event to a whole new level of public interest. Stay tuned. . .

While SNG head Ernesto Bertarelli's boast that, "It is not possible that we will lose. We have the best lawyers," now seems painfully ironic, he obviously underestimated Ellison's winning ways in the courtroom. As we recall, a boat broker sued him for commision on his first big powerboat and lost. And we're told a woman he was dating sued him for, among other things, not following through on his promise to buy her General Electric! Yeah, she lost too. And now this.

- latitude / at & rs

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Ad: Watermaker 101 Seminar

November 28, 2007 – San Rafael

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The workshop will be held Wednesday, November 28, from 7-9:30 p.m. at our manufacturing facility at 20 Mariposa Road in San Rafael.  For info, reservations and directions, please call (415) 526-2780.

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Joyon Ahead of MacArthur's Record Pace

November 28, 2007 – Atlantic Ocean

Oh Lord, he is so small, but his ship and his speed are so great! Photo Courtesy IDEC
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Although Frenchman Francis Joyon only started on November 27, he and his 100-ft trimaran IDEC, thanks to back-to-back 500+ mile days, have put themselves 313 miles ahead of Dame Ellen MacArthur's singlehanded around-the-world record pace. During his best 24 hours, Joyon averaged 24.2 knots. If he can keep up the pace - there is the little problem of the doldrums - Joyon would pass the Barcelona World Race (doublehanded around the world) fleet, which is sailed in the latest and greatest Open 60 monohulls, later this week.

That fleet started from Barcelona 16 days before Joyon left Brest on the Atlantic coast of France. Speaking of the Barcelona World race, the only American, Jonathan McKee of Seattle, who is sailing with Spaniard Fuillermo Altadill aboard Estrella Damm, is 469 miles off the pace, seventh of nine boats. The two leaders, who have now hit the tradewinds in the Atlantic and have thus started to pull away from the pack, are PRB, with Vincent Riou (FRA)/Sébastien Josse (FRA), and Paprec-Virbac 2, with Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA)/Damian Foxall (IRE), who are 34 miles back. There are still more than 21,000 miles to go, so anything can happen.

- latitude / rs

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Blue Heron and the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

November 28, 2007 – 2,300 miles from St. Lucia

"Man overboard!" "Man overboard again!" Despite light winds since the November 25th start, the 235 boats in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers fleet have already reported two crewmembers have gone overboard. Both were recovered, which is a good thing, because it's a nearly 2,700-mile swim from the Canary Islands to the finish at St. Lucia in the West Indies.

Mahi mahi
The light winds in the early going of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers has meant it's been easy to land mahi mahi - as well as crewmembers who have gone overboard. Photo Courtesy Astra
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While the Volvo 60 AAG Big One put up a 297-mile day, most of the fleet, including James Eaton on the Bevedere-based Hallberg-Rassy 43 Blue Heron, the only West Coast entry, has had a case of the slows. The wind has been coming from the right direction, there just hasn't been much of it. Here's to hoping they get a better breeze soon, or it's going to be a very long race.

- latitude / rs

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Stanford Beats Cal, in Sailing, That Is

November 28, 2007 – San Francisco Bay

big sail boats
Although the breeze was light, competition was intense at yesterday's Big Sail. © 2018 Chris Ray

Although Cal Berkeley's Golden Bears may be favored over the Stanford Cardinal in the so-called 'Big Game' this Saturday, both Stanford's varsity and alumni sailors triumphed over Cal in yesterday's J/105 match racing in the Central Bay.

big sail kids
"Smile!" On-the-water rivals strike a pose at the StFYC awards ceremony. © 2018 Chris Ray

With light winds blowing out of the north, each school's varsity team faced off in three buoy races (Cal: 0,1,0; Stanford: 1,0,1), while their Young Alums and Masters did battle in one heat each, with Stanford alums winning both.

These days, many sports commentators question the contemporary significance of the Big Game, as one side or the other almost always dominates and the result is rarely pivotal in the run-up to league championships. But none of that diminishes the enthusiasm for the Big Sail among those students and alums with a passion for sailing. For them, this little-publicized contest is a high point of the winter season, and we'd bet it will endure for many years to come.

- latitude / at

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