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Photos of the Day: Schoonmaker Wreck

March 3, 2008 – Sausalito

Schoonmaker Wreck
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At first, locals thought someone had careened this old woodie on Schoonmaker's beach. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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Saturday night's northerly winds played the usual havoc with the anchored boats in Richardson Bay, sending this abandoned woodie smack onto Schoonmaker Point Marina's beach. How the untended 30-footer managed to make its way into the lagoon without damaging docks or other boats is a mystery and, frankly, a bit of a miracle.

Schoonmaker Wreck
The chafed mooring line explains how she broke loose but not how she miraculously avoided damaging boats or docks. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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As the ebbing tide left the boat high and dry, beachgoers investigated the wreck and quickly discovered how it got loose. The frayed mooring line in the shot above tells the story. It's heartbreaking to see lovely boats like this come to such a sad end.

- latitude / ld

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Seasonal Moorings Available in Monterey

March 3, 2008 – Monterey Bay

Monterey East Moorings
A limited number of Monterey moorings may be available on a first come first served basis. Photo Courtesy Monterey Harbor
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"'Lectronic readers might be interested to learn that it appears that there may be some limited monthly or seasonal availability for east moorings in Monterey for boats from 25 to 50 feet this season," advises Scott Pryor of the Monterey Harbor Office. Monthly rates for the East Moorings (available from April 1 through October 31) are determined by vessel size and include a spot on the dinghy dock:

  • Under 30': $89.70
  • 30-40': $118.90
  • 41-54': $149.10
  • 55 and over: $178.30

"The moorings might be a good alternative for those who would like to be around Monterey for the summer, but who have lighter budgets. Anyone with questions can call me at (831) 646-3950."

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Ad: Passage Yachts VIP Day

March 3, 2008 – Point Richmond

Join Passage Yachts for a Special VIP Day on Saturday, March 8. Come visit our Point Richmond office and take a ride on two superbly diverse Beneteau yachts: the sublime Swift Trawler or elegant Beneteau 49. Reservations are required as seating is limited.  Call us today at (510) 236-2633 or email.

Passage Yachts
1220 Brickyard Cove Road, Point Richmond
© 2017 Passage Yachts / www.passageyachts.com

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Spring Pops Early for Racers

March 3, 2008 – San Francisco Bay

express wipeout
Saturday's breeze caught more than a few boats on the wrong side of a jibe demonstrated here by Steve Klein's Express 27 Magic. © 2017 Peter Lyons / www.lyonsimaging.com

Spring doesn't officially start until March 20 but Mother Nature held a pre-party Saturday, popping the cork on a bottle of 20- to 25-knot northwesterly that sent some boats sideways. A few apparently took the title of St. Francis Yacht Club's Spring Keel #1 too literally — showing their keels instead of keeping them under their rigs, resulting in a couple trainwrecks and the hungover "putt-putt of shame" back to the dock. Five J/24s, six Knarrs, seven Folkboats, eight Melges 24s, 15 Express 27s and 23 Moore 24s showed up for some tight racing where the largest winning margin for any class was only six points. For full results visit: app1.regatta-manager.com/stfrancisyc/springkeel08/results

farr 36
The Farr 36 Wicked lights it up off the Cityfront. © 2017 Peter Lyons / www.lyonsimaging.com

After Saturday's festivities, Mother Nature must have been feeling a little dissolute — despite breeze in the morning on Sunday, the Bay welcomed some sedate SoCal weather for the second day of Spring Keel, the final SYC midwinter, and final RYC Small Boat midwinter of the season. The wind evaporated into vestigial 10-knot-and-under breaths and the sun stuck around making for a balmy, relaxed day on the water. Sausalito had a lively mix of PHRF boats, and Richmond had everything from El Toros to Wabbits on three courses.

14 and 29er
The crew of Crouching Skipper, Hidden Crew showing that a lazy, sunny day doesn't get in the way of an International 14 getting on a plane. Photo Latitude / Rob
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- latitude / rg

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Bay Charter Skippers: Stand Up and Be Counted

March 3, 2008 – San Francisco Bay

Here at Latitude 38 we're clipping in our seatbelts and strapping on our editing helmets as we begin to work on our April issue — timed with the Strictly Sail Pacific boat show.

bay lady
The 90-ft schooner Bay Lady is one of the largest charter boats in the Bay. Based at South Beach Harbor, she's licensed to carry up to 80 passengers. Photo Latitude / Archives
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As regular readers know, one of the usual features of that edition is a comprehensive listing of every keelboat available for rental in the Greater Bay Area (aka bareboats), as well as info on every crewed charter boat.

Naturally, we know all the boats and operators that have been around for awhile, but if you're new to the local charter biz and would like to be included, please drop us a note with details on your boat(s) and the types of charters you offer. Hopefully the free publicity will bring you some new business!

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