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Banderas Bay Regatta Winners

March 10, 2008 – Banderas Bay, Mexico

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Commodore Moore got his new Corsair 7.50 tri up to 18 knots in just 18 knots of true wind in the near ideal sailing conditions. Photo Latitude / Richard
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. . . Vallarta YC Commodore John Moore, whose club not only put on a fine 'nothing serious' regatta for 30 cruising boats, but got better performance out of his new Corsair 750 Sprint each day.

The victorious Jim Coggan gives Sarah 'boat spirit' Google a post-race hug. We hope this doesn't get him a paddling from his wife Kim, because she's a competitive rower! Photo Latitude / Richard
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. . . Jim Coggan, seen here hugging Sarah 'spirit of the boat' Google, of the Richmond-based Schumacher 40 Auspice, which took Class 1 after a hard fought battle with Jim Taylor aboard the San Francisco-based Beneteau 47.7 Sooner Magic.

Humu Humu's dazzling new boat speed had owner Dave Crowe's hair standing on end. Photo Latitude / Richard
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. . . David Crowe of the San Jose-based Morrelli & Choy 68 cat Humu Humu, who thanks to the help of crew from the SC52 Kokopelli2, the Farr 40 Astra, and the Valiant 50 Raptor Dance, finally got the sails trimmed right and the big cat really moving.

Normally it's not good to drink and drive but, after her class win, nobody was going to deny Patsy Verhoeven a few laps around the inside of the crowded Vallarta YC. Photo Latitude / Richard
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. . . Patsy Verhoeven of the Portland-based Gulfstar 50 Talion, who came all the way down from her new homeport of La Paz to race. By the way, she's been appointed the race committee chairperson of the April 1-6 Sea of Cortez Sailing Week.

Having 'chartered' Tomatilla for nothing, Bartz Schneider invested the savings in drink tickets. Lots of drink tickets. Photo Latitude / Richard
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. . . . Bartz Schneider of the San Francisco-based Express 37 Expeditious, who not only 'chartered' Jim Casey's Tahoe and P.V.-based Jeanneau 43 DS Tomatillo, but still managed to win his class despite literally not having a clew in the first race.

Thanks to 146 collective years of sailing experience, Charles Naslund and his Catalina 30 crew triumphed again this year. Photo Latitude / Richard
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. . . and Charles Naslund of the San Francisco-based Catalina 30 Saber Vivir, who won his class for the second year in a row with a crew consisting of two 60-year-olds and two 80-year-olds!

Unfortunately, there had to be some losers, too, such as

Jim Taylor didn't mind losing the regatta to Auspice, but he wasn't about to lose his boat bunny Heather, who moonlights as an instructor at the famous La Cruz Academy. Photo Latitude / Richard
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. . . Jim Taylor of the San Francisco Beneteau 47.7 Sooner Magic, who, when attempting to be a good sport in defeat, said, "Coggan and the Auspice crew truly did deserve to win. I didn't mind his cheating little boat, or even that Gordie 'Buttercup' Nash and other crew were yelling rules at us on the course, but the last straw for me was when they tried to steal my boat bunny."

We can't take it when women cry. Can somebody please find a replacement trophy for the one Patsy dropped? Photo Latitude / Richard
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. . . and the victorious Patsy Verhoeven, who dropped her first place plaque only minutes after receving it. She looked almost as sad as the day her previous boat's deck was separated from its hull by a propane explosion.

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The Weekend's Racing Report

March 10, 2008 – The Bay

big daddy pursuit
Sweet Okole and Bad Hare Day grind around Alcatraz. Photo Latitude / Rob
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The weekend decided to thumb its nose at the National Weather Service and gave racers breeze, sun and generally pleasant weather. Over at Richmond YC on Saturday, 94 boats in 12 divisions sailed three races on three courses at the Big Daddy Regatta. Sunday's 11-mile pursuit race got off to a late start as the day greeted everyone with a hazy, glassed-off Southampton Shoal, leaving the RC no choice but to postpone. After aborting a subsequent attempt, the breeze finally filled in from the south and the committee struck the AP at 1:49 p.m. The bulk of the fleet opted for the clockwise route, heading toward Alcatraz in what soon became a building, winding southwesterly. As of this writing, Saturday's results were up on RYC's site but Sunday's weren't yet. Check out for full results later in the day.

505 spring dinghy
Mike Martin and Jeff Nelson on The Black Boat took the 505 division at the Spring Dinghy Regatta with flash moves like this successful port-tack start. Photo Latitude / Rob
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Over on the Cityfront, St. Francis YC's Spring Dinghy had quality fleets enjoying the quality conditions. The 29ers, 505s, Finns, FDs Lasers and Radials sailed five races in breeze up to the high teens. Mike Martin and Jeff Nelson in The Black Boat turned in the performance of the regatta, throwing out a bullet — because, well, they had to throw out something. For full results visit

Did you miss out on the fun this weekend? Don't let it happen again, pick up a copy of the 2008 Northern California Sailing Calendar and YRA Master Schedule — it's your complete guide to racing on the Bay and available at our world headquarters in Mill Valley or wherever you get your copy of Latitude 38. We'll have more detailed reports on these two regattas in the April issue so stay tuned!

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Sort of Looks Like the Skies Over Iraq

March 10, 2008 – Mainland Mexico

Who knows the proper name for a group of rays? Photo Latitude / Richard
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While cruising along the mainland coast of Mexico, Heather Corsaro of the Monterey-based Cal 36 Eupsychia took this photo of a fleet of little rays. It kinda makes you wonder about the inspiration for the B-1 bomber. These rays are the cutest little things — unless you step on one and get barbed. Along the south shore of Banderas Bay, it's not uncommon to see similar fleets of manta rays — but with wingspans of 10 to 15 feet.

There are now large numbers of these guys all along the coast from Banderas Bay to Zihua. In fact, the big fear of many cruisers is bumping into them at night and possibly injuring them. © 2018 Heather Corsaro

But the marine life that's really booming along the coast of Mexico has been turtles. One woman told us she counted nearly 100 large ones — two feet across or more — during a single watch. Maybe there is something to protecting wildlife.

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Circumnavigators, A Little Help Please

March 10, 2008 – Latitude 38 World Headquarters

As keepers of the 'official' West Coast Circumnavigators List, we've been scratching our heads lately as we attempt to update the roster with missing information.

After 25 years 'out there', Susan and Paul Mitchell of San Diego finally concluded their circumnavigation last year aboard their 36-ft steel sloop Elenoa. Photo Latitude / Andy
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If you are among that lucky group of West Coast sailors who've made a lap around the planet please have a look at the list online and supply us with any additions or corrections. We'd also love to have contact info for any sailors on the list that you have in your address book. We promise not to share that info with any commercial entity — we'd just like to be able to contact them for editorial purposes. Many thanks for the help.

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