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Ha-Ha Reunion Party Recap

April 21, 2008 – Jack London Square

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A seeing eye dog aboard the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors' boat greets a new friend on the docks of Strictly Sail Pacific. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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If you didn't make it to Strictly Sail Pacific this year, you missed a good one. Construction at Jack London Square in Oakland meant smaller tents and a 'cozier' setting. "It's wonderful," Lin Pardey told us. "It feels more like a festival than a boat show."

Party Time
You never knew who you were going to bump into at the Latitude 38 party on Friday night. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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And that festival turned into one heck of a party outside the Latitude booth on Friday night. Ostensibly the "Baja Ha-Ha Reunion Party," our bash is really for anyone and everyone — and they all came! Trying to maneuver through the crush was not for the faint of heart but you just never knew who you'd literally be brushing elbow with — Randy Repass, Lin Pardey, Jim Antrim, Olaf Harken, and the kid from one of our most popular covers ever.

Cover Boy
Connor Kresge was the proud 'coverboy' for our November '07 issue. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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And standing sentry in the middle of the crowd was the 'Hall Monitor', provided by Hans Bernwall of Scanmar, the offiical windvane sponsor of this fall's 'Fabulous Fifteen' Baja Ha-Ha.

Hall Monitor
Sherri Wilkinson cozies up to Scanmar's 'Hall Monitor'. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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So if you didn't make it down for the show, you missed a good time — but there's always next year!

Tiffany Bozic and Jessica & John Trippe had a great time at our party and hope to see everyone next year! Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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Weekend Racing Review

April 21, 2008 – The Bay

It was an active weekend for racing on the Bay, with the Wooden Boat Racing Association classes on the Cityfront, J/105s match racing on the Circle in San Francisco YC's Belvedere Cup, and high school teams from up and down the state sailing their PCCs at Treasure Island. The breeze made an appearance also, with a solid 25- to 30-knots and gusts in the high 50s recorded at higher elevations.

The Knarrs charge upwind on the Cityfront in the WBRA's first event of the season. © 2018 Peter Lyons /

In the Bird boats, William Stucky and Dennis Brewer's Polly won both races. For the Folkboats, Don Wilson's Windansea took the first race while Peter Jeal's Polperro took the second. Ron Young's Youngster took the first race in the IOD class and James Hennefer's La Paloma took the second. Mike Peterson's Knarrmageddon took both races in the Knarr class.

belvedere cup
Wet n' Wild match racing action at San Francisco YC's Belvedere Cup. © 2018 Peter Lyons /

On the Circle, eight J/105s match raced for the Belvedere Cup, which got in all seven flights despite only getting three in on Saturday. Bruce Stone's Arbitrage won on a tie-break over Kevin Mullen's Cuchulainn with Robin Driscoll's One Trick Pony in third.

Over at Treasure Island, high school teams looking to qualify for their nationals were gunning for the top five spots, all of which went to Southern California teams. We believe the top Northern California finisher was Serra H.S. in eighth but we can't be sure because the jury was still busy holding redress hearings for broken gear when duty, and the magazine's deadline, called. Look for more complete results for all these events in the next issue of Latitude 38.

- latitude / rg

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Ad: Position Open at Club Nautique

April 21, 2008 – Alameda

Club Nautique, the Bay Area's premier sailing club, is looking for a Base Manager for our Alameda location. The successful applicant will be responsible for the maintenance of the best charter fleet on San Francisco Bay and will have superior customer service skills as well as an extensive boat maintenance background. The Alameda fleet is currently comprised of 25 sailboats from 26-54 feet and four powerboats from 32-44 feet. Please email your cover letter and resume.

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Yankee - Great Earthquake Survivor

April 21, 2008 – San Francisco Bay

Yankee with a bone in her teeth at the Master Mariners Regatta. Photo Latitude / JR
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San Francisco Bay is home to one of the largest, coolest and most active fleets of classic yachts anywhere in the world — the Master Mariners Benevolent Association. And one of the oldest, coolest and most active among them is 53-ft Stone schooner Yankee. Undoubtedly the best-known story of this famous local boat took place before she was even launched from Stone Boat Yard (then located adjacent to the present-day site of the St. Francis YC): she was knocked off her building cradle by the 1906 earthquake! She suffered only minor damage and was later jacked back into place, finished and ‘properly’ launched later that year.

Yankee family
All members of the extended Ford family are 'owners' of Yankee, and all help with her maintenance. Rosie O'Neal (front row, center) is the first of the fifth generation to take part in the boat's annual haulout work party. © 2018 John McNeill

Yankee is still around, still sailing, and still under the ownership of the Ford family and their in-laws. (Brothers Sydney and Arthur Ford bought the boat in 1925.) She was hauled out at KKMI earlier this month for routine maintenance, and on April 18 — the 102nd anniversary of her ‘accidental’ launch during the Great Earthquake — she was launched once again, ready for another year of making memories. Look for her out and about in the next few weekends, warming up for the MMBA’s big event, the Master Mariners Regatta, whose roots go back even farther than Yankee’s. As always, it’s scheduled for Memorial Day Saturday, which this year falls on May 24.

- latitude / jr

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Puddle Jumper Debrief

April 21, 2008 – Hiva Oa, Marquesas

Seen here days before setting sail from La Cruz, outside Puerto Vallarta, Gina and Paul are headed home to New Zealand. Photo Latitude / Andy
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Among the Pacific Puddle Jumpers we met in Puerto Vallarta this year were two gregarious Kiwis, Gina and Paul Rae, who'd recently bought their Hylas 44 Solace on the West Coast, and are currently sailing her home to New Zealand.

Having safely completed the 3,000-mile crossing to the Marquesas, they, like many other Puddle Jumpers, are now sharing their impressions and tips from the crossing. (Look for a complete recap report in an upcoming edition of Latitude 38.) The following are excerpts from Gina's report:

"We have made it across the Pacific Ocean, having no major issues with ourselves or the boat . . . We eventually hit the NE trades and the wind was 15- 20, which made for great sailing. But what made it uncomfortable was a 12- to 15-ft swell. We made reasonable time though . . . We arrived at the ITCZ expecting this big black hole that we would fall into and then, with any luck, pop out the other side. It was really nothing more than a lot of variable winds and confused seas. And we didn't get sucked up by any celestial force!

"We were very fortunate in that we had a friend who was able to send us regular weather updates and informed us of where the thunder storms were. This was a lot quicker and easier than downloading the maps, which are all subject to propagation. He would send us the short version via text to our Iriduim phone (this was free over the internet) and then the long version via email. One thing we found with SSB email is that it has some issues. When there is good propagation, it may be hard to get a connection as most other boats were probably doing what we are doing, and the frequencies were, at times, all being used.

"After making the ICTZ, we cruised on down to the equator . . . at times we were moving backwards with the current . . . but we got to sail across the equator two times forwards and once backwards. Once we got to 2° S, the wind finally kicked in and we were able to move . . . We were also subjected to more squalls, consisting mainly of a little increased breeze and a bucketing downpour. The rain eventually became quite refreshing and we welcomed it.

"We caught sight of Hiva Oa, but we were barely moving . . . As we approached, we noticed that it was a large swell with breakers against the rocks causing magnificent water displays as the water hit the cliff faces and came up the blow holes. Some of the water went so high, it was watering the coconut trees from the top!"

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