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Injured Sailor Rejoins 'Grace' in Tahiti

June 11, 2008 – Papeete, Tahiti

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She's back amongst 'em! The unstoppable Sally Hein (left) catches up with Kiwi cruiser Gina Rae of the Hylas 44 Solace. © 2018 Geoff Lane

Last February, when would-be Pacific Puddle Jumper Sally Hein of the Bainbridge Island-based Peterson 46 Grace was run down and badly injured in Mexico by a speeding motorcycle, other sailors on the scene agreed that it was one of the most bizarre and unlucky incidents they'd ever experienced — especially since Sally had made a sarcastic comment immediately before attempting to cross the highway: "We'll be lucky to get  across this highway, let alone 3,000 miles of open ocean."

The accident put Sally in a Puerto Vallarta hospital, where she endured several surgeries and faced a slow recovery. She insisted, however, that her husband, Geoff Lane, and a couple of friends make the crossing to French Polynesia without her, promising that she'd catch up with Geoff there. We're happy to report that she recently did just that. "We are thrilled to report that we are back together aboard Grace," wrote Geoff from Moorea. "While Sally still has an open wound on one leg, she is 90% well, and is ecstatic to be back 'home'."

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The Week in Racing

June 11, 2008 – The Bay and Beyond

samba coastal cup
John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti, shown here at the start of last year's Coastal Cup, will be back, but this time around the scratch boat will be Bill Turpin's R/P 77 Akela. © 2018 Peter Lyons /

As with last Saturday's Delta Ditch Run, Encinal YC's Coastal Cup is shaping up to be a light air affair, coming on the heels of days of ideal conditions. Rated at 277 miles, the race starts tomorrow at 10 a.m. between Treasure Island and the Berkeley Circle and finishes in Santa Barbara. The forecast for the start is for wind from the southwest at 5 to15 knots, and it doesn't improve much overnight through Friday. There are currently 22 entries, with Bill Turpin's R/P 77 Akela as the scratch boat and Jim Graul's Moore 24 Cookie Jar as the slowest-rated. Ironically, the ideal race conditions preceeding the race have put the kibosh on the plans for some Southern California-based entries. "We have three boats who've tentatively dropped out, but are still trying to make their way up here," said organizer Rodney Pimental from Encinal YC. Apparently, the breeze at Pt. Conception has been in the 40-knot range for much of the last few days, making an attempt at rounding it an exercise in futility. Still, with 22 confirmed entries, the Coastal Cup will be a little larger than the preceding few years.

Kiters go with the big software on a sunny and relatively light opening day for the 2008 US National Kiteboarding Championships. © 2018 Alina Zarr

With qualifying races that began yesterday and run through tomorrow to determine the gold and silver fleets for the U.S. Kiteboarding National Racing Championship, this popular, fledgling regatta is underway. The second edition of the free annual event hosted by St. Francis YC has drawn over 70 kiters to Crissy Field for the three days of qualifying, plus Friday and Saturday's championship racing. Despite not starting until 2 p.m. every day, the plan is to get 10-15 races off each day. If you're intrigued by kiting, but haven't quite figured out where to start, head down to Crissy Field on Saturday and check in at the announcer's podium at noon for a free all-ages clinic with a freestyle demo to follow at 2 p.m. The homepage for the event on the club's website has an entry list as well as a neat illustrated guide to kite racing rules — which should make a lot of sense to any sailor familiar with the Racing Rules of Sailing.

On Saturday, the Knarrs, Bird Boats, IODs and Folkboats will be hosted by St. Francis YC on the Cityfront, Sausalito YC is hosting its One Design Invitational, and Corinthian YC and Tiburon YC are hosting the Friendship Regatta. Judging by the 2008 Northern California Sailing Calendar and YRA Master Schedule — available online or in print form at most of the places you find Latitude 38 —  Father's Day is sacrosanct around the Bay. That sounds to us like a perfect day to go for a sail!

- latitude / rg

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June 11, 2008 – Richmond

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Solo TransPac - Raiders of the Last Mark

June 11, 2008 – San Francisco and Hawaii

Solo Transpac
It could happen - only in Hollywood movies and the Singlehanded TransPac can 6-ton Valiant 32s fly. © 2018 Peter Lyons /

Having been around for both ‘debuts’, we’re struck by the parallels of the 30th Annual Singlehanded TransPac Race to the return of Indiana Jones. Both feature great adventures spanning three decades, great characters, great settings, occasionally unbelievable plotlines, fresh new faces — and a number of returning stars, all of whom have, of course, aged most gracefully. One month from now (July 12), they all head out the Golden Gate for the kingdom of the crystal harbor: Hanalei Bay, Kauai — 2,120 miles away.

The 16th running of this biennial (every two years) event has attracted 23 solo sailors, the third largest fleet ever. Half are returning veterans, including 2006 overall winner Mark Deppe on his J/120 Alchera, and the grand old man of the event, Ken “This is My Last One” Roper. The General, as he is affectionately known — he retired from the Army as a Brigadier General — turns 79 this year, and this will be his 10th Solo TransPac. All have been sailed aboard his trusty Finn Flyer 31 Harrier.

The ‘last mark’ in this race is the finish line off Kauai’s spectacular Hanalei Bay. This and the surrounding area have been the site of many film shoots, including parts of a little 1981 flick called Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Goofy analogies aside, the Singlehanded TransPac, run by the Bay Area-based Singlehanded Sailing Society, is the epic West Coast event for singlehanded sailors. Look for profiles of participants in the July issue of Latitude, and complete coverage of the race in the August issue. In the meantime, check out the official race website at

- latitude / jr

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Going Green

June 11, 2008 – Planet Earth

Going Green
Cruisers have an amazingly small carbon footprint, especially if they use solar panels and wind generators to charge their batteries. Photo Latitude / Andy
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

Global climate change has been a hot topic for several years but with the skyrocketing costs of fuel in the U.S., more and more Americans are looking to reduce their 'carbon footprints' by limiting their reliance on fossil fuels. We'll be running a story on the footprint of sailors and need your help with photos. We're looking for good shots of the basics — solar panels and wind generators — but would also like to hear about any other 'green' energy solutions you might have used. Email your photos to LaDonna.

- latitude / ld

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