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Are Time-Saving Devices Slowing You Down?

August 27, 2008 – San Francisco Bay

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Were these sailors just feeling a bit 'loose' last weekend, or did their main get away from them? Photo Latitude / Andy
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We've heard of running a mainsail loose-footed, but until the other day we'd never seen anyone running one 'loose-luffed'. Judging by the above photo, this method doesn't seem to offer optimal performance!

Of course, on closer inspection it became obvious that this boom-furled sail had either unrolled itself accidentally, or its bolt rope had pulled out of the mast. Apparently the crew was unable to furl it in — or perhaps they simply didn't see it due to the limited visibility beneath the boat's bimini.

In any case, we know that roller-furling mains are a bit controversial — especially among offshore sailors. The two times we've chartered boats with such devices we've had no problems, but we know other folks haven't been so lucky. For example, a boat within this year's Pacific Puddle Jump fleet had major problems with its roller main and was unable to use it for much of their crossing.

If you'd like to share your input on the subject of in-boom or in-mast main furling systems, please drop us a line. We'd love to hear both the pros and cons.

- latitude / at

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The Week in Racing

August 27, 2008 – The Bay

The Singlehanded Sailing Society's Max Crittenden checked in with results from the Half Moon Bay Race. "We started half an hour earlier this year to try to get more finishers, after two light-air races in '06 — when no one finished — and '07," Crittenden said. "There was plenty of wind this time, but it was out of the south, so several of our smaller boats still didn't quite make the 6 p.m. cut-off. At least they got there in time for dinner."

Jim and Marti Connolly's C&C 41 Shamrock took elapsed-time honors in the 45-boat fleet of 21-singlehanded and 24-doublehanded starters. In the singlehanded division, Steve Hill took the corrected-time win with his Beneteau First 42 Coyote out of 16 finishers. Steve Wonner and David Green sailed Wonner's Wyliecat 30 Uno to first in the doublehanded division out of 22 finishers.

Coming up this weekend, there's the 26-mile Jazz Cup starting off Treasure Island and finishing at Benicia YC. Starting host South Beach YC will be fielding two teams from their junior sailing program. Nine-year-old Patrick Wilkinson and 15-year-old Natalie Davidson will line up against 12-year-old Andrew Wilkinson, and 13-year-old John Alex Warnock in CFJs for what will likely be a long trip.

The 20-boat Express 27 Nationals are at St. Francis YC this weekend. The club also plays host to the start of the Windjammers Race, which finishes at Santa Cruz YC.

Remember you can find all of these events and more, by picking up a 2008 Northern California Sailing Calendar and YRA Master Schedule, or visiting the link. Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Jazz Cup
The weather promises to be just as lovely as last year for this weekend's Jazz Cup. Photo Latitude / Andy
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We're Upgrading Our Website

August 27, 2008 – World Wide Web

We'll be working on our website over the next few days so you may notice some slow-downs or even interruption of service. Emails and 'Lectronic Latitude notifications might also be delayed or even redirected into your Spam/Junk folder. Please check there if you're expecting an email from us, and be sure to mark it 'Not Spam'. We should have everything up and running smoothly by Friday and apologize in advance for any problems you may experience.

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The Life You Save . . .

August 27, 2008 – The Bay and Beyond

Happy Smiling People
Be safe and sober this holiday weekend! Photo Latitude / Andy
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Summer's drawing to a close and one of the busiest boating weekends of the year is fast approaching. To ensure you have a fun and safe holiday weekend, consider these two tips:

1) Lay off the booze until you reach the dock or have your anchor firmly set;

2) Wear your PFDs.

Earlier this week, a Good Samaritan rescued two adults and two kids whose 14-ft boat capsized on the Bay — only the kids were wearing PFDs. Everyone was fine but it could have turned out very differently had no one been around to help. Remember, they don't work if you don't wear 'em!

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