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A Glorious Welcome to Polynesia

June 26, 2009 – Moorea, French Polynesia

Dancing on the Papeete Quay
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Friday's opening ceremonies included traditional dancing at the water's edge. Photo Latitude / Andy
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By all accounts, the fourth annual Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendezvous, which concluded yesterday, was a huge success. In fact, the 60-boat fleet of international cruisers comprised the largest yachting event in the history of French Polynesia.

Polynesian welcome
Rina Alexopolous of the Newport Beach-based Hunter 447 Follow You Follow Me gets an old-style welcome to Opunohu Bay. Photo Latitude / Andy
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Organized by Tahiti Tourisme and several partners — including Latitude 38 — the three-day event drew a wide variety of boats which had set sail for the islands from California, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, Chile and Australia. By the time the event was over, many new friendships had been forged through a half-dozen shoreside and on-the-water activities, including a yacht rally from Papeete to Moorea's spectacular Opunohu Bay and a series of outrigger canoe races.

The Oponuhu anchorage
It would be hard to imagine a more picturesque site for the Rendezvous than Moorea's Opunohu Bay. Photo Latitude / Julie Turpin
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Canoe races at Oponuhu
With a fit Tahitian woman setting the pace in the bow, Team 'Aussie Blokes' sprints to the finish. Photo Latitude / Andy
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The Tahitian government's goal in hosting the annual migration of cruisers in such an elaborate fashion is to instill in them an appreciation of traditional Polynesian sports, cuisine, music and dance — all of which were readily enjoyed by this year's fleet. One of Latitude 38's primary goals in actively promoting the Rendezvous each year is to reinforce the notion that visiting cruisers are an important niche within the overall tourism market of Tahiti and other South Pacific nations. Look for our complete report on the Rendezvous next week in the July edition of Latitude 38 magazine (available also online as a free PDF download).

Fruit carrier's race
Larissa Lane of the Mississippi-based custom 44 footer Australis shows her strength and speed in the Fruit Carrier's Race. Photo Latitude / Andy
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Support Dinius Through Paypal

June 26, 2009 – Lake County

On Wednesday we reported that posts on State Attorney General Jerry Brown's Facebook page regarding the prosecution of Bismarck Dinius caught the eye of the AG, prompting him to comment that he was looking into the case. Bismarck was overwhelmed by the response. "I was away for the weekend and had no idea any of this was going on," he told us Wednesday. "I'm so grateful for everyone's amazing support."

Support Bismarck Dinius
Join dozens of other protesters on the steps of the Lake County Courthouse on June 30. And consider donating to Bismarck Dinius' defense fund via Paypal. Photo Courtesy Bismarck Dinius Supporters
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If you feel that justice is being mocked in Lake County, there are other ways to support Bismarck. Supporters will hold another protest at the courthouse in Lakeport on June 30 at 9 a.m. The protest organizer told us that more than 25 people marched at the last court hearing and she hopes to get many more - so break out the posterboard and Sharpies, gas up the car and make a roadtrip out of it. Email for details or directions.

For months we've been encouraging readers to donate to Bismarck's legal defense fund. He's been fighting this battle for more than two years and has racked up a substantial legal bill. Since he lost his job a month or so ago, he's now struggling to find a way to pay for it all. Of course you can still donate via a check made out to Bismarck Dinius (writing "Bismarck Dinius Defense Fund" in the memo section) to Sierra Central Credit Union, Attn: Brian Foxworthy, Branch Manager, 306 N. Sunrise Ave., Roseville, CA 95661. But, after a little prodding, Bismarck has finally set up a Paypal account to accept your donations (his ID is "I guess I'm just old school," he joked.

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Be a Hero to Cruising Friends

June 26, 2009 – From Walla Walla to Bora Bora

Have Lats, Will Travel
Take a few extra Latitude 38's to your cruising buddies - it's a great way to earn your berth.
Photo Latitude / Annie
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If you're planning a trip to visit cruising or chartering friends in far-flung places, we know how you can earn their undying admiration (at least until you clog the head): Take down a bundle or two of the most recent Latitude 38s! Just drop by our World Headquarters in Mill Valley to pick them up or shoot us an email — we'll be happy to UPS some to you.

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Tawodi Returns

June 26, 2009 – San Diego

Kathleen and Stephen at Pitcairn Island, one of many places they hadn't planned to stop but did. Photo Courtesy Tawodi
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The first time we wrote about Kathleen Torres and Captain Stephen Mann of the custom 39-ft Tawodi was last fall, when we noted that the young couple had departed San Diego on a planned ‘race pace circumnavigation.’ The idea was to go around the world in eight months, with just five or six stops. Although the trip didn’t go exactly as planned (there were seemingly endless stops), they managed to stick pretty closely to their timeframe: Tawodi arrived back in San Diego Harbor this very morning, eight months and just a few days since their October 20 departure.

Dancing with dolphins off Tasmania. Note reflection of the photographer. Photo Courtesy Tawodi
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Of course, depending on whether there’s anyone available from Customs, it may be well into tomorrow before they’re back among the many friends, family — and complete strangers — who have followed their adventure through Kathleen's lovely and lyrical writing style at

We’ll have more on Kathleen and Captain Stephen in an upcoming issue. For now, why not log onto their site and join us in wishing them "Well done!” and a big “Welcome back!” 

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Delta Doo Dah Departing

June 26, 2009 – Delta-bound

Spinnaker flying
The 'punishment' of spinnaker dunking might just encourage bad behavior next week in the Delta heat. © 2018 John 'Dude' Arndt

The inaugural Delta Doo Dah kicks off tonight at Richmond YC, where Doo Dah'ers will mix and mingle, and compare notes on the weather forecast. Hopefully everyone has packed plenty of sunscreen, shade, fans and ice, because the forecast is hot, hot, hot! Mid-90s are predicted for Antioch Marina on Sunday, the day of the 'Welcome to the Delta' Party. Temps will hover in the high-80s to mid-90s — depending on where you are — throughout the week, 'cooling off' to the low-90s in Stockton by July 3, the night of the Doo Dah Hoopla Party at the Stockton Sailing Club.

Follow all the goings-on during the event on our Twitter and Facebook pages. We'll be 'tweeting' throughout each day and hopefully posting once every day or two to Facebook — providing we have internet access and can manage to keep the sweat out of our eyes. Of course, we'll have a synopsis for 'Lectronic when we get back and a full report in the August issue of Latitude 38.

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