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Doo Dah'ers Disperse

July 1, 2009 – All Over the Delta

Boyd's Raft Up
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Twenty-five Doo Dah boats raft up at the Rusty Porthole and adjacent Boyd's Harbor on Monday. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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Delta Doo Dah'ers who left Antioch Marina Monday morning were forced to motor most of the way to the rally's next stop at Boyd's Harbor and the Rusty Porthole on Bethel Island. The few stragglers who left later in the day enjoyed a rollicking sail up the San Joaquin, before cutting through False River to Piper Slough. Once they arrived at the Rusty Porthole/Boyd's Harbor, local resident Peter Yates took the lead in shoehorning each boat into the two small basins. "We've had more boats in here," Yates said, "but never this many big boats — and never this many sailboats. The locals have been coming down all day to take pictures."

Peter's Boat
Peter Yates (at the helm) volunteered his ex-Army bridge erector to ferry Doo Dah'ers from the raft-up to the beach. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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Though they missed a great sail, those who arrived early were swept away on Yates' "bridge erector" to a nearby beach, where he'd set up an assortment of water toys — including three PWCs and a Hobie 16 borrowed from neighbors — and refreshments. "Peter is just amazing," effused Patti Boucher of the Santana 22 Carlos. "Our boys Valencio and Tino had such a great time!"

The Rusty Porthole
Dinner at the Rusty Porthole was a great way to cap off a terrific day. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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The Band
Peter, Danny and Rob jammed into the wee hours - ok, no one lasted past 11 p.m. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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But the good times weren't over yet. After returning to their boats and drying off  — those who had stayed behind were caught up in an epic water cannon battle — the party moved to the Rusty Porthole, which opened just for the event. Owner Belinda Bittner's staff expertly handled the 70 or so crazies that descended on the restaurant like locusts. After they were sated, Yates set up some amps and things really got rocking.

Local Knowledge
A group picks the brain of Bethel Island resident - and Doo Dah hero - Peter Yates about the best spots to hide out. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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As this was the last official stop before Stockton Sailing Club on Friday, Doo Dah'ers spent the morning consulting charts and grilling Yates on the best routes to take to their chosen destinations. One by one, the fleet peeled off, some heading to the Meadows, some to Venice Island, some to Georgiana Slough. A rather large group made their way to Little Mandeville Island, where they tucked into a shallow horseshoe bend, then quickly got wet.

Tino Diving
Tino (diving) and Valencio Grygier of the Santana 22 Carlos took turns diving while the 'big kids' sailed dinghies on the southeast side of Little Mandeville Island. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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Dinius Trial Starts July 7

July 1, 2009 – Lakeport

Judge J. Michael Byrne ruled yesterday that the manslaughter trial of Bismarck Dinius will continue, with jury selection beginning on July 7. Dinius' attorney Victor Haltom had argued that the Lake County District Attorney Office should be recused from prosecuting the case because of apparent improprieties in the handling of the case. Judge Byrne said there was sufficient evidence for the case to continue and not enough to bring the Attorney General's Office into the matter. Though Jerry Brown noted on his Facebook page recently that he was "looking into the case," there has been no official word from his camp on the case. Jury selection is slated to begin July 7. Read more on the Lake County Bee's website and check out Dan Noyes' 'tweets' from the courtroom.

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July 1, 2009 – Alameda

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July Issue Hits The Docks

July 1, 2009 – Everywhere

Presenting the July issue of Latitude 38 for your reading pleasure this holiday weekend. Photo Latitude / Annie
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We'll be taking the day off from 'Lectronic Latitude this coming Friday in honor of Fourth of July Eve. The good news is that the July issue of Latitude 38 hits the newsstands today, so you should have plenty of reading material to get you through the holiday weekend!

That's what we're celebrating! © 2018 Erik Simonson

With feature articles on the Delta Ditch Run, a young solo sailor, and the Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendezvous, plus a look at celestial navigation from Max Ebb and a preview of the the 45th TransPac — which is starting as we write — there's plenty to keep you occupied. Enjoy a great holiday weekend!

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Race Notes

July 1, 2009 – The Bay and Beyond

From left - Matt Siddens, Gary Sadamori, Chris Lewis and Scott Easom sailed Easom's Eight Ball to a convincing win at the Moore 24 Nationals held at Huntington Lake June 22-24. Here they get the perpetual from class president Vikki Fennell. © 2018 Rowan Fennell

Going into this holiday weekend, we thought we'd catch up on some racing news we haven't had the space for in the last few 'Lectronic postings. First up, Scott Easom sailed his Moore 24 Eight Ball to his first win at the fleet's Nationals sailed on Huntington Lake June 22-24. Easom and crew Matt Siddens, Gary Sadamori and Chris Lewis, won the title with a race to spare.

Divisions 6 and 7 make a left turn toward the West End of Catalina at the Monday start of the 45th TransPac. Dvisions 3,4 and 5 get going tomorrow. © 2018 Jerry McNeill

Divisions 6 and 7 in the 45th TransPac got underway on Monday. Lindsey Austin's J/35 Addiction currently leads the former, while the overall lead sits with Division 7 leader and lone Spanish entry Charisma, an S&S 57 owned by Alejandro Perez Calzada. Divisions 3, 4 and 5 get underway tomorrow, while Divisions 1 and 2 leave Sunday.

The Singlehanded Sailing Society's Half Moon Bay Race on Saturday had 79 entries. We couldn't seem to get the results link to work, but we figure that'll be sorted pretty quickly, so check the links above for more info.

The SF Bay IRC series standings have been updated to include the 11-boat Sausalito YC IRC event June 27-28.

In the Racing Sheet section of July's issue of Latitude 38, there's a glaring omission we'd like to set right. In our wrap-up of the College National Championships we failed to mention that the Bay Area's Bryan McDonald, a former captain of the Cal Sailing Team and regatta chair for the ICSA/APS Team Racing Championships at Treasure Island Sailing Center, was honored for his outstanding service to College Sailing as a volunteer.

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