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Weekend Racing Wrap-up

October 5, 2009 – The Bay

Islander 36s
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Seven Islander 36s showed up for the Nationals at Golden Gate YC this weekend. © 2018 Erik Simonson /

With plenty of both breeze and sunshine, this weekend was perfect for a regatta. Oddly enough, we only counted three. First up was the Golden Gate YC-hosted Islander 36 Nationals, which turned out seven boats for what we think were only two races — unless more were sailed and their results not posted. Tom and David Newton's Islander 36 Captain Hooke took the title, scoring a 1-2 to the 3-1 of Richard Shoenhair and Greg Gilliom's Windwalker.

The Wyliecat 30 Interstellars were hosted out of eventual winner Steve Wonner's garage this weekend. This "flashmob" event drew eight boats for three races on Saturday and a long one on Sunday; Wonner's Uno won by only two points with only a five-point spread from third to sixth.

Wyliecat 30 Interstellars
The cosmos aligning at the '09 Wyliecat 30 "Interstellars." © 2018 Erik Simonson /

Teams from Mechanics Bank, Almar Marine, Hanson Bridgett, Northrop Grumman, Wells Fargo and not one, but two teams from PG&E showed up at OCSC on Friday for the Big Team Regatta. Each company donated $5,000 per team to the Treasure Island Sailing Center and got to race for bragging rights on Friday. With $35,000 raised in total, the event is the result of a partnership by OCSC and Group Experiential Learning, with 99% of the work being done by an amazing team of volunteers led by Lacey Todd of the Treasure Island Sailing Center. The proceeds will help Treasure Island provide scholarships for 140 kids to attend a week-long sailing summer camp in 2010. Treasure Island Sailing Center is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to improve our community and the sport of sailing by providing access, facilities, and sailing instruction to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, skill levels, and physical abilities.

- latitude / rg

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Tsunami Update

October 5, 2009 – Pago Pago, American Samoa

Biscayne Bay
The Cross Family on the Ontario-based Irwin 52 Biscayne Bay survived the tsunami, though their boat was banged around a bit. © 2018 Chris Deller

In the aftermath of the devastating tsunami which killed hundreds of Samoans and Tongans last week, cruisers are doing what they can to aid locals and fellow boaters. Leslie Linkkila of the Kingston, WA-based Mason 33 Carina reports that, "Cruisers are descending upon Niuatoputapu (Tonga) with supplies — nails, hammers, food, clothing, bandages — from Neiafu in Tonga, and Apia in Western Samoa."

Kirk McGeorge of the USVI-based Hylas 47 Gallivanter, whose riveting report here last week conveyed the true horror of the sudden disaster, reports today from Pago Pago that, "A U.S. Navy ship, Red Cross, FEMA and a host of other aid is arriving and things are slowly rising above the rubble. I personally repaired the PVC water supply to the dock and I'm working the graveyard shift driving a picket boat for the Navy frigate as long as they're here. As you probably know, this sort of event tends to bring out the best in some and the worst in others. It's been four days now and some people are getting ugly."

In Kirk's initial report, he spoke of sighting "a young lady we knew, who was deperately hugging a power pole, and up to her chin in swirling water." We're happy to report that the girl, from the Long Beach-based Mason 43 Banyan, lived to tell about her terrifying experience.

As reported earlier, longtime cruiser Dan Olszewski of the Florida-based Freedom 39 Mainly, was not so lucky. His sons have now arrived and are helping their mother prepare for a proper burial at sea. 

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Ad: Peter Lyons Photography

October 5, 2009 – Bay Area

Peter Lyons - more than just boat photography
Let Peter Lyons photograph your family for stunning holiday gifts.
© 2018 Peter Lyons /

You may already know Peter Lyons of Lyons Imaging for his photos of you sailing or racing on San Francisco Bay. But you may not realize that he also shoots family portraits, children, architectural and a variety of corporate photography.

In time for the holidays, Peter is offering a family portrait special for Latitude 38 readers. For just $200, he will spend an hour photographing your family. He'll then upload the images to an online gallery for your review. You can order your favorites in standard print sizes (prices vary), which will be ready in plenty of time for the holidays.

Or you can order a proof CD for $200 that will include your complete set of high-resolution images. Peter will retouch his 12 favorites, and you'll be able to print directly from the disc. Send them to a photo lab, print them at home, add them to your website, or plug them into your holiday newsletter. The choice is yours!

Respond by October 15 to take advantage of this special. Call Peter Lyons at (415) 317-2542, email, or visit his website at to schedule your family portrait session.

Don't forget! It's also an ideal time to order holiday cards with that favorite image of your boat — 25 cards for $50.

© 2018 Peter Lyons / (415) 317-2542 /

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Are Pot, Coke and LSD Legal in Mexico?

October 5, 2009 – Mexico

"I'm thinking about sailing to Mexico this winter," writes one reader who wishes to remain anonymous, "and have heard that Mexico legalized a lot of popular drugs. Is that true?"

On August 21, Mexico "decriminalized" the act of individuals being in possession of small amounts of certain drugs. The limits are five grams of pot, half a gram of coke, 50 milligrams of heroin, 40 milligrams of meth, and .015 milligrams of LSD.

Before anybody heads off to Mexico with dreams of getting stoned all the time, we think they should remember that there would be risks involved, not only from taking the drugs, but from buying them. Historically, the world of cruising has been very safe in Mexico, but historically, the world of buying drugs in Mexico has been anything but. We don't know about the rest of you, but the last thing we want to do in Mexico is try to score some pot from a guy — or group of guys — high on meth and needing money to buy more.

Just because small amounts of certain drugs have been legalized, that doesn't mean the policia don't have a right to search every inch of your body - inside and out - looking for larger quantities. © 2018 John Arderne

How would Mexican authorities know if you are in possession of drugs and how much? All Mexican law enforcement officers, without any excuse or reasonable cause, may perform a revision precautiva or precautionary inspection of you and your stuff. This means that, anytime they want, they can inspect your wallet, purse, bag, clothes — and your body — looking for more than the allowed amounts of drugs. And when we say they can inspect your body, that means all your orifices, too.

- latitude / rs

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Bruce Schwab Sells OceanPlanet

October 5, 2009 – Maine

Bruce Schwab, the formerly Alameda-based rigger who went on to become the first American to complete the Vendée Globe, announced last week that OceanPlanet — the Tom Wylie-designed Imoca 60 that carried him around the world — had sold.

Bruce Schwab
Bruce Schwab and his Tom Wylie-designed Open 60 OceanPlanet have parted ways. Photo Courtesy OceanPlanet
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

"If you haven't already heard, OceanPlanet has passed into the hands of a new
owner," Schwab writes. "My last trip on OP was taking her from
Robinhood Marine Center to Portland Yacht Services with the owner's rep
on a beautiful sunny Maine day. The bottom needed cleaning, the sails were tired, yet somehow OP literally flew along as though she knew it was a special trip for me. Hopefully she'll be well taken care of, although I am not sure of the owner's plans or capabilities. Good luck old girl, you've been good to me!

"Stay tuned for upcoming changes to to
reflect my new projects . . . including helping others to sail fast, advanced
training, preparation, and rigging. Most importantly, I am now providing
custom LiFePO4 (Lithium Iron Phosphate, or LFP) battery solutions for marine

"The OceanPlanet News Archives will remain for those — such as myself — who like to look back now and then on a great adventure!"

- latitude / rg

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Ad: Need a Haulout Before the Ha-Ha?

October 5, 2009 – San Diego

Time is running short, but we at Driscoll Boat Works are ready to help. We've been here for more than 50 years doing everything from building and repairing boats to being the base for America's Cup campaigns. We've got three Travelifts and an experienced crew to handle all your needs, and our yard is conveniently located on Shelter Island within easy walking distance of restaurants, West Marine and most other marine suppliers.

Driscoll Boat Works
I'm Chuck Driscoll and you can reach me at (619) 226-2500.
© 2018 Driscoll Boat Works /

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