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Weekend Racing Wrap-up

October 21, 2009 – The Bay

Champion of Champions
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Rodney Pimentel's Cal 40 Azure runs downwind abeam of Gerry Brown's Farr 38 Mintaka 4, leading Andy Hall's Wylie Gemini Encore. © 2018 Peter Lyons /

While the first two weekends in October had relatively little racing on the calendar, this weekend was an entirely different story. For the winners of the ODCA, HDA and Party Circuit divisions, Saturday represented a chance to settle who was the top dog at the Island YC-hosted Yankee Cup, the YRA's Champion of Champions regatta. Fittingly, it was the Tartan 10 Topgallant owned by a five-strong group of super septugenarians Peter Brown, Carl Flemming, John Mara, Bill Claussen and helmsman Jim Lindsey — runners-up from the SF 30 fleet — that eked out a one-point win after finishing with a pair of bullets in the HDA/Party Circuit division. With two bullets and a second, Ralf Morgan's Alerion Express 28 Ditzy topped the ODCA division, which, by necessity, was sailing on handicaps.

Finn Pre-Gold Cup
Sixteen Finns showed up at St. Francis YC for the Pre-Gold Cup. © 2018 Erik Simonson /

St. Francis YC had a big weekend going, hosting no fewer than three regattas. It's got to be tough to be Ed Wright; the Briton is one of the world's top Finn sailors yet, on his Olympic squad, he's got a guy named Ben Ainslie ahead of him! Wright showed what kind of skills he's accrued in his pursuit of Ainslie's spot at the 16-boat Finn Pre-Gold Cup on the Circle. He counted nothing lower than a second — and only one of those — to finish with only nine points to runner-up Philip Toth's 38 over the nine-race, one-throwout regatta.

Jessica Cup
Brigadoon, left, is forced to duck the starting line after Yankee pushed her over early at the St. Francis YC's Jessica Cup, the 'other' Master Mariners event. © 2018 Erik Simonson /

Another 16 boats of a different kind showed up for the club's Jessica Cup — the 'other' Master Mariners event. Don Taylor's VIP won the Farallon Clipper division, Terry Klaus' Brigadoon beat the rest of the gaffers, David James' Leda was tops among the Lapworth 36s, and Robert Rogers' Sunda won the Marconi division. The Paige/Logan Regatta turned out to be only the Joe Logan Regatta, as no Stars showed up to contest the Calvin Paige trophy, despite a pretty healthy turnout last year. The Mercuries drew 10 boats though — won by Randy and Lauren Smith on Fast Break.

There were also a bunch of one-day events other than the Champion of Champions regatta this weekend. On Saturday, the Sausalito YC hosted the third of their Twin Island races, with results forthcoming. Sequoia YC hosted the seven-boat South Bay Championship, won by Stan Phillips' J/35 Smokin' J. The woodies were on the Knox course. On Sunday, the Berkeley YC's Oktoberfest brought out 22 boats for an 11-mile pursuit race starting at XOC, with a choose-your-own-direction rounding of Alcatraz and finish off the club. Vaughn Seifers' Moore 24 Flying Tiger beat a varied fleet that included everything from a 505 to a 1D35!

- latitude / rg

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Hang On Mazatlan

October 21, 2009 – Mainland Mexico

Remember super strong Hurricane Rick which, according to earlier forecasts, was going to batter Cabo San Lucas with Cat 1 or Cat 2 hurricane force winds, leaving all the fishermen in the multimillion dollar Bisbee Black and Blue Marlin Jackpot with nothing but bad bait? We spoke with the folks at Marina Cabo San Lucas this morning, and they report blue skies and lots of sunshine. They did have a lot of rain last night, but no damage because of the wind. After a one-day delay, the Bisbee starts tomorrow. Happy hooking to all in Cabo.

TS Rick
The latest satellite image of now-Tropical Storm Rick shows him spanking Mazatlan and sparing Cabo. © 2018 NOAA

The bad news is that Rick, now downgraded to a tropical storm with 50 knots of wind, is lashing Mazatlan. While no longer close to a full-blown hurricane, Rick is still packing a punch. Pamela Bendall of the Port Hardy, B.C.-based Kristen 46 Precious Metal filed the following report:

"Lights are flickering, the wind is howling incredibly hard, rain is pouring sideways, lightning and thunder crack above and around us, and there are continual sounds of things flying around and crashing outside. Rick has arrived in Mazatlan and and he's vicious. This makes the storms at Port Hardy seem tame. Four of us have rented a condo above the marina, and I suspect we'll have a lot of company before the storm is past us. My Precious Metal is all tucked away, and everyone on the docks worked frantically to help each other all day yesterday to prepare boats and docks."

Our best wishes to everyone in Mazatlan.

Although there are no guarantees when it comes to weather, we're hoping Cabo will be typically mellow by the time the Ha-Ha fleet arrives. Photo Latitude / Andy
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According to, once Tropical Storm Rick passes inland today, the waters from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta should become almost calm with light winds through the Monday start of the Ha-Ha. There will be a mild breeze on Tuesday along the upper Baja peninsula, before predictions for lighter wind near Turtle Bay on Wednesday. Naturally it's not wise to rely on such a long-range forecast, but we'd recommend that everyone have their light air sails at the ready.

- latitude / rs

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October 21, 2009 – Sausalito

Get your Captain's License at Modern

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Ha-Ha Heroes Urgently Needed

October 21, 2009 – Baja Ha-Ha World Headquarters

The Baja Ha-Ha Rally Committee is starting to get a little worried. And not just about late-season hurricanes. If they don't find some folks willing to bring hot-off-the-press November issues of Latitude to Cabo early next month, the Committee fears they may be skinned alive by members of the fleet. As we've seen in years past, going through withdrawals from a monthly Latitude fix can make even the most stable sailors inconsolably desperate.

Ha-Ha savages
If this Ha-Ha crew was this ferocious at the San Diego Kickoff Party, imagine how rabid they might become if we didn't have fresh Latitudes to give them at Cabo. Photo Latitude / JR
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So if you, your spouse or friends are planning to fly or drive to Cabo to meet the fleet this year, please, please, please do us a huge favor and throw a bundle or two of magazines in your duffle bag. Each full bundle weighs 7 lbs and measures 8" x 10.25" x 4" and will be available for pick-up on October 30 (please email Colleen - regarding magazine delivery only - to set up a time). If you don't live close to our Mill Valley offices, we'll be happy to have them delivered to your home or office, but that process takes a few days so it would only be an option for those leaving November 5 or later. Just let Colleen know how many full bundles you can take and where to deliver them. We'll reward you in Cabo with some official 'swag' and a couple of luscious margaritas. Many thanks!

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Sale Boat of the Day

October 21, 2009 – San Francisco Bay

Helms Yacht & Ship 'Boat of the Day'
32-ft PDQ Altair, 2000

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The PDQ 32 Altair is a remarkable catamaran designed for long-range cruising. Bright, light and airy, the boat is fully outfitted with liveaboard convenience. You can cruise this boat in quiet comfort. The layout and design is well-suited for a couple to easily handle. Sail controls and overall maintenance is uncomplicated and easy to handle. View more photos here.

Asking $155,000
Located: San Francisco Bay
Email Gary or call (510) 865-2511

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