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Photo of the Day: Freedom

November 11, 2009 – San Francisco Bay

Sunday, lovely Sunday
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The crazy days of summer have been replaced by the lazy days of fall. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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This weekend's sublime conditions made for idyllic daysailing weather. Light breezes coupled with warm daytime temps lured scores of sailors from whatever chores awaited them ashore.

Freedom for all
Jib Martens took full advantage of what the weather gods served up on Sunday by taking out his appropriately named Worth 40 - Freedom. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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The docks at Ayala Cove were buzzing with activity and good humor. The young people on Dark Star were particularly cheerful as this was their first outing to Angel Island aboard their new-to-them Edson B. Schock-designed 1939 woodie. "We just bought her on Wednesday," said beaming co-owner Omar Elafifi, 29. In fact, Omar is the oldest of the four boat partners — the others are Scott 'Gundo' Gundersen, 27, Nick Niedospial, 26, and Alex Kleeman, 26.

Dark Star kids
The crew of Dark Star included Laurel Carman, Nick Niedospial, Tobey Martin, David Rodriguez, Ashlee Duprey, Alex Kleeman and Omar Elafifi. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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The gang — who've owned three other boats together — plan to sail and work on the 40-ft Dark Star with the ultimate goal of entering her in the 2012 Pacific Cup. From there, Kleeman has set his sights farther afield: "Maybe a circumnavigation," he hedged. Now that's the kind of freedom we all yearn for.

- latitude / ld

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Race Notes

November 11, 2009 – The Bay and Beyond

BMW Oracle 90 works up its new hard-wing rig on San Diego Bay. © 2018 Gilles Martin-Raget

Well, it's official, Alinghi have agreed to sail AC 33 in February in Valencia — the preferred venue of BMW Oracle Racing. The former is still appealing Justice Shirley Kornreich's decision that Ras Al Khaimah was not a Deed-compliant venue; the latter is generating a huge amount of buzz in the mainstream press after having unveiled their massive wingmast.

Groupama 3
Franck Cammas' Groupama 3 is already ripping up the 'round the world track, after breezing through the doldrums. © 2018 Yvan Zedda/Groupama 3

On its 'round the world record hunt, Franck Cammas' Groupama 3 is rolling right along, having made it from Ushant to the equator in only 5d, 15h, 23m, after averaging 15 knots through the doldrums. Cammas and his team, which includes the Bay Area's Stan Honey at the nav table, have a 15-hour lead over the reference time from Bruno Peyron's record-setting 2005 trip around the same track. And the prognosis just keeps getting better as the weather models are indicating that a stormy area off the coast of Brazil and Argentina will push the St. Helena High toward Africa, out of the boat's way.

The turnout for last weekend's first Manny Fagundes Seaweed Soup Series at Golden Gate YC was pretty amazing for its 60-boat strong fleet. Well, it's looking like this weekend's first RegattaPRO Winter One Design Series is looking impressive also. There are already 50 boats signed up in five one design divisions — J/120, J/105, J/24, Melges 24 and Moore 24s. Over on the Circle, The Berkeley YC Mids will likely draw their customarily large crowd. We'll try to be out there — whether sailing or tooling around in the photo boat — to see the action.

- latitude / rg

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Ad: 2010 Pacific Cup

November 11, 2009 – San Francisco to Oahu

2010 Pacific Cup Race to Hawaii

There's adventure beyond the Gate

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Entries are still open for the 2010 Pacific Cup, leaving the week of July 5, 2010, for the welcoming shores of Kaneohe, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. Enter now on our website.

Register for US Sailing-approved Safety Seminar (February 6) and PCYC Preparation Seminar (February 27). While you're there, visit our shop for the latest gear.

The Pacific Cup. The FUN Race to Hawaii.

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Show Us Yours

November 11, 2009 – Latitude 38 World Headquarters

Even if you're not a pro photographer, sailing vacations can yield a wealth of cool photos. © 2018 Zac Turpin

After announcing our World of Chartering photo contest last month, we received a bunch of pretty cool photos. But we want more before picking the winners!

We know that hundreds, if not thousands, of you take charter vacations as often as you can afford to. And we have to believe you all take along cameras. So don't be shy, show us your best images. Naturally, we'd like to see shots of action under sail, or eye-popping nautical scenes. But you're also welcome to submit images depicting any aspect of a sailing vacation, including underwater scenes, sights ashore, anchorages, beach bars, your goofy kids, whatever.

The combination of rich topographical textures and a smartly painted island sloop makes this a dramatic image -- not to mention the studly guy on the foredeck. Photo Latitude / Andy
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Because we know you're probably as over-extended these days as we are, we'll extend the submission deadline to January 1. Email us up to five high-resolution JPGs, and you'll have a chance to get your shots published in these pages, and also receive some much-coveted Latitude swag.

On the other hand, if our plea for stunning photos makes you realize that you really don't have any, perhaps we can offer a few tips. Over the years we have, after all, shot about a zillion frames.

Since most sailing vacations are taken in bright, sunny places — and more often than not, in the tropics — getting evenly balanced photos can be a challenge. Polarizing filters can help reduce glare, but don't try using old filters from your film camera on your new digital. New electronic cameras require specifically designed filters.

If you browse through a National Geographic you'll notice that many of the most impressive shots have very warm lighting, with highly defined highlights and shadows. That's because pros often shoot in the early morning or close to twilight, when colors are the richest.

When out on the water you'll eliminate the chance of blurred images by choosing 'shutter priority' and assigning a shutter speed of 1000 or higher.

Another tip that's especially useful in the tropics is to become familiar with your camera's fill flash settings, which can brighten faces beneath hat brims without looking artificial, and also light a subject in the foreground (i.e. your sweetheart), while accurately recording the ambient light in the background (such as a sunset). Experiment and have fun. Fooling around with photography can be an added pleasure when vacationing in geographically dramatic and culturally rich places.

- latitude / at

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