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Let There Be a Blast

December 4, 2009 – Banderas Bay, Mexico

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Demonstrating the true spirit of the Blast, this unidentifiable contestant in the catch-the-waterballoon-from-the-third-floor-Sky-Bar-at-the-Nayarit-Riviera-Marina goes for the big splash. © 2018 Peter Meyer

While the first two days of the three-day Banderas Bay Blast featured less consistent wind than normal, the crews of the 32 participating cruising boats have had a great time nonetheless. After all, in Ha-Ha-like fashion, it's the sailing fun with friends that counts, not how spotty the wind is or where you finish in the fleet. Besides, the social activities have been non-stop, with countless friendships made. Today's final race, the Pirates for Pupils Spinnaker Run for Charity from Punta Mita to Paradise Marina, will wrap up the event.

Singlehander David Addleman of the Monterey-based Cal 36 Eupsychia looks great in ideal Banderas Bay sailing conditions. After three years in Mexico with the family's ancient Cal 36, David heads to Malaysia in two weeks - by plane - to try to close a deal on a Santa Cruz 50. Photo Latitude / Richard
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sail trim
Those who say cruisers don't know anything about sail trim should check out the nearly identical and precise sail shape on the Hughes 45 Capricorn Cat and the Schionning 49 Sea Level at the start of the first race. Photo Latitude / Richard
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When the wind got light in the second race, navigator Tammy Davis of Paso Robles pointed the way for Profligate. Not only is Tammy the new Commodore of the Punta Mita Yacht & Surf Club, she's one of the most attractive and fit grandmothers on the planet. Photo Latitude / Richard
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The most beautiful view from a marina Sky Bar in the world? Could be. The great folks at the Nayarit Riviera Marina in La Cruz gave all Blast participants a free berth for one night. Photo Latitude / Richard
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Young Ashley of the Colorado-based Lagoon 380 Eleganz piles the mustard on her burger at the Punta Mita Yacht & Surf Club / El Dorado restaurant. Only $5 for all that at a waterfront restaurant! Photo Latitude / Richard
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The Opinions of Sailors

December 4, 2009 – Everywhere

Ask three sailors for their opinion on any given subject and you'll get four answers. That being the case, we want to thank everyone for sending in their comments on what the Coast Guard should or shouldn't have done in the case of JoJo. Please don't send in any more letters about the subject as we've received more than we can possibly publish.

We'll be contacting the Coast Guard for their comment on the incident for January's edition of Latitude 38, but for the moment, we'd like to address one point a number of readers made. "Why didn't they call Vessel Assist or Sea Tow?" was the question many of you asked, wrongly assuming that such a service is available everywhere — like AAA on the water. The nearest such service is Vessel Assist out of Santa Cruz — 25 miles from Stillwater Cove. Had the Livengoods called for that service, they would have waited two or more hours for their arrival.

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Ad: Peter Lyons Photography

December 4, 2009 – Bay Area

Let Peter Lyons photograph your family for stunning holiday gifts.
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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 January 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.

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Natasza Caban Finishes Circumnavigation

December 4, 2009 – Honolulu, Hawaii

Welcome back!
Natasza was greeted by adoring friends and family - and magnums of spraying champagne - when she arrived in Honolulu on Wednesday. © 2018 Agnieszka Caban

Polish beauty Natasza Caban sailed into Honolulu on Wednesday aboard her S&S 34 Tanasza Polska Ustka, completing the westabout solo circumnavigation she started two years and four months earlier. She was greeted at the Honolulu YC by dozens of friends and family, some of whom flew in from Europe. At 32, Caban is one of the youngest women to have gone around alone.

I did it!
She may not have earned a title for her trip around, but the feeling of accomplishment isn't lessened by it. © 2018 Agnieszka Caban

During her journey, Caban also raised funds — through Poland's Against the Odds Foundation — to bring disabled children to visit her in Cocos Keeling and St. Lucia. "It's a dream come true to do something good with my sailing," she said.

We hope to have a full report on the last legs of Caban's adventure in the January issue of Latitude. In the meantime, check out her website at

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Amping Up for Lighted Boat Parades

December 4, 2009 – San Francisco Bay

Wahoo Parading
Does this look like fun or what? © 2018 Fred Fago

Even in times like these, when the weather is chilly and the breeze is light, diehard sailors can still find valid reasons to fiddle around with their boats. And, this month, one of the best ways to do that is to gear up for one of the Bay Area's many lighted boat parades.

If you've ever watched one of these bedazzling processions, you know how uplifting that experience can be. But just imagine how much fun it would be to be in the heart of the action. Typically, all boat types are welcome, but you do need to sign up in advance. Check out the list of possibilities below, culled from Latitude 38's December Calendar.

Tri Parading
Grab your mittens, ski cap. . . and don't forget the hot cocoa. © 2018 Fred Fago

Dec. 5 — 33rd Annual Lighted Yacht Parade on the Oakland/Alameda Estuary. Starts at 5:30 p.m. Presented by Encinal YC, Oakland YC and Marina Village Yacht Harbor, this year's theme is 'Christmas Carols'. Find out more and enter your boat at

Dec. 5 — South Beach YC Lighted Boat Parade from McCovey Cove to the Ferry Building, 5-7 p.m. Chili and hot buttered rum at the YC after. Info on website.

Dec. 5 — Petaluma YC Lighted Boat Parade, 5:30 p.m. Info on website or call (707) 753-1590.

Dec. 5 — Vallejo YC Harbor Lighted Boat Parade. Info on website or call (707) 643-1254.

Dec. 5 — Santa Cruz YC Lighted Boat Parade in the south harbor, 5:30 p.m. Info on website.

Dec. 5 — 30th Annual Delta Reflections Lighted Boat Parade, starting in Stockton at 5 p.m. Info on website.

Dec. 10 — San Rafael Lighted Boat Parade, 6 p.m. Info on website or call (415) 300-4510.

Dec. 11 — St. Francis YC Lighted Boat Parade, from Pier 39 to Ft. Mason, 6 p.m. Info on website.

Dec. 12 — Marina Bay Lighted Boat Parade, 6-8 p.m. Details on website or call (510) 236-1013.

Dec. 12 — Sausalito Lighted Yacht Parade along the waterfront, 6 p.m. Info on website.

Dec. 19 — 22nd Annual Holiday Boat Lighting Contest at Pillar Point, starting at 6 p.m., with a party following at Half Moon Bay YC. Info on website or call (650) 725-2120.

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Sale Boat of the Day: KKMI Brokerage

December 4, 2009 – Pt. Richmond

Paladin, a 45-ft S&S, is up for auction.
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Paladin is a 45-ft sloop designed by Sparkman & Stephens. Cold-molded wood construction of a very high standard. Excellent inventory of equipment, some new. Vessel is nearly complete after a major refit. Minimum bid $25,000. Bids must be submitted by December 21, 2009, at 2:00 pm with a 10% deposit (refundable if not successful bidder). Balance to be paid in two days. Vessel sold as-is, where-is. For additional information and an appointment to inspect the yacht, call Bob Hennessey at (510) 307-7907 or email.


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