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Sea of Cortez Sailing Week, Revived

April 7, 2010 – La Paz to Isla San Francisco

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Bob, Bob, and Debbie - no last names in an event as casual as the Sea of Cortez Sailing Week - on the Mac 65 Braveheart found the sailing to their liking. Photo Latitude / Nick
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We've got no problem with 'cruisers' who 'sail' to La Paz and then become 'port potatoes.' After all, La Paz is a great town, and living on the hook or in the marina can be very enjoyable. And we've got no problem with sailors who spend most of their time motoring rather than sailing in the Sea. If that's what they like to do, God bless 'em.

"Raise your hand if you're a hardcore sailor." Some of the crew on the beach at Caleta Partida. Photo Latitude / Nick
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But what does make us grouchy is when people say the Sea of Cortez is a lousy place to sail. We make our objection based on having just completed the third week-long edition of the revived Sea of Cortez Sailing Week, which featured sailing legs from La Paz to Caleta Partida, Caleta Partida to Isla San Francisco, Isla San Francisco back to Caleta Partida, and Caleta Partida back to La Paz. While the two legs between Caleta Partida and Isla San Francisco had to be truncated, the fleet still got in a total of about 65 miles of lovely sailing. We're talking about winds between 8 and 18 knots, flat water, 85° temperatures, and the water and sky as blue as blue can be. The Sea may not have the consistent winds of the Caribbean or Banderas Bay, but if you use your head and know how to sail your boat well, it can be glorious.

Like all good visitors to the islands of the Sea, Denis and Holly of the Perry 43 cat Tango have a passport. The couple, who planned to sell their boat three years ago, will head across the Pacific next month. Photo Latitude / Nick
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This year's fleet featured about 40 hard core sailors on 23 boats, with other boats and sailors making guest appearances along the way. In addition to all the sailing, there was a potluck on the beach, potluck and sunset cruises on Profligate, hiking around Isla San Francisco, swimming, and 'First in Class' trophies for all participants. Oh yeah, we almost forgot, internet addicts made forays just outside the islands in a desperate search for high-speed internet connections via their Telcel modems. This free Latitude 38-sponsored event, produced by Patsy Verhoeven of the La Paz-based Gulfstar 50 Talion, wasn't the most successful fundraiser in the world, but $500 was donated in the name of last year's Ha-Ha fleet to help poor La Paz kids get an education, and we're hoping to raise another $500. But we'll try to do better next year.

Like two virgins. Don, from Oz, and Debbie, from the States, fly the chute on their Peterson 44 Buena Vista for the first time ever. And they flew it well. Photo Latitude / Nick
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Allan and Rina shipped their Hunter 466 Follow You Follow Me from New Zealand to Ensenada, then quickly sailed her to La Paz to do the SOC. Photo Latitude / Nick
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SOC participants walk along Abbey Road on Isla San Francisco. And this is the view they were rewarded with. Photo Latitude / Nick
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And when they got to the top, this is the view they got. Cruise the world and you're not going to find many more beautiful areas. Photo Latitude / Nick
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Making a special appearance at Isla San Francisco was Pete and Sue Wollcott's M&M 52 Kiapa, a beauty built by Schooner Creek in Portland. After a few more weeks in the Sea, they'll be off on another run to either the Marquesas or Hawaii. Photo Latitude / Nick
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For reasons that escape us, the sunset cruise around Isla San Francisco aboard Profligate was one of the more popular events of the week. Almost as popular as scoring high-speed internet access. Photo Latitude / Nick
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- latitude / rs

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Are You Ready for Strictly Sail Pacific?

April 7, 2010 – Jack London Square, Oakland

In just over a week, the only all-sail boat show on the West Coast — Strictly Sail Pacific — will open its gates to sailing enthusiasts, and for the first time ever, will feature quality used boats in addition to new. Historically, Strictly Sail has been new-boat nirvana — sailors could crawl all over the newest of the new, and daydream about giving up the rat race and sailing over the horizon. The hostile economy seems to have had other ideas, though, so to keep the dream alive for those on tighter budgets, 'brokerage boats' will also be on display. So after leaving your DNA all over the new Jeanneau 57 — making its debut at the show — head over the Affordability Pavilion for some great deals on 'pre-owned' beauties.

While at Strictly Sail Pacific, be sure to drop by the Latitude 38 booth to pick up some back issues, buy a t-shirt, or just say hi. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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There is, in fact, so much going on at Strictly Sail Pacific — running April 15-18 — that we can't possibly list it all, so do yourself a favor and check out their site, then start planning your assault today. Just don't forget to include the following Latitude 38 events to your itinerary:

  • The Poobah's Baja Ha-Ha seminar at 3 p.m. on April 16 (repeats on April 17 at 3:30 p.m.)
  • Assistant Poobah 'Banjo' Andy Turpin's talk on the Pacific Puddle Jump and cruising in Tahiti at 4:45 p.m. on April 17
  • And, of course, the Baja Ha-Ha, Pacific Puddle Jump and Delta Doo Dah Reunion Party at the Latitude booth on Friday, April 16 at 6 p.m. Free beer and munchies, and lots of stories!

There's a reason this show attracts sailors from all over the country — it really is the place to go to discover the latest gear and get the best deals.

- latitude / ld

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Race Notes

April 7, 2010 – The Bay

Clippers in the Harbor
The Clipper fleet at rest in the San Francisco Marina. California's ragged stump of a rig will be replaced shortly at KKMI, while her sails are being repaired at Pineapple Sails. Photo Latitude / Rob
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A couple hundred sailors, locals and local non-sailing media, showed up at the Golden Gate YC last night for the Clipper 'Round the World Race prizegiving ceremony. We've been trying to wrap our heads around the Clipper phenomenon — it's really in a category to itself among sailing events — but it wasn't until last night that anything we'd heard about it started to really make sense.

From Managing Director of a 300 million pound/year flower and produce business to Clipper 'Rounder, "Heston" says: "For the first time in my life I own a key to nothing!" We'll tell you more about him in the May issue of Latitude 38. Photo Latitude / Rob
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One of the common things that local Clipper racers like Charles Willson and Shana Bagley had commented on in the past was the camaraderie between the sailors on every boat and the feeling that it's like the entire participant pool is like one big family. Last night, we got it. Because of the structure of the Clipper Training, everyone from the "Leggers" — those who sail only selected legs — to the "Rounders," has pretty much sailed with everyone else before they're ever assigned to a particular boat. That means when everyone gets together, the atmosphere is kind of like a school reunion, but a lot more convival.

Nicole Ho
'Rounder Nicole Ho wonders just what exactly is under the kilt of an Edinborough Inspiring Capital crewmember. We'll tell you more about her in the May issue as well. Photo Latitude / Rob
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One of the things we'd wondered about was how competitive people are. The answer we came away with was that, while everyone wanted to do as well as possible, much like a poetry slam, the points are not the point. We got far too much intersting stuff to fit in a 'Lectronic posting, so make sure you check the May issue of Latitude 38 for more on the Clipper 'Round the World Race.

When we wrote up the Doublhehanded Farallones Race in Monday's 'Lectronic, we only had crew names for a couple of boats. Timber Wolf owner David Hodges — overall winner — wrote to tell us that he couldn't have done it without his crew Scott Parker. Also we keep hearing that Rich Wilson is a fantastic speaker, so if you're free tomorrow night, sign up here for his talk at the Corinthian YC.

- latitude / rg

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