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The Meaning of 'Thrive'

August 16, 2010 – San Francisco Bay

Yesterday there was an article in the San Francisco Chronicle by staff writer Carl Nolte titled 'After 40 Years, Ferries Thriving on San Francisco Bay'.

We don't want to pick on whoever came up with the headline, but it strikes us as a little odd. Our understanding is that 'thrive' means to 'grow vigorously' or 'gain in wealth or possession'. Do either really apply to San Francsico Bay ferry service?

Currently the Sausalito and Larkspur ferries carry about 6,161 passengers a day. That's a little more than half of what the oh-so-impartial 'consultants' predicted when deciding if the Golden Gate Bridge District should go into the ferry business. Meeting half of one's stated goal doesn't exactly seem like thriving to us.

And absent from the article was any mention of the cost of the ferry service — which is odd because of the 'gain in wealth' part of the definition of 'thrive'. Anyone who assumes that the ferry service pays for itself would be badly mistaken. We don't know how much subsidies the ferries require because that information was, inexplicably to us, left out of the article. But we seem to remember that every single passenger on the ferry from Vallejo to San Francisco was subsidized to the tune of about $37. Does anybody know the figures? We couldn't find this info on the net.

We understand that public transportation rarely, if ever, pays its own way. And perhaps, given the alternatives, such subsidies are the best solution. But before being told that some system is thriving, we'd like to know what the numbers are because without them the article seems a little bit like a puff piece.

- latitude / rs

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Island Time

August 16, 2010 – Angel Island

Angel Island at dusk. This view can only be seen by campers and boaters. Photo Latitude / John A.
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After the dismally grey summer much of the California coast has experienced so far, yesterday's ideal temps and light breeze tempted Bay sailors to get out and enjoy it while they could. Some of those sailors ended up at Ayala Cove on Angel Island.

The docks at Ayala Cove are typically very busy on gorgeous weekends, sometimes making it difficult to find a spot. But as the day wears on, more and more spaces open, and by the time the last ferry to Tiburon leaves at 3:30 on Sunday, more than enough spots are available to pull in and enjoy a laid-back barbecue in the park.

There's no better time to enjoy a barbecue on Angel Island than after the last ferry of landlubbers have left the island. Photo Latitude / John A.
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If you've never enjoyed Angel Island's charms on your own boat, we can't recommend it highly enough. A few things to keep in mind:

  • Dogs aren't allowed on the island, so leave Fido at home;
  • The park's docks close at sunset, so if you're planning to spend the night, be sure to move to a mooring before dark;
  • If you do take a mooring, stop at the dock first to pay;
  • Mooring tenants are allowed to stay ashore till 10 p.m., but they must get back and forth by dinghy;
  • Two boats are allowed to raft together on each mooring set;
  • The cost of a mooring is $30, but stopping at the dock is just $15.

So the next time the weather is as inviting as it was yesterday, consider switching over to 'island time'.

Many boats leave the docks before the sun goes down, making Ayala Cove a private island getaway for the lucky boaters who chose to stick around. Photo Latitude / John A.
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Weekend Racing Wrap-up

August 16, 2010 – The Bay

The International Knarr Championship wrapped up on Saturday. After a decidedly gray week with a 4-knot flood during most of the regatta. © 2018 Sergei Zavarin /

The International Knarr Championship wrapped up on Saturday and, when the deciding final race was finished, the Bay's Jon Perkins came out on top. In finishing eight-points clear of his brother Chris, Perkins won the event for the third time — his first on the Bay — to become the second-winningest skipper in the 42-year history of the regatta. Perkins and his crew of Melissa and Tom Purdy and Larry Swift led the regatta from day one and never looked back. For his part, Chris Perkins took second after starting the day tied with Dane Soren Pehrsson, who ultimately finished third.

Jon Perkins
Jon Perkins won his third IKC with a wire-to-wire victory. Photo Latitude / Rob
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Over on the Circle the Express 37s and J/105s raced for the San Francisco YC's Summer Keelboat Regatta. Kame Richards' Golden Moon won the five-boat Express division, holding off a surging Mark Dowdy, who sailed his Eclipse to wins in the final three races of the five-race series. Fifteen J/105s made it out for the weekend, with Adam Spiegel's Jam Session starting the regatta off with a pair of bullets before being gradually ground down by Bruce Stone's Arbitrage. Stone started with a 3-3 before putting up a 2-2 and finishing off with a bullet.

- latitude / rg

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Ad: Dump at the Pump

August 16, 2010 – A Waterway Near You

Let’s be clear about it . . .

It’s simple: You have to plan to properly dispose of human sewage from your boat. Boats with holding tanks must pull in and pump out at shoreside pump out stations.

If it’s your boat, it’s your responsibility.

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Zac Sunderland Arrested

August 16, 2010 – Thousand Oaks

Former youngest solo circumnavigator Zac Sunderland was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with three misdemeanors. Authorities allege that Zac entered a vacant home illegally, provided alcohol to his two 17-year-old friends, and resisted arrest. Zac told the Ventura Star that it was all a big misunderstanding — he had permission to be in the home, he didn't buy or consume any alcohol, and he accidentally bumped into the arresting officer. He says he plans to present evidence clearing him of any wrongdoing.

- latitude / ld

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2011 Puddle Jump Plans Announced

August 16, 2010 – Latitude 38 World Headquarters

Although the prime season for 'jumping the puddle' from the west coast of the Americas to French Polynesia is still six months away, a wide variety of international cruisers are already psyching up for the 3,000-mile crossing. With that in mind, it's time for us to announce our tentative schedule of Pacific Puddle Jump rally activities.

2008 PPJ group
Attendees at our 2008 Vallarta YC Kickoff Party were all smiles. You would be too if you were about to sail to Tahiti. Photo Latitude / Andy
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October 23, 2010 — Many sailors who are initiated into the cruising lifestyle by joining the Baja Ha-Ha rally eventually jump the puddle to the South Pacific. So we've scheduled a free Pacific Puddle Jump rally seminar in San Diego, just prior to the start of this year's Ha-Ha activities: Saturday, October 23, 5 p.m. inside West Marine (1250 Rosecrans). Our digital slide show and informational handouts will introduce attendees to issues relating to the passage from the West Coast to French Polynesia, and inter-island cruising there.

January, 2011 — As in years past, a series of free seminars on Puddle Jump issues will be held from January through April at both the Vallarta YC, in the Paradise Village Resort, and at the Marina Riviera Nyarite in La Cruz.

January 22, 2011 — Informational seminar at the Seattle Boat Show on Tahiti and the Pacific Puddle Jump.

February 4, 2011 — Latitude's annual Vallarta Pacific Puddle Jump Kickoff Party will be held at the Vallarta YC (co-sponsored by the Club); 2-5 pm. Multimedia presentation, plus snacks, drinks, party games and prizes. All participants will be interviewed for profiles in Latitude 38.

Late February, 2011 — Latitude's annual Panama Pacific Puddle Jump Kickoff Party will be held at the Balboa YC (co-sponsored by the Club); date and time TBA. Cruising info, snacks, drinks, party games and prizes.

April 16, 2011 — Informational seminar at the Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show on Tahiti and the Pacific Puddle Jump.

June 24-26, 2011 — Sixth annual Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendezvous is a three-day event aimed at celebrating the fleet's safe arrival, while introducing sailors to aspects of traditional Polynesian culture, including music, dance, sport and cuisine. All visiting cruisers are welcome to this grand event which is put on for arriving cruisers by Tahiti Tourism, the Papeete Port Authority and several other partners including Latitude 38.

It would have taken more than a rain squall to dampen the enthusiasm of these paddlers at this year's Rendezvous. Photo Latitude / Andy
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Potential 'jumpers' can register with us online for this year's rally beginning on September 15. We anticipate that all registered boats will be eligible to secure a Tahitian bond exemption, clearance, and duty-free fuel at a very attractive rate through our Tahitian contacts. The site also has information on past fleets and an archive of downloadable Puddle Jump Recap articles which contain crossing data for many participating boats. The Recap piece on the 2010 fleet will appear in the September edition of Latitude 38 and also online at the site.

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