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Jumping for Joy at Paradise Village

September 8, 2010 – Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

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Harbormaster Dick Markie (second from left) and his crew jumped for joy when the refurbishing of their megayacht dock was completed. © 2018 Paradise Village Resort

We don't know the full details of Paradise Village Marina's recent upgrades, but by the looks of this photo the entire staff was pretty dammed glad when the project was completed. If you've been to the marina in recent years — which is located just outside Puerto Vallarta in Nuevo Vallarta's Paradise Village Resort — you know that demand for megayacht berthage inspired Harbormaster Dick Markie to add a number of enormous slips a couple of years ago, and those efforts are apparently continuing.

We're told there's still plenty of room for typical cruising boats, however. In fact, specially discounted rates have just been announced for this year's Pacific Puddle Jumpers. Oh, and in case you were wondering, no one was injured in the process of taking this photo.

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See the Cup in SF

September 8, 2010 – The Bay

BMW Oracle Racing
Did you miss this? Then read on . . . Photo Courtesy BMW Oracle Racing
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Did you miss the victory presentations made by BMW Oracle Racing in the spring? Do you want to see the Cup in person? You'll get your chance at Oracle Openworld 2010 at the Moscone Center September 19-23. Tom Ehman, Ian "Fresh" Burns, and others from the team will be on hand to present the Cup on the 19th at 7:45 p.m, the 20th and 21st at 10:15 a.m. and 3 p.m., and the 22nd at 10:15 a.m.

Normally you'd have to pay $75 to get into the "Discover" portion of Oracle Openworld 2010, which gives you access to OpenWorld, JavaOne and Oracle Develop. But the team is offering free admission to the event exclusively for readers of Latitude 38 and Scuttlebutt so sailors get a shot at seeing the cup as well. To get your free admission, you need to do the following:

Go to

Then select "Discover" on the home page. On the login page you'll need to enter an email address, create a username and password and enter the code: ODL10. Then you'll fill out your contact info, and complete a short survey asking you about a bunch of things that were over our heads — we just checked "n/a" on all of them. Then you're good to go. If all the stuff on the surveys makes sense to you, then you'll probably want to stay for the other stuff!

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September 8, 2010 – Your Boat

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Saving Sailing

September 8, 2010 – Corinthian YC

In his controversial article in the August issue of Latitude 38, Max Ebb mentioned the book Saving Sailing by Nick Hayes, in which Hayes lays out a plan to help boost the declining number of sailors in the U.S. In his first-ever West Coast appearance, Hayes will discuss his ideas for saving sailing tomorrow night (September 9) at Corinthian YC — the doors open at 6 p.m. with the program starting promptly at 7 p.m. The event is open to the general public, and costs just $10. A buffet dinner will be served for $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door. Reservations are highly recommended. Autographed copies of Saving Sailing will also be available for sale.

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Crew List Party Tonight!

September 8, 2010 – Encinal YC, Alameda, CA

Potential crew come in all shapes and sizes at the Mexico-Only Crew List Party. Do you need youthful, energetic crew...? Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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If you've ever stood watch for three hours on and three hours off for several days, you know why we often recommend that offshore sailors — such as those entered in this fall's Baja Ha-Ha cruisers' rally — take along extra crew. Over the years, we've observed that Ha-Ha skippers who recruit competent watch-standers tend to get more sleep during the cruise, and consequently have more fun at the rest stops along the way. 

...or crew with years of experience? You'll find both tonight at Encinal YC from 6-9 p.m. See you there! Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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Whether you're a skipper in need of additional crew or a seasoned sailor looking for a ride south, tonight is the night to make those crucial connections at Latitude 38's annual Mexico-Only Crew List Party and Baja Ha-Ha Reunion. The three-hour shindig (6 to 9 p.m. at Alameda's Encinal YC) is open to sailors of all stripes, including those who are simply curious and those who are looking for rides well beyond Mexican waters. For potential crew members, our advice is to show up with a smile on your face, an upbeat attitude, and a stack of one-page sailing resumes so the skippers you meet won't forget you or your qualifications.

As an added bonus this year, Sal's Inflatable Services invites one and all to attend his free 'Freshwater' Liferaft Safety Course. Held in the YC's pool, participants will have a chance to learn how to properly deploy a liferaft and other safety gear, then practice climbing aboard it. That's what we call having fun while learning valuable skills. (No cost, but RSVP if you plan to attend: 510-522-1824.)

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