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Cleat Cruise Report

September 22, 2010 – China Camp


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Karen Metzner and event newcomer Joshua Bowden enjoyed sunny weather at China Camp last weekend while the rest of the Bay was shrouded in fog. © 2017 Doug Workmaster

Last weekend's fog may have been a downer for Big Boat sailors, but a group of Sausalito sailors upped anchor and headed for China Camp on the annual Cleat Cruise. Doug Workmaster sent us the following report:

"The Cleat Cruise, started in the '70s by Sausalito sailors, is always filled with music, laughter, and great views. This year's fleet consisted of about a dozen boats ranging in size from Suzi Q's 38-ft Marbara down to my Ranger 23 Rigel. Tom List, one of the event's founders, joined in with the sweetest little tugboat under his command.


The Cleat Cruisers flew their new burgees with pride. © 2017 Doug Workmaster

"This year's Cruise Commodore, Bruce Allen of the Mariner 31 Gitana Vela, gave everyone in the fleet a striking blue burgee with a golden cleat, which we all proudly flew.  The park's docent and one of China Camp's original residents, Frank Quan, graciously allowed our beach party to continue into the night — normally a no-no — with Jody Boyle and Tom List pumping out some foot-stompin' beat, as well as some bawdy sea chanties, on guitar and fiddle.

"The rough edges we all felt the next morning were smoothed over by Karen Metzner's full bacon, eggs, and biscuits and gravy breakfast. Moderate winds and well-timed tides in both directions made for one of the most pleasant San Pablo crossings I've ever made. Can't wait for next year!"

- latitude / ld

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Want to Be the Record Breaker?

September 22, 2010 – Baja Ha-Ha-land

Wonder of wonders, the number of paid entries for this fall's Baja Ha-Ha is tied with last year's record of 193. Although the entry deadline has passed, it would be kind of fun to break the record. So if you're one of the ones who missed the deadline, we'll allow you to enter until Friday.


The last person in the conga line has just as much fun as the person at the front. Join this year's Ha-Ha while you can! Photo Latitude / Andy
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The entry procedure is a little different now. You won't find the registration form on the website. Instead, click here to sign up. On Friday, this link will stop working, so don't procrastinate any longer!

For those of you headed south, the cooler than normal Pacific Ocean has resulted in cooler than normal temperatures along the California coast, and lots of thick fog. Be prepared!

See you in San Diego!

- latitude / rs & cw

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September 22, 2010 – Sausalito



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Cojo Carnage

September 22, 2010 – Cojo Anchorage

"I crewed on Jim Hassberger's Valiant 40 Kanga on the way south to get ready for the Baja Ha-Ha," writes O'Neil Dillion. "When we pulled into Cojo the other day, we saw these two sailboats on the beach. We didn't go ashore, so we didn't get their names. We have no further information, but we assume they got caught on a lee shore from a front coming in from the southwest, probably during the winter. Maybe one of your readers has the story."

Cojo
One of the two sailboats currently on the beach at Cojo. It's hard to say for sure, but she appears to have been on the beach for some time. © 2017 O'Neil Dillon

We asked around a bit, and the response we got was, "Boats go up on Cojo all the time." It's hard to believe, given all the dramatic improvements in weather forecasting as well as GPS, radar, depthsounders and other electronic equipment. It proves once again that there is no substitute for the constant vigilence of a human. There was also a pretty good south swell earlier in the week, so who knows? Maybe one of the boats dragged ashore more recently.

Cojo again
The high bluffs of Cojo provide excellent protection from howling northwesterlies, but it's a lee shore in a southerly. © 2017 O'Neil Dillon

For folks coming around Pt. Conception in the next couple of days, there is a small craft warning from 3 p.m. until late tonight for winds from the northwest — making Cojo the perfect anchorage after a rounding. Then the weather gets better, with lighter winds and temperatures finally hitting the 80s near the water in Santa Barbara, and the 90s in the foothills. Indeed, there may even be a few days of summer in Southern California — finally — from Friday through early next week.

Happy and safe sailing to everyone headed this way!

- latitude / rs

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Racing Outlook

September 22, 2010 – The Bay

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Philippe Kahn's PegasusMotionX performs an inclination test on the circle during yesterday's practice race in the Melges 32 World. © 2017 Sergei Zavarin / www.ultimate-yachtshots.smugmug.com

Just because the Rolex Big Boat Series is in the books doesn't mean that the racing calendar is empty in the coming weeks. First off, 32 Melges 32s will take to the Circle until Saturday for their second World Championship. With a tactician's roster that reads like a Who's Who of competitive sailing and entries from seven countries, this regatta should be well worth watching if you can find the time to get on the water or over to St. Francis YC.

Melges 32 Worlds
Thirty-two teams will be duking it out on the Circle for the Melges 32 Worlds. © 2017 Sergei Zavarin / www.ultimate-yachtshots.smugmug.com

This weekend sees the Corinthian YC host the YRA Season Closer, while the Golden Gate YC hosts the Catalina 34 SF Cup on the Cityfront. The following weekend, the Moore 24 Nationals will be at Santa Cruz YC October 1-3. The Islander 36 Nationals will be at the Golden Gate YC, while Richmond YC will host the OYRA Jr. Waterhouse. OCSC will be hosting the Big Team Regatta on October 1, which has already drawn 10 corporate-backed teams in an event that raises about $40,000 annually to "sponsor a sailor" in the Treasure Island Sailing Center's programs for youth and adaptive sailing. As we mentioned in the September 13 edition of 'Lectronic Latitude, this year's Leukemia Cup on October 3 at San Francisco YC represents a golden opportunity to show BMW Oracle Racing what kind of support we can turn out for sailing on the Bay, given that team CEO Russell Coutts will be on hand as this year's keynote speaker at Saturday night's dinner. Thirty-eight boats have already signed up for the event, and if you're waiting, don't hold off — get signed up!

- latitude / rg

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