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3rd Annual SailFest a Hit

September 27, 2010 – Sausalito

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Three young sailors took the helm of SF Bay Adventures' Freda B at SailFest yesterday. © 2018 John Skoriak

Since the editors were locked in the 'editorial dungeon' all weekend putting the final touches on the October issue of Latitude 38 — which will show up at all the usual places on October 1 — roving correspondent John Skoriak agreed to lend a hand and staff our booth at Modern Sailing's 3rd Annual SailFest in Sausalito yesterday. "It was a blast," Skoriak reports. "There was a good crowd, lots of activity, and tons of sailing. And the weather was superb, of course." Thanks for rubbing it in, John.

What a god! John Skoriak (left) did us a solid by staffing our booth. © 2018 Miri Skoriak

SailFest was started three years ago to introduce folks to sailing, and has grown each year, thanks to the efforts of Modern's staff, the support of area businesses, and, of course, attendees. "The goal is to get the sailing community together around a music festival," says general manager and co-owner Jack Majszak. "It was a great combination of music — the James Moseley Band with Lynn Asher rocked the house — food, and waterfront activities. We sent out seven boats four times each for free sailboat rides, and every one was packed to capacity. We introduced a lot of people to sailing yesterday." 

Lynn Asher and the James Moseley Band hit it out of the park. © 2018 John Skoriak

Majszak reports that about 500 people drifted through the free event, which he hopes will grow to a full weekend at some point. Wish we could have been there!

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Sailor's Body Recovered Off Redondo

September 27, 2010 – Pacific Ocean

The body of Hermosa Beach resident Richard Barras, 59, was found floating about two miles offshore Thursday evening after his 24-ft sailboat Seeya beached itself near the Redondo Beach pier. Around 5:30 p.m., Seeya came ashore with her sails up and tiller lashed. A search was launched and a Coast Guard helo crew found the man three hours later. He was not wearing a PFD. Harbor Patrol retrieved the body and adminstered CPR but Barras was pronounced dead at an area hospital. Barras was separated from his wife, and living part-time with his elderly mother, part-time on his boat.

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September 27, 2010 – Your Home Waters

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That Sinking Feeling

September 27, 2010 – Bay Area

Now how the heck did that happen... Photo Courtesy Parker Diving
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Don't think boats need an alarm system? Diane Shipway from Sausalito's Parker Diving Service would argue otherwise. "On the morning of September 16," writes Diane, "a boater looked into his backyard and was shocked to see that his 43-ft Wellcraft was not floating in her berth. Upon investigation, he found that the radar antenna was about two feet below the surface. How could it have sunk? Once the vessel was raised, an investigation found that it had been broken into and most of the high-end electronics stolen. The boater recalled chasing off a couple of unsavory characters from his boat a few days before. The investigation also determined that the boat had been scuttled on purpose, probably to hide any fingerprints. It looks like the only thing the boater forgot in his electronics package was a security alarm."

Foul play, that's how. Photo Courtesy Parker Diving
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Weekend Racing Wrap-up

September 27, 2010 – The Bay

Italian Luca Lalli's B-Lin crew celebrates after winning the Melges 32 Worlds. © 2018 Ellen Hoke /

Summer may have finally arrived, but it didn't do much for the breeze this weekend. It did get pretty pleasant on Saturday afternoon, with breeze in the low-teens in the Central Bay after a glassy morning. That worked out perfectly for the Melges 32 Worlds, which Italian Luca Lalli and his B-lin Sailing team wrapped up with strong 9-3 final day when it counted, to win by 10 points.

Henry King's Frers 40 Jeannette taking advantage of the indian summer during the YRA Season closer this weekend. © 2018 Erik Simonson /

Corinthian YC hosted the YRA Season Closer, which consisted of Saturday's Island Tour regatta and Sunday's Crazy Eight pursuit race. The regatta marked the final stop on the '10 Party Circuit. Saturday's results are here; Sunday's are here; and the final Party Circuit standings are here!

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