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Tsunami Strikes Indonesia

October 27, 2010 – Mentawai Islands


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In the top left corner of this photo, survivors of the tsunami can be seen trudging through a scoured part of Pagai Utara. © 2017 Indonesian Vice Presidential Secretariat

Mother Nature delivered a helluva 1-2 punch to Indonesia this week. At 9:42 p.m. on Monday, a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck just 78 miles from the popular Indonesian surfing destination of the Mentawai Islands. Within minutes, a 10-ft tsunami struck the island chain, wiping out at least 10 villages, killing more than 300 people — the death toll is still rising — and displacing 20,000 islanders. Due to bad weather, supplies to the remote islands have just begun arriving today.

Though it's also a popular cruising destination, we have yet to receive reports from cruisers in the area. The Australian press has reported that a chartered power cat, Freedom III, was swept off its anchor and into another charter cat, Midas, causing the latter to explode from a ruptured fuel tank. There were no injuries. Another boat crewed by several Aussie surfers, that was reported to have been at the epicenter of the quake and was feared missing, later made contact that all was well aboard Southern Cross.


Two survivors from Freedom III walk away from their ordeal relatively unscathed. © 2017 Indonesian Vice Presidential Secretariat

Then, just hours after the tsunami, Java's Mt. Merapi — the island's most active volcano — erupted, killing 30. Though scientists say Merapi is now calm, locals are still being evacuated.

The fault that caused Monday's quake is the same responsible for the disastrous Christmas '04 tsunami that killed 230,000 people.

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Weekend Racing Wrap-up

October 27, 2010 – The Bay & Beyond

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"Honey, I thought we had decided to take up mountain biking?" Skip and Jody McCormack wrestle with their 49er at the St. Francis YC's Fall Dinghy Regatta. © 2017 Sergei Zavarin / www.ultimate-yachtshots.smugmug.com

Last weekend was a relatively slow one on the racing calendar, and the rain didn't help the few events that were going on. The St. Francis YC's Fall Dinghy Regatta brought out 80 boats in nine classes for 2-3 races on the Cityfront. Results weren't up yet for the Golden Gate YC's Ruth Gordon Schnapp Regatta, but they'll likely be up soon so check back at www.ggyc.com.

On the other side of the world, the Cal Maritime Keelhaulers are persevering at the Student Yachting World Cup in La Rochelle, France, despite having the provided equipment fail on them. A broken jib car consigned the team to a pair of 10th place finishes in Monday's second and third races and their request for redress was — denied! This was in spite of the fact that the regatta is being sailed in provided boats. Although they're all but guaranteed to get one throwout, a forecast for big breeze later in the week might mean a shortened series, which would mean that they'd only get two throwouts. Yesterday's conditions were much lighter. After finding a hole in the first race and finishing sixth, the team battled back from a mid-pack start to finish second. The third scheduled race — a 15-mile coastal race — was abandoned due to a lack of breeze with the team in second. Right now they sit in fifth place and are still well within reach of a podium finish.

Don't forget to check on your bids in the Leukemia Cup's post-regatta online auction, which ends tonight at 9 p.m. On the block are several items, most notably a ride aboard Peter Stoneberg's Formula 40 catamaran Shadow. Less than $11,000 needs to be raised for the event to break the $700,000 mark, so get online and get bidding!

The weekend's weather is actually looking pretty decent for the Richmond YC's Great Pumpkin Regatta, with the forecast calling for only a chance of showers on Saturday and a slight chance of showers on Sunday with wind from the south in the 5- to 15-knot range. With a Rocky Horror Picture Show theme for this year's party we're betting the costumes will be off-the-charts zany. One hundred and seventeen boats are signed up already for what's always one of the best attended regattas of the year. As always, we'd love to get your photos both from the sailing and the party — the wackier and sexier the better! If you can, try to get the names and a quick explanation of the people in your pics. See you there!

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Guide to Mexican Cruiser Nets

October 27, 2010 – Over the Airwaves

Whether you're a new cruiser heading south of the border for the first time, or an old salt who's been cruising Mexico for a decade, cruiser nets are essential for staying up-to-date on weather, local events, and other news. Here are a few that you should plan on tuning in to:


© 2017 Time adapted from Dockside Radio / www.docksideradio.com

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Westsail Love

October 27, 2010 – San Leandro

"Thanks to your Calendar listing about the 2010 Westsail Rendezvous at San Leandro YC, my husband and I participated in this fun event the weekend of October 1-3 aboard our Westsail 42 Chamisa," write full-time cruisers Keith and Kay Schardein. "A total of 15 Westsails from 28 to 43 feet — and more than 50 people — were welcomed by the San Leandro Harbormaster Delmarie Snodgrass and the San Leandro Yacht Club. Attendees came as far north as Bodega Bay (Doug Lamb on Pelican) and as far south as Moss Landing (Larry Waldrip Desiderata). 


Kay and Keith Schardein were cruising their Westsail 42 Chamisa around the Bay when they read about the October Westsail Rendezvous in Latitude. © 2017 Julie Focha

"The San Leandro Marina rivals the best of California’s gated marinas with its solid concrete docks, dependable electricity and water at each slip, clean restrooms and showers, ample parking, a working (!) pump-out station, a fuel dock, and two restaurants and a hotel next door. A recently dredged and well-marked channel provides good access, and the setting is magnificent — facing directly west on the South Bay waters, surrounded by a park with grills, picnic tables, shade trees, a paved walkway, and more of that ample parking already mentioned.


More than 50 Westsail owners and wannabes attended the rendezvous at San Leandro YC. "Next year we hope to have Dave and Ruth King as our keynote speakers," says organizer Jay Bietz. © 2017 Pam Bietz

"We are retired and cruising full time now, having sailed uphill last fall from Long Beach. We're on our way downhill to Baja California and points beyond in November, and without you, we might have missed this splendid gathering and all the knowledge we absorbed. Thank you, Latitude 38, but special thanks to everyone who made the event terrific!"

It's our pleasure to add rendezvous such as this to our monthly Calendar section, so if your club or association is hosting this kind of gathering, be sure to send the pertinent details to LaDonna Bubak. The deadline for each issue is the 10th of the previous month, so don't delay!

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Ad: Sale Boat of the Day

October 27, 2010 – Brickyard Cove



© 2017 Passage Yachts / www.passageyachts.com

Passage Yachts is pleased to offer our new stock 2010 Beneteau 40 for delivery before year-end. This particular boat (hull #156) was factory ordered with numerous upgrades including a larger Yanmar 54-hp engine, gennaker gear, electric cabin-top winch, full electronic nav package, deep keel, and furling mainsail. Additionally, Cover Craft added a grey custom dodger.

Come see the boat today which is berthed in Brickyard Cove Marina next to the Richmond YC in Pt. Richmond. A great opportunity as either a charter boat addition to any Bay Area program or for private ownership. Now offered at $239,000.


Jim Tull ♦ Passage Yachts ♦ (510) 236-2633 ♦ (415) 233-0801


© 2017 Passage Yachts / www.passageyachts.com

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