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Boo! Here Comes the New Latitude

November 1, 2010 – Bay Area and Beyond

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You want to see something really scary? Read Andy Whittaker and Rhian Salmon's story about surviving the Chilean tsunami! Photo Latitude / Annie
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If you were spooked yesterday by the thought of the November issue of Latitude 38 being late to hit the streets, your fears were in vain. As this is being uploaded, our drivers are delivering bundles of Latitudes, hot off the press, to all the normal locations. And if you don't live in an area with easy access to your favorite sailing magazine, you'll be able to download the entire magazine from our website in the next day or so. In it, you'll find a riveting story by survivors of this spring's devastating Chilean tsunami, the first third of this year's Season Champs, an interesting spinnaker-dousing method from Max Ebb, and boatloads more. Now go grab a Latitude and your kids' leftover candy, and enjoy!

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Ha-Ha Fleet Aids Singlehander

November 1, 2010 – Bahia Santa Maria

Tachyon ran aground just a few miles north of Bahia Santa Maria, where the bulk of the Ha-Ha fleet was anchored. © 2018 Google Earth

At sunrise this morning, as the Ha-Ha fleet was trickling into Bahia Santa Maria, the crew of Profligate was alerted to a beached boat just north of the bay. According to the Grand Poobah, they quickly upped anchor and motored out to see if they could help. Tachyon, a Napa-based Downeast 38 owned by 62-year-old Mark Cholewinski, was high and dry (at this point, it's unclear what caused the grounding). "The beach is much like San Francisco's Ocean Beach," the Poobah said. "It's really shallow water a couple hundred yards off the beach, so there was no way we could get a tow line to the boat." The Mexican Navy arrived on scene to assess the situation. Sadly, everyone quickly realized that there was no way Tachyon could be pulled to the safety of deep water.

Tachyon's situation could have been much worse -- he's uninjured and members of the Ha-Ha fleet are helping him salvage everything they can. © 2018 Google Earth

"As sad as the situation is," said the Poobah, "he couldn't have picked a better place for it to happen. In no time, at least 50 Ha-Ha'ers in no fewer than 10 dinghies — not to mention a number of local fishermen — came out to help salvage what they could from the boat. Mark's obviously disappointed, but he's fine physically and staying calm. I'm sure we'll have no shortage of volunteers to carry his stuff wherever it needs to go."

As for Leg Two of the Ha-Ha, the Poobah claims that Profligate saw her best night sail ever in winds ranging between 15-30 knots. "We had the full main and Santa Cruz 70 chute up and were at the maximum limit of what we could do. We were seeing 15 knots for two minutes at a time!" As they closed in on Bahia Santa Maria, though, a cross swell developed and the seas became a little sloppy, but the 'Mothership' still dropped anchor hours before the bulk of the fleet arrived.

As for the rest of the fleet, just a handful of boats reported normal breakages — a wrapped chute, some steering issues, etc — with the worst being a broken boom aboard Patrick Scroggin's Kamekazi. Even with problems, every single boat made it to stop #2 safely, and as the Poobah was calling in this morning's report, the last of the fleet was pulling in.

Leg Three begins Wednesday morning with winds forecast at 10 knots. "So far it's been a great Ha-Ha," said Poobah. "Everyone's doing well. This is really a terrific group of people!"

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November 1, 2010 – Latitude 38 World Headquarters

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Weekend Racing Wrap-up

November 1, 2010 – The Bay & Beyond

Moores Great Pumpkin
The Richmond YC's Great Pumpkin Regatta brought out 21 Moore 24s plus 13 other one design and seven PHRF divisions. © 2018 Sergei Zavarin /

Good weather didn't show until Sunday, but the fleets in Richmond YC's Great Pumpkin Regatta showed up both days and made the best of what proved to be a challenging weekend. Saturday brought intermittent showers and light but sailable air for the 14 one design and seven PHRF divisions, all of which were able to complete the scheduled three races. The Moore 24s brought out 21 boats for the biggest-fleet honors, with the Express 27s in a close second with 17. Of course the greatest part of the Great Pumpkin is Saturday night's party, and this year's event didn't disappoint. There were great costumes, dancing, scrumptious grub and plenty of libations to go around.

Pumpkin Pursuit
Sunday's pursuit race got blissful conditions. © 2018 Erik Simonson /

Sunday's choose-your-own-adventure pursuit race was a 'charlie foxtrot', with the top five split pretty evenly between the clockwisers and counter-clockwisers. With a rippin' ebb and spotty breeze, being 50 yards behind a breeze line often meant the difference between a top-five and a DNF. Scott Easom's Mumm 30 Eight Ball was the first boat home.

J/22s Team Racing
St. Francis YC's brand new fleet of J/22s was put to use in the club's first team racing championship. © 2018 Chris Ray

The weekend included a new regatta on the Cityfront, the St. Francis YC's Club Team Race Championships, which was sailed in six of the club's brand new J/22s. Five teams competed with skippers Harrison Turner, Edward Conrad, and Stanford sailor Nick Dugdale taking the title. The racing was so tight over the two days that two teams tied for second and a sail-off was held, with Shawn Bennett, Adam Lowry and Scott Sellers falling to Ted Conrads, Rolf Kaiser and Holt Condon. On another note, Director of the Port of SF, Monique Moyer, will be the speaker at this week's Wednesday Yachting Lunch, which is open to members of all PICYA clubs. Moyer has been an articulate voice in support of bringing the Cup to the Bay, and would be worth going to see. You can find more info at the link above.

The Route du Rhum la Banque Postale got underway yesterday from St. Malo, France, and the abundantly talented fleet is already putting some serious mileage behind it. Thomas Coville is leading the unlimited class, with Franck Cammas just 37 miles behind him. Roland Jourdain leads the nine-boat IMOCA 60 division, with seventh-place Michel Desjoyeaux just 17.6 miles behind. In the Multi 50 class, Franck Yves Escoffier has a 17 mile lead over Lionel Lemonchois, and Bernard Stamm is leading the 44-boat Class 40 division by just under five miles. The lone American entry, Etienne Giroire, is in third in the Rhum division.

Route Du Rhum
The unlimited multihulls, Multi 50s and IMOCA 60s get underway yesterday in the Route du Rhum. Photo Courtesy Pen Duick
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