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Happy Thanksgiving from Us to You

November 24, 2010 – Latitude 38 World Headquarters


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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us turkeys at Latitude 38! © 2017 Baja Ha-Ha 17

Whether you love to gorge on turkey, you sail a turkey of a boat, or are a turkey yourself, the crew at Latitude 38 would like to thank all of you for not only reading our quasi-literary efforts, but also for inspiring us with your stories and photos. We'd be nothing without you! We're also thankful that the boss has given us Friday off because we'll either be recovering from the previous day's revelry or we'll be out sailing — probably both. Happy Thanksgiving and see you on Monday!

- latitude / ld

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Classy Deadline the 15th


New Dates for AC Meeting

November 24, 2010 – City Hall

Apparently the revised budget figures that have been cropping up around the Host City Agreement negotiated between BMW Oracle Racing and San Francisco have delayed the approval process. Now the agreement will not come before the Board of Supervisors' Budget and Finance Committee until December 8 at 11 a.m. in Room 263 at City Hall. Being pushed back a week means that the HCA will not go before the full board — if it's approved by the committee — until December 14. However, the Port Commission special meeting will still be held next Tuesday at 9:30 a.m on the second floor fo the Ferry building. If you can make one or both meetings, come on by!

- latitude / rg

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Latitude 38 Delivered to Your Desktop

November 24, 2010 – World Wide Web


We're proud to have been publishing Latitude 38 since 1977 -- long before Al Gore invented the internet.
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If you're reading this, you're obviously a fan of 'Lectronic Latitude, but did you know it's an extension of something much, much bigger? Latitude 38 is the premier West Coast sailing magazine, packing more stories and photos into each issue than many sailing magazines combined, and it's completely free! If you've never checked it out, you can grab a copy up and down the West Coast, including Hawaii and Mexico, at marine retailers, boatyards and marinas.


Now you can read the magazine cover to cover via the Issuu viewer or you can download it directly to your computer.
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If you're outside the area, or have a hard time finding the magazine, you can download it — and issues going as far back as May 2007 — directly from our site . . . for FREE! You'll get all the same photos (which are particularly spectacular on a computer screen), stories and ads that are in the paper copy, delivered right to your desktop. And now you can choose between downloading a PDF directly to your computer and reading the issue online via publication viewing site Issuu. Check out the November issue today.

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Who Owns Minerva Reef?

November 24, 2010 – South Pacific

Why is it that governments often argue over the ownership of tiny, inconsequential places. For example, hundreds of soldiers died in the early '80s when Argentina claimed the Falklands. And for decades Chile and Argentina threatened to go to war over three tiny islands in the inhospitable Beagle Channel. For nearly a half century Russia and Japan have been butting heads over the stormy Kuril Islands. And this month, according to cruiser reports, Fiji is exercising its claim to the remote Minerva Reefs, which were annexed by Tonga in 1972.

Minerva Reefs sat photo
As this NOAA satellite photo shows, there really isn't much to these tiny coral rings. So what's all the fuss? © 2017 NOAA

Why all the fuss? That's the question of the day among some South Pacific cruisers. The two tiny rings of coral are renowned for excellent scuba diving, snorkelling, and fishing, but there's evidently no possibility of development.

An email from Peter Sidler of the vessel Green Coral was forwarded to us with this report: "During the morning of November 20, we and one other sailing yacht entered the North Minerva Reef and anchored there. Three other boats were already there. One left immediately after we anchored. One other boat left around noon. On leaving the Minerva Reef, that boat was hailed by a patrol boat and questions about 'where from' and 'where to' were asked.

"Around 1:00 p.m. the three remaining boats anchored in the Minerva Reef were hailed by the patrol boat. Each yacht was asked about its last port, next port and if they had permission to anchor in the Minerva Reef. All three yachts had Vava'u, Tonga, as their last port, and at least one yacht said they had written permission for a stopover in Minerva Reef on their clearance. By then we still believed that we were talking to a patrol boat from Tonga. To our surprise they told us that the permission from Vava'u was no good, that we had to get permission from Suva, Fiji, and that we had to leave the Minerva Reef immediately.

"We and the other boats argued that we believed Minerva Reef to be Tongan territory but the only response we got was: 'No, you have to get permission from Suva.' We were given 30 minutes to prepare for departure and leave. We left the Minerva Reef angry and frustrated and continued our journey towards Opua."

We'll continue to follow this story, and will hopefully be able to provide updates in the coming weeks.

- latitude / at

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