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Latitude Cruisers Celebrate at Strictly Sail

April 18, 2011 – Jack London Square, Oakland

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Latitude 38's Associate Publisher, John Arndt, performing the fireman's carry on Crissy Fields while scampering away with a keg of suds at the close of Strictly Sail yesterday. Photo Latitude / Doña de Mallorca
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It's all over but paying off the credit card bills. We're talking, of course, about the Strictly Sail Pacific boat show, which concluded yesterday and appears to have been a huge success.

For devotees of Latitude 38 magazine, one of the high points of the show was sipping suds and swapping tales at our annual booth party last Friday evening. In attendance were many veterans of the Baja Ha-Ha, Pacific Puddle Jump and Delta Doo Dah rallies, as well as many who hope to eventually follow in their wake.

Hundreds of show-goers dropped by the Latitude booth on Friday to grab a free brewski and tell some tall tales. Photo Latitude / Andy
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If you count yourself among such would-be cruisers, we'll remind you that online sign-ups for the 18th annual Baja Ha-Ha rally begin Monday, May 2, while sign-ups for this season's Puddle Jump conclude at the end of April. (Online entries for next year's rally will begin after January 1.)

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Weekend Racing Wrap-up

April 18, 2011 – The Bay

Bill Helvestine's SC 50 Deception sporting a new, no-toe rail look took the honors in the Berkeley YC's Wheeler Regatta Pursuit Race. © 2018 Erik Simonson /

The Berkeley YC's Wheeler Regatta drew 30 boats for three buoy races on Saturday and a pursuit race over the course of what proved to be a breeze-on weekend. Saturday's racing was split among three divisions, with three multilhulls sailing for the Nimitz Trophy, which went to William Cook's Corsair 24 Wings. The Wheeler Trophy went to Michael Maloney's Express 37 Bullet, which lead a pack of Express 37s that took five of the top-six spots in the 20-boat division. Mark Simpson's Olson 25 Shadowfax took the City of Berkeley Trophy. On Sunday, Bill Helvestine's SC 50 Deception was tops in the Spinnaker division while Paul Kamen's Merit 25 Twilight Zone took the seven-boat Non-spinnaker division and Wings once again topped the Multis.

I 14 International 14 Big Dinghy Regatta
The Big Dinghy fleet included everything from El Toros to International 14s like this one. © 2018 Steve Holloway

Just up the road a bit, the Richmond YC's Big Dinghy Regatta pulled 92 boats in 13 divisions for a day of buoy racing on Saturday and a pursuit race around Brooks Island on Sunday. Those numbers are pretty impressive, but even more so when you consider that, across the Bay on the Cityfront, the St. Francis YC's Elvström Zellerbach Regatta was also hosting a big group of dinghies! Sixty-two boats in five divisions came out for a well-attended tuner for the upcoming laser Masters Worlds.

A raft of 29ers set up for a rounding at Big Dinghy. © 2018 Bryan Miller

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Crew List Success Story

April 18, 2011 – San Francisco Bay

Marcel Flütsch and his traveling companions arranged a daysail through our online Crew List. Unlike most things in life, it's free and easy! © 2018 Marcel Flütsch

"Your online Crew List is really amazing," writes Marcel Flütsch. "I'm from Zurich, Switzerland, and I made a recent road trip from San Francisco to New Orleans in a VW Vanagon. At the very beginning of this adventure, my friends and I arranged a daysailing trip on the Bay through your Crew List. It was awesome! Skipper Paul was very helpful and let us steer, set the sails, etc. I wish I could find similar services in New York or Boston. A big thank you!"

If you'd like to get your boat out of the slip more often but just can't find crew, check out the 'Crew Looking for Boats' listings. But don't stop there — be sure to add your own posting under 'I Need Crew' and you'll meet more new friends than you know what to do with. Best of all, it's totally free!

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Do Donations Make a Difference?

April 18, 2011 – Zihuatanejo, Mexico

For most of us, the tricky thing about making charitable donations — both locally and when cruising — is feeling confident that your well-intended gift will be spent wisely, and will truly make a difference.

Having risen from humble roots, this Zihuatanejo kid is on his way to receiving a first class education. © 2018 Lorenzo Marbut

One shining example of money well spent is the educational support program that results from the extensive fundraising done during the annual Zihuatanejo Sailfest, which typically nets a higher tally of donations than any other cruiser activity in Mexico.

As we've seen with our own eyes, every peso garnered from Sailfest goes directly toward the construction and support of classrooms for impoverished kids from Zihua's hillside communities. A 'catch 22' of the Mexican educational system is that kids must speak Spanish before they can attend regular Mexican school, a rule which disqualifies many of the indigenous kids from the hillside neighborhoods. Sailfest money (administered by the nonprofit Por Los Niños) builds and supports classrooms for those needy kids, thus putting them on a path to a mainstream education they couldn't get otherwise.

Recently, a 'sailfest kid' named Oliver Garcia Levya received a remarkable honor which illustrates the importance of Por Los Niños' support: He's been offered a full-tuition scholarship to the prestigious Wasatch Academy, a highly-rated institution focused on college-prep for grades 9-12. The normal tuition is $48,000 USD a year!

One of these rascals could be the next Oliver. © 2018 Lynn Bradbrook

"Oliver attended the Octavio Paz Primary school, built with Sailfest funds," explains the nonprofit's American expat administrator Lorenzo Marbut. "Oliver was awarded a Niños Adelante scholarship — funded by Sailfest — to attend secondary school. Sailfest also awarded Oliver a two-year English language scholarship to the Zihautanejo Language Academy where he excelled. If there is such a thing as a "Sailfest kid," it would have be Oliver Garcia. We have done all we can to prepare this special young man, now it is up to Oliver. When you wonder if your heartfelt volunteerism and your financial contributions have meaning, think of Oliver." Check the website for ways you can help.

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