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El Salvador Rally's Final Fiesta

May 16, 2011 – Bahia del Sol, El Salvador

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Depending on your attitude, crossing the bar to arrive at the marina can be either fun or daunting. But during the Rally every arriving boat is escorted in by marina staff. © 2018 El Salvador Rally

The recently completed El Salvador Rally is a cruiser event like no other, as it encompasses seven weeks of activities. Over that period, 47 vessels arrived from nine different countries. "This is truly an international event," say rally organizers Bill Yeargan and Jean Strain.

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Pool therapy at Bahia del Sol seems to have been one of the Rally's most popular activities. © 2018 El Salvador Rally

The closing ceremony, April 30, at the Bahia del Sol Marina and Resort drew more than 60 cruisers and 40 guests. Reportedly, everyone had a terrific time, but some sailors went away exceedingly happy, as more than $3,500 in cash and prizes were awarded by a simple drawing. The top prizes went to Carl Johnson and Christina Revilla aboard Bambolerio ($500), Tom and Carolynn Boehmler aboard Sunny Side Up ($300), and Larry and Vicky Byers aboard Rocinante ($250).

Lisa Anderson (of Lisa Kay) strikes a pose with the winning wine after an exhausting round of tasting. © 2018 El Salvador Rally

Not only were the ongoing Rally events fun for the participants, but the event achieved its goal of introducing many new clients to the Bahia del Sol's facilities. As of April 30 the average length of stay was 32 days. And 30 boats plan to spend part or all of the summer in Bahia where mooring are only $100/month and long-term rates at the marina are $.40/foot. You can find more info on this second annual event at its official blog.

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Who is Your Unsung Hero?

May 16, 2011 – The Left Coast

If you're a regular Latitude reader you've probably noticed that many of the same names make headlines and show up in racing box scores again and again. While these sailing stars certainly deserve the notoriety, in an upcoming article we plan to turn the spotlight on a lesser-known group of sailors who quietly make a dramatic difference in our sport with little or no recognition — a group we'll call Latitude 38's Unsung Heroes.

We consider sailors who take the time to nurture the skills of youngsters to be heroes. Do you know one you'd like to nominate? © 2018 Richard Gillette

We're talking about folks who, out of the goodness of their hearts, volunteer their time and expertise to introduce novices to our sport, mentor young people, nurture disabled sailors, endure long hours bobbing around on committee boats, or teach the time-honored skills of marlinspike seamanship.

So if you've got an 'unsung hero' you'd like to nominate to our honor roll, shoot us an email about them and, if possible, a few photos, and tell us why you think they qualify for this special recognition.

TSI kids
An outdoor classroom, what a concept. With all the cuts to education these days - including sports programs - parents need to take proactive steps if they want their kids to become healthy, well-rounded adults. © 2018 Treasure Island Sailing Center

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May 16, 2011 – At a Dealer Near You

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Weekend Racing Wrap-up

May 16, 2011 – The Bay & Beyond

The racing was tight at the the American Armed Forces Cup out of Club Nautique on Sunday. © 2018 Marianne Armand

"Club Nautique hosted the third annual American Armed Forces Cup on Sunday," writes PRO Max Crittenden. "Each May the sailing school and charter club invites each of the five branches of the service to send three or four representatives to their Ballena Bay base to race for a perpetual trophy and bragging rights. Each crew is matched up with one of the club's instructors.

"In the morning, the teams got a quick classroom introduction to sailing theory — some had never been on a sailboat before! — then headed out with their coaches for practice on CN's fleet of Colgate 26s. After a barbecue lunch break, we gave them an overview of the racing rules, then it was back out for three races in a blustery breeze. Not surprisingly, the military crews showed great enthusiasm, teamwork and steady improvement through the afternoon.

"The racing was the closest we've seen in the three years of the regatta, with no big gaps in the fleet and three different race winners. But for the third straight year, the Coast Guard came out on top. PA3 Kevin Metcalf, SNPA David Flores, PA2 Amela Boehland and MEC Timothy Lutzko posted a 2-1-2 record with the help of CN coach Doug Perry."

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The Breeze got fresh on Day 2 of the St. Francis YC's Stone Cup. © 2018 John Navas /

On the Cityfront, the St. Francis YC's Stone Cup drew 36 boats for four races in shifty, challenging conditions. Barry Lewis' Chance took the honors in the six-boat J/120 class with a 2-1-1-1 while Scooter Simmons' Blackhawk took the 20-boat J/105 division and Brad Copper's Tripp 43 TNT took the IRC honors by a landslide.

The San Francisco YC's Elite Keel Regatta brought out 47 boats in six one design divisions for five races on the Circle. The Express 27s took the title of the largest division with 12 boats, with Tom Jenkins' Witchy Woman taking top honors. Philippe Kahn's Pegasus-MotionX won the Etchells division, while Paul Manning's Xarifa was the top IOD and Joel Fong's Lykken was the top Knarr. Rich Jepsen's Rail to Rail dominated the J/24s while Tom Baffico's The Maker topped six other Open 5.70s.

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