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Weekend Racing Wrap-up

June 6, 2011 – The Bay

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The woodies took to the Bay at the St. Francis YC's Woodies Invitational. © 2018 Sergei Zavarin /

The weekend's wacky weather may have dampened the sailors and boats, but it didn't keep them from at least attempting to race. On the Cityfront, the St. Francis YC hosted its Woodies Invitational for the Birds, Folkboats, IODs and Knarrs. After a two-race, ripping-flood series, Cissy Kirrane's Robin ruled the roost among the six Birds. The 13 Folkboats sailed a four-race series that Dave Wilson's Windansea won with straight bullets. The Knarrs also sailed four races, with Chris Perkins' Three Boys and a Girl besting 13 other boats for the win. The six IODs sailed a five-race series with Rich Pearce's Fjaer scoring a 2-2-1-1-2 for the win. The San Francisco YC hosted its Spring Invitational for Melges 24s, J/105s, Express 37s and J/120s on the Circle. Steve Madeira's Mr. Magoo took the J/120 title, while Kame Richards' Golden Moon was the top Express 37. Bruce Stone's Arbitrage was the top J/105, while Kristian Notto's American Lady took the Melges 24 honors.

The 18-footers got on the water for a proper regatta . . . well in advance of the their typical August-dominated schedule. © 2018 Sergei Zavarin /

The Golden Gate YC hosted the first of what it hopes will be a series of regattas for the Bay's 18-ft Skiff sailors. Thanks to the club's efforts in working with the National Parks Service, Aquatic Park served as a first-rate staging area for the event. The constant foot traffic provided a steady stream of curious non-sailors asking about the freakish-looking boats as the three-person teams rigged and derigged. With a starting line right off the entrance to Aquatic Park, the spectating was easy, too. After five races, JV Gilmour, Matt Van Rensalaer and helmsman Brian Maloof came out on top of the five-boat fleet.

The weather's toll on the Delta Ditch Run was dramatic. Only 22 of the 89 monohull racing entries were able to complete what turned out to be an upwind slog that was gnarlier than last year's.

After a rainy, light-air start and slow crossing of San Pablo Bay, things started getting interesting for the fleet as it passed the Benicia Bridge. The forecasted 10 knots-or-less out of the southeast turned into 18 to 30 knots from the east!

Only two multihulls finished, Drew Scott's F-27 Papillon, and Jason Deal's Nacra 6.0 Kitty Litter. We were told that Peter Stoneberg's Formula 40 Shadow lost the tip of her rig to a pitchpole. Three boats from the six-boat Cruise division also finished, but overall honors went to Mark Thomas' SC 37 Wildcard, which finished just after 9 p.m. to take the elapsed time honors as well.

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The Passing of Rui Luis

June 6, 2011 – Alameda

Rui Luis of Rooster Sails passed away yesterday at the too-young age of 48. He will be sorely missed. © 2018 Jeff Berman

The Bay Area sailing community lost a well-loved and highly respected member this weekend. Rui Luis, the 48-year-old owner of Rooster Sails, fell in the water while trying to board his powerboat from his dinghy yesterday morning. "Rui had lost 100 lbs in the last year and a half, and part of his exercise program was to row to the Oakland farmer's market every Sunday," said close friend Jeff Berman of the Alameda-based Catalina 36 II Perseverance. Berman says a neighbor at Grand Marina saw Rui fall in and called for help in getting him back on his boat. It appears he was in the water for just a few minutes, and when he was pulled aboard, was breathing and talking. But Berman says at some point 911 was called, and Rui was given CPR, put on a breathing bag and rushed to the hospital with a weak pulse. "I had just arrived at the hospital when they told Ruthie [Rui's partner of 20 years] that he'd died," said Berman.

"Rui was a stand-up, ethical guy," recalls Bob Johnston of the Alameda-based J/92 Ragtime. "He recently told me about a jib that came in from a large catamaran. It was in poor shape, but the owner wanted Rui to repair it. Due to its condition, the sail was inadvertently hauled away by a recycling company shortly before Rui and Ruth were to leave on a vacation to Hawaii. Rui worked day and night to build the owner a new jib for the not-so-small boat. I asked if Rui would at least charge the owner for the materials, but Rui said no, he'd take full responsibility.

"Rui did good work for many of us, often on short notice. But what I'll miss most is his dry, crafty sense of humor. He could 'get your goat', and at times you wouldn't realize it until later. He was a dear friend and will be missed by many."

Although Rui was a longtime advertiser in Latitude 38, we didn't really get to know him until last month, when we had him repair and recut some sails for the La Gamelle Syndicate's Olson 30. He did a couple of last minute jobs for us. In fact, we just picked up a sail from him this weekend. May he rest in peace.

Friends and family of Rui will gather for a celebration of his life this Friday, June 10, 3 p.m., at the Rooster loft at Alameda's Grand Marina: 2021 Alaska Packer Place, Unit 20.13. Sam LaVanaway is seeking photos of Rui for the memorial. Please send them here or call Sam at 510-435-6104.

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Ad: Transpac Weather Seminar June 18

June 6, 2011 – San Pedro, CA

Transpacific Yacht Club presents a day with three of the top minds in communications, weather analysis and ocean navigation. Lee Chesneau, author and mariner, has been a marine weather forecaster for the Navy, a route analyst for commercial shipping, and a senior marine meteorologist for NOAA/NWS. David Lee has 40 years experience in radio communications. Stan Honey, Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, has navigated 22 transpacific races, with 11 wins and 3 course records. Learn how the experts manage and interpret weather data, then build a winning race strategy.

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Fees are $195 if pre-registered or $220 at the door. Click here to register.

Saturday, June 18, 9 am to 5 pm, morning coffee and snack lunch included.
Los Angeles Yacht Club, 285 Whalers Walk, San Pedro, CA 90731

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New Sailors Earn Their Stripes

June 6, 2011 – Berkeley

Cindy Joel Marie
What did Joel Brand do to deserve a smooch from these lovely ladies? The Cal Sailing instructor helped them improve their sailing skills and increase their self-confidence. © 2018 Paul Kamen

To our way of thinking, one of the best things about the sport of sailing is that it is enjoyed by people of all ages, and there's no reason that newcomers can't begin their sailing careers in middle age. This point was well-illustrated recently by Cindy Warner, 51, and Marie Idiart (who is 40-something), when they became Junior Skippers, a designation of competency within the Cal Sailing Club's instructional heirarcy. As you can tell by the photo, they're both thrilled with their achievement, as well they should be.

Cindy had never sailed before last October, when she was introduced to the club. Marie, who is a native of France, has been around boats much longer, but the way we understand it, she'd never before taken on the role of skipper. Our hats are off to both of them, and we wish them many happy days out on the water.

Cindy and Marie
Meet Cindy (left) and Marie, who both recently earned the title of Junior Skipper. For decades the Cal Sailing Club has served as an inexpensive means of entering the fun-filled world of sailing. And no, you don't have to be a Cal grad to join. © 2018 Paul Kamen

The fact that more and more women seem to be getting into both cruising and racing in recent years is a very healthy thing for our sport. If you're a recent female inductee, we'd love to hear about how you got into it, and in what ways you're currently enjoying the sport. So shoot us an email and a couple of photos. We'll see you out there.

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