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August Issue Hot Off the Presses

July 29, 2011 – The West Coast and Beyond

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The August issue: It's hot off the press. © 2018 Bahamas Tourism

As you read this, the August issue of Latitude 38 is being delivered to marine businesses and sailing organizations all along the West Coast. In it you'll find a wide array of both local and far-flung sailing news: Reports on the just-concluded TransPac Race to Hawaii, cruising all over the globe, chartering in Belize, inshore races from Whidby Island to San Diego, and a variety of other nautical news bits from down the dock and around the world.

So pick up your copy today. Then we'd suggest you rig up your backyard hammock and escape into Latitude-land, or better yet, stock the cooler, cast off your docklines and catch up on all the sailing news while gliding along on the breeze.

Remember also, that — like all editions of Latitude 38 — the August issue can be read online or downloaded for free as an eBook or PDF. (Our Internet elves are working furiously on the conversion as we write this. It should be downloadable by late afternoon.)

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Doo Dah Kickoff Party Tonight

July 29, 2011 – Berkeley YC

The 50-boat fleet for Delta Doo Dah 3D will be runnin' from the 'sog' tomorrow morning. © 2018 Adam Correa

Summer on San Francisco Bay had just barely started when the fog — or as some local sailors call it, 'sog' — decended with a vengeance, and along with it the icy winds the Bay is known for. But tomorrow morning around 11 or so, 50 boats will be leaving the sog in their wake as they head to warmer waters in the 3rd Annual Delta Doo Dah.

First stop: Vallejo YC for the official skippers' meeting and party. After that, the fleet will zip on up to Owl Harbor Marina for the Welcome to the Delta Party, then the Sugar Barge Resort & Marina on Bethel Island for local resident Peter Yates' outstanding beach party. From there, the fleet has three free days to explore the Delta before they converge on Stockton Sailing Club for the final Doo Dah Hoopla Party on August 5.

The Doo Dah Deux fleet couldn't wait to leave the foggy Bay for some Delta sun. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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But before all that hot and sunny fun begins, skippers and their crew are all invited to Berkeley YC tonight for the annual Kickoff Party. More than anything, it's really just a good excuse to get to know each other a little, but there will also be prizes and BYC's standard Friday night dinner.

Water sports are the preferred method for cooling off up-Delta. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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The weather forecast for the Delta promises sun, sun and more sun — with a little bit of extra sun thrown in for good measure. For those of you stuck in the soggy Bay, we'll be posting updates on our Facebook page as well as contributing more detailed — and jealousy-inducing — reports to 'Lectronic. We can guarantee the Delta Doo Dah 3D is going to be one hot time!

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John Silverwood Sets Sail Again

July 29, 2011 – San Diego to Hawaii

When John Silverwood’s left leg was severed on June 25, 2005, he wasn’t sure he was going to live, much less ever sail again. Silverwood and his family — wife Jean, and kids Ben, Amelia, Jack and Camille — had been sailing in the South Pacific aboard their Lagoon 55 catamaran Emerald Jane when they ran up on Manuae Atoll, about 190 miles west of Raiatea. John lost his leg, and nearly his life, when the boat’s 79-ft mast fell on him. The family’s story captured the world’s attention, and two movies, along with John and Jean’s book Black Wave, came out of the near-tragedy.

John Silverwood, aboard his freshly rigged Ohlson 38 Espiritu Santo, is heading to Hawaii in the next few days. Photo Courtesy Espiritu Santo
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Now five years later, John is ready to set sail again. Having adapted well to his ‘bionic’ prosthetic leg, and having done some sailing on other people’s boats, John says he finally “got permission from Jean to buy another boat.” In less than two months, John found the Ohlson 38 Espiritu Santo in Galveston, Texas, had her trucked to San Diego and got her ready for a doublehanded trip to Hawaii with his youngest son Jack, 15. They're planning to leave in the next few days.

Instead of looking for the limelight for himself, John is hoping his trip will bring awareness — and much-needed contributions — to the Challenged Athletes Foundation, a group that helps people with physical disabilities live active lifestyles and become competitive athletes. John will be posting occasional video blogs from his trip — view them at — and promises to deliver a full report on the journey for Latitude readers.

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Lasers Seize Control of the Bay

July 29, 2011 – San Francisco Bay

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Laser 4.7s practice on the waterfront prior to the class's worlds, which started yesterday. © 2018 Jessie Simonson /

The Laser 4.7 worlds got underway yesterday at St. Francis YC, marking the beginning of a two-week-plus stretch of some hardcore Laser racing on the Bay. The 4.7s race through Tuesday, then it's time for the Laser Heavy Weather Slalom on Thursday and Friday. The Laser Master Worlds start on August 6 and run through the 13th. So if you're a fan of one of the world's most popular one designs, check or St. Francis YC Racing on Facebook for more info.

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