Bay Area-based Olympic hopefuls Jonny Goldsberry and Charlie Smythe made a statement at the Gorge over the weekend, taking the seven-boat 49er Nationals hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing association in Cascade Locks by a solitary point. The skipper of Goldsberry's customary Melges 24 ride, Tiburon's Kristen Lane, became the first ever champion in the "29erXX" — the powered-up twin-wire variant of the popular training skiff.
The Singlehanded Sailing Society's Half Moon Bay Race headed down the coast on Saturday. After a breezy beat out of the Bay, the breeze died, as is its custom, off Montara. But rather than fill back in, it got even lighter as the fleet of 24 singlehanded and 40 doublehanded entries crawled toward Pillar Point Harbor. The result was many elapsed times in the 6-hour range over the 23.5-mile course, but few letter scores. Sean Mulvihill's J/120 Jamani was the top doublehanded entry with an elapsed time of 4h, 25m, while Al Germain's Wyliecat 30 Bandicoot took the overall singlehanded honors after 5h, 46m of sailing.
On the Cityfront, the Laser Masters Worlds is on lay day today, after three breeze-on days for the 108 full-rig and 110 Radial sailors representing 27 countries. Locals are showing well, with Russ Silvestri sitting in fifth in the 53-boat full-rig Masters division, and Peter Vessella leading the 30-strong full-rig Grand Masters by a point. Racing gets going again tomorrow,and wraps-up on Saturday. You can find more info and full results at www.sflaserworlds.com.
Of all the things we couldn't sail last weekend, the toughest one to swallow was the Hood River YC's Double Damned Race. This 40-mile s*#tfight up the Columbia River is truly one of the best point-to-point races on the West Coast. This year's field had a strong Northern California presence as usual, including Melinda and Bill Erkelens who were sailing their Wylie Wabbit Jack (in the video above), and kicking ass and taking documentation numbers before their rig came down some 14 miles into the race. Twenty-three boats started, with 19 finishing, including local Weta dealer Dave Berntsen, who managed to sail one of the small trimarans to third on elapsed time, with an average speed of 9.4 knots. For the first time in the last few years, it wasn't a Moore 24 that took elapsed time honors, as a Melges 24, Dan Kaseler's pTeron, was finally able finish the course, averaging 10.22 knots over the ground to finish in 4h, 38s. But three-time winner Morgan Larson and his Moore 24 Bruzer were not to be denied for the overall honors after finishing just a little over 6 minutes after the Melges! Complete results are up.
- latitude / rg
Readers Share Their Wit
August 10, 2011
– Latitude 38 World Headquarters
On Monday we couldn't resist sharing the astounding video of the sloop Atalanta trying to squeak past the bow of an 870-ft long supertanker during Cowe's Week off the Isle of Wight. Dozens of readers lent their wit to our caption/headline contest for the video. Below is a sampling:
"So what part of 'starboard' don't you understand, you big red behemoth?" — Walter Conner.
"Tanker Foils Yachts Attempt to Steal Ships Anchor." — Jak Ayres
"And now our top nominee for the Sailor's Darwin Award is. . ." or "Sailor's cure for constipation" — Dan Begonia
"Diagnosis: Crew suffers from acute case of SFB (shit for brains)." — Patrick Okey
"In the immortal words of Jim Kilroy, 'Mass times velocity equals right-of-way.'" — Chris Ericksen
"Vessel limited in her ability to maneuver runs down vessel limited in her ability to think." — Tim Schaaf
"Captain to crew, “hold my beer, watch this!" — Jim Van Cleve
"Does insurance cover new underwear?" — Bob C.
"Sometimes it sucks to be the frontrunner! — Ken Fouts
And our favorite: "Artist Cristo attempts to wrap a supertanker in pink," submitted by Paul Clausen who will be receiving some 'official' Latitude 38 swag for his efforts.
Here it is again if you missed it. And yes, all the sailors survived physically, although their egos undoubtedly took a hellacious bruising.
The America's Cup World Series got going in Cascais, Portugal, over the weekend with eight teams and nine boats. In what has been hyped as a watershed week for the polarizing new format for the Cup, the venue has unfortunately largely produced "it's never like this here" conditions. Rather than the Bay-like conditions it normally gets, the first day of racing got light air in the 3- to 5-knot range, and even rain! Thankfully Day 2 produced the goods and Emirates Team New Zealand carried the weekend with a win in both the "Preliminaries" fleet racing and the 500 meter time trial, over which they averaged 23 knots.
ETNZ picked up right where they left off in today's match racing-seeding series which was once again postponed due to light air. After three races, they lead Oracle Racing's Jimmy Spithill in second, with Team Korea's Chris Draper in third and Loïck Peyron's Energy Team in fourth. There have been video highlights at the end of each day, and the racing is live-streamed at www.americascup.com every day starting at 8 a.m.
- latitude / rg
John Guzzwell Lends His Expertise
August 10, 2011
– Seattle, WA
It was more than 50 years ago that a young British immigrant to Canada named John Guzzwell made history by completing an unprecedented circumnavigation aboard Trekka, a 21-ft wooden yawl he'd built with his own hands. The book he published about his adventures, Trekka Round the World, became a cult classic among would-be voyagers, and is credited for sparking the dreams of many who have circumnavigated since — a must-read, in our opinion, for both offshore sailors and armchair adventurers.
We're happy to report that Guzzwell, who is not only a living legend, but is a true hero to many circumnavigators, is still going strong. And he's still lending his boat-building expertise to a variety of projects. One of his latest efforts was helping his longtime friend Bob Cadranell rebuild his R boat Ace in the Seattle area. "The original boat was in very poor condition," Guzzwell explains, "so we rebuilt the hull and used the original lead keel and many of the fittings and hardware. Ace is cold-molded of five 1/8" skins of Douglas fir with a final 5/16" layer of Sapele mahogany."
In October Cadranell will challenge the Royal Vancouver YC for the Alexandra Cup, which is now held by Lady Van. Guzzwell adds, "The original Ace was a San Francisco boat with a fine racing record. Designed by Charles Mower in the mid 1920's, she represented the city very well and it is hoped that her re-birth will generate interest in this class." Like minature J class vessels, they are designed to the Universal rule and feature long overhangs, narrow beam and low freeboard. Ace's is 43.5' OA, has a 7'4" beam, and draws 6'.