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A Kid with Good Taste

August 15, 2011 – Santa Cruz

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"Mmmm," thinks Alia. "The palate is supple and elegant, ending in a succulent, nicely piquant finish with excellent length." Photo Courtesy Althea
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We love it when parents instill good taste in their kids, as Ventura's Mark and Laurie Matthews have done with their newest crewmember. "Just wanted to let the good folks at Latitude 38 know that the crew devoured last month's issue," write the couple. "Here's Alia aboard our 35-ft Chris Craft S&S designed Althea on baby's first trip out to Santa Cruz. Morale was kept at an appropriate level!"

Alia looks quite satisfied munching on the mag so it must not taste too bad. Hmmm, we are getting a little peckish. Maybe just a nibble . . . .


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ACWS Cascais Wraps Up

August 15, 2011 – Cascais, Portugal

Emirates Team New Zealand does a fly-by to celebrate winning a tricky final fleet race at the America's Cup World Series Cascais. © 2018 Ricardo Pinto /

Emirates Team New Zealand proved to be the class of the first ever America's Cup World Series event in Cascais, Portugal, which wrapped-up over the weekend. After winning pretty much all of the mini events throughout the week, the Kiwis ultimately got pipped for the match racing honors on Saturday by Oracle Racing's Jimmy Spithill. But Dean Barker and his mates rebounded in the final fleet racing championship yesterday. A tricky race course with holes all over the place left many opportunities for passing and on the second lap of the race course, Barker found enough of a breeze advantage to slingshot around the initial leader, Spithill.
“For us it was fantastic,” Barker said. “It was always going to be a very difficult race, as the breeze never really established. There were big ‘holes’ in the race course, so it was about being at the right place at the right time.”

Dean Barker
Dean Barker showers the crowd with champagne after winning the fleet racing championship in Cascais. © 2018 Gilles Martin-Raget /

Terry Hutchinson's Artemis Racing, was also able to work its way up to a second place finish from being back in the pack early while Spithill was forced to settle for third.
“The guys did an awesome job to battle us up into the race,” Hutchinson said, after climbing back from mid-fleet. “It’s probably the best we’ve gone in the entire regatta. It's a very good finish for Artemis.”

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August 15, 2011 – Caribbean

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Score One for Nature!

August 15, 2011 – Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur

Finally, some great news about Nature!

While there are still a lot of fish in the Sea of Cortez, there are no longer the number or variety there was just 20 years ago, when the Sea was absolutely alive. Blame it on the 50,000+ hooks put into the Sea each night. But there is more than just hope.

The biomass in Cabo Pulmo has grown exponentially over the past 10 years. © 2018 Octavio Aburto / Gulf Program

In '95, the Cabo Pulmo area of southeastern Baja was all but depleted. For some reason, the locals then had the foresight to put in place — and enforce — a "no take" policy on what is now the 71-square kilometer Cabo Pulmo National Park.

Four years later, researchers from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, dove on the site. They found a few medium-sized fish, but not much else. Not very encouraging.

But when they returned 10 years later, in '09, they found Cabo Pulmo to be an entirely different place. "They were surprised to see that the fish biomass at the park had increased to 463 percent, and the biomass of top predators and carnivores increased by 11 and 4 times, respectively. Researchers found thousands of large fishes, such as snappers, groupers, trevally, manta rays, and even sharks."

Cabo Pulmo Marine Reserve from Gulf Program on Vimeo.

Experts claim that no other reserve in the world has shown such a vibrant recovery! Unfortunately, the fish biomass in other areas in the Sea of Cortez did not change for the better over the same period of time.

According to the researchers, the two keys to the revival of the Cabo Pulmo area have been the protection of spawning area for large predators, and local enforcement of "no taking" from the park. Determined local familes are given credit for the latter.

All sorts of species, including top predators such as sharks, are thriving in the "no take" refuge. © 2018 Octavio Aburto / Gulf Program

The most hopeful thing is that, according to a conclusion of the researchers, "fish communities at a depleted site can recover up to a level comparable to remote, pristine sites that have never been fished by humans, especially in a large area like Cabo Pulmo."

Way to go, Pulmo!

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Weekend Racing Wrap-up

August 15, 2011 – The Bay

Laser Masters Worlds
The Laser Masters Worlds wrapped up on Saturday in picture perfect conditions. © 2018 Erik Simonson /

The Bay delivered exactly what was in the brochure for the 200+ Laser Masters sailors who showed up for their worlds hosted by St. Francis YC last week. Saturday's finale didn't disappoint, packing prototypical summer Cityfront conditions.

East Coast sailor Ben Richardson took the Standard Apprentice title, winning the title with a race to spare, while Dutch sailor Arnoud Hummel took the Standard Masters title with seven bullets. Australian Colin Dibb took the Standard Grand Masters title by a scant three points over the Bay's Peter Vessella.

Kiwi Scott Leith won the Apprentice Radial division, despite having just had a hip replacement in March, while Canadian Al Clark took the Radial Masters with a strong finish. The Radial Grand Masters went to the Gorge's Bill Symes who pulled away with six bullets in the final six races. The UK's Keith Wilkins took the Radial Great Grand Masters title without having to sail the last two races. Complete results are up at the regatta's website.

Erik Simonson
The J/120s, Express 37s and J/105s took to the Circle for the San Francisco YC's Summer Keel Regatta. © 2018 Erik Simonson /

In big-boat action, the San Francisco YC played host to the Express 37s, J/120s and J/105s for its Summer Keel Regatta. Kame Richards' Golden Moon took the 5-boat Express 37 division by a four-point margin. Scooter Simmons Blackhawk was tops among the 21 J/105s, while David Halliwill's Centre Point, New York-based Peregrine embarrased the locals with a runaway win thanks to a scoreline of 3-3-1-1-1.

Richmond Riviera Regatta
Michael LaPort's Ginna Fe en route to a win in the Etchells Division at the Richmond Riviera Regatta. © 2018 Erik Simonson /

Richmond YC hosted its second annual Richmond Riviera Regatta, an event that doubles as a fundraiser. Following the mantra of "give where you live," the event's beneficiaries included the Bay Area Rescue Mission, Richmond Food Pantry and more. With a three-day schedule that included a fundraiser and food tasting on Friday, buoy races on Saturday and a pursuit race on Sunday, suffice to say it was a big weekend at the club. The results are up at the regatta's website.

Dinghy Delta Ditch
The Dinghy Delta Ditch didn't get a whole lot of breeze, but it did get plenty of sunny warmth. The Flying Dutchman Longshot glides down the Delta. © 2018 Goose Gossman

The Lake Washington Sailing Club's Dinghy Delta Ditch was a bit of a drifter, but that didn't stop those who stuck it out from making the best of it. The results aren't up yet, but we imagine they'll go up soon at the link above. There were plenty more events going on up and down the coast this weekend, and we'll try to get to all of them in September's Racing Sheet.

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