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Banderas Bay Blast

December 2, 2011 – Banderas Bay, Mexico


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Yesterday's second race of the Banderas Bay Blast was from La Cruz to Punta Mita. Although the wind briefly got into teens, it was mostly in the single digits. There were whales, dolphins and flat water. Photo Latitude / Richard
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Today is the third and final day of the Banderas Bay Blast, which features three days of sailing fun in a fundraiser for local charities. The sailing conditions for the first two days were on the light side but with flat water and plenty of sun. As for the social activities, we'll let the following photos speak for themselves. The event wraps up today with the Pirates for Pupils 12-mile spinnaker run to Paradise Marina, where all entries get a free berth; then, this evening, at the Vallarta YC with a hot-tub stuffing contest; and tomorrow at the Vallarta YC's huge Chili Cook-Off fundraiser. The fun is so intense that it's another four months before the sailing action picks up again on Banderas Bay with the Banderas Bay Regatta. Wish you were here!


The Blast is being presided over by Katrina LiAna Blackwood, the new Commodore of the Punta Mita Yacht & Surf Club. Yes, she is married, and her husband Rob is a big and strong rigger based out of the Marina Riviera Nayarit. Photo Latitude / Richard
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Linda Hill, crew on Profligate, stands in the shadow of the screacher during the first race from Punta Mita to La Cruz. Linda and her husband John Gratton did the '04 Ha-Ha aboard their Redwood City-based Hans Christian 33 Nakia and have been all over the place, from Ecuador and Colombia to French Polynesia to Hawaii since that time. They'll be making their third crossing to French Polynesia next spring with the Pacific Puddle Jump group. © 2017


After the first race, Blast participants and fellow travelers gathered on the Sky Bar at the Marina Riviera Nayarit for sundowners and socializing. With just 15 boats participating, the crowd was a little small this year. Given the same conditions and facilities in the Caribbean, there would be 100 boats entered in a free event offering free berthing. Photo Latitude / Richard
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Little cruising girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice. But as you can tell from the water balloons these girls were holding - and wanting to drop on the Grand Poobah two stories down - they are full of mischief, too. Photo Latitude / Richard
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But the girls were good sports, too, enjoying their own water balloon drenching. Hey, it's the tropics, so who wouldn't enjoy a good water balloon hit? Photo Latitude / Richard
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Bob Seddig of the San Diego-based Hunter 376 Hasta Luego, seen here with his lovely wife Andrea, has been sailing for 30 years, but had never done a race until the Blast. Now retired and nearly 70, he's gotten the bug. Photo Latitude / Richard
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As always, Rich and Sheri Crowe looked great with their Farr 44 Tabu. Superb sailors, Rich and Sheri took time to publicly recognize the fine efforts of Patricia Belle and other boats that struggled in light air for persevering. Like the Ha-Ha, the Blast has always been about camaraderie, not competition. Photo Latitude / Richard
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It's not easy to become a member of the Punta Mita Yacht & Surf Club. It costs a dollar for lifetime membership; you have to sail to Punta Mita to be eligible; and you have to endure a carbon fiber swat from the Commodore, which this year is Katrina. Larry White of Arjan Bok's San Francisco-based Lidgard 43 RotKat liked the initiation so much he signed up for three lifetime memberships. Photo Latitude / Richard
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Banque Populaire V 1000 Miles Ahead

December 2, 2011 – The South Atlantic

After only 10d and 10h, Loick Peyron's 131-ft trimaran Banque Populaire V has already opened up a 1000-mile lead over the reference time of the current Jules Verne Trophy holder, Franck Cammas' Groupama 3. Needing to arrive back at  Ushant in under 48d, 7h to beat the latter's record, Peyron and his band of offshore multihull all-stars are already well on their way. Having already seen their first albatross at their present latitude of 43°S, the crew expect to pass within sight of the Cape of Good Hope on Sunday.

Banque Populaire has been tearing up the ocean since beginning their attempt, but have put up some serious gains aginst the record time in the past couple of days, averaging 30- to 35-knots of boatspeed in about the same amount of breeze with two reefs and a staysail! Despite his experience, Peyron — a multiple circumnavigator with 43 Atlantic crossings — said he feels like a newbie in some ways.

"There's always a little excitement to arrive at the 40th and 50th parallels," Peyron said. "The rookies on board are well surrounded by the old hands. Even after several trips, sailing around the world is an eternal renewal. It never sets up the same way. From memory, I had never topped 700 miles in 24 hours as we have just done. I'm finally a rookie myself again in a lot of areas!"

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Ad: Help Bring 'Sailing the Bay' to TV

December 2, 2011 – San Francisco Bay

Calling all Northern California Sailors to Support 'Sailing the Bay'.

Sailing the Bay

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Ron Blatman, producer of the award-winning KQED special 'Saving the Bay', is back to produce a new public television special 'Sailing the Bay'. Funding from Bay Area sailors is needed to help kick-start production to bring this film to the screen in the spring of 2013.

Please click Sailing the Bay and make a year-end, tax-deductible gift that will produce huge returns for the next generation of sailors. To learn more, click here.

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Lighted Boat Parade Schedule

December 2, 2011 – Bay Area

Now that Thanksgiving is under our ever-expanding belts, the Christmas season has begun. That means lighted boat parades will be delighting crowds all over the Bay Area for the next few weekends. If you've never participated in one of these fun events, all it takes is to sign up at a sponsoring yacht club, haul a couple strings of lights up a halyard, invite a boatful of friends, and get your holiday groove on. Most clubs offer some kind of après-parade festivities, and it's a great excuse to get together with friends.


The lighted boat parades start this weekend. If you can't join one, don't miss the spectacle of others having a great time on the water. © 2017 Fred Fago

Here's a list of all the Bay Area lighted boat parades we know about. If you know of one not listed, shoot LaDonna an email and it'll be added right away.

  • December 3 — 35th Annual Lighted Yacht Parade on the Oakland/Alameda Estuary. Starts at 5:30 p.m. Presented by Encinal YC, Oakland YC and Marina Village Yacht Harbor. This year's theme is 'Cartoon Christmas'. Find out more and enter your boat at www.lightedyachtparade.com.
  • December 3 — South Beach YC Lighted Boat Parade from McCovey Cove to the Ferry Building, 5-7 p.m. Chili and hot buttered rum at the YC after. Info, www.southbeachyc.org.
  • December 3 — Vallejo YC Harbor Lighted Boat Parade. Info, www.vyc.com or (707) 643-1254.
  • December 3 — Petaluma Lighted Boat Parade from Petaluma Marina through the D Street Bridge to the Petaluma city dock. Starts at 6 p.m. Info, www.petalumayachtclub.com.
  • December 3 — Stockton SC Lighted Boat Parade. Info, www.stocktonsc.org.
  • December 3 — Santa Cruz YC Lighted Boat Parade in the south harbor, 5:30 p.m. Info, www.scyc.org.
  • December 10 — This isn't a lighted boat parade but is a fun holiday celebration at Hyde St. Pier with live music, activities and a visit from the Big Guy himself, 3-4:45 p.m. Kids under 16 free, adults $5. Tour historic vessels from 6-9 p.m. Free, RSVP required. Info, (415) 447-5000.
  • December 10 — Sausalito Lighted Yacht Parade along the waterfront, 6 p.m. Info, www.syconline.org.
  • December 10 — Benicia Lighted Boat Parade, 6 p.m. Info, www.beniciayachtclub.com.
  • December 10 — 24th Annual Holiday Boat Lighting Contest at Pillar Point, starting at 6 p.m., with a party following at Half Moon Bay YC. Info, www.hmbyc.org or (415) 300-4510.
  • December 16 — St. Francis YC Lighted Boat Parade, from Pier 39 to Ft. Mason, 6 p.m. Info, www.stfyc.com.
  • December 17 — San Rafael Lighted Boat Parade, 5 p.m. Info, www.lightedboatparade.org.

Photographing a lighted boat parade is notoriously difficult, so if you get some nice clear shots, we'd love to see them. Send them to LaDonna at the link above.

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The Sailing Solution for Shoppers

December 2, 2011 – The West Coast and Beyond

There are few things in life that we enjoy more than sailing. And by contrast, there are few things we dislike more than battling crowds of over-amped shoppers during the holiday season, while struggling to find meaningful gifts for the people we love.

Club Nautique sailing
Are sailing lessons on San Francsico Bay fun and exhilarating? Oh yeah! Seen here are mariners from Club Nautique, one of at least a half dozen sailing schools operating on the Bay. Photo Courtesy Club Nautique
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If you can relate, we have a suggestion that could eliminate a great deal of pre-holiday stress, while potentially making you a hero: Instead of wasting your hard-earned cash on cheesy gifts that have a strong likelihood of being shelved out of sight in a closet or re-gifted, why not give the 'gift of sailing' in one form or another. That is, give friends or family members who are sailors gift certificates from marine retailers, boatyards, rigging services, sailmakers and the like. And give non-sailing friends a voucher for a daysail (see a full list of options at our site), or a gift certificate for introductory sailing lessons. And if you really want to score points, how about gifting a yacht charter in some dreamy tropical location?

J-World racing
Even if the person you're shopping for already knows how to sail, there's always more to learn. Seen here, a group from J-World practices spinnaker flying techniques and racing tactics. Photo Courtesy J-World
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If you love sailing as much as we do, these suggestions will help you extend that passion to the people in your life that you feel most passionate about. Brilliant, right? So what are you waiting for, get your shopping done today so you'll have more free time to relax, enjoy the happier side of the holidays, and spend some time out on the water.

Seaward on SF Bay
If you have non-sailors on your shopping list, why not introduce them to the joys of sailing via a daysail. Seen here, the schooner Seaward is one of dozens of professionally crewed charter yachts operating on the Bay. Photo Latitude / Andy
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