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Rolex Yachtsman and Woman of the Year

January 13, 2012 – Portsmouth, RI

Bill Hardesty racing Etchells
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Bill Hardesty in action racing Etchells. © 2017 Tim Wilkes / www.ussailing.org

And the winners of the 2011 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards are (insert drum roll)… Bill Hardesty of San Diego, the reigning Etchells World Champion, and Anna Tunnicliffe of Plantation, FL, the first woman to be honored with the award four years in a row.

Besides winning the Etchells championship and other major Etchells regattas as skipper, Bill has excelled as tactician over the past year, with diverse and far-flung wins such as the Congressional Cup in Long Beach, the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, the Portimão Portugal Match Cup in Portugal, the Stena Match Cup in Sweden, the Open de España Match Race in Spain, and the CMRC Grade 2 Invitational in Chicago.

Bill Hardesty and Anna Tunnicliffe
Meet Bill Hardesty and Anna Tunnicliffe, 2011 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. © 2017 Mandi Markee and Amory Ross/USSTAG / www.ussailing.org

Anna Tunnicliffe led her women's match racing Team Maclaren (with crew Molly Vandemoer of Stanford and Debbie Capozzi of Bayfield, NY) to an ISAF Sailing World Championship that qualified them for a berth in the Elliott 6m keelboat event at the 2012 Olympics. Other winning venues for the team this year include Skandia Sail For Gold in Weymouth, UK, and the Santa Maria Cup in Annapolis.

The awards ceremony will be held on February 22 at St. Francis Yacht Club. Read more at US Sailing.

- latitude / chris

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Save Cal Boating

January 13, 2012 – California


Cal Boating is responsible for keeping the Delta's water hyacinth problem under control. A delay in federal approval for this summer's spraying caused the stuff to strangle many waterways. Just imagine what the Delta would look like if Parks and Rec got their hands on DBW's funding. © 2017 Anthony Diliberti

Once again California politicians have set their sights on the Department of Boating and Waterways, a.k.a. Cal Boating. In his proposed state budget, Governor Jerry Brown wants to ax Cal Boating and reform it as a division of the Department of Parks and Recreation. Of course the proposed elimination was suggested under the guise of "reducing duplicative staffing" but we believe the state merely wants the considerable funds brought in by Cal Boating — boater fuel tax, registration fees, and interest on infrastructure loans — distributed to a wider range of state programs in contrast to the original mandate that those funds be used for boating-related projects. Killing off Cal Boating will not save the state a single dollar, but will almost certainly guarantee the reduction of boater services by allowing the department's funding to be managed by an agency that clearly has managerial issues, not to mention conflicting priorities.

This is the fifth time a California governor has tried to kill Cal Boating — Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger both tried twice — but the state's boaters, a.k.a. voters, bombarded the governor's office with visits, calls and emails opposing the cut. At the risk of sounding melodramatic, it's imperative that we once again stand together against this attack on our sport and lifestyle. Download the Recreational Boaters of California's Call to Arms PDF, which includes a form letter to Governor Brown that RBOC will deliver. It's only a moment out of your day, but could benefit all boaters for years to come.

- latitude / ladonna

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January 13, 2012 – Pt. Richmond



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The President Turns 90

January 13, 2012 – Richmond

At cocktail hour tonight, we invite you to join us in raising a glass to the so-called President of the Pacific Ocean, Merl Petersen, who turns 90 today.

Merl Petersen
The gallivanting skipper struck a pose aboard Viveka for our September 2007 feature on him. Photo Latitude / John R
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As noted in a Latitude 38 Sightings article this month, Merl reluctantly sold his 75-ft schooner Viveka recently, after logging roughly 150,000 miles aboard her during his 54 years of ownership. The highlight of that impressive run was a seven-year circumnavigation which produced a wealth of colorful tales. 

Merl's old acquaintances will be retelling some of those yarns at his 90th birthday celebration tomorrow in Richmond at the Marina Bay Yacht Harbor harbormaster's office, starting at noon. Please RSVP if you'd like to join the fun.

Viveka on the Bay
Viveka smokes along during a blustery daysail on the Bay. Photo Latitude / John R
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We'll bring you more on Merl and the Viveka legacy in an upcoming edition of Latitude 38. Until then, our hearty congratulations to Merl on becoming 90 years young.

- latitude / andy

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Weekend Racing Preview

January 13, 2012 – San Francisco Bay and Beyond

Harry in the Berkeley YC Midwinters
This weekend's conditions for the Berkeley Midwinters should look a like last month's: sunny, with light wind. © 2017 / www.norcalsailing.com

This weekend San Francisco Bay sailors can look forward to two regattas in the vicinity of the Berkeley Circle and one on the Oakland-Alameda Estuary. The Berkeley Yacht Club Midwinters continues on Saturday and Sunday, with separate sign-up and division splits for each day. They'll occupy the Circle proper, with new courses this year to adjust for the silting in which is occuring near AOC, the northern-most mark of the old Olympic Circle.

On the waters west of the Berkeley Midwinters, RegattaPRO's Winter One Design series continues on Saturday, with on-the-water assistance from Sausalito YC, using drop-mark courses. Fresh from race committee duty in the America's Cup World Series, Jeff Zarwell returns to run the show this month. Also on Saturday, Richmond YC hosts high school sailing teams in the Little Daddy Regatta.

Over on the Estuary, Oakland YC's Sunday Brunch Series starts on, well, Sunday of course. Racing starts at 1 p.m. and is preceded by brunch.

Quantum Key West Race Week begins this weekend, with registration and a skipper's meeting on Sunday, followed by racing Monday-Friday. A few West Coast sailors make the trek each year, this time including Buzz Blackett of the Bay's Antrim Class 40 California Condor. Buzz and fellow Richmond YC member Skip Shapiro are chartering the Farr 400 Team Premier, and will be taking turns on the helm. The crew is a mix of professional and amateur sailors. Tom Paulling on the bow, Brent Draney, pit, Matt Noble, offside headsail trim, and Malcolm Park, mainsail trim, are all Northern Californians. Joining them are Kevin Miller, tactician, and Garrett Baum, grinder, both from Ventura, plus Floridian Ethan Bixby on upwind headsail trim. "The boat we have chartered raced Big Boat Series and the Great Pumpkin Regatta this fall," explains Skip, "before being shipped back to Florida."

Anyone else heading to KWRW from the West Coast? Email us.

- latitude / chris

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January 13, 2012 – Sausalito

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