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Zihua Shows Its Spirit

February 17, 2012 – Zihuatanejo, Mexico

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These happy young scholars caught a ride aboard the Seattle-based steel schooner Patricia Belle during the annual parade of sail. © 2018 Margaret Reid

Praised by the state secretary of education as the most successful educational fundraiser in the state of Guerrero, Zihuatanejo's 11th annual Sailfest, which concluded last weekend, raised just under $36,000 USD, all of which will go to enhance educational opportunities for local kids.

Local business people, expats, cruisers - and even this mischievous parrot - got into the Zihua spirit. © 2018 Margaret Reid

Thirty-eight cruising boats attended this year's six-day festival, which included both on-the-water and shoreside activities, each focused on both fun and fundraising. "They were enthusiastically welcomed by the local community and the national news media, who have come to admire and respect the cruiser’s heart-felt volunteerism," said organizer Lorenzo Marbut, who is an expat in residence. According to Zihua's municipal director of education, more than 2,000 disadvantaged children are attending school thanks to the efforts of American and Canadian expats like Lorenzo who work in cooperation with the cruising community. 

Believe it or not, a day of play on the beach is a rare experience for these disadvantaged kids, many of whom live in the hills surrounding the city. © 2018 Margaret Reid

"Uncharacteristically overcast skies and occasional rain showers did not dampen the spirits of the cruisers and their local volunteer allies; all events were eagerly attended," reports Lorenzo. "More than 200 local businesses donated thousands of dollars in gifts and services for Sailfest auctions and raffles; 30 local and international musicians donated their talents to perform at three sold-out benefit concerts; and several fine-dining restaurants competed in the Chili Cook-off. In addition, cruisers welcomed 113 paying guests on board for the sail parade, and hosted 100+ school children at a beach party where fun, games and giggles ruled the day."

When fundraising earnings were totalled, the tally came to $459,556 pesos, including generous grants from the Bellack Foundation and California-based cruiser Pete Boyce. The organizer's vision has always been to provide educational opportunities to each and every child in Zihuatanejo, regardless of income level or social status. The funds will be administered and distributed by the nonprofit Por Los Niños de Zihuatanejo, Sailfest’s Mexican charity. For more on this worthwhile event and its ongoing impact, see the website.

- latitude / andy

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Meet the Solo TransPac Fleet

February 17, 2012 – Encinal YC

Paul Nielsen, a veteran of the '10 Singlehanded TransPac, will be showing off his Olson 34 Culebra at Encinal YC tomorrow. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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Singlehanded TransPac racers, wannabe racers, and folks simply interested in witnessing the paradox of a 'group of singlehanders' are invited to an informal meet-and-greet at Encinal YC this Saturday. About 10 boats will start arriving at the club's guest docks around noon, and will be open for tours to show just what goes into getting ready for a Hawaii race. End the day on a high note by going up to the club for their Mardi Gras dinner. The no-host bar opens at 6 p.m., with dinner ($25) starting at 7, followed by dancing and crawdad racing!

- latitude / ladonna

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February 17, 2012 – Marina Village, Alameda

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Weekend Racing Preview

February 17, 2012 – California and Arizona

Meritime sailing along with a reef in.
Gary Proctor's C&C 30 Meritime sailed with a reefed main in last month's Corinthian YC Midwinter Race. This weekend's forecast doesn't look as windy, but we may get some showers. Photo Latitude / Andy
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The Corinthian YC Midwinters continues both days this weekend on San Francisco Bay, ending with the trophy presentation on Sunday evening. In addition to the division prizes, the Aotea Trophy for the best performance by a yacht club team will be awarded. San Francisco YC is currently showing a narrow lead.

Latitude 38 is supplying Saturday's post-race keg, so have a beer on us! Sunday morning's speaker will be Kame Richards of Pineapple Sails, "master of spinnaker trim, light air sailing, and currents," at 9:30 a.m. in the ballroom. You can still enter for the second half; $45 includes the Rob Moore Regatta bonus pursuit race on March 17. Everything you need to know is available at

Other racing around the region this weekend includes South Beach YC's Island Fever series and Santa Cruz YC's Midwinter series on Saturday, and Oakland YC's Sunday Brunch series.

Clubs from all over Southern California and Arizona turn out for Southern California Yachting Association's annual Midwinter Regatta. Photo Courtesy Mission Bay YC
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But the grand-daddy of all midwinter racing will be spread thoughout Southern California Yachting Association's territory from Santa Barbara to San Diego, and even including two venues in Arizona. Created in Los Angeles in 1928, this regatta has grown to massive proportions, encompassing 27 different clubs and 74 classes. More than 500 boats and thousands of sailors are expected to participate. The effort it must take to coordinate it all boggles the mind! For more info on this massive two-day event, see

- latitude / chris

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Buy Low, Sell High

February 17, 2012 – West Marine-ville, Watsonville

That's a nice uphill climb for West Marine. © 2018 Google Finance

Sure, the price of Apple stock has had a good run in the last six months, but what about West Marine (WMAR)? It's gone from a low of $7.01 in early October to a high of $13.41 yesterday. That's darn close to double. Anybody catch that ride?

- latitude / richard

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