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Clipper Race 'Greeters' Announced

March 16, 2012 – Jack London Square, Oakland

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The 10-boat fleet in the '11-'12 running of the Clipper Round the World Race is on their way to Oakland from Qingdao, China. © 2018 Karl Monaghan/onEdition

Despite San Francisco Bay's reputation as one of the finest sailing venues in the world, it has rarely been chosen as a stopover for around-the-world races. Early next month, however, the 10-boat Clipper Round the World Race fleet will blast beneath the Golden Gate en route to their Leg 6 finish line off the Golden Gate YC.

Immediately after completing the 6,000-mile leg from Qingdao, China, each boat will proceed to Oakland's Jack London Square, which will serve as their home base during their visit — which will include dockside tours for race fans during the Strictly Sail Pacific boat show (April 12-15).

Latitude 38 was chosen to greet Gold Coast Australia when she arrives at Jack London Square early next month. © 2018 onEdition

To insure each boat gets a warm reception — and to expand public access to the fleet — each boat has been assigned a host organization from the local marine community. We were thrilled to learn that Latitude 38 drew Gold Coast Australia in the sponsor lottery, as she is the current event leader. (And no, we didn't bribe the race committee for that honor.)

Other affiliations are: Encinal YC sponsoring the Dutch entry De Lage Landen; OCSC hosting Derry-Londonderry; Corinthian YC with Edinburgh Inspiring Capital; Richmond YC with Geraldton Western Australia; J/World with Singapore; Club Nautique with New York; Dragonboaters with China; California Canoe & Kayak, Bay Green and Bay Crossings with Visit Finland-Welcome to Yorkshire

While the Gold Coast crew arrived in third place at Qingdao, they're holding the lead in Leg 6 to Oakland. Let's welcome them in style! © 2018 onEdition

One of the main responsibilities of these sponsors will be to organize a throng of revelers to greet their vessel at the Jack London guest dock whenever it arrives — day or night. We strongly encourage you to join in the fun and volunteer to assist one of these sponsoring organizations. And we'd be thrilled to have you help the Latitude staff welcome Gold Coast Australia.

For more info on this thrilling romp around the planet — including a real-time racing tracking chart — click here.

- latitude / andy

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Nuku Hiva Murder Suspect Update

March 16, 2012 – French Polynesia

Henri Haiti (right) is in custody for the suspected murder of German cruiser Stefan Ramin. © 2018 Webb Logg

With a lot of Puddle Jumpers having left or getting ready to leave the West Coast of the America's for French Polynesia, lots of cruisers are probably wondering whatever happened in the case of Stefan Ramin, the German cruiser with the 46-ft catamaran Bayu, who was found murdered last October. Liz Clark of the Santa Barbara-based Cal 40 Swell reports that Henri Haiti, the Marquesan suspect, finally came out of hiding and turned himself in. "The last I heard was that he's claiming it was a case of self-defense because, according to Haiti, the German cruiser tried to rape him!" For what it's worth, Ramin was cruising with his girlfriend of many years.

In any event, Liz says, "I want to assure everyone that it was a very random occurrence. I've had nothing but wonderful experiences since I've been here, even in the same valley where the crime occurred."

- latitude / richard

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Racing Preview

March 16, 2012 – San Francisco Bay and Gulf of the Farallones

Georgia at Harding Rock
Ben and Lucie Mewes' Van de Stadt 41 Georgia rounds Harding Rock, one of the marks in the Rites of Spring. © 2018 /

Oakland YC's 24th annual Rites of Spring Short-Handed and Women's Full-Crew Race is tomorrow on the Central Bay. Race organizer George Gurrola reminds us that "we are part of Latitude 38’s Women’s Sailing Circuit. Because it's a shorthanded race, the committee sets the line wide and makes liberal use of the radio. Multihulls and monohulls, spinnaker, non-spinnaker and women's full-crew fleets are scored separately." The skippers' meeting will be held tonight at 7:30 p.m. at OYC. Entry is still open. See

Irish Lady
Mike and Pat Maloney's Catalina 42 MkII Irish Lady in 2010's OYRA Lightship I. Happy St. Patrick's Day! © 2018 Erik Simonson /

The three Saturdays remaining in March each have a local ocean race scheduled. This Saturday's OYRA Lightship kicks off the season (registration is closed). Then, on the 24th, Island YC's Doublehanded Lightship sails the same course as a benefit for United Cerebral Palsy. This Saturday, March 17, is the deadline to sign up without a late fee. The last day to enter is March 22.

March 31 features BAMA's Doublehanded Farallones. The last day to register without a late fee is March 20. The skippers' meeting and final entry deadline is Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. The meeting, at OYC, will feature two speakers: Lt. Commander DesaRae Janszen, the Waterways Management Division Chief for Coast Guard Sector San Francisco; and John Craig, Principle Race Officer of the 34th America's Cup and the AC World Series. They'll be talking about the AC venue from the PRO and USCG perspectives, hazards of offshore racing including hypothermia, and what to expect if you need help.

The DHF is generous with trophies, including:

  • Dennis Madigan Memorial Perpetual Trophy, for the crewmember of the yacht with the fastest elapsed time
  • Harvey Shlasky Memorial Perpetual Trophy, for the yacht with the fastest corrected time
  • Stewart Kett Memorial Perpetual Trophy, first monohull on elapsed time
  • Pineapple Sails Yacht Club Perpetual Trophy, for the club with best three finishers
  • First multihull on elapsed time
  • First monohull on corrected time
  • First multihull on corrected time
  • First mixed-gender yacht on corrected time
  • For skipper and crew in each division on corrected time: 1st if 3 or more starters, 2nd if 6 or more starters, 3rd if 9 or more starters
  • A new trophy for the first place all-women crew

See you out there!

- latitude / chris

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