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Clipper Fleet to Arrive in Days

March 28, 2012 – North Pacific West Coast

Gold Coast Australia
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The current leader, Gold Coast Australia, could come in as early as Friday afternoon. Photo Courtesy Clipper Round the World Race
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Early spring can be relatively quiet on San Francisco Bay. But in the coming days, a rare source of excitement will energize Bay waters, as the 10-boat Clipper Round the World fleet finishes its longest leg — from Qingdao, China — off the Golden Gate YC.

As you can see if you check the real-time race viewer, Gold Coast Australia is leading the pack of identical sisterships, and may pass beneath the Golden Gate as early as Friday.

Having left Qingdao on March 4, it will take most boats close to a full month at sea to complete the nearly 6,000-mile leg — an effort that will likely put their crews in the mood to celebrate once they finally arrive. A wide variety of Bay Area marine organizations have volunteered to help them do just that, by 'adopting' individual boats, and greeting them when they arrive at the Jack London docks, where they'll be berthed during the Strictly Sail Pacific boat show. 

Lisa Perkin on New York
Bay Area sailor Lisa Perkin, currently aboard New York, will be completing her third Clipper leg with her homecoming to the Bay. Photo Courtesy Clipper Round the World Race
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In the sponsorship lottery, Encinal YC drew the Dutch entry De Lage Landen; OCSC drew Derry-Londonderry; Corinthian YC drew Edinburgh Inspiring Capital; Richmond YC drew Geraldton Western Australia; J/World drew Singapore; Club Nautique drew New York; Dragonboaters drew China; California Canoe & Kayak, Bay Green and Bay Crossings drew Visit Finland-Welcome to Yorkshire; and believe it or not, Latitude 38 drew the current leader, Gold Coast Australia, which may arrive as early as happy hour on Friday. We're sure that all these organizations would love to have more 'greeters', and if you'd like to join us we'd love to have you. We'll have an interim report on Leg 6 in the April 1 edition of Latitude 38 magazine, and additional info on the race in May.

- latitude / andy

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It's Official!

March 28, 2012 – San Francisco

After many, many, many public meetings on the subject, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors finally — and unanimously — agreed yesterday to host the 34th running of the America's Cup. "Good news yesterday that the politicians in San Francisco finally stopped negotiating against themselves and approved the deal with America's Cup," Russell Coutts announced on his Facebook page. "Maybe we can now focus on the racing???"


- latitude / ladonna

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Racing Round-Up

March 28, 2012 – San Francisco Bay and Beyond

Doublehanded Lightship
The first division in the Doublehanded Lightship drifted toward the Golden Gate Bridge in a very little breeze. © 2018 Deborah Fehr

Sailing on Saturday in San Francisco didn't lack for cold, wintry rain, but it did lack for wind. Only five boats finished Island YC's Doublehanded Lightship, out of 36 entries. Alex Mehran Jr.'s Open 50 Truth finished first but Buzz Blackett's Antrim Class 40 California Condor corrected out. One boat, the Express 27 Wetsu, was temporarily missing, out of radio contact long after everyone else had finished or dropped out, but they were located around the cut-off time of 7 p.m., and were just fine, thank you. See

Jonathan Andrews and Susan Jacquelin
EYC Rear Commodore Susan Jacquelin congratulates Jonathan Andrews of Bonito. The 9-year-old won the nine-boat Santana 22 division in the Jack Frost series. © 2018 Fred Fago

The last race day of Encinal YC's Jack Frost Regatta north of Treasure Island was abandoned at 1 p.m. with no hope of any wind on the horizon. See for a recap and complete results.

NorCal High School Championship
Close racing on Sunday in the NorCal High School Championship. © 2018 Joe Boone /

Tam rules! Mill Valley's Tamalpais High School Team 1 of Mark Etem and Quinn Vangelos prevailed in the 20-boat Gold Fleet at last weekend's NorCal High School Championship. St. Francis YC ran the regatta, which was sailed on the Cityfront in CFJs. Santa Cruz HS's Nicholas Lenz and Kyle Hunt/Nicole Diaz won the 19-boat Silver Fleet. How did your high school do? See for complete results, and for more about high school sailing.

Sanya's emergency rudder
Team Sanya have arrived in Tauranga, New Zealand. This is a shot of their emergency rudder. They have retired from Leg 5, will miss Leg 6 and will ship their race boat and equipment to Miami. © 2018 Gareth Cooke / Volvo Ocean Race /

The Volvo Ocean Race saga changes daily. On Monday night, Sanya arrived safely in Tauranga, New Zealand, after suspending racing during Leg 5 in the Southern Ocean. They had broken a rudder on March 22, which in turn damaged their hull. They were four days out of Auckland at the time, and leading the fleet of six boats. Overall race leader Telefónica plans to make a pit stop at Ushuaia, Argentina, to repair bow delamination suffered when a huge wave crashed down on them last week (a video of which can be seen on our Facebook page). They still hope for a podium finish in this leg. Camper likewise will stop for repairs, in Puerto Montt, Chile. They were leading the leg when they also sustained bow damage in the ferocious conditions. Abu Dhabi is still trying to catch up after returning to Auckland shortly after the leg began, when they crashed off a huge wave and ripped out a forward bulkhead. They are 1,393 miles behind the current leader, Groupama 4. Puma and Groupama are within two days of Cape Horn. To follow the breathless pace of developments in this event, see

Dustin Durant gets dunked
Dustin Durant received a ceremonial dunking by crew member Max Moosmann after winning the Ficker Cup. © 2018 Rich Roberts / Long Beach YC

Long Beach YC member Dustin Durant, 24, won last week's Ficker Cup (hosted by LBYC) to claim the 10th berth in this week's prestigious Congressional Cup match racing regatta. "The thing with the really good guys is they're way more predictable in their maneuvers," Durant said. Among the "really good guys" he's competing against are four-time winner Gavin Brady from New Zealand and Brit Ian Williams, who's ranked No. 1 in the world and won last year. The Congo Cup is sailed in rotating Catalina 37s in outer Long Beach Harbor. Brady has won all five races so far. See

Some more highlights of the current racing calendar include the week-long BVI Spring Regatta, and Saturday's Schooner Cup in San Diego and BAMA Doublehanded Farallones. The skippers' meeting for the latter is tonight at Oakland YC.

- latitude / chris

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Banderas Bay Regatta Wrap-Up

March 28, 2012 – Banderas Bay, Mexico

Cruisers and racers duked it out on Banderas Bay last weekend during the 20th Annual Banderas Bay Regatta. Photo Courtesy Vallarta YC
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"The 20th Annual Banderas Bay Regatta was held last Thursday through Saturday, March 22-24," reports Richard Williams of the Vallarta YC. "At 36 boats, the field was a bit smaller that the last two years but the racing was great. Banderas Bay lived up to its 'Chamber of Commerce' billing by providing us with great conditions each of the race days. Here are the results, with a little info on each winner. Hope to see everyone down here next year!"

The Blue crew showed how it's done. Photo Courtesy Vallarta YC
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Division A

  • 1st – Blue, J/160, Ken & Cheryl Sears. Blue is a first-time winner and a multiple-year participant who placed second in '11. Cheryl and Ken are from Nashville, Tennessee, and are affiliated with the San Diego YC and the Vallarta YC.
  • 2nd – San Souci II, Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 54ds, Enrique Aldrete Cuesta. San Souci II is a first time participant in the Banderas Bay Regatta. Enrique is from Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.
  • 3rd – Intuition, C&C 37-3, Ron Holbrook. Intuition is a multiple-participant in the Banderas Bay Regatta. Skipper Ron hails from Bonney Lake, Washington, and is a member of the Corinthian YC.

Division B

  • 1st – J World 5, J/80, Wayne Zittel. A many-year participant in the BBR, J World 5 is part of the J World sailing school and charter fleet working out of Paradise Village Marina in Nuevo Vallarta. This year’s crew was Tom Kase, Greg Neeley, and Tom Petric from Ontario, Canada. This was the first time they'd raced together as a team. The crew was coached by Rick Taylor.
  • 2nd – J World 2, J/80, Wayne Zittel. J World 2 is also a member of the J World sailing school and has participated numerous times in the BBR. This year’s crew is Martha Zinderman from Detroit, MI, Bev Burr from Los Angeles and Elaine Neeley from Ontario, Canada. All three crew are returning J World alumni from various events including J World’s offshore programs. They were coached by Joshua Butler, who has sailed in four other BBRs.
  • 3rd – J World 4, J/80, Wayne Zittel. J World 4 is another member of the J World sailing school and has participated in numerous BBRs. This was teh first race every for this year’s crew, not only as a crew but as individuals. 

There was some tight racing in the catamaran division. Photo Courtesy Vallarta YC
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Division C

  • 1st – Our Shangri-La, Catana 431, George Uhrich. Our Shangri-La is a first-time winner and first-time participant in the BBR. The crew of Ralph and Miki Hunter, Jim Machado, Fernanda Fenton, and Dave Wegesend is truly international (Canadian, two Mexican, American). They finished 2nd in the '11 Zihuatanejo Sail Fest and are well-known for their late starts and strong finishes. 
  • 2nd – L’Obsession, Lagoon 450, Aric Ludwig. L’Obsession is a first-time participant in the BBR. Aric hails from Juneau, AK.
  • 3rd – Humu Humu, Marelli 68, David Crowe. Humu Humu, a local PV boat that's available for charter, is a many-time participant in the BBR.

Division D

  • 1st – Cupcake (Formerly Tomatillo), Jeanneau 43 DS, David Lezak/Jim Casey. Cupcake was a multiple-participant in the BBR as Tomatillo. Former owners Jim and Jamie Casey and crew member Bartz Schneider guided Cupcake to her first place finish.
  • 2nd – Destiny, Catalina 42 Mark I, John & Gilly Foy. Destiny is a first-time entrant in the BBR. John and Gilly's crew were Barritt Neal (foredeck and fast/strong trimmer) and Renee Neal (navigator, expert tactician and beer opener). 
  • 3rd –Talion, Gulfstar 50, Patsy Verheoven. Patsy calls La Paz, BCS home and is a member of the Portland YC and the Club Cruceros in La Paz. She has a long and successful history of racing in the Banderas Bay Regatta.

Patsy Verhoeven and her crew on Talion pulled a third in their division. Photo Courtesy Vallarta YC
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Division F (No division E)

  • 1st Place – Befana, Catalina 30 BS, Randy Hough. Skipper Randy Hough is a veteran of the BBR, guiding Befana to third-place finishes the past two years and finally breaking through to the top position this year. He is a member of the Vallarta YC, and is currently serving as the club's Rear Commodore. Befana was home for Randy for several years and is the Italian name for the 'Christmas Witch', an Italian Santa Claus.
  • 2nd – Kievit, Cape North 43, David & Marj Fries. Kievit is a first-time participant in the BBR. David, Marj and their crew members Ginger and David Hanson are all members of the Stockton SC. Except for the regatta at the La Paz Bay Fest in '11, this boat has never been raced.
  • 3rd  – Nirvana, Irwin 43.5. Bob Davis. Nirvana is a first-time participant in the BBR. Bob is from Green Cove Springs, FL but notes that he's a member of the California YC.

Division G

  • 1st – 40 Love, Hunter Legend 40, Joel Gerber. This is 40 Love’s second BBR. Joel is from Crystal Bay, MN and is a member of the Wayzata YC.
  • 2nd – Nirvana, Alden 64, Steve Link. This is the second BBR for Nirvana — an all-wood cutter built in '52 (and still winning race!) — having participated in the '11 regatta. Captain Steve Link hails from Escondido.
  • 3rd – About Time II, Hunter 410, DeWayne Enyeart. This was About Time II's first BBR, and was sailed by a very experienced crew. Crewmember John Redpath sailed with DeWayne since the '70s on San Francisco Bay and Puget Sound and in the '94 Pacific Cup. Liz Enyeart spent her junior year on the three-masted tall ship Concordia, travelling 22,000 miles from Poland to Victoria, BC. DeWayne hails from Friday Harbor, WA.

Division H 

  • 1st – Moondance, Islander 36, Conor & Lanea Riley. Moondance is a first-time entry in the BBR. Conor and Lanea hail from Redwood City and are members of the Corinthian YC. Conor explained that their success was based on properly balancing the vessel by moving the beer into the bilge.
  • 2nd – Charissa, Liberty 458, Tom Jones. Jones resides in Elk Grove.
  • 3rd – Saver Vivir, Catalina 30, Chuck Naslund. Saber Vivir ("Know how to live") is a longtime participant in the BBR. It’s the ninth regatta for Chuck and the sixth for Saver Vivir. This boat is always competitive and usually places in the top three spots in her class even though its a liveaboard, has an Engle Freezer, and is currently carrying 15 bottle of rum, 20 liters of cranberry-mango juice, 150 movies, and 100 CDs. Chuck is originally from Port Whittier but now calls Mazatlan his home.


No matter where they placed on the scoreboard, we're betting sailors such as Keith and Susan Levy on the Catalina 470 C'est La Vie still felt like winners. Photo Courtesy Vallarta YC
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- latitude / ladonna

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