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Bon Voyage, Ka'iulani

April 9, 2012 – Sausalito

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Ka'iulani's majestic presence won't be felt on the Bay until next year. © 2018 Jim Rimmer

It was clear, sunny and calm this Saturday when the Sausalito-based 86-ft gaff schooner Ka’iulani cast off her dock lines and headed for Tahiti. After more than a decade plying the Bay as a charter schooner, educational vessel, and more recently as a private yacht, Ka’iulani finally headed out for a year-long excursion to the South Pacific.

Ka’iulani is no stranger to bluewater — her original owner had her designed by Bill Crealock and built in 1984 to go around the world. During her voyage, the owner fell ill and passed away in South America.

Ka’iulani returned to California and soon after landed in San Francisco Bay, owned by sailing entrepreneur Rob Michaan, who had hoped to make her a successful charter boat. A marathon effort to certify the schooner as a passenger yacht was followed by years of struggle to make ends meet. Eventually Michaan sold the boat in '06 to Chris and Holiday Johnson of Sausalito.

The Johnsons were by no means novice sailors — they sailed their Sausalito-based Swan 46 Bluefin to South Pacific in '01, and cruised for three years while they filmed a documentary about sharks called Stewards of the Reef.

The Johnsons had hoped their three-year cruise on Bluefin would satisfy their appetite for cruising and allow them to ‘get it out of their system’, before returning to settle down and raise a family. But their cruise did the opposite; it whet their appetite for more. So they returned to Sausalito, sold Bluefin and began looking for a boat that would not only accommodate their many friends and associates, but also the family they planned to have. A friend told them about Ka’iulani and it met their needs.

Chris, Holiday and their kids, Mia (9) and Larsen (5), aboard Ka'iulani. © 2018 John Skoriak

Fast forward to '12 and, after years or refitting nearly every inch of Ka’iulani — from rig to engine, deck to galley, as well as raising two children while doing it — the Chris and Holiday finally decided they were ready for, well, a holiday. So they threw a 'standing room only' going away party last month at the Sausalito YC, complete with a South Seas motif, Tahitian buffet and Polynesian dancing, with Holiday herself — a former professional dancer — taking part. It was a way for the Johnsons to say thank you to all the local vendors, shipwrights, mechanics, riggers, sailmakers, and others who made their trip possible.

After good-byes and good wishes, Ka’iulani departed this weekend with a crew of seven local saliors led by Capt. Jim Linderman. Next stop Hawaii, Marquesas and Tahiti. The Johnsons's plans are to return next year for the America’s Cup and make Ka’iulani available to local non-profit sailing programs.

Meanwhile, the Johnsons believe that no matter how big or small of a boat a person can afford, or for how long one can cruise, that one should go when they can, rather than wait. “It’s all about fulfilling the dream,” says Chris.

We couldn’t agree with him more. Bon voyage, Ka’iulani.

- john skoriak

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Weekend Racing Wrap-Up

April 9, 2012 – Tiburon and Itajaí, Brazil

Timmy! in the SSS Corinthian
Cam Lewis and Mark Nail on the Elliott 6.5 Timmy! jibe for the finish in the SSS Corinthian Race. Photo Latitude / Chris
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Saturday's Corinthian Race, the second in the Singlehanded Sailing Society's '12 season, was all about elusive breeze and inescapable current. The race started in a four-knot flood, and finished in a building ebb, which proved too much for some of the slower boats — they made it all the way around the 18-mile Bay tour course only to be held off from the Corinthian YC finish line by a wall of current.

Dianne and Racer X at the finish.
These KORs (kayakers oblivious to racing) tried hard to squeeze the Express 27 Dianne and the J/105 Racer X out of the finish line. Photo Latitude / Chris
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One casualty was reported: the port side of Richard von Ehrenkrook's Cal 20 Can O'Whoopass, which looks like a cracked Easter egg after it took a one-two punch from a Swan 42 that was out for a cruise. 'The Can' will not be back in action in time for Saturday's OYRA Farallones Race, however, insurance companies and fiberglass workers willing, "We hope to be able to do sea trials at Berkeley YC's Wheeler Regatta," said Richard, "in preparation to resume the OYRA series at the Duxship, on April 26."

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In the Volvo Ocean Race, Puma and Telefónica finished Leg 5 at Itajaí, Brazil, within minutes of each other, after more then 7,500 miles of racing. Puma’s Mar Mostro crossed the line on Friday at 16:09:51 local time to take their first victory of the 2011-12 edition, and not a minute too soon, as they had run out of food a day and a half before. Telefónica crossed at 16:22:29 local time after an incredible comeback effort. They were 400 miles behind the leaders when they resumed racing following a pit stop to repair structural damage to their boat.

Puma and Telefonica approach the finish.
Jordi Calafat from Spain climbs the rig of Telefonica, and Casey Smith from Australia does the same on Puma, in the final miles of Leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand, to Itajai, Brazil. © 2018 Ian Roman / Volvo Ocean Race

Meanwhile, Groupama 4's crew and shore team completed the installation of a jury rig in Punta del Este, Uruguay, enabling them to return to sea after Wednesday's dismasting. Skipper Franck Cammas said they really don't know why the rig failed. "We had strong confidence in our rig, which had been through worse things since we left Alicante. And then it fell in almost easy conditions, in a reasonable sea and wind. We were lucky to be close enough to the coast, meaning we could find a port and calm conditions to build a jury rig and finish the leg.

Dismating of Groupama 4
Groupama Sailing Team suspended racing from Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Auckland, New Zealand, to Itajai, Brazil, after their mast broke just above the first spreader around 60 miles south of Punta del Este. © 2018 Yann Riou / Groupama sailing team / Volvo Ocean Race

"Our technical goal was to use the top part of the mast, which we managed to bring back after the incident, and which is a tube of almost 20 meters. But we had to create a whole new rig in 24 hours, with limited means, using only the material we have, especially in terms of cables and sails. The result, with more than 100 square meters of sail area, isn’t ugly. At least for now, this jury rig is fully satisfying with a surf at more than 20 knots (shhh, don’t say it, we promised to take it easy…)." They are closing in on the home stretch, with less than 150 miles to go at last report.

Groupama's jury rig under sail
Charles Caudrelier from France, helming Groupama 4 under jury rig. © 2018 Yann Riou / Groupama Sailing Team / Volvo Ocean Race

Camper resumed racing on Sunday after putting into Puerto Montt, Chile, for six days of repairs. Now they're headed south to Cape Horn. Is it just us or is everyone getting the impression that these boats are under-engineered and under-provisioned? Tell us what you think.

- latitude / chris

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April 9, 2012 – Fountain Valley, CA

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It's Boat Show Week

April 9, 2012 – Jack London Square, Oakland

Sailors from all over the Bay Area and beyond are clearing their calendars this week in order to make the most of the annual Strictly Sail Pacific boat show (April 12-15) at Oakland's Jack London Square. It is, of course, the largest all-sailboat show on the West Coast.

AC45 at JL Square
Precious cargo: An AC45 is lowered in to place at Jack London Square in advance of this week's massive boat show. © 2018 Mitch Perkins

Among the most eye-catching attractions will be an AC45 catamaran identical to those being raced in Naples, Italy, this week, and the 10 Clipper Round the World Race boats which recently arrived here after completing the 6,000-mile leg from Qingdao, China. They will depart the Oakland-Alameda Estuary Saturday about 11 a.m. for their next leg to New York via the Panama Canal.

new boats at jack london square
There'll be a treasure trove of gleaming sailing yachts, all open for inspection. Photo Latitude / Andy
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The yacht basin at Jack London Square will be a veritable 'sailor's candy store', as it will be chock full of new and late-model sailing yachts, all open for inspection. With a packed house of exhibitors, who'll be selling and demonstrating everything from sailing dinghies to cutting-edge electronics, the show will offer an ideal opportunity to talk shop with experts and buy all sorts of gear at too-good-to-pass-up boat show prices. Throughout the show, dozens of free seminars will help you expand and refine your knowledge of a broad range of topics. In fact, we'll be hosting a few of our own: 'Baja Ha-Ha How-To', 2:15 p.m. (both Friday and Saturday) in seminar room D; and 'Cruising Tahiti and the Pacific Puddle Jump', 3:30 p.m. Saturday in room D. And on Friday afternoon we'll host a special two-hour gathering of West Coast Circumnavigators (wannabes welcome) with a panel of six speakers, each discussing going around from a different point of view. Also in room D.

latitude booth
Don't forget to drop by the Latitude 38 booth to say hi, talk shop and perhaps pick up some official Latitude swag. Photo Latitude / JR
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From free boat rides, to kids sailing instruction, to one-on-one chats with famous authors. . . you name it, this show has it all. Click here to get discounts on show tickets, and here to check out the full line-up of show activities. And don't forget to drop by the Latitude 38 booth to say hello. See you then!

- latitude / andy

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April 9, 2012 – San Diego, CA



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