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April 20, 2012 – Sausalito


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Thanks to our recent Crew Party, Sylvia and Barry now have a deep pool of race crew to pull strings aboard Iolani. Photo Courtesy Iolani
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"Thank you for hosting the Latitude 38 Spring Crew List Party on March 7 at Golden Gate YC," write Barry Stompe & Sylvia Stewart of the Sausalito-based Hughes 48 Iolani. "The party yielded us a great bunch of race crew recruits. Seven of the sailors in this photo are contacts we made at the Crew Party. Four of the individuals just moved to the Bay Area — and are learning that we sail with PFDs and foulies around here. So thanks to Latitude for hosting the great event.

"This photo was taken after a good day of spinnaker practice, which was followed by an awesome potluck lunch behind Angel Island, featuring many homemade treats. After a brisk sail back to Sausalito, we hosted a little dock party and beer tasting of some micro brew created by one of our crew. The Chipotle Amber Ale was voted the favorite."


Our annual Crew List Party offered hundreds of opportunities to meet potential crew members.
Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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This year's Crew List Party was one of the biggest ever, with more than 300 people getting to know each other. If you missed out, no worries, you can still find skippers or crew by check out our online Crew List. It's free!

- latitude / ladonna

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Weekend Racing Preview

April 20, 2012 – San Francisco Bay Area

Islander 36 Kapai
The beautiful Islander 36 Kapai follows a trio of Catalinas to the leeward mark in an SBYC Friday night race.
Photo Latitude / Andy
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More Bay Area beer can series get started this evening. The Corinthian YC and South Beach YC's non-counting warm-up races have fallen on an appropriately warm day. "As if to welcome the series back gently, Ma Nature has dealt us a soft deal for the first night back on the water," wrote the CYC race committee. This evening's breeze is forecast for 5-15 knots from the west. Island YC's Island Nights Spring Series starts today too, with even mellower sailing on the Estuary.

CYC will include a tribute to the lost sailors of Low Speed Chase before starting tonight's race. "We are going to drape the starting buoy with a black ribbon to signify our mourning, and we are going to ask the racers and race committee to observe one minute of silence prior to the first gun."

This weekend features three big two-day regattas inside San Francisco Bay. Berkeley YC's inclusive Rollo Wheeler Memorial Regatta promotes "Yachting for the People" with three buoy races on Saturday, a party Saturday night, and a pursuit race on Sunday. San Francisco YC's Resin Regatta is for Melges 24s, Moore 24s, Express 27s and Etchells. J/Boats descend on St. Francis YC for J/Fest, with one design classes for J/22-type, J/24, J/105, and J/120 fleets, and PHRF racing for the rest.

If you're not sailing on Saturday, you might want to check out the Marinship Day & Flea Market at Sausalito West Marine, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., a benefit for Spaulding Wooden Boat Center.

- latitude / chris

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Memorial Flotilla for Lost Sailors

April 20, 2012 – Tiburon

As a way of honoring Marc Kasanin, Alexis Busch, Jordan Fromm, Elmer Morrissey, and Alan Cahill — the five crew of Low Speed Chase who perished in last weekend's Full Crew Farallones Race — friends and fellow San Francisco YC members are organizing a memorial flotilla tomorrow evening (Saturday, April 19). All sailors are encouraged to join the fleet.

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Seen here, Low Speed Chase was looking good as she beat along the Marin headlands. Pictured (left to right) are Marc, Elmer, Alexis, Jordan, Jay Bradford, Bryan Chong (trimming the main). Not seen are Alan, who was driving, and Nick Vos.
© 2014 Peter Lyons / Lyons Imaging

The timetable will be as follows:

• At 7:25 p.m. a bagpiper will play for five minutes aboard the Protector Farallones, which will be anchored between Belvedere and Angel Island

• 7:30 p.m. — One minute of silence for each crew member

• 7:35 p.m. — Bagpipe will play for five minutes

• 7:40 p.m. — 8 Bells at 30 seconds per ring

• 7:45 p.m. — Boaters are asked to lay wreathes and flowers on the Bay as the bagpipe plays

• 7:55 p.m. — Dusk

For info see the special memorial website.

- latitude / andy

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Dying Fishermen Spotted from Cruise Ship

April 20, 2012 – Panama

As if the cruise ship industry hasn't taken enough of a public relations beating recently following the Costa Concordia tragedy off Italy and Carnival Splendor losing all power with 4,500 passengers off Mexico, there are now allegations that the crew and/or captain of Carnival's Star Princess ignored three bird-watcher passengers who alerted them to the fact that three fishermen were desperately signalling for help after their boat broke down off the coast of Panama on March 10. Carnival is the largest cruise ship line in the world, and the Star Princess is a 981-footer with four pools, a nine-hole putting green, a casino, and cabins for some 2,000 passengers.


A photo taken by one of the cruise ship passengers of the stricken fishing boat as the ship sped past.
© 2014 Jeff Gilligan

According to 18-year-old Adrian Vasquez, who was found barely alive near the Galapagos after drifting for 28 days without food or water, his friend Oropeces Betancourt, 24, died the day after the cruise ship failed to respond, and his other friend Fernando Osario, 16, died five days later. The fishermen had been spotted by three birdwatchers on the cruise ship, two from Oregon and one from Ireland. After alerting the crew, the birdwatchers assumed that the captain would do what was required to help the helpless fishermen.

Once they got home, they made inquires to find out what happened. They not only learned nothing had been done, they also learned about the deaths of the two fishermen. International maritime law requires ships that come upon other vessels in distress to render assistance, as long as they can do so without endangering themselves. An on-going investigation by Carnival has concluded that word of the stranded fishermen never made it to the captain of Star Princess — they cite a "breakdown in communication" that's still being investigated.

- latitude / richard

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