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Huge Dock Washes Ashore

June 8, 2012 – Newport, Oregon


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The massive fishing dock drifted 5,000 miles across the Pacific. © 2017 Thomas Boyd / The Oregonian

While we're not inclined to buy into the mainstream media's hysteria over the debris field set adrift after the Japanese tsunami in March 2011, the recent groundings of large — and very hard — objects can't help but send a shiver down the spines of anyone who plans to sail home from Hawaii this summer. The most recent addition to the growing list of flotsam discovered along the West Coast is an enormous dock that washed ashore at Newport, Oregon's Agate Beach earlier in the week. Measuring 66 feet long by 19 feet wide by 7 feet tall, the dock was one of four that broke free during the tsunami. Another was found on an island near where it had originally been moored, which leaves two unaccounted for.


A small container that held a Harley Davidson motorcycle washed up on a remote B.C. beach in April. © 2017 Peter Mark

The other two notable pieces of debris which found their way west were a 164-ft ghost ship that was sunk in April by the Coast Guard 180 miles off the coast of Southeast Alaska, and a container — which contained a pricey Harley — that washed ashore on B.C.'s Graham Island in April. Much of what Pacific Cup and Singlehanded TransPac racers will undoubtedly sail through on the way home from the Islands will probably be small, buoyant items. But these recent discoveries should serve as a warning that those sailing home should keep an extra-vigilant eye out — and maybe leave their radars on.

- latitude / ladonna

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World Ocean's Day Today

June 8, 2012 – Planet Earth

A decade ago, June 8 was designated as World Oceans Day, "a chance to celebrate and honor the body of water that links everything on the planet," as Andrew Sharpless of the international environmental organization Oceana puts it. "We rely on the oceans for so much — food, oxygen, inspiration — and it’s vital that we continue striving for healthier and more abundant oceans."

earth from space
Today's a day to celebrate Earth's mighty oceans, which cover 71% of our planet's surface. Photo Courtesy NOAA
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Although Sharpless' organization is intimately familiar with the grave challenges that face our oceans, scientists are optimistic about the potential to reverse current negative trends. A new report released by Oceana this week explains how "smart ocean management can help to feed the world’s hungry." Read it and you'll learn that 25 nations control more than 75% of the world’s fish stocks. (The U.S. is among them, of course.) Oceana advocates that those countries implement measures that reduce overfishing, protect habitat, and limit bycatch. By doing so, the organization claims that fish stocks could increase to the point that wild seafood could sustainably feed 700 million people a day.

It's projected that by the year 2050, Earth will be home to 9 billion people. The prospect of trying to feed them all is truly staggering.

- latitude / andy

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Weekend Racing Preview

June 8, 2012 – San Francisco Bay and Beyond

We're headed for another busy weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area. For a comprehensive list of races and events, please see our Calendar. Here are some highlights:

Corinthian and South Beach Yacht Clubs are co-hosting a new regatta, the X-Bay on June 9. The inaugural edition will start mid-Bay and finish at CYC. The Corinthian is also responsible for running OYRA's Drake's Bay Race this weekend, in which racers sail to Drake's Bay on Saturday, anchor out on Saturday evening, and race back to San Francisco Bay on Sunday.

Drake's Bay Raft-Up
The only local ocean race with raft-ups of anchor-outs. Left to right: Na Ka Oi, Mimicat, Ohana and Zsa Zsa in last August's Drake's Bay Race. © 2017 / www.norcalsailing.com

The Hobie 16 and 20 North Americans will be June 18-22, hosted by Sausalito YC with support from Sausalito Cruising Club. The organizers expect as many as 70 boats. John Schulthess of Wind Toys in Santa Rosa writes, "We will be having a warm-up fun sail this weekend at Dunphy Park in Sausalito."

Welcome to Yorkshire departs NYC
Welcome to Yorkshire passes the Statue of Liberty alongside the space shuttle prototype Enterprise, which was on its way to the Air & Space Museum on Manhattan's West Side. © 2017 Abner Kingman / onEdition / www.clipperroundtheworld.com

Race 12 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is now in full swing as the ten 68-ft matched yachts departed the Hudson River in New York for Halifax, Nova Scotia, yesterday evening. Following the start off Ambrose Lighthouse, Singapore skipper Ben Bowley commented, “We have just completed a very picturesque Le Mans start sailing away from the setting sun to kick off Leg 8. Our initial course put the boats on a beam reach. However preparations were underway throughout the fleet to ensure that kites could be hoisted. Almost as one, ten kites inflated and the fleet surged forward. We are all now trimming fiendishly to get a little advantage over our competitors who remain within a few boat lengths.” As of this morning, all boats were within eight miles of each other, with Visit Finland leading Gold Coast Australia by just one mile. See www.clipperroundtheworld.com. San Francisco sailor Jim Cole is aboard New York; you can read about him in this month's Sightings.

Dorade at the Heineken Regatta
Dorade, winning her class at the Heineken Regatta in March. © 2017 Tim Wright / www.photoaction.com

Some West Coast entries are among the 133 boats competing in this weekend's 158th NYYC Annual Regatta Presented by Rolex, billed as America's oldest regatta, in Rhode Island. They include: Peter Noonan's Defiance, Swan 56, San Jose; Melges 32s Leenabarca, Alex Jackson, Piedmont, and Samba Pa Ti, John Kilroy, Los Angeles; Stark Raving Mad, a Swan 601 sailed by James Madden of Newport Beach; and Rocket J. Squirrel, a Swan 39 sailed by Chris Otorowski of Bainbridge Island, WA; plus the famous Caribbean-based S&S yawl Dorade, sailed by Matt Brooks of St. Francis YC. We wish them well. Entries such as classic 12-Meters including America's Cup winner Intrepid will compete, as well as modern one designs, IRC boats and lots of Swans. See www.nyyc.org.

A final note: If you're looking for some off-the-water recreation tomorrow, consider visiting one of our area's national parks, as admission will be free all day this Saturday in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (Hyde Street at the west end of Fisherman's Wharf) will offer a walking history tour along the San Francisco waterfront, ranger programs aboard the historic fleet (including the 1886 square-rigger Balclutha), living history demonstrations, and more! For additional info about the park or its public programs call 415-447-5000 or visit the website.

- latitude / chris

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Hungry for Mexico?

June 8, 2012 – La Cruz, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

We're hungry for Mexico despite the fact that, thanks to mildly funky weather along the Baja Coast, we haven't even done the Bash back to California with Profligate yet. What's the weather like in Banderas Bay and along the Riviera Nayarit at this time of year? Marvelous. It's warm, but not too hot. However, as Mike and Robin Stout of the Redondo Beach-based Aluetian 51 Mermaid told us, they're glad they installed an air conditioner just before they headed south last year. Mike gave us a scientific explanation of why it's more humid at night, which we promptly forgot, but the evening humidity is a fact. It's been dry, with the rainy season not due to start for another month or so. We can't mention the importance of having access to a pool for additional comfort. More on that in a future 'Lectronic.

Yesterday we were scheduled to have a 1 p.m. meeting with Richard Zarkin, Manager of Public Relations for the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. We, along with the folks at Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz, Paradise Marina in Nuevo Vallarta and other businesses, are in the process of cooking up a grand Riviera Nayarit welcome for members of this year's Ha-Ha fleet as well as a reunion for previous Ha-Ha participants, to be held in conjunction with the Banderas Bay Blast in mid-December. It's gonna be . . . well, a real blast. More details later.


The Ikuai Restaurant. A very nice facility with flat screen televisions high up with the sound turned down low. Photo Latitude / Richard
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Zarkin was delayed a couple of hours, so we decided to have lunch at Ikuai, the Marival-run restaurant overlooking the Marina Riviera Nayarit, the jungle hills, and the blue waters of Banderas Bay. The following are some of the photos of our meal. Examine them closely, because we are having a contest. Whoever comes closest to guessing the total price for the meal, wins a similar meal for two during December's festivities. We're assuming an exchange rate of 14 to 1, which is what a friend got from an ATM machine the other day. The entry deadline is Monday. Good luck and bon provecho.


The shrimp tostadas are favorites of ours. This photo was taken the previous day, so take note that you only get two with the lunch special. Photo Latitude / Richard
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Doña's dorado (mahi mahi) with diablo sauce. We preferred our garlic sauce. Photo Latitude / Richard
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Bread -- as if we needed it. Photo Latitude / Richard
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Dessert -- which we needed even less than bread. Photo Latitude / Richard
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Everyone gets garlic bread and either iced tea or fresh lemonade with the lunch special. For starters, we had a couple of shrimp tostadas topped with avocado, while Doña de Mallorca opted for a bowl of killer vegetable soup. We both went for the fresh dorado entrees, with Doña going for the diablo sauce while we chose the garlic sauce. Yum. Rice and veggies came with both. We didn't need it, but we were then both served a generous portion of cheesecake topped with raspberry sauce.

This lunch special was good until 4 p.m. and served by friendly and attentive waiters who clearly enjoyed their job. So it's time for you to guess, what was the price per person for the lunch special? Send your guess to Richard.


Katrina Liana, reigning Commodore of the Punta Mita Yacht & Surf Club, doing what we should have done after our lunch, which is burn off some calories in the Marina Riviera Nayarit pool. Photo Latitude / Richard
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- latitude / richard

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