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Reflections Sinks After Whale Collision

June 15, 2012 – La Playa, Baja, Mexico

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Reflections carried Max Young around the world - and then some - before a collision with a whale ended her journey on Wednesday. Photo Courtesy Reflections
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We're saddened to report that Max Young, who spent nine years circumnavigating aboard his Sacramento-based Perry 47 Reflections and who was on his way back to the Bay after spending the last couple years in the Caribbean, lost his boat Wednesday off the coast of Baja after a collision with a whale. According to the Coast Guard, Young was singlehanding about 40 miles west of Punta Abreojos Tuesday night when the whale breached, damaging the boat's prop shaft and rudder and causing her to take on water. Young activated his EPIRB, and the Coast Guard Command Center in Alameda responded by diverting an HC-130 and requesting assistance from the 623-ft bulk carrier Ocean Virgo, which was about 60 miles away.

By the time the plane crew made contact with Young, around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, Reflections was riding low in rough seas while Young did his best to keep up with the inflow. The flight crew stayed on scene until Ocean Virgo arrived around 4 a.m. Young, who was apparently uninjured, was taken aboard the ship at sunrise and is now bound for Panama, but will be returning to Northern California soon. We hope to have a full account of his story in a future edition of Latitude 38 but in the meantime, check out CNN's video report on the rescue below. 

- latitude / ladonna

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Colorful Volvo Ocean Race Update

June 15, 2012 – Lorient, France

Groupama in Lorient
The crew of Groupama, skippered by Franck Cammas from France, celebrate taking first place in Leg 8, from Lisbon, Portugal, to Lorient, France, during the Volvo Ocean Race. © 2018 Ian Roman / Volvo Ocean Race /

The battle of the red, green and blue boats in Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race is just finishing up in Lorient, France. The green boat, Groupama, has earned more points, and now has a comfortable but not unassailable lead for the overall race. The blue boat, Telefónica, keeps getting into trouble and has lost points. At the last in-port race in Lisbon, Portugal, she fouled Puma, one of the red boats at the start, and after doing a penalty turn she ended up finishing last and losing out on valuable points.

Start of the in-port race
Telef√≥nica broke rule 17: "On the same tack; proper course. If a boat clear astern becomes overlapped within two of her hull lengths to leeward of a boat on the same tack, she shall not sail above her proper course while they remain on the same tack and over-lapped within that distance, unless in doing so she promptly sails astern of the other boat. This rule does not apply if the overlap begins while the windward boat is required by rule 13 to keep clear." © 2018 Ian Roman / Volvo Ocean Race /

The short 1,950-mile "sprint" from Lisbon to Lorient saw many lead changes and a heavy weather run to the finish. Racing along in 40 knots of wind, the fleet ran at full throttle, and with the boats so close and the finish so important, the crews never had a chance of backing down. “It is that old question, when to pull back and when to keep pushing,” said skipper Chris Nicholson on the other red boat, Camper, during the leg. "You just have to judge things at the moment and keep pushing hard. At the moment things are alright, so we keep blasting along, chasing down the leading boats just a handful of miles away." The blue boat Telefónica must have hit the red line too many times – they broke both rudders with only 200 miles to go.

At the finish this morning, Groupama blasted in first with Camper second, Puma third, and Abu Dhabi fourth. As we post this story, Telefónica is still having trouble 45 miles out, with Sanya closing in on them. Telefónica's troubles put Puma in second place overall. Kenny Read on Puma summed up the leg: “I hope I’m wrong, but I have a feeling we’ve seen the opportunity to win this race slipping away. Groupama struggled in the beginning. But they keep getting better. Good for them, bad for us."

See for more.

- ncs

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June 15, 2012 – Oakland, CA

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Racing Preview

June 15, 2012 – West Coast

Hobie Cats at Golden Gate Bridge
Cats littered San Francisco Bay during last June's Hobie Cat regatta. © 2018 /

Sausalito YC, local Hobie Fleet 281, and the North American Hobie Class Association are hosting the 2012 Hobie 16 & 20 North American Championships in Sausalito on June 16-22. Teams from as far away as Fiji, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Canada are coming here to compete with some of the top U.S. teams.

Seventy catamarans will be launching from Sausalito's Dunphy Park, with racing to be held between Knox and Yellow Bluff. This weekend, the teams will weigh and prep the boats, then sail some practice heats on Sunday afternoon. Monday through Friday, races will run from about 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. depending on weather conditions.

Spectators are welcome to intermingle with competitors in the park before and after the races. A raffle will be held to benefit the SYC and Hobie youth programs, with tickets available at Dunphy Park. On- and off-the-water volunteers are welcome. Information, continual updates, daily results and photos will be found at

Small boats with just one hull can look forward to the Laser PCCs at Cabrillo Beach YC in L.A. Harbor June 22-24. Today is the early entry deadline, after which the registration fee goes up $50. San Francisco fleet captain Tracy Usher commented that, "CBYC has access to the best breeze in Southern California. There is a good chance to be hiking out!" See or

Charles Hodgkins of Encinal YC noted that Wednesday's "first start of the 2012 Coastal Cup went off without a hitch at 11 a.m., with good breeze and smooth water." As of this morning, the Cal 40s RedHead and Shaman had finished in Santa Barbara. Visit for info.

The CSR Marine Melges 24 U.S. National Championship got underway today at Seattle YC, with 36 boats signed up. Several entries from British Columbia and one from Australia make this an international event; most of the boats hail from Washington, three come from Southern California, four from the San Francisco Bay Area, two from Portland, one each from Idaho and South Carolina, and one from Wisconsin — Zenda Express, raced by 2002 World Champion Harry Melges. Results and photos will be posted at

Pacific Cup YC has announced preliminary division splits for the Pacific Cup race from San Francisco to Oahu, which starts the week of July 16; see

- latitude / chris

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June 15, 2012 – San Diego, CA

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