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Publisher to Speak at Cal YC

July 27, 2012 – Marina del Rey

Having published Latitude 38 for 35 years, having been the Grand Poobah of the Baja Ha-Ha for 18 years, and having sailed our personal boats everywhere from San Francisco to Turkey, the good folks at the Cal YC thought we might have a few interesting stories to tell. We're not so sure about that, but we'll give it a shot.

Richard aboard Profligate
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We publish from anywhere. Latitude's publisher, wrapping up the August issue while getting some paint work done on Profligate at Driscoll's Boat Yard In San Diego. Photo Latitude / Doña de Mallorca
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So next Friday, August 3, Publisher Richard Spindler will be appearing, as live as we can possibly be, as the dinner speaker at the Cal YC. The event is open to the general public. We'll be covering three topics: The founding of Latitude 38 with $2,000 and why there are so many typewriters at the bottom of Clipper Basin Three in Sausalito; the thrill of shepherding over 2,000 Ha-Ha boats from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas; the founding of this year's SoCal Ta-Ta; great boats we've owned; and our two favorite tropical sailing destinations. Okay, that's five topics. No wonder we didn't go into accounting.

Profligate, Latitude's 63-ft catamaran, will be on hand at the Cal YC. Photo Latitude / Archives
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But wait, there's more! Assuming we survive today's Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race, Profligate, Latitude 38's 63-ft catamaran, will be on hand and open for viewing starting at 4:30 p.m. The $23 cost includes dinner, service, tax and parking. Autographed photos available starting $50*. No-host cocktails starts at 6:15, dinner at 7, followed by the evening's talk. For reservations, call (310) 823-4567.

*Just kidding about the photos.

Want to follow Profligate on today's 81-mile race from Santa Barbara to King Harbor? We didn't think so. But if you change your mind, go to the race's website and click the 'Sail Tracker' link. Then just sign in with the following:

  • account: khyc
  • ID: guest
  • password: khycguest

Or, follow us on Facebook using our Spot Messenger.

- latitude / richard

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Racing Round-Up

July 27, 2012 – Oahu, Vallejo, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz, and London

Kevin Welch and crew aboard the Perry 66 Icon are homing in on the Pac Cup finish line. (Seen here shortly after the start.) Photo Latitude / Andy
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By the time you read this, Kevin Welch's Perry 66 Icon will have finished the Pacific Cup race from San Francisco to Oahu. Andy Costello's J/125 Double Trouble is also expected in today. Go to to see how all the boats are doing.

The California Maritime Academy in Vallejo is hosting the William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup this week. The Sea Scout Cup is a biennial sailing regatta devoted to young men and women between the ages of 14 and 21, who compete for Sea Scouting’s top sailing prize. After 11 races and with two days remaining, Jack Donnell and Brooke Stinson from California lead Mike Anderson and Amanda Norris from Christchurch, NZ, by just one point.

CFJs in Vallejo
Twenty teams from all over the world are sailing in CFJs on Carquinez Strait in the Sea Scout Cup this week. © 2018 Sea Scout Cup /

The Laser Masters North American Championships begin today at Richmond YC and run through Sunday. See Then the Masters leave their wetsuits at home and head up the highway to Stockton Sailing Club on August 10-12 for their Pacific Coast Championships. If you're 35 or older, sign up at

The Santana 22 Nationals begin today at Santa Cruz YC. Fifteen boats are signed up, most of them from Santa Cruz and Monterey. One boat from San Francisco Bay is making the short trek south, Derek Meyer's Aquila. The following weekend, SCYC will host the Flying Dutchman North Americans, a lead-up to the FD Worlds in September. See for all three regattas.
Eighty plus sailors from around the globe gathered on July 19-22 at St. Francis YC for the Formula Windsurf and Kiteboard North American Course Racing Championships, the first event of its kind to combine the two fleets in the same championship grade event since the decision to exclude windsurfing from the Olympic Games. Overall winners were Johnny Heineken, kiteboarder extraordinaire, and windsurfer William Schumann of Brazil. Johnny's sister Erika Heineken was the top female kiter.

Erika Heineken
Kiteboarder Erika Heineken from Larkspur (Marin County) at the awards ceremony for the North Americans. © 2018 ThirdAve Kite /

Formula Boards got 23 sign-ups, Kiteboards 66. “With the local Formula fleet in decline and the local kiteboarding fleet growing, we came up with the idea of a combined event,” explained kiteboarder John Gomes, who organized the event with windsurfer Steve Bodner. The two veteran sailors had no idea of the decision that was about to be made by ISAF about their respective fleets. Since the decision to exclude windsurfing from the 2016 Olympics, Gomes and Bodner have witnessed bickering in the local fleets. However, “StFYC has supported both fleets in the past and will continue to do so in the future," said Gomes. "Just because kiteboarding is now an Olympic sport at the expense of windsurfing doesn’t mean we forget about the windsurfing class. On the contrary, we need to embrace the class and strengthen it. Both disciplines are an important part of modern sailing.”

But before we get to the 2016 Rio Olympics, we still have the 2012 London Olympics. Opening ceremonies begin today at 2 p.m. PDT; sailing events begin on Sunday. Visit for the official site. (Is it just us, or do the colors and graphics have a distinctly '80s look to them?) See U.S. sailing team news at, and go to to watch streaming video of all the events.

U.S. Olympic Sailing Team
The U.S. Olympic sailing team posed for a group photo at a press conference in Weymouth yesterday. © 2018 US Sailing /

Closer to home, many regattas are scheduled over the next couple of weeks. Your racing reporter will be cruising the Delta with the Doo Dah, but you can keep track of local goings-on through our Calendar.

- latitude / chris

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School Buses off the Coast

July 27, 2012 – Pacific Ocean

School buses? That's right. While waiting for a friend pick us up some shaft bearings at an industrial supply house in San Diego last week, we struck up a conversation with a guy who was getting parts to try to get his refrigeration system going again on his 70-ft commercial fishing boat so he could head up to Oregon and Washington. He said that friends told him he wasn't missing much up there because the fishing was slow, but that there was a lot of debris in the water.

Debris from the Japanese tsunami that included some large items — including at least one school bus. His fishermen friends told him that there was so much debris that they were limiting their fishing and movements at night. But fishing boats aren't the only commercial vessels out on the water. There are U.S. salvage boats scouring the North Pacific for stuff they hope to be more valuable than fish.

So be careful out there.

- latitude / richard

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Doo Dah Kickoff Party Tonight

July 27, 2012 – Berkeley YC

The Delta Doo Dah kicks off tomorrow morning, with the fleet heading into some pretty warm weather. No doubt lots of swimming will occur. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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For the past three years, Latitude has led a horde of soggy sailors from San Francisco Bay to the sunny, warm Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in the Delta Doo Dah. This year's 'Fab 4' is shaping up to be just as fun-filled — if not more so — than ever!

The Doo Dah Hoopla, the event's finale, will be hosted by Owl Harbor Marina this year, and will feature live music, great food, and a costume contest. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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It's a proven fact that humans fear change, but sometimes a little fear is a good thing. So each year we change up the itinerary just a little, which not only 'shares the love' with a variety of Delta (and Delta-bound) locations and businesses, but keeps the event fresh. This year's change up includes two nights at Bethel Island's Sugar Barge — including a Beatles/'60s costume contest and Peter Yates' epic beach party — and a night at King Island Resort, where Harbormaster Jah Mackey and his staff will host a luau for the fleet. Then, to keep Doo Dah'ers on their toes, we'll hold the final Hoopla Party on August 3 at Owl Harbor Marina, where Devery Stockon and her crew will blow everyone's minds with a killer Mardi Gras-themed "N'Owleans" extravaganza (costumes not required, but they are encouraged, and the best will receive prizes)!

Sugar Barge will pack 'em in! Peter Yates and the good folks at Sugar Barge on Bethel Island will host us for two nights before we head off for King Island Resort. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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But first the we have to kick off the week-long rally tonight at Berkeley YCBerkeley Marina is hosting a number of entrants — where Doo Dah'ers will get to check in, get to know each other a little, and even go racing in the club's Friday night beer can. Tomorrow morning, the 46-boat fleet will boogie on up to Vallejo YC, where they will be welcomed with a grand party, as well as a breakfast in the morning to energize them for the trip up to Bethel.

We'll be posting regular reports on the event here on 'Lectronic, with occasional posts to our Facebook page. In the meantime, we'll leave you with the weather forecast for each of our stops:

♦ July 28 — Vallejo YC: Partly cloudy, 78°, WSW 14 mph
♦ July 29-30 — Sugar Barge, Bethel Island: Sunny, 90°, WSW 13 mph
♦ July 31 — King Island Resort, near Stockton: Sunny, 93°, W 12 mph
♦ August 1-2 — Free days, much of the fleet will likely be at Potato Slough: Sunny, 90°, WSW 13 mph
♦ August 3 — Owl Harbor, Isleton: Sunny, 91°, WSW 12 mph

Isn't it about time you heated things up a bit by heading to the Delta?

- latitude / ladonna

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Ad: Sale Boat of the Day

July 27, 2012 – Pt. Richmond

2006 Beneteau 51Cyclades

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Please call Deborah Reynolds at (510) 917-6629 for an exclusive showing.

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