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San Francisco Sunset Spectacular

September 14, 2012 – Richmond

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© 2018 Paul Kassatkin

The Bay Area was dazzled by beautiful sunsets last week, including this one photographed at Marina Bay in Richmond by Paul Kassatkin of the Hunter 40 Relax. For many sailors — us included — beautiful sunsets are the cherry on top of a terrific daysail. Of course, we hear that sunrises can be pretty spectacular, as well. Too bad they come so darn early!

- latitude / ladonna

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Classy Deadline the 15th

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Racing Preview

September 14, 2012 – San Francisco Bay, Annapolis, and San Diego

Red Bra
Now that we have your attention... © 2018 South Beach YC

A new regatta from San Francisco's South Beach YC is coming up this Sunday. It's the ladies-only Red Bra Regatta. Registration will remain open until Sunday morning. See

The Cal Maritime Academy Keelhaulers are sailing a Navy 44 for the Shields Trophy this weekend at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. For more on the college sailing season just beginning, see ICSA's new site at

St. Francis YC is hosting the 2012 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship this week on San Francisco Bay. Six teams of four are competing in J/22s for the Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy. San Francisco's Genny Tulloch won all six of her matches yesterday, for the best record so far. Nicole Breault's only loss was to Tulloch. This regatta is a Qualifying Event for the 2012 ISAF Nations Cup Regional Finals. Check it out at

Women's Match Racing
Lively action on the first day of the U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship in San Francisco. © 2018 Chris Ray /

Clear over on the other side of the country, San Rafael's Liz Baylis is conducting a North U Welcome to Match Racing Clinic at Eastport YC in Annapolis on September 21-23. For more info, see

Another educational opportunity closer to home on September 22-23, Island YC's Women's Sailing Seminar comes highly recommended, whether you yearn to compete in big regattas, cruise to distant shores, or just sail with confidence to Angel Island. This racing reporter will be among the instructors. See

Golden Gate YC will host the Open 5.70 North American Championship on the Cityfront September 21-23. See Over in Marin, the newly expanded Sperry-Topsider NOOD Regatta is coming to Corinthian, Sausalito, and Tiburon YCs on September 22-23. Dinghies and PHRF boats are now welcome, as well as the usual one designs, including Corsair 24 tris, Melges 20s, Vipers, J/120s, and J/105s. See

On the last weekend of the month, September 28-30, all Beneteau owners are invited to race in the Beneteau Cup, hosted by San Diego YC, with instructors and seminars provided for a fun learning experience. Enter by September 21 at

- latitude / chris

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Ad: Sail Saves Boat from Whale

September 14, 2012 – Niue

Australian cruisers Dennis and Nikki were enjoying an idyllic milk run when a whale tangled their anchor rode in Niue. The whale ripped the stem and roller fitting right off their boat. The only connection between boat and anchor was a furled light air sail and continuous line furler. Island Planet Sails owner Dave Benjamin, who supplied the sail, quipped, "I don’t think that’s covered under our warranty." For all the details of this truth is stranger than fiction saga, click here….

tangled bow roller

© 2018 Dennis Weglehner



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Coastal Cleanup Day Tomorrow

September 14, 2012 – California Shorelines

Volunteers at last year's Coastal Clean Up Day receive some training. © 2018 Winston Bumpus

Prior to last year's California Coastal Cleanup Day, Redwood City's Sequoia YC and LA's Port Royal YC worked with government agencies to develop a program that would encourage yacht clubs and their members to get involved in the annual statewide beach cleaning day

"As a first time event for our club, I was concerned that we would not have enough volunteers," noted Sequoia YC Rear Commodore Winston Bumpus. "Then, as the day approached and after receiving several emails and calls from members saying they would sign up, my next worry was if there was enough trash in our Port for all of these people to pick up. I need not have worried."

Cleaning up your bit of the coast helps make the world a better place. © 2018 Winston Bumpus

Nearly 50 volunteers showed up and in three hours collected over 800 lbs of trash. "All of this stuff would have ended up in our creek, Bay and ocean if we hadn't taken the time to do our part," Bumpus said.

Now the program has been expanded to all California yacht clubs, with PICYA encouraging its members to participate. Many of those clubs have signed up for tomorrow's Coastal Cleanup Day, which runs from 9 a.m.-noon. Check your club's calendar or go to the official website to find the nearest cleanup location to lend a hand. Get your club or marina signed up now for next year's event here.

- latitude / ladonna

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Ta-Ta Update

September 14, 2012 – Redondo Beach

The crescent bay called Paradise Cove makes a comfortable overnight anchorage, but watch out for the kelp. Photo Latitude / Andy
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After swapping cruising tales last night during the big spaghetti feed at the friendly King Harbor YC in Redondo Beach, Ta-Ta fleet members are crossing the channel to Two Harbors, Catalina today under clear blue skies — continuing the theme of 'Reggae Pon da Ocean'. It's supposed to be in the 90s today, making up for some foggy mornings earlier in the week. 

After skies cleared, the fleet had a lovely sail into King Harbor, where most boats rafted behind the seawall. Later, King Harbor YC hosted a great spaghetti feed for the Ta-Ta'ers. Photo Latitude / Andy
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Bear at the helm, happy to be away from the office and sailing in open water. Photo Latitude / Andy
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After making the 25-mile crossing and claiming a spot in the mooring field, the fleet will gather ashore this afternoon at the main bandstand, where we'll have a grand cruiser potluck. With any luck, we'll air Jimmy Cliff's classic film The Harder They Come. Despite a little fog and a few minor mishaps, the event has been a great success. Look for a full report in the October issue of Latitude 38.

Approaching Little Scorpion anchorage on Day Two. Photo Latitude / Andy
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Does exploring sea caves qualify as spelunking? A tight squeeze in the "Spooking cave" Photo Latitude / Andy
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Sometimes narrow passageways open into broad cavern Photo Latitude / Andy
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There are many ways to enjoy a calm anchorage, including oil painting, as crewman Ron demonstrates. Photo Latitude / Andy
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- latitude / andy

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