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Jeanne Socrates Does It Again

October 24, 2012 – Victoria, BC


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Jeanne Socrates left Victoria, BC, Monday morning aboard Nereida bound for...Victoria, BC. © 2017 Jak Mang

You just can't keep Jeanne Socrates down. The irrepressible Brit left Victoria, B.C. Monday morning aboard her Najad 380 Nereida on her third attempt at a nonstop solo circumnavigation. If she succeeds in completing this one nonstop — she was forced to stop during her last two circumnavigations when her boat was damaged — she'll not only be the oldest woman, at 70, to have done so, she'll also be the only woman to have done so starting from North America.


Record-setting solo circumnavigator Tony Gooch was stationed at Ogden Point to note Socrates' official start time around 11:30 a.m. © 2017 Jak Mang

Though record-keeping organizations no longer recognize age-based sailing records, they are very interested in geographical and gender-based records. That being the case, Canadian Tony Gooch, who set the record for the first North American (Victoria) singlehanded nonstop circumnavigation in '03, was on hand to seal her prop shaft and take her time for the World Sailing Speed Record Council. It's interesting to note that Socrates is not sponsored — other than a few equipment donations — and she's sailing to raise money for the Marie Curie Cancer Care, a nonprofit that supplies nurses to terminally ill patients.


As of this morning, Nereida was heading offshore before making her turn south. © 2017 Exact Earth / http://www.exactearth.com/media-centre/recent-ship-tracks/tracking-nereida/

Socrates' journey should take about eight months — over half of it in the Southern Ocean! — and we'll be posting frequent updates from her here in 'Lectronic. You can also follow her at www.svnereida.com.

Go get 'em, Jeanne!

- latitude / ladonna

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An Unusual Hitchhiker

October 24, 2012 – Why, Arizona

"On the morning of October 17, I picked up a hitchhiker in Why, Arizona, who was on his way to Tucson," reports Greg Joder. "The man was in his 60s and very animated. He told me that he was originally from Czechoslavia, but had been cruising the Sea of Cortez off and on for many years. But apparently he won't be sailing in the Sea again anytime soon because he told me he'd lost his boat on the rocks at Isla Rasa, which is near Bahia de Los Angeles. Did Latitude hear anything about the loss of a boat?"

Nope, we didn't. If anybody has details, we'd love to be able to report them. Email us.

- latitude / richard

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Be a Hero to Cruising Friends

October 24, 2012 – From Walla Walla to Bora Bora

If you're planning a trip to visit cruising or chartering friends in far-flung places, we know how you can earn their undying admiration (at least until you break the head): Take down a bundle or two of the most recent Latitude 38s! Just drop by our World Headquarters in Mill Valley to pick them up or give us a call at (415) 383-8200 — we'll be happy to ship some to you.

Latitude 38 magazines on the move

Photo Latitude / Annie
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Racing Wrap-Up

October 24, 2012 – San Francisco Bay and Long Beach

Lola Bushnell
Lola Bushnell got five firsts -- and her throwout was a second -- in StFYC's Fall Dinghy & Olympic Classes Regatta last weekend. © 2017 Chris Ray / www.printroom.com/pro/crayivp

St. Francis YC's Fall Dinghy & Olympic Classes on October 20-21 served as the final regatta in Svendsen’s Laser Grand Prix Series. Husband and wife Tracy and Christy Usher were named standard rig champion and Radial champion respectively. "This year, 112 Laser sailors participated in at least one event. Only five sailors qualified for the Laser series by sailing the required number of events," explained fleet secretary Nick Burke, who was among the qualifiers, along with Will Lowe and Drake Jensen. See http://svendsens-grand-prix.myfleet.org for the complete Laser series leaderboard, and www.stfyc.org for the results of all the classes that raced last weekend.

Svendsen's Laser Grand Prix qualifiers
Svendsen's Laser Grand Prix qualifiers, left to right: Will Lowe, Drake Jensen, Tracy Usher, Christy Usher, and Nick Burke. © 2017 Charlie Buckingham

5o5 fleet
The 5o5 fleet creeps up on a windward mark. The 5o5s and Lasers were joined by Finns, Wetas, kiteboards and windsurfers. © 2017 Chris Ray / www.printroom.com/pro/crayivp

In light air on Saturday, Berkeley YC hosted the Oktoberfest pursuit race, the BAMA Multihull Slalom Run, and the YRA’s Champion of Champions and Yankee Cup. Fifteen boats sailed in the Pursuit Race from the Berkeley Circle, around Alcatraz in either direction, to the finish in front of BYC.  "Congratulations go to Zachary Anderson on the Express 27 Motorcycle Irene," writes Race Chair Bobbi Tosse, "for a first place after 2 hours and 46 minutes to cover a mere 11.3 miles." Eight multihulls were treated to two very light air races, each 6.8 miles long. Bill Roberts' Corsair 31 Emma scored two bullets to capture first place. See www.Ofest.Berkeleyyc.org for full results.

Shameless and Ahi
Have you ever seen starfish fighting? That's what this photo from Saturday's Champion of Champions reminds us of. © 2017 Lori Tewksbury

In the YRA Yankee Cup and Champion of Champions race, the participants were all winners of their respective divisions in HDA, ODCA, PC and OYRA. "The Yankee Cup was vied for by those boats rating 111 and less, while the Champion of Champions Cup was raced by those boats whose rating was 114 and higher," explained Tosse. "The goal was to have three races, but the wind gods decided otherwise." Just two short races were completed. Trig Liljestrand's J/90 Ragtime won the Yankee Cup while George Ellison's Custom Schumacher Shameless won the Champion of Champions on a tiebreaker. See www.yra.org for more.

Linda Elias Memorial Regatta
Annie Gardner (at helm on right) leads Colleen Cooke in a closely fought last race of the Linda Elias Memorial Regatta. © 2017 Rick Roberts / LBYC

Annie Gardner of San Diego YC fought a close battle with Southwestern YC's Colleen Cooke in the last race to win the seven-race Linda Elias Memorial Women’s One-Design Challenge, sailed in Catalina 37s and hosted by Long Beach YC. "Cooke fought hard for a three-peat, having won the regatta the past two years, but she had to settle for second place," said press officer Rick Roberts. See www.lemwod.com.

Voting for the US Sailing Board of Directors wraps up today. Have you cast your vote yet? Running for two openings on the board for a three-year term are California sailors John Craig of San Rafael, Charlie Arms of Vallejo and JJ Fetter of San Diego. For more info and to vote, see US Sailing.

- latitude / chris

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The Times They Are A-Changing

October 24, 2012 – West Coast of California and Mexico

And like ol' Bob Dylan sang back in the early '60s, "and accept it soon that [if you stay in California] you'll be drenched to the bone."

A reminder to one and all that Daylight Saving Time ends in the wee hours of Sunday, October 28, in most of Mexico (in the States and municipalities bordering the U.S., it ends November 4). Ha-Ha boats will stay on San Diego time until we get to Cabo San Lucas, which is one hour ahead. Yeah, we're confused, too, so we have no idea how that's going to affect whether you're late or early to the 'Can't Believe We Cheated Death Again' party on November 8 or the Beach Party on November 9. Thank goodness we'll be in 'cruising' mode, not 'catch a flight' mode!


When in Rome.... Be sure to bring your best costumes for the Kick-Off Party on Sunday at 1 p.m. And don't be late! Photo Latitude / Andy
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It's cool here in San Diego, so some good friends — Barritt and Renee Neal of the San Diego-based Peterson 44 Serendipity and Chip and Katy Prather of the Dana Point-based Morgan 45 Miss Teak — took off this morning for Ensenada. These Ha-Ha vets plan on making a very leisurely cruise down to Cabo, over to the mainland, and as far south as Zihua. Bon voyage!

Fortunately, it's supposed to warm up tomorrow and stay warmish through Tuesday. Sailing conditions on the first leg appear as though they will be light, as opposed to the very breezy conditions we've had this week. The tropics have been erratic — off and on it's been looking as though there might be a tropical storm, one that was headed out into the Pacific, then into the southern mainland shore, and now, it hasn't come to fruition at all. We're watching, but right now everything looks fine.

If the predicted light winds on the first leg mean you run low on fuel, no worries, as you can get it in Turtle Bay from either Enrique Gerardo or Services Annabelle. "Good morning," Enrique wrote to us the other day, "I am Enrique, Jr, the fat person on the pier in Turtle Bay with fuel for sale. We are ready to serve everyone with fuel, and we take credit cards." Who in America would describe themselves as 'the fat person'? But how things have changed in Turtle Bay. We're told that competitor Services Annabelle comes out to boats with fuel, and does credit card transactions on the spot via satellite.

We also understand that Bob Hoag of Mag Bay Outfitters will have a limited supply of fuel at Bahia Santa Maria.

Speaking of Ensenada, we've heard from a few skippers who want to start the Ha-Ha from there. No problem, boats do it every year. But it sure would be nice if you could take a bus up for the Skipper's Meeting and party on Sunday, as folks have done for a long time. If not, we'll just catch you on SSB 4A Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m., and we'll give you your swag bags and other gear in Turtle Bay. In addition to being a good place to check into Mexico, Ensenada is also the most convenient place to get your Temporary Import Permit. You can't get one in Cabo, and it's a bit inconvenient to get one in La Paz.

- latitude / richard

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