In disturbing news, Bill Lilly and his partner Judy Lang reported their Lagoon 470 Moontide was boarded by three armed men at about 2 a.m. yesterday while they were at anchor at Caleta de Campos, where they had stopped on their way from Zihua to Mazanillo. "I was awakened by banging on the sliding door into the salon," Bill reports, "and like an idiot, I opened it — at which time a gun was put in my face. Three young men ransacked the boat looking for cash. I gave them what I had, and they went through the boat taking my navigation computer, a cell phone, cameras and booze." A veteran of many Ha-Ha's, and number one on the list for this fall's Ha-Ha, Lily reports that he and Judy were unharmed, but got a heavy dose of adrenaline when "looking down the barrels of pistols."
Caleta de Campos is the same anchorage where Blair Grinols's 45-ft cat Capricorn Cat was boarded about 10 years ago by an armed man claiming to be police. Thanks to the area's having a hinky reputation, we've always made straight shots between Zihua and Manzanillo. Given what happened to Moontide, we encourage others to do the same.
Glenn Twitchell of the Newport Beach-based Lagoon 380 Beach Access, who is a good friend of Bill and Judy's, had an interesting take on the context of the incident. "In defense of Mexico, at nearly the same time Bill and Judy were robbed, some idiot in Orange County, where all three of us live, killed three people and wounded three more, most of them innocent strangers."
For those looking for an even greater context, check out the website touristkilled.com. While certainly not definitive, it's an ongoing compendium of misfortune that has befallen tourists in foreign countries around the world. Caution: You may never leave home again.
- latitude / richard
17 Takes Flight
February 20, 2013
– San Francisco Bay
Bay Area sailors have reported a number of sightings of Oracle Team USA's AC72 17 since her relaunch on February 4. As the team makes up for time lost while waiting for their new wing sail, they're not only honing their skills, but tweaking the boat in preparation for stiff summer winds and even stiffer competition. If you're lucky enough to catch 17 or Artemis out on the water, we'd love to see any photos you get. In the meantime, check out this video from late last week of 17 foiling. If you don't have four minutes to spare, jump to the two minute mark for the good stuff.
- latitude / ladonna
Weekend Racing Wrap-Up
February 20, 2013
– San Francisco Bay & Sydney Harbour
By all standards of measurement, the Rob Moore Memorial Regatta and Corinthian Midwinters last weekend can be called a success. PRO Michael Moradzadeh observed that, "This was the best attended second weekend in recent memory and, judging by the comments of the racers, one of the most cheerful." Saturday's Rob Moore Regatta netted 123 starters. Preliminary tallies of fundraising for the National Lung Cancer Partnership included $10,000 in the online auction and $5,000 in the raffle. At the post-race talk on Saturday afternoon, Stan Honey said, "When I heard it was about Rob, I had to come. Some of my fondest memories of sailing involve Rob." Without talking down to the crowd or over their heads, Honey clued in the audience to the development of "augmented reality" in televised sports, especially as applied in the America's Cup.
On Saturday, the race committee sent the 12 divisions from the Knox area startline downwind in a light northerly and a light flood. On Sunday, the wind switched direction and gathered more force. Moradzadeh quipped on the VHF, "We're going to try an upwind start this time. It's something we've read about." So off went the racers to the Cityfront again. Both days' races finished back at the clubhouse in Tiburon. You can check out the ensuing results at www.cyc.org. We'll have more in the March issue of Latitude 38.
"Encinal YC’s Jack Frost on Saturday was blessed with 10-knot north winds, which shifted and dropped a knot or two by the second race to the west-northwest," reports photographer Margaret Fago. "Race one was a sprint around the course for the scratch boat, Twisted, Tony Pohl’s Farr 40, which maintained the lead in the series with two first places for the day." Strong current on the upwind leg in the second race created an added challenge. "The Santana 22s were relieved when the race committee shortened their second race to once around after a struggle against the tide." For standings, see www.encinal.org. This series has one more day of racing on March 16.
A trio of Bay Area women — Katie Love, Christine Neville and C.C. Childers on Southern Engineering Services — are messing with the boys and one other all-girl crew, Lomax Skiff Chicks, in Aussie 18s this week in Sydney Harbour at the JJ Giltinan 18-ft Skiff Championship, the world championship for the class. Racing continues through Saturday; see www.18footers.com.au/sailing/jjgiltinan.html.