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Sailor in (Potty) Training

March 27, 2013 – Newport Beach

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"Hmm, the TP looks like it's getting low; better take a Latitude with me, just in case!" © 2018 Shannyn Bunker

Sailor-in-training Leila Bunker may only be two, but she's smart enough to know that Latitude 38 is the perfect magazine to take to the john. Once you're done looking at the pretty pictures, it can serve another, more practical purpose if you've run out of toilet paper! 

"Yeah, Grandpa Stan's pretty old Glaspar is cool and all," says Leila, "but I'd rather be sailing on Mom and Dad's Prindle." © 2018 Greg Bunker

- latitude / ladonna

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Eight Bells for Rick Wood

March 27, 2013 – Richmond

It is with heavy hearts that many Bay Area sailors are learning of the drowning death of local sailor and boatbuilder Rick Wood. His body was reportedly found near him home in Richmond on Sunday.

Recently, Rick had been working as interim boatyard manager for the Spaulding Boat Works in Sausalito, but he is probably best known for his partnership with Alfie Sanford in the Sanford-Wood Boatyard in Richmond, on the property which is now KKMI.

Rick also had many bluewater sea miles under his belt. We're told that a few years ago he joined his former partner Alfie Sanford on a transatlantic crossing aboard Sanford's boat Impala. A friend shared a write-up on Rick in a CCA newsletter from 1997 which describes some of his earlier adventures: "His long cruising record is highlighted by his three-year trip around South America (Cape Horn — east to west) and cruising the Patagonian Channels, French Polynesia and Hawaii on his 57-ft ketch Sea Lion. Other extensive cruises include the East Coast, Caribbean, Thailand, Marquesas, West Indies and the Pacific Northwest."

During that Cape Horn rounding on Sea Lion in 1977, the crew battled 60-knot winds and suffered two major broaches while "sliding down the face of giant breaking waves on beam ends with their mast 'below the horizon'."

Recently, Rick is reported to have restored the classic 70-ft Philip Rhodes motorsailer Kanaloa in the Seattle area, before bringing her to Pt. San Pablo YC last year. Rick was well-liked, well-repected and will be sorely missed.

- latitude / andy

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March 27, 2013 – Sausalito, CA

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Weekend Racing Round-Up

March 27, 2013 – San Francisco Bay and Cabo San Lucas

Meliki crew
The Meli'ki crew (left to right: Stephanie Usry, Suzanne Lee, Marianne Armand, and skipper Deb Fehr) celebrated their win in the Rites of Spring Women's Full Crew division. Photo Courtesy Stephanie Usry
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Oakland YC's Rites of Spring Race usually embodies the transition from mild midwinter sailing to the robust conditions of spring on San Francisco Bay. But last Saturday's race was more of a March lamb than a lion, and more of a workout for the brain than the biceps. In a light (0-8 knots) northerly to northwesterly, singlehanders, doublehanders, one confused triplehander (who retired), and seven women's crews were sent from north of Treasure Island to Southampton or beyond and back to a finish off Clipper Cove. Several boats on the longer course were confused about their windward mark, #30, aka R6 southeast of Red Rock (one even rounded the Castro Rocks buoy, which is restricted for good reason). More confusion ensued at the finish. Results are now posted at

Mission team
Cazzie Cutting and Sterling Syquia sailed for Mission in the NorCal High School Championships over the weekend. © 2018 Chris Ray /

The wind was apparently all on the Cityfront, where a passel of teenagers were racing in the NorCal High School Championship, hosted by StFYC. "Our old reliable wind showed up around 12:45 and got into the low teens," said photographer Chris Ray. "With the ebb we got a mild chop, but the high schoolers weren't phased in the least."

A start in the HS Champs. © 2018 Chris Ray /

Redwood High's Scott Buckstaff and Lucie Wells topped the 27-boat Gold Division, while Max and Ben Rohr of Oakland Tech won the 18-boat Silver Division after two days and 12 races. For complete results, see

Close competition
Hannah Baylis and Palomar Palmer of Convent Stuart Hall lead a pack of close competitors. © 2018 Chris Ray /

Island YC's Doublehanded Lightship opened the ocean racing season with 25 boats, the fastest of which, Buzz Blackett's Antrim Class 40 California Condor, with designer Jim Antrim crewing, made it out and back to the Golden Gate YC start-finish in slightly less than five hours. The DHL benefits United Cerebral Palsy. See

California Condor at Bonita
California Condor passes Pt. Bonita Light on her way to a win in the Doublehanded Lightship Race. © 2018 Erik Simonson /

San Francisco YC captured the San Francisco Cup by winning the fourth race, at noon on Sunday, for a score of SFYC, 3; StFYC, 1. StFYC hosted on the Cityfront and each race consisted of a double windward-leeward course of about an hour in J/105s. Commodore Jim Cascino defended for StFYC. "The racing was close and hard fought," observed SFYC Race Chair Michelle Farabaugh. "The SFYC team, led by Commodore Tad Lacey, was awarded the Cup at 1:15 on Sunday at StFYC and then brought it back across the Bay, by boat, to its new home at SFYC." Sailing with Lacey — "the greatest crew ever," according to their skipper — were Tom Purdy, bow; Aimee LeRoy Norwine, mid-bow; Jon Perkins, eyes of the course and floater; Steve Marsh, cockpit; Phillip Perkins, kite and jib trim; and Chris Perkins, tactician and main trim.

Masquerade and Blackhawk
SFYC's Blackhawk rounded this windward marks just seconds ahead of StFYC's Masquerade in the San Francisco Cup match race. © 2018 Michelle Farabaugh

The deadline to finish the Newport to Cabo Race was extended to Saturday at noon due to the slow, upwind crawl that characterized much of the race. The 60-ft trimaran LoeReal and the R/P 74 Wizard have finished, and John MacLaurin's Davidson 70 Pendragon VI will have finished by the time you read this. You can see where everyone else is at

If you raced in the SSS Corinthian on March 16, head on over to Oakland YC tonight to pick up your goodies. Even if you didn't 'podium', there's still a shirt in it for you. See Also tonight, Encinal YC will host the skippers meeting for BAMA's Doublehanded Farallones. See

"How to DSQ Without Really Trying – Common Misconceptions about the Racing Rules" is the topic of tomorrow night's YRA Racer Social at Encinal YC. We could all stand to attend this one! They'd like you to RSVP so they know how many folks to expect. Get more info or register here.

- latitude / chris

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The Floating Boat Show

March 27, 2013 – St. Barth, French West Indies

The lovely Joel White-designed Dragonera anchored off St. Barth. Photo Latitude / Richard
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One of the great things about anchoring off St. Barth is the great boats you get to see. Some are old, some are new, some are big, some are small. It takes all kinds.

When we woke up the other morning, the beauty in the accompanying photo was anchored a little bit off our port. What a lovely yacht — in an obviously Maine style.
We subsequently learned that she is Drangonera — also the name of a small, uninhabited island off Mallorca, Spain — a 74-ft Joel White design built by Brookline Yachts of Maine in 1994. Her hulls are wood composite and her masts are carbon. Stylin'!

- latitude / richard

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