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It's All Happening at Strictly Sail Pacific

April 12, 2013 – Jack London Square, Oakland, CA

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The boat basins are quiet and serene in early morning, but once show-goers arrive, they'll be abuzz with excited 'shoppers'. Photo Latitude / John
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Got plans for the weekend? If they don't include at least one trip to the Strictly Sail Pacific boat show at Oakland's Jack London Square, you'll be missing out on all sorts of fun, plus free nautical education on a broad range of topics and discount pricing on all categories of marine merchandise.

The four-day show, which is the largest sailing-only show in the western U.S., began yesterday and runs through Sunday. In the April edition of Latitude 38 magazine you'll find a Show Planner which will help you map out a game plan for your visit. As you'll see, there's so much going on — from free boat rides to seminars on everything from cutting-edge electronics to yacht chartering — that a few minutes of pre-planning will be time well spent. (See complete seminar and exhibit info on the show site also.)

The new two-story exhibit hall holds experts on all aspects of sailing. And there's an escalator between levels. Photo Latitude / John
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One of this year's unique highlights will be the America's Cup Pavilion, where you can learn all about the upcoming AC 34 events, meet competitors from Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing, and take a close look at the genuine America's Cup trophy (Saturday and Sunday only). At the Pavilion you can also learn about the Red Bull Youth America's Cup, which will take place mid-summer between the Louis Vuitton challenger series and the AC 34 finals, with 19- to 24-year-old sailors fleet racing AC45 catamarans! Should be great fun.

With dozens of new and nearly new boats to view, 110 seminars to chose from, and myriad experts to question, you may want to make multiple trips to the show. And don't forget to check out Latitude's rally seminars: 'Baja Ha-Ha How-To', today and Saturday at 3:30-4:30 p.m. in E Pavilion, and 'Tahiti & The Pacific Puddle Jump' at 4:45 Saturday in the same venue.

Another enticement to drop whatever you're doing and head to the show today is the Latitude booth party (#219-21) at 6 p.m., where magazine staffers will be doling out beer, wine and snacks to all comers. Although it's slated as a Baja Ha-Ha, Pacific Puddle Jump, Delta Doo Dah, SoCal Ta-Ta and West Coast Circumnavigators' Reunion Party, everyone is welcome, even non-sailors. Hope to see you there. Cheers!

- latitude / andy

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Homeward Bound

April 12, 2013 – Tasman Sea

After effecting a working repair to her ailing windvane, multi-cirumnavigator Jeanne Socrates has sailed past Tasmania — where she'd been thinking of stopping to make the repair — and is now making her way up the east side of Australia. This is the final 'leg' of the nonstop solo circumnavigation she started aboard her Najad 380 Nereida on October 22 when she set sail from Victoria, BC. You can keep track of her progress at

- latitude / ladonna

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Ad: Special Price on 120W Panels

April 12, 2013 – San Francisco Bay

John & Lynn Ringseis outfitted their BVI-based Leopard 43 Moonshine with our panels.
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Southbound Solar specializes in solar solutions for sailors — say that three times fast! — and sometimes we end up with extra panels after ordering in bulk. We currently have a handful of 120-watt polycrystalline panels ready to deliver to your boat today. Save $50 by taking these extras off our hands for $349 each! 

Email or call Rob at (503) 490-3305 with any questions. See you tonight at Latitude's booth party!

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Weekend Racing Preview

April 12, 2013 – San Francisco Bay and Charleston, SC

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The Big Dinghy pursuit race on Sunday will sail around Richmond's Brooks Island. © 2018 /

Registration is open until 5:00 p.m. today for Richmond YC's Big Dinghy Regatta. All monohull centerboard boats are invited for fleet racing on Saturday and a pursuit race on Sunday. The El Toros will race on Saturday only. 

William Cook's F-24 Wings won the Nimitz Cup at the Wheeler Regatta in 2011, the first year for the multihull trophy. © 2018 /

Berkeley YC's 41st Wheeler Regatta is this weekend. For the third year, multihulls have their own division and separate courses. Three races are scheduled for Saturday, with a pursuit race on Sunday. Meanwhile, San Francisco YC will be hosting the Harken Opti Challenge youth regatta.

The Corsair 31 Emma will be absent from the Wheeler. BYC's Bill Roberts has sold her, and she's moved to SoCal with a new name, Hotchi. © 2018 /

Saturday's Don Wan Regatta, out of Tiburon YC and Paradise Cay, will be immediately followed by awards at the bar. Also on Saturday, the WBRA's 2013 season for IOD, Knarr, Bird, Folkboat and Bear classes begins on the Cityfront, hosted by Golden Gate YC. OYRA will kick off their season the following Saturday with the Full Crew Lightship Race. Enter by 5:00 p.m. on Monday to save the $35 late fee; registration closes at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday. 

If you sign up for J/Fest at St. Francis YC by Wednesday, April 17, you'll save $50. One design classes are offered for J/22-type, J/24s, J/70s, J/105s and J/120s. All other J/Boats are invited to race PHRF. The regatta will be held on the Cityfront April 20-21. See You can find more local races on our Calendar.

The Melges 24 Nationals will be held at Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week on April 19-21. The regatta includes ten one design classes and five handicap divisions, plus a pursuit race. Among the 296 entries are 15 from California. See them all at

- latitude / chris

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First Solo Indian Circumnavigator

April 12, 2013 – Mumbai, India

Onboard in the Pacific
Christmas at sea onboard Mhadei. © 2018 Abhilash Tomy /

Even as we were writing about one benchmark Asian circumnavigation, another one was not even on our radar. On Saturday, Abhilash Tomy, a Lieutenant Commander in the Indian Navy, became the first Indian to circumnavigate – solo, nonstop and unassisted – just two days after the first solo Chinese circumnavigator, Guo Chuan, completed a similar voyage (see last Friday's 'Lectronic for that story).

Tomy, a maritime reconnaissance pilot, set sail from Mumbai on November 1 aboard the 56-ft INSV Mhadei, which was built for the Indian Navy. He returned a national hero, to a welcoming ceremony led by India's president, Pranab Mukherjee. Tomy told the Indian press that he had fulfilled a dream he'd held for 14 years — and took four years of preparation. For more, see Tomy's blog at

- latitude / chris

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