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Reading Latitude in Malta

April 17, 2013 – Marsamxett Harbour, Malta


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Emmanuel Uren got such a kick out of assisting on the Royal Malta YC's race committee boat, he joined the club! © 2017 Emmanuel Uren

Bay Area sailor Emmanuel Uren sure does get around. The Golden Gate YC member sent us a photo of himself at the AC World Series races in Plymouth, England in September, 2011, and now he's sent this one. "I was on the committee boat, preparing to assist in running a match race in Marsamxett Harbour, Malta on March 31," he writes. "Two guys go out into the Mediterranean in a Zodiac to set the marks and run the races, even when the seas are capping. I've never seen anything like it! I've been on GGYC and SBYC's race committees for several years, and I don't think I've ever seen fewer than five people go out. By the end of my week there, I'd joined the Royal Malta YC!"


Washing down the committee boat in Malta. © 2017

As you might suspect, we get a kick out of seeing sailors reading Latitude in different ports of call around the world. If you have fun shots like Emmanuel's, be sure to send them to us.

 

- latitude / ladonna

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Weekend Racing Wrap-Up

April 17, 2013 – Long Beach, San Francisco Bay, and Beyond

Congo Cup
Simone Ferrarese and crew Alex Muscat, Sandra Montefusco, Lorenzo Mazza, Ivan Peute and Pietro Mantovani celebrated winning the Congressional Cup in Long Beach on Saturday. © 2017 Rich Roberts

Italy's Simone Ferrarese, with Alex Muscat calling tactics, found speed in light wind like nobody else could on Saturday to win Long Beach YC's 49th Congressional Cup Grade 1 match race. The Italians scored a 54-second win over Florida's Ed Baird and tactician Terry Hutchinson in a one-race final showdown. Ferrarese had defeated the reigning champion skipper, Britain's Ian Williams, with tactician Bill Hardesty of San Diego, in the semi-finals. Williams remains at the top of the ISAF Match Race Rankings for Planet Earth. See www.thecongressionalcup.com for more.

Ohana and Jeanette
Steve Hocking's Beneteau 45f5 Ohana and Henry King's Frers 40 Jeanette on the run in BYC's Wheeler Regatta. © 2017 Erik Simonson / www.pressure-drop.us

"There was some wind, some sun, some light flat places and some fun lumpy places," said Berkeley YC's Bobbi Tosse describing the Wheeler Regatta on Saturday. Tom Bates, the mayor of Berkeley, was on hand Saturday night when Bartz Schneider's Express 37 Expeditious was awarded the Rollo Wheeler trophy and Mark Simpson's Olson 25 Shadowfax won the City of Berkeley trophy.

The wind and the waves were up for Sunday's pursuit race. "This is traditionally a ‘big’ boat race, and yesterday looked to be no exception," said Tosse. "However, we on Race Committee could see that there was one small boat quite far in front on the run from Blossom Rock to the leeward mark. After the rounding, the distance between the little boat and the bigger boats got smaller and smaller. Finally, the gun – and the little boat made it!" That little boat was Michael Whitfield's J/24 TMC Racing. Complete results are online at www.berkeleyyc.org.

Lookin' Good
The BAMA multihulls were invited to race in the Wheeler Regatta, but they were already booked in the InterClub series. © 2017 Erik Simonson / www.pressure-drop.us

The first InterClub race of the season was hosted by Oakland YC on the South Bay, with flat water, good breeze, separate courses for monohulls and multihulls, and challenging navigation due to the strong flood. The next race in the series will be hosted by Island YC on the Central Bay May 11. See www.jibeset.net.

Day Sailers and El Toros
A pair of Day Sailers play through a foursome of El Toros in RYC's Big Dinghy. © 2017 Ornaith Keane

Using a format similar to the Wheeler Regatta – and to their own Big Daddy – Richmond YC hosted the Big Dinghy over the weekend, with mark racing on two courses Saturday and a pursuit race on Sunday, also with two courses. The pursuit long course really was a long one for centerboard boats and skiffs: around Red Rock, Southampton, and Brooks Island with a start and finish at RYC. See complete results at www.richmondyc.org.

Bruce Stone on AmericaOne
Skipper Bruce Stone with crew Chris Smith, Nicole Breault, and Sammy Shea (not pictured) sailed on the winning StFYC team in last weekend's Match Race challenge. © 2017 Chris Ray / www.printroom.com/pro/crayivp

Host St. Francis YC defeated visiting Newport Harbor YC in a Match Race Invitational on the Cityfront in J/22s last weekend. The four skippers on each team had to be age 20+, 40+, 60+, and a flag officer. See www.stfyc.org.

Bird Boat
Hugh Harris and Jock MacLean on Oriole are leading the Bird Boats after two races. © 2017 Erik Simonson / www.pressure-drop.us

Next door at Golden Gate YC on Saturday, the wonderful woodies of the WBRA opened their season with IODs, Knarrs, Birds, Bears, and Folkboats on the line for two races. The next race will be on the Berkeley Circle April 27. See www.yra.org/WBRA.

Santa Barbara's Deneen Demourkas with tactician Mark Mendelblatt and the crew on Groovederci clawed their way up the rankings to finish sixth in Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Act 1 in Gaeta, Italy, over the weekend. Act 2 will take place on May 10-12 in Porto Ercole, Italy.

Meanwhile, Santa Cruzer Morgan Larson was busy winning the Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 in Singapore for the Swiss Alinghi team. The Act was sailed in Extreme 40s on April 11-14. Act 3 will be in Qingdao, China, on May 2-5.

- latitude / chris

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April 17, 2013 – Cyberspace


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Whatever Happened To . . . ?

April 17, 2013 – The World of Sailing

It seems common that certain sailboats make an outsized impression on sailors when they're young. Over time, the boats disappear and/or are forgotten. But then without apparent reason, the now-older sailor recalls fond memories of the boat, and wonders whatever happened to her.

Is there such a boat from your youth? If so, briefly tell us what you know about her and why she made an impression on you. Who knows, maybe we'll be able to find some answers.

- latitude / richard

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Goin' to California...for the TransPac

April 17, 2013 – St. Barth, French West Indies


Phaedo is on her way to the West Coast for the start of July's TransPac. Photo Courtesy Phaedo
© 2017 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

It was only a few years ago that Lloyd Thornburg was attending the prestigious Art Design College in Pasadena and sailing out of Marina del Rey. "I had a small boat, but I would sail her all the time, usually to the end of the Santa Monica Pier and back. I loved it, especially sailing the boat back into her slip."

Lloyd is returning to California — briefly — but with a much larger and more exotic boat. "I ordered a Gunboat 66 catamaran a few years ago when I was 28," he told Latitude. "The Gunboats were being built in South Africa, so I figured I'd fly down, spend a week selecting options, then fly home until she was completed. I soon learned that having a big boat built is a long and complicated process. I ending up living in South Africa for a year until the boat was completed."

The jovial Thornburg, who splits time between homes in Santa Fe and St. Barth, didn't waste any time entering his brightly colored all-carbon Phaedo in major races in the Caribbean and Atlantic. We don't have a list of them all, but they included a couple of Caribbean 600s, a Voiles de St. Barth, some races in Antigua, a TransAtlantic, and England's classic Fastnet Race. To get an idea of what the hard-driven Phaedo looks like under sail, check out this video. 

Among those crewing for Thornburg in this year's 600 was Brian Thompson, known to many West Coast sailors from his days running Steve Fossett's 60-ft tri Lakota, and known to many sailors around the world for his circumnavigations and other transoceanic racing exploits. In the 600 video, Thornburg congratulates Peter Aschenbrener, the owner of the Irens-designed 'cruising' trimaran Paradox, for winning the multihull class and nearly breaking the 600 course record. The owner of the detuned ORMA 60 trimaran doesn't seem to want publicity, but our understanding is that he has some kind of connection with Redwood City.

The big Phaedo news is that she left St. Barth on April 13 under the direction of Aussie skipper Paul Hand for the Panama Canal and a delivery up to Newport Beach. If you see her, you'll know it, because she's the only big boat with rust/copper-colored hulls. She'll be hauled in Newport and have her rig pulled in preparation for this summer's TransPac Race from Los Angeles to Hawaii. It's a pity, but her only multihull competition will be a Lagoon 450.

Following the race, Thornburg and Phaedo will continue on around the world — and rather quickly, we suspect. But during a conversation with us on Shell Beach during a Voiles party the other night, Thornburg confessed he sometimes misses those times sailing his smaller and more simple boat ". . . when I didn't need four people to go sailing." That being the case, he's having a Goat Island skiff built in St. Martin. "At just 15 feet, we can store her on Phaedo's cabin top during the circumnavigation."

Incidentally, this year's TransPac is shaping up to be a terrific one, with 63 boats already entered. Visit the TransPac website for a preview. One of the entries is Varuna, a new Ker 51 owned by Jens Kellinghusen of Hamburg, Germany. Like PhaedoVaruna — currently competing in the Voiles and second in class to the Jim Swartz-owned and Kenny Keefe-managed TP 52 Vesper — will have to quickly find her way to Southern California. After all, the first TransPac start is Monday, July 8.

- latitude / richard

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