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Artemis Syndicate Will Race in July

June 7, 2013 – San Francisco Bay

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The Swedish team is reportedly working around the clock to get their second-generation boat ready for competition in the Louis Vuitton Cup. © 2018 Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing

In the aftermath of America's Cup crewman Andrew Simpson's death last month during a training sail, there has been substantial speculation about whether the Swedish Artemis Racing syndicate would continue its quest for the Auld Mug — especially since the team has remained silent about its plans. In an announcement this morning, however, Artemis CEO Paul Cayard made it clear that his team will compete:

“We are working around-the-clock to get our new boat ready, in the water, and to prepare our team to race” said Cayard. “We still have a mountain to climb, but our plan is to launch our new boat in early July and get ourselves in a position where we can race by the end of the month.”

While that news is reassuring — and we wish them the best of luck — it undoubtedly still leaves many Cup enthusiasts scratching their heads and asking, "How can they wait until the end of July to race, when the Louis Vuitton challenger series has long been slated to begin July 7?"

The answer is complicated. As self-described America’s Cup geek Jack Griffin (of recently explained to us, with only three challenging teams, the early 'round robin' races of the Louis Vuitton Cup only give "a seeding order for the semi-final. No one is eliminated in the round robin."

Furthermore, he adds, "The top team from the round robin has the choice of sailing in the semi-final or going straight through to the final of the Louis Vuitton Cup." The way we understand it, if Artemis sits out the round robin races because its boat isn't ready, they will go into the semi-final (currently scheduled for August 6) as the third seed.

Still scratching? Yeah, us too. Needless to say, if there were a dozen teams competing, the initial round robin process would make more sense, as some teams would be eliminated. With only three challengers, however, its main purpose this time around is for 'seeding' and practice — something all teams need plenty of. 

A new schedule was released by the America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA) this morning, but we expect it will be revised again, as Artemis Racing is still listed to compete in the early rounds. 

One of the broader questions for would-be race fans, of course, is how these scheduling hiccups will affect those who've already purchased bleacher tickets, arranged charter boat rides, and secured coveted window-seat reservations at the St. Francis and Golden Gate YCs? As we reach for our aspirin bottle, we can only imagine the headaches Cup organizers are enduring these days. 

- latitude / andy

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Advice on Tomales Bay

June 7, 2013 – Tomales Bay

Aegea draws 6.5 feet and is looking for a little summer adventure. Photo Courtesy Aegea
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"I'm interested in taking my Sabre 38 MkII Aegea up to Tomales Bay," writes San Francisco's John Zeratsky. "According to Bob and Carolyn Mehaffy's Cruising Guide to San Francisco Bay, it should be possible to take a deep-draft sailboat into Tomales Bay if timed right. Since Aegea draws 6.5 feet, I'm curious to hear more recent, personal accounts. Do you know anyone who's made the trip? I'd love to hear from fellow Latitude readers who've been there."

The chart, and this image, clearly show the shoal that stretches across shallow Tomales Bay. © 2018 Google Earth / Mandegan

With a sandbar that restricts a large portion of the mouth of Tomales Bay, entering can be tricky. Common advice is to enter in the morning at high tide before the winds pick up. Summer's strong northwesterly winds can kick up serious rollers on an ebb tide, so timing is paramount when navigating the entrance. But seeking out recent local knowledge is a great idea. Anyone have some fresh tips for John? Email us, and we'll be sure to pass it on!

- latitude / ladonna

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June 7, 2013 – Pt. Richmond, CA

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Weekend Doin's

June 7, 2013 – Bay Area

There are all sorts of fun things to do around the Bay to take advantage of this weekend's good weather. Typical summer winds mean sailing will be a hoot, but if you're looking for something onshore, check out the following list of events.

  • June 8, 9 a.m.-noon — World Oceans Day. Created at the 1992 Earth Summit to celebrate the stuff that makes up 70% of our planet, there are events planned all over the globe, including one in Oakland. "West Marine is partnering with Save the Bay for World Ocean's Day at the MLK, Jr. Regional Shoreline in Oakland," says Margo Donohue. "There will be a Scavenger Hunt along the shoreline while volunteers from both Save the Bay and West Marine clean the waterways ,which are a part of the marshland at San Leandro Bay, with a barbecue to follow."
  • June 8, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Spaulding Wooden Boat Center Open House. Across the Bay in Sausalito, tour Spaulding's extensive updates, catch a free sailboat ride and chow down on some tasty barbecue.
  • June 8, 3 p.m. — Music of the Sea for Kids. In the City, head down to Hyde St. Pier and pay $5 to board Balclutha (kids under 16 are free) for some sea chanty fun. (415) 447-5000.
  • June 9, 12-5 p.m. — Sailing, Sipping & Seascapes. Get upscale at Modern Sailing in Sausalito with live music by Jaime Alvaro of Bamboo Peru, gourmet grub by Saylor's of Sausalito and marine oil painter George Sumner's latest paintings. No admission fee; sailboat rides will be available from 12-3 p.m. ($40; pre-registration required at 415-383-8250).
  • June 9, 1-4 p.m. — Cal Sailing Club's Intro Sail. End the weekend with a little free sailing at Berkeley Marina (repeats every Sunday).

- latitude / ladonna

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Racing Round-Up

June 7, 2013 – California

Nicole Breault and crew
Three time All-American skipper Nicole Breault and her crew of Evan Brown, Chris Trezzo, and Hannah Burroughs won the Prince of Wales Bowl Match Race last weekend. © 2018 Roxanne Fairbairn /

Regional qualifiers for the US Match Racing Championship for the Prince of Wales Bowl began on June 1-2 at Sausalito YC for US Sailing Areas GHJL. Eight teams competed in a blustery and challenging weekend of racing on J/22s supplied by St. Francis YC. "Just off a flight from London, where she competed on the StFYC team that crushed the competition in two-on-two team racing in J/80s at the Cornerstone Cup at Cowes, Nicole Breault and her talented crew nearly ran the table with only one loss in 14 matches," reports Bruce Stone US Match Racing Area G Representative. "This was a remarkable feat given the experienced competition and frequent 60-degree wind shifts on the course set off Belvedere Point. In winning this event, Breault qualified for the US Match Racing Championship finals to be held at Sail Sheboygan on September 18-22." San Diego YC will host the second GHJL Qualifier on June 15-16, also in J/22s.

Kiteboard NAs
A start on Tuesday at the Kiteboard NAs. Erika Heineken is in the foreground left. © 2018 Chris Ray /

The Kiteboard North Americans finish today at St. Francis YC. After three days of competition, US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Johnny Heineken of Larkspur is once again leading the charge, while sister Erika is the top female kiter. Johnny has been the Kiteboard Course Racing World Champion since 2009. The board sailing continues on the weekend at the SF Bay Classic & UN Challenge for windsurfers and kiteboarders, with course racing on Saturday and a long-distance race on Sunday.

2012 Delta Ditch Run
Not long after the start of the extremely windy 2012 Delta Ditch Run. This year's race is not forecast to be as extreme. © 2018 Don Laverty

Tomorrow's Delta Ditch Run, 67 glorious, sun-drenched and wind-swept miles from Richmond to Stockton, has 147 boats signed up, including 21 multihulls and 14 cruisers (they get a motoring allowance and a headstart). Like last year, the start will be north of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, rather than at the usual location just outside of the Richmond harbor entrance. The new moon will be pulling a lot of water upstream, helping sailors through light spots.

Gold Country YC's Go for the Gold Regatta is this weekend on Scotts Flat Lake outside of Nevada City, advertising light air, a good party, and convenient camping.

The mandatory skippers' meeting for June 19's SSS Great Pacific Longitude Race (aka LongPac) has been postponed until Wednesday, June 12, 7:30 p.m. at Oakland YC. Topics will include Weather, Position Reporting, Communication Plan, and Log Reports. Dinner will be available at 6:30 p.m. Pre-Race inspections are available by request by emailing or calling LongPac Race Chair Ben Mewes at (510) 520-0779.

The late fee has been waived through today for Tahoe YC's Laser Masters PCCs on June 15-16. Register at The early entry deadline for Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week on June 28-30 is Monday, June 10. See

Current Obsession2 and Zuni Bear
The J/105s Current Obsession2 and Zuni Bear in last year's LBRW. © 2018 Rich Roberts

Marina del Rey YC will host round-the-clock dock receptions for Coastal Cup racers when they finish. The race starts off StFYC on June 11-12; the awards party is June 15. New this year is a unique Coastal Rating which will be an average of a boat's Northern California Downwind rating and the Southern California Off Wind rating. Kame Richards, Jim Antrim and Chris Hemans have developed the ratings for the participants. See

The Corsair Nationals June 13-16 promise "more than just racing — it is a family get-together where no one is left behind. We have activities for the racers, but also the cruisers; a range to fit the whole family." Registration closes at noon on June 12. Go to

- latitude / chris

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