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Wooden Beauties Gather Sunday

June 21, 2013 – Corinthian YC, Tiburon


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At Sunday's Wooden Boat Show, owners give visitors a rare opportunity to inspect their beloved sailing crafts from stem to stern. Photo Latitude / Andy
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If the sight of classic boats with gleaming varnish warms your heart, be sure to check out the annual Wooden Boat Show this Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tiburon's Corinthian YC. 

Put on by the Master Mariners Benevolent Association as a fundraiser, the show will include dozens of Northern California's most spectacular vintage yachts and work boats. They all are lovingly maintained by their owners who spent countless hours of labor and an unmentionable amount of money keeping these beauties in museum-worthy condition. 


Big boats and small boats, racing yachts and work boats, sloops and schooners -- you'll find them all at the Corinthian YC this Sunday. Photo Latitude / Andy
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Walking among them is truly a feast for the eyes, and during the show owners will welcome you aboard to take a closer look at their boats' fine craftsmanship and antique amenities. 

It's an event that's fun for the whole family and will reinforce the importance of maritime traditions in the minds of young attendees. There'll be live music, model boat building for kids, and food and beverages on the club's upper deck. Admission is $10; children under 12 are free accompanied by an adult. For more information see: www.mastermariners.org


The show is fun for all ages. Some youngsters even serve as exhibitors, such as this group of small boat enthusiasts from a youth program out of Hyde Street's Maritime Museum. Photo Latitude / Andy
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- latitude / andy

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Weekend Racing Preview

June 21, 2013 – California

Chichester poster
No swim fins and no snowshoes allowed! © 2017 Nancy Tompkins

The very active Bay Area Laser fleet has resurrected the Sir Francis Chichester Memorial race – a circumnavigation of Alameda — to coincide with tomorrow's Summer Sailstice Celebration at Encinal YC. No bridge openings allowed! How will they do it? Should be fun to watch. Some of the Artemis team members are rumored to be borrowing boats for the race. Enter by 6 p.m. today at www.encinal.org.

Boats with more heft to them will be competing out on the main Bay in the Summer Sailstice Race that is part of the YRA Party Circuit, and YRA's WBRA fleets will be over on the Knox course. See www.yra.org for both of those. Lake Merritt Sailing Club's Mayor's Cup will be sailed tomorrow as well. For info, call Commodore Mark Marlett at (925) 245-0287.

Bahia Corinthian YC in Corona del Mar will host the U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship for the Ida Lewis Trophy on June 22-27. Thirty-nine teams representing 13 states will sail in Club 420s. JJ Fetter will speak on Tuesday about the path to the Olympics.

Sailors planning an offshore or coastal passage are invited to Pacific Cup’s Pacific Offshore Academy, a four-course series designed and taught by experienced ocean racers. The series is structured to support and enhance any major sailboat voyage, whether racing or cruising. The first seminar this year will be on Sunday, June 23, at Richmond YC. See https://pacificcup.org/seminars for more info.

Farr 40s at LBRW
Farr 40 action at last year's Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week. © 2017 Rich Roberts

Online entry for Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week ends Tuesday at 6 p.m. PDT. Three days of racing hosted by Alamitos Bay and Long Beach YCs on June 28-30 includes the Open 5.70 NAs, Catalina 37 and Olson 30 Nationals, Farr 40 West Coast Championship, Viper 640 Pan-American Championship Qualifier, and J/80, J/105, J/109 and J/120 Southern California High Point Series. After Tuesday anyone else aiming to join the regatta will have to do it the old-fashioned way — by signing up in person at the LBYC on Thursday 12-6 p.m. or Friday 8-10 a.m. As of yesterday, race officials were reporting 145 entries in 14 classes.

Fremont Sailing Club's Summer Series races on June 23 will take a voyage, as the Lake will be moved — to Lake Cunningham. The water level at Fremont's Lake Elizabeth has gone down to the point where it's unusable for several classes of boats. This is not necessarily an indicator of drought — apparently the pumps that fill Lake Elizabeth are out of action and it's not certain how soon they will be fixed.

July 4 may be Independence Day in the U.S., but July 1 is Canada Day for our friends to the north, the occasion for the second Sointula Canada Day Regatta. Sointula is on Malcolm Island at the northwest end of Vancouver Island on the Inside Passage. All proceeds are donated to Friends in Need Now. The regatta invites "yachters of all sizes to join us this year." See www.sointulacanadadayregatta.com.

Among the shoreside Summer Sailstice activities tomorrow at EYC:

  • 12-3 p.m.: The actual America's Cup will be on display!
  • 3 p.m.: BAMA will had out awards and shirts from the Doublehanded Farallones Race.
  • All day: Five teams will compete in the wooden boat building contest. They'll build the boats and race them all in one day.

More quick race notes:

  • June 27 is the entry deadline for the Laser Nationals at Santa Cruz YC on June 27-30.
  • RYC will host the NorCal Junior Olympics (Area G Bemis semi-finals) on June 29-30. See www.richmondyc.org.
  • Pacific Cup organizers have let us know that they only need one more Santa Cruz 27 to make a class!

- latitude / chris

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June 21, 2013 – Niue

Niue Yacht Club

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What's with the Difference in Forecasts?

June 21, 2013 – Eastern Pacific Hurricane Zone

For about the last four days or so, Passage Weather has predicted that the weather off the Pacific Coast of mainland Mexico will feature a couple of pretty strong tropical storms, one of which they forecast will sweep by not far from Puerto Vallarta and up toward Cabo San Lucas.


How is it that Passage Weather has been forecasting two tropical storms for the last four days but the National Hurricane Center didn't until today? © 2017 Passage Weather / www.passageweather.com

On the other hand, the National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center has gone for days without mentioning even the possibility of any tropical storms. This morning they finally mentioned there was less than a 30% chance of tropical storms forming in the next 48 hours.

This leaves us wondering if the Passage Weather forecasts are so good or the National Hurricane Center's are so short-sighted. Personally speaking, we'd prefer to be alerted to the possible approach of a tropical storm or hurricane a week in advance, such as Passage Weather attempts to do.

- latitude / richard

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Get Belted -- or Else!

June 21, 2013 – Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

This isn't exactly about sailing, but we think it's important enough to mention anyway for a couple of reasons.


After coming out of the drainage ditch on the other side of the road and rolling over twice, de Mallorca and the Tahoe ended up atop this six-foot tall berm facing the opposite direction. Photo Latitude / Richard
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Yesterday afternoon Doña de Mallorca was driving a 1994 Chevy Tahoe from the La Cruz Shipyard on Banderas Bay to Punta Mita, when she was forced off the road by an oncoming vehicle that had partially drifted into her lane. The section of road was straight, but very narrow, with deep cement drainage ruts on each side instead of gently sloping shoulders. The spacious replacement road is 80% complete, but not yet open.

After getting both righthand wheels in the deep rut, de Mallorca tried to steer back onto the pavement. Alas, coming out of the rut caused the heavy SUV to roll over twice and end right side up, facing in the opposite direction, atop a six-foot embankment on the other side of the road!


The tank-like 1994 Tahoe took a real beating. Photo Latitude / Richard
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After enduring a violent double rollover that trashed the SUV, de Mallorca was somehow able to jump out the driver's side window without cutting herself on the broken glass. Although the SUV wasn't equipped with airbags, de Mallorca was wearing her seat belt. A combination of the seat belt and some great luck are the only things that prevented her from being broken up, paralyzed or killed. We've always had a cavalier attitude toward seat belts, but not anymore.


The hospital staff was very thorough. "No," answered de Mallorca, "I do not have implants." Photo Latitude / Richard
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Although in shock, de Mallorca didn't feel as though she was badly injured. Nonetheless, when the ambulance driver asked her if she wanted to go to the old community hospital in San Pancho or the brand new private San Javier Hospital in Nuevo Vallarta, de Mallorca chose San Javier. A retired RN, she feared she might have had some damage to her spine or something else not obvious, and unlike San Pancho, San Javier has a CT machine.

The San Javier Hospital is like something out of a patient's ultimate healthcare fantasy. Every hospital we've been to in the States has been overcrowded, tired and dirty compared to San Javier, which was so sparkling that we felt like we needed to wear sunglasses at dusk. And all the equipment is just months old. The last time de Mallorca had to go to a hospital was last August in Torrance, and there were 79 people waiting for emergency treatment. Not at San Javier, where there was a staff of about 25 and, as best we could see, not one other patient.


The conscientious doctor had all the time in the world to go over the scan with us. Photo Latitude / Richard
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After de Mallorca got a CT scan, the doctor asked if we wanted to review it with him. We did. So he took us into a nearby room, where he brought up all the scanned information on brand new computer equipment. He went over everything slowly and carefully, and pointed out some previous minor damage to her spine. Like the rest of the staff, he seemed very competent, and he had all the time in the world to make sure nurses understood his instructions.


It's 'so long' to a trusted and life-saving friend. Photo Latitude / Richard
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The only downside of San Javier is that it's not cheap. But if we ever have a potentially serious medical condition, we know where we want to go. And if possible, we'll be wearing a seat belt on the way.

It's now the morning after and de Mallorca is feeling none the worse for the wear. Miraculous.


The new San Javier hospital in Nuevo Vallara is a first-class operation, that handles everything from emergencies to dialysis to plastic surgery. Photo Latitude / Andy
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- latitude / richard

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