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August Latitude Is Out

August 2, 2013 – The Left Coast


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Gracing Latitude's cover this month is Sharon Green's awesome aerial of the vintage S&S yawl Dorade steaming toward the TransPac finish. The much-acclaimed woodie corrected out to win. © 2017 Sharon Green

Desperate for something worthwhile to do this weekend? Fret no more, the August edition of Latitude 38 is available (free, as always) right now at marine businesses all along the West Coast — and it's also accessible as a free downloadable eBook here.

Inside, you'll find our complete TransPac report, insiders' insights into this month's America's Cup action, an interview with circumnavigators Jim and Kent Milski, our report on the Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendezvous, boatloads of local racing news, chartering info, 'Classy Classifieds' and more. Pick on up while they're hot off the press. (You'll find distribution info here.) Happy reading!

- latitude / andy

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Warming Up on the Bay

August 2, 2013 – San Francisco Bay

Summer is here and the weather is fine…somewhere. In the Bay Area, sailors have been suffering with screaming winds, foggy days and frigid temps. Brr! But if the weather has kept you from using your boat, for shame! There are plenty of quick getaway spots that will leave you with lots of warm memories (even if you have to suffer through a little chill to get them).


Tucking up behind Yerba Buena's treeline can keep you out of the wind, but it probably won't make it warm enough to swim. © 2017 Russ Cooper

Clipper Cove is an easy-to-reach destination from just about anywhere on the Bay. Since the Treasure Island Development Authority pulled up the vast majority of wrecks at the head of the cove, recreational boaters can now easily find a nice spot to anchor in the lee of the tree line. If the wind's howling, you might have to leave the bikinis in the locker, but it's still a great place for a picnic before heading back to the slip.


Time your arrival in Petaluma so you can not only take advantage of a flood current, but high tide as well. © 2017 Mike Smith

Heading up the Petaluma River requires some pre-planning (see our article in the June issue for details) but it's so worth it. Make sure your mast will fit under the two highway bridges — big boats don't get to play — then set your inbound and outbound appointments with the D Street bridge tender. Plan to Med-moor as the docks can get busy on the weekends, and then just pay at the top of the ramp near the yacht club. There's so much to see in downtown Petaluma that your days and nights will be full.


Running from the fog in the Delta. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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Have a little more time? Head up to the Delta. This writer is currently enjoying a DIY Delta Doo Dah herself, and can tell you that, while it's been plenty breezy up here, it's much warmer than the Bay. Catch the flood and beat feet for some sun, people! If you can, be sure to stop in to Owl Harbor tomorrow for a potluck/barbecue and free movie night. And don't forget to sign up at www.deltadoodah.com!


Force-feeding your lady love isn't what we had in mind. © 2017 Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Of course you don't even have to leave your slip to enjoy a little onboard R&R. Pick up a gourmet dinner from your loved one's favorite restaurant and surprise her with a romantic night aboard. Queue up a chick flick and chill plenty of wine to make the night extra special. The temperature inside the cabin is sure to heat up after that!

- latitude / ladonna

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August 2, 2013 – Mill Valley, CA

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Weekend Racing Preview

August 2, 2013 – West Coast and Hawaii

J/105s
J/105 action at last year's Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regatta, which was held in May. © 2017 / www.norcalsailing.com

StFYC hosts the Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regatta tomorrow and Sunday for J/105s, J/120s and IRC entries; Tiburon YC hosts the Etchells and Knarrs in the Moseley Regatta on Saturday; and Santanarama will descend upon Stillwater YC in Pebble Beach.

YRA racing this weekend features YRA Series #3 on the Olympic Circle Saturday and WBRA Knox Races on Sunday. The OYRA's SF Approach Buoys race is next Saturday, August 10. See www.yra.org for all three.

Berkeley YC's One Design Invitational Regatta this weekend includes the Olson 25 Nationals, J/24 District 20 Championships and Melges 24 Regatta. The winning J/24 qualifies to represent Area G in the U.S. Sailing Adult National Championships August 22-25 at Rochester YC and the 2014 J/24 World Championships in Newport, RI.

The Pacific Northwest Area Hobie Cat Championship is this weekend at Quinault Marina in Ocean Shores, WA. Speaking of Hobie Cats, the early registration discount ends August 15 for the U.S. Multihull Championship for the Hobie Alter Trophy. The regatta will be held in Hobie 16s on September 4-7 at Sausalito YC. Entries close on September 4. Sign up at championships.ussailing.org/Adult/USMHChampionship.htm.

The mainland El Toros arrived on Oahu at the end of July, and some sailors are already out practicing for their NAs, to be hosted by Kaneohe YC August 4-9. The fleet will be evenly divided, with approximately 25 mainland boats and 25 island boats. See www.eltoroyra.org. The International 110 Nationals are on August 5-9, sailing out of Inverness YC on lovely Tomales Bay.

Hood River YC hosts the sixth Double Damned on the windswept Columbia River, Saturday, August 10. It's about a 40-mile run upriver from Cascade Locks to The Dalles in Oregon.

Another river run on August 10, the Dinghy Delta Ditch Regatta, is hosted by Lake Washington Sailing Club. This one goes 30 miles up the Sacramento River from Rio Vista to LWSC in West Sacramento. "There really is no regatta like it," writes Ken Crawford. Shuttles will run once an hour, "from when the slowest boats need to get on the water until the fastest boats need to get on the water to hunt down those slower boats in our pursuit race format. Thistles, 5o5s, Wetas, Flying Dutchmans, etc., this regatta is built for you. Don't you want to take a shot at breaking the course record of 3 hours and 10 minutes?" Register at www.lwsailing.org before August 3 to save the late fee!

On Friday, August 16, the Zongo Yachting Cup sails 20 miles from Morro Bay to Avila Beach on the Central Coast, with PHRF and Cruising classes. Expect much partying and music to ensue. See zongocup5.eventbrite.com.

Half Moon Bay Race
The starting area for last year's SSS Half Moon Bay Race. This year, the race will start between a committee boat and Little Harding Buoy. © 2017 / www.norcalsailing.com

SSS sailors will race to Half Moon Bay on August 17. The skipper's meeting is on August 14, and the deadline to sign up will be that night. See www.sfbaysss.org, and be sure to read both the Standing Sailing Instructions and the Additional SIs. For much more racing coming in August, see our updated Calendar page.

July has slipped into the history books. Who made history and was selected as Latitude 38's Sailor of the Month for July? Find out here.

Last but not least, we should remind you that the Louis Vuitton Semi-Finals start Tuesday, and all indications are that Artemis Racing will compete against Luna Rossa Challenge, despite the fact that the Swedish team has only had a few days on the water to get used to their newly launched, second-generation boat, dubbed Big Blue. Bleacher seats are now on sale at the event's official site.

- latitude / chris

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Light At the End of the Profligate Tunnel?

August 2, 2013 – La Cruz Shipyard, La Cruz, Mexico

Profligate heads to the water last Tuesday under the direction of General de Mallorca. It's hard to know which, but either the cat looks bigger than ever or the General looks smaller than before.

Back in the days of the Vietnam War, politicians and generals kept claiming to see the "light at the end of the tunnel" for that dreadful period of American history. They were always wrong. So when we say that we think we see the light at the end of the Profligate boat project tunnel, we hope we're being more realistic and accurate.

'Lectronic readers may remember that the Wanderer and Dona de Mallorca had Latitude's 63-ft cat all ready to go back into the water in late June for the Bash north, and were only thwarted by the fact that the Travelift was down for a few days for maintenance. Seeing an opportunity, we hired Peter Vargas and his Sea Tek crew and went off on a major refit bender. We had them greatly increase the skin thickness of the decks, then refair and repaint them, as well as the 13-ft long back steps and cockpit seats. It was a nasty job in the heat of the tropics, but the decks are now super strong and look terrific.


Had we not already lifted Profligate out at the La Cruz Shipyard, we wouldn't have believed there was enough room to lower her back in. Photo Latitude / Richard
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Then we had them tear out 50 feet of the floors in both hulls so they could get at and increase the thickness of the inside skins of the hulls. When we tore out the floors, we found a couple of interesting things. For instance, one secondary but important bulkhead on one side had never been glassed to the hull at all, but had been free floating for 16 years. That's wasn't right. Plus, the aft heads on both sides had hever been attached to the hull below them, but had been primarily hanging from the overhead. On one hand it was a remarkable construction flaw, but on the other hand it's a testament to the strength of modern boatbuilding materials. Anyway, the interiors of the hulls have all been ground down, and parts of them have already had the new interior skins — one layer of mat, one layer of roving, one layer of mat — glassed, and frames beefed up. By Saturday, anothers athwartship frame will have been added, the heads properly secured to the hulls, some secondary bulkheads made three times thicker, and all the glassing of the hull interiors completed.


Robin and Mike Stout of the Redondo Beach-based Aluetian 51 Mermaid helped squeeze Profligate into the water. Photo Latitude / Richard
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The honeycomb cores for the new floors are slated to arrive from Mexico City today, and the plan is that they start to be installed on Monday. Once the repairs and improvements are completed, the clearing of the interior and exterior will begin. We figure all interior surfaces will have to be wiped down a minimum of three times. Thanks to the tropical rains of summer, the exterior cleaning should be a lot more fun.


What a load of junk to be tossed! Were hoping that some of the good flooring can be repurposed for bulkhead reinforcement. Photo Latitude / Richard
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Having seen the light at the end of the tunnel, 'General' Vargas thinks the huge project will be completed by the end of next week. We're not counting on it, but it could happen. In any event, we're pretty confident that we'll be back in California for the 28th start of the 20th Annual Baja Ha-Ha.

- latitude / richard

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