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SBYC's Hot Holiday Regatta

December 11, 2013 – Santa Barbara

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Kent Pierce and Eric Stokke's Average White Boat handily won the Melges 24 class. © 2018 Sharon Green /

Santa Barbara typically has some of the most pleasant sailing in Southern California, but on days when it goes off, it really goes off. The Santa Barbara YC's Holiday Regatta last weekend featured one of those super-big days, providing a rare occasion for the affirmative use of the phrase, "It's never like this here..."

Ron Boehm's SC27 California Zephyr was far from the only boat to record a 10.0 for a wipeout. © 2018 Sharon Green /

At 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, the breeze was 0-5 knots out of the southeast with the remnants of a light rain beginning to dissipate. An hour later, the breeze had shifted to the northwest and turned on, reaching 20 knots almost instantly.

Chris Gabriel's J/70 Diversion smokes downwind en route to a class win. © 2018 Sharon Green /

With the rapidly building waves that accompanied that breeze, even the most intrepid sailors in the Harbor 20 fleet wisely decided to head back to the dock before the first race even started. They were followed by about half the boats from remaining fleets — J/70s, J/105s, Melges 24s, and two PHRF divisions.

Dirk Freeland's Farr 40 Skian Dhu notched six bullets to take PHRF A. © 2018 Sharon Green /

But for those who stayed, the reward was edge-of-control planing conditions as the cold breeze built to the high-20s with puffs into the high-30s. Savage wipeouts afflicted just about everyone remaining on the racecourse, but fortunately every boat came back with the same number of crew they started with. Full results here.

Larry and Becky Harteck's J/105 Repeat Offender scratching 20 knots of boat speed. © 2018 Sharon Green /

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Solo TransPac Sail Seminar

December 11, 2013 – Oakland YC, Alameda

Racers are gearing up for the June 28 start of the Singlehanded TransPac, a 2,120-mile race from San Francisco Bay to Hanalei Bay on the idyllic Hawaiian island of Kauai. To aid in their prep, the race committee has scheduled monthly seminars on a variety of topics that would help any sailor with their trip across the Pacific, and luckily the entire series is free and open to the general public.

Time to learn about sails and rigging for racing to Hawaii next summer. Perfect time to take advantage of off-season discounts! Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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Tonight's talk is will be on the topic of 'Sails & Rigging', and though this is not a Pacific Cup seminar, racers in that event are encouraged to also attend. Doors to Oakland YC open at 6:30 p.m. — as does the no-host bar — and the presentation starts at 7:30. Click HERE for a complete list of upcoming seminars.

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December 11, 2013 – Santa Clara, CA

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Olson 30 Sails

December 11, 2013 – The World of Olsons

The Wanderer needs a mainsail for his Olson 30 La Gamelle in St. Barth. It doesn't have to be new, perfect or made of any high-tech material, but it does need to be in good shape. If you have one you'd like to sell, or better yet, trade for a couple of Olson 30 spinnakers (one of them in pretty darn good shape), please email Richard.

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Weekend Racing Wrap-Up

December 11, 2013 – Bay Area and Beyond

There's a lot going on in the racing world both locally and farther afield. Today, out in warm Key Largo, FL, the inaugural Audi Melges 20 World Championship began, hosted by the Ocean Reef Club. Some of the world's best racers from nine nations are competing in the 52-boat fleet. There is also a five-boat corinthian division. World renowned local sailors Terry Hutchinson and John Kostecki, and well-known Bay Area skiff sailors Jeff Causey and Patrick Whitmarsh are all participating as tacticians. After two of today's three races, John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti is tied for second place with 11 points. Racing continues daily through Saturday. Catch the results here

Last year the J/105 fleet in RegattaPRO's Saturday series saw some light winds. Hopefully the breeze will pick up for them this weekend. © 2018 /

San Francisco Bay's midwinter racing is in full swing this weekend. The Circle is full of activity with Berkeley YC hosting a race on Saturday and Sunday. RegattaPRO gets busy again with their Saturday series, and Richmond YC is hosting their Laser Sundays beginning December 15. Across the Bay, South Beach YC's Island Fever Midwinters resume on Saturday.

In other news, US Sailing announced the finalists for the 2013 Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year. They include Larkspur's kin-duo kiteboarders Johnny (the 2012 Yachtsman of the Year) and Erika Heineken and Farr 30 World Champion Deneen Demourkas of Santa Barbara. Awards will be presented to the winners on February 25 at St. Francis YC. The organization also announced that Santa Barbara youth sailor Matt Long has been awarded the Hobie Sailor of the Month Award.

Erika and Johnny Heineken are nominated for US Sailing's Rolex Yachtswoman and Yachtsman of the Year. © 2018 Robero Foresti


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Holiday Shopping in Our Chandlery

December 11, 2013 – Mill Valley, CA

Give the gift of Latitude 38 logowear
Check out our newest item: white long sleeve shirts!
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Remember to place your order this week so that we can be sure to get you the goods in time for Christmas!

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