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Don't Miss the Vintage Boat Show

June 27, 2014 – Corinthian YC, Tiburon, CA


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These two eye-popping beauties were berthed side-by-side at a recent Master Mariners' show. On the left is Elizabeth Muir; at right is Bounty. Photo Latitude / Andy
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If you have a soft spot in your heart for antique boats with polished bronze hardware and gleaming varnish you won't want to miss the annual Master Mariners Boat Show this Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tiburon's Corinthian YC. 

Dozens of vintage vessels will be on display, ranging from 23-ft Bear Boats to the Bay Area's largest schooner, the meticulously restored 103-ft schooner Eros. You'll be able to walk the docks and inspect them yourself, and learn about their histories from their dedicated owners. 


With the historic scow schooner Alma side-tied center stage, the Corinthian docks are filled with wonderful woodies. Photo Latitude / Andy
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The newly restored sloop Freda will make a special appearance — first launched in 1885, she's the oldest operational sailing yacht on the West Coast, and perhaps in the whole country. Timothy Mullins' 52-ft S&S yawl Legend, which is new to the Bay, will be another standout. Yet another wooden beauty that you'll want to have a look at is Bert Damner's Concordia Yawl Encore.


It took 18 years to restore her, but today the schooner Eros is an inspirational beauty, meticuouslly restored from stem to stern. Photo Latitude / Richard
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It's all great fun, and the $10 entry fee includes a detailed program of attending boats. Profits go to the Master Mariners Benevolent Fund, which provides funding for sail training scholarships, or the teaching of skills associated with restoring traditional sailing craft. There'll be music all day by the San Francisco Feetwarmers jazz band. Lunch and drinks will be served on the deck, with a commanding view of the Central Bay.


The show is fun for all ages. There'll even be a model boat building contest. Pictured here are San Francisco Sea Scouts. Photo Latitude / Andy
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- latitude / andy

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Pacific Hurricane May Form Soon

June 27, 2014 – Offshore of Acapulco, Mexico

According to the National Hurricane Center "a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms located several hundred miles S-SW of Acapulco, Mexico" may evolve into a tropical depression by early next week. Depressions, by definition, have maximum sustained winds of less then 34 knots (7 on the Beaufort scale). Higher winds (34-63 knots) would designate a low pressure system as a "tropical storm." At 64 knots it would officially become a (category 1) hurricane.


This yet-unnamed system could get ugly; we're hoping it fizzles out offshore. © 2017 NOAA

We hope that doesn't happen, especially since Latitude 38's mothership, Profligate, is currently heading north to San Diego, as are a number of other boats that have been cruising Mexican waters. (Profligate is currently just south of Cabo.)


This predictive image from PassageWeather.com looks foreboding. We're keeping our fingers crossed. © 2017 / www.passageweather.com

NOAA predicts this system has a 40% chance of forming into a tropical cyclone, or hurricane, within the next 48 hours, and an 80% chance within the next five days, which could be bad news for Cabo San Lucas, La Paz and other coastal towns. We encourage mariners and coastal dwellers to keep an eye on this disturbance, but we hope it will fizzle before coming ashore, as many such systems do.

(A shoutout from Profligate via satphone this morning to the Gulfstar 50 Talion: "Are you out there Patsy? We'll be on 4 Alpha at 8 a.m. California time.")

- latitude / andy

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June 27, 2014 – Redwood City, CA

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Weekend Racing Preview

June 27, 2014 – San Francisco Bay and Beyond

Within the realm of Bay Area racing, there seems to be something for everyone scheduled this weekend.

Kicking things off on Saturday, June 28 is the start to the biennial Singlehanded Transpac to Kauai. Sailors start off the Corinthian YC in Raccoon Strait and finish at the mouth of Hanalei Bay, Hawaii, some 2,300 miles to the west. You can follow the tracks of these hardy individualists right here as they progress across the Pacific.

If you've heard of the legendary Silver Eagle race but never done it, here's your chance to compete. It's an amazing romp around the farthest corners of the Bay. Contact Island YC for more details.


The long-distance Silver Eagle race always sees spirited competition. In this 2011 file shot, Mark Eastham's Corsair F-31 Ma's Rover tries to hold off a pursuer near the Golden Gate. © 2017 Erik Simonson / www.pressure-drop.us

Also on Saturday, the Sausalito YC's Rear Commodore's Race will be run from Sausalito to Vallejo. For those of you in the Delta region, don't forget about the Race of Champions at Stockton Sailing Club. If you want to race on the ocean, YRA holds the OYRA's Half Moon Bay Race. Up north on Clear Lake there's the Three Island Fiasco at Konocti Bay Sailing Club

On Sunday over at Oakland YC there's the Lipton Cup Series.

Anyone racing in or interested in the upcoming Pacific Cup will want to stop by Richmond YC and enjoy the opening of Pacific Cup Village. There are a host of events and activities planned for the lead-up to the 'Fun Race to Hawaii.' The various classes will be starting from the San Francisco Cityfront between July 6 and 11.

Have a great weekend. 

- latitude / ross

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