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August 1, 2014 – The West Coast & Beyond


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This month's cover shows Greg Slyngstad's J/125 Hamachi on her final sprint to the Pacific Cup finish line off Oahu. © 2017 Leslie Richter / www.rockskipper.com

No big plans this weekend? Then we suggest you snuggle up with the latest edition of Latitude 38 and take in all the latest sailing news from the West Coast and beyond. Magazines are being distributed today to marine businesses throughout the Bay Area, and it's now available to download or read online — for free, as always. 

In this edition you'll find complete coverage of the Pacific Cup and Singlehanded TransPac races to Hawaii, plus a wide assortment of other West Coast racing news. If you dream about sailing in exotic places, you'll want to check out our report on the annual Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendezvous. And if you'd love to sail over the horizon but don't have your own boat, check out our feature on crewing for cruisers. 

That's just a taste of what you'll find in this month's mag, so don't hesitate to grab a copy while they're hot off the press. (Distribution in Southern California, the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii will take a few more days. See a complete list of distributors here.)

- latitude / andy

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Classy Deadline the 15th


Do You Know Racing?

August 1, 2014 – Latitude 38 World Headquarters

Latitude 38 is looking for a racing editor.

We don't care if you just graduated from college or are over 55, just that you can express yourself clearly, sometimes under pressure, be able to take photos, and do computer page layouts.

We expect you to be very productive, but we offer a competitive salary, health benefits and a lot of freedom. Our office is in mellow Mill Valley. Respond to me if you want to know how to apply. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE!

- latitude / richard

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Weekend Racing Preview

August 1, 2014 – San Francisco Bay & Beyond

Good Timin' in the 2003 Midnight Moonlight Maritime Marathon
Sailing after sunset, with the full moon on the rise. It's not a beer can race, it's the 2003 Midnight Moonlight Maritime Marathon. Photo Latitude / Richard
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Due to the urging of certain sailors who've been craving some long-distance night racing on the Bay, San Francisco Yacht Club has revived the once-popular Midnight Moonlight Maritime Marathon. The pursuit race starts in Raccoon Strait, sails downwind to the Carquinez Bridge, rounds the center pier, and returns to Tiburon after sunset. In the old days, the sequence didn't begin until around 4:00 p.m., boats rounded the leeward mark around sundown, then beat back to Belvedere Cove under the light of the full moon. Finishes typically stretched out until midnight.

However, the new incarnation of the race will see some changes: The starting sequence will begin at 1:00 p.m. (so slower boats will have a chance to finish). The half moon will be high in the sky at sunset. The finish line will be at Bluff Point. And the cutoff time will be 11:00 p.m.

The MMMM will be competing with the YRA 2nd Half Opener on Saturday, which is also a long-distance race. It starts on the north side of Treasure Island, rounds Point Bonita Buoy, and finishes down the Estuary for a party at Encinal YC with free beer, three food booths, and lots of music. Sunday will feature a shorter in-the-Bay race.

So what else is going on this weekend? The Laser Nationals, which began yesterday, continue at St. Francis YC. The Santa Cruz 27 Nationals begin today at Monterey Peninsula YC. The El Toro Worlds are at Pinecrest Lake. Berkeley YC will host a One Design Championship Regatta, including the Olson 25 National Championship, Catalina 38 National Championship, J/24 District 20 Championship and Open 5.70 Summer Championship Series. Forecasts call for plenty of SF Bay breeze!

- latitude / chris

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Free Mainsail, Extra Large

August 1, 2014 – Mill Valley


Old mainsail looking for a new home. Photo Latitude / Richard
© 2017 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

If you're looking for a relatively hi-tech mainsail at a relatively low cost — as in free — we've got what you're looking on the sidewalk in front of 15 Locust, Mill Valley, CA.

The sail is the second of four that we've had on our 63-ft cat Profligate, and was last used in the early 2000s. It's a full battened sail without the battens, and it doesn't have hardware for the mainsail track. It's something like 70 feet on the luff and 26 feet on the foot. It's made of some blend of Spectra. It's heavy, too. Something like 230 pounds, so it wouldn't be suitable for a Catalina 42 or anything like that.

As best we can recall, it was still serviceable when we took it off the cat. But even if you got new battens and new luff car hardware, we're not guaranteeing that it could still be used. Its best use might be as some kind of cover.

The last time we offered an old Profligate main for free was two years ago. It was literally falling apart, but a bunch of people wanted it, so it was gone within hours. So if you want this sail/cover, where is, as is, email us ASAP.

- latitude / richard

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Ad: Sale Boat of the Day

August 1, 2014 – San Diego, CA

Schooner Dauntless

Schooner Dauntless

© 2017 Bob Grieser

On the market after 30 years of ownership, this meticulously maintained schooner is currently available for sale by owner. Located in San Diego, California, Dauntless has been featured on several covers and issues of Sailing Magazine, Wooden Boat, Nautical Quarterly and Santana magazines. Dauntless has a competitive record including races from San Diego to Hawaii, biannual Master Mariners Regattas, and numerous races and cruises along the California coast.

HISTORY, SPECIFICATIONS, GALLERY & CONTACT INFORMATION
www.schoonerdauntless.com

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