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November 7, 2014 – It's a Mystery

sailboat in a golden anchorage
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A golden anchorage. But where is it?

© 2017 Jeffrey Berman

Who can tell us where in the world this beautiful photo was taken? We will only divulge that it was shot on Labor Day last year. The first correct answer will win a Latitude 38 hat.

Later: Thanks for all your emails! The hat has been claimed. The correct answer will be revealed in a 'Lectronic posting next week.

- latitude / chris

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Dengue Fever in Baja

November 7, 2014 – Baja California Sur

The media have done an outstanding job of getting the public worked into a lather over Ebola, even though it’s statistically more likely for an American to die in a bouncy house than from the deadly virus. Meanwhile, another viral outbreak much more likely to affect southbound American cruisers has been quietly working its way through southern Baja. 


This black-and-white-striped little devil — aka Aedes albopictus — could cause more problems than an itchy bump.

© 2017 James Gathany / CDC

Cases of dengue fever have been on the rise across the peninsula since this summer, which isn't unusual, but after a particularly wet and destructive late hurricane season, there has been an uptick in reported cases. According to BajaInsider.com, a well-respected Baja travel site, more than 3,000 cases of the illness have been reported since July, with 68% of the cases located in La Paz. Cabo came in a distant second at 12%. The site reports that the gossip among gringos claimed that 4,000 people in La Paz alone were sick, but "that was and remains incorrect."

Endemic to Baja and other tropical locales, dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease that causes fever, vomiting, muscle and joint pain, and a skin rash. It’s rarely deadly — you’re more likely to die from flu — though a small number of cases can progress to hemorrhagic fever. Treatment consists of acetaminophen and plenty of fluids, and the illness lasts about a week, though a lack of energy may persist for a few weeks after.


Baja Ha-Ha'ers and other cruisers shouldn't stop having fun on their way south; just take some simple precautions.

Photo Latitude / Andy
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There is no vaccine so prevention is key. Southbound cruisers should take the following precautions:

  1. Don’t freak out! The odds of catching dengue aren’t high, and almost everyone who catches it makes a full recovery.
  2. Do your best to avoid mosquito-infested areas. Ask around for local knowledge, and anchor farther from shore.
  3. Make sure your port and hatch screens are in good condition. If you don’t have any, get some.
  4. Stock up on mosquito repellant.
  5. Wear long sleeves and pants.

The cooler days of fall should bring the outbreak under control naturally, but for those already in Baja, basic precautions should be taken.

Speaking of Baja, the Assistant Poobah of the Baja Ha-Ha cruising rally called Latitude's office this morning to report that winds are light and the fleet is expected to start arriving in Cabo San Lucas this afternoon.

- ladonna bubak

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November 7, 2014 – San Diego, CA

Sea Bags: We trade bags for sails!

© 2017 Sea Bags / www.seabags.com

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Weekend Racing Preview

November 7, 2014 – USA

Midwinters that start this weekend include the separate Saturday and Sunday Berkeley YC series, and RegattaPRO's Winter One Design on Saturday. Island YC's Island Days series on the Estuary will begin on Sunday.

Spinnakers east of Angel Island

J/105s and a Melges 24 on a downwind leg in last year's RegattaPRO Winter One Design.

Photo Latitude / Andy
© 2017 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

Based on the Sail Tactics Outlook forecast, tomorrow will likely start out with calm conditions and a possibility of very light northerly winds. A large high-pressure system overhead will keep things relatively warm and dry. A nice westerly sea breeze should start filling in around 1:00 p.m. and build to 10-14 knots by 2:30 p.m. Based on the light morning conditions, a postponement is possible for both the RegattaPRO and BYC races, which are scheduled to start between 11:30 and noon. The south side of the Berkeley Circle will probably have better wind conditions, as the lee of Angel Island will affect the north side of the Circle and Southampton area. The timings of the westerly sea breeze will likely change slightly with tomorrow morning's Sail Tactics forecast.

The Turkey Shoot Regatta at Lake Washington Sailing Club will be held tomorrow. After the racing, turkeys will be awarded to the fleet winners and everyone will feast on turkey chili. The regatta is open to all centerboard sailboats 19-ft and smaller — entries so far include Thistles, Banshees, Lasers, O'Days, Lido 14s, and an open class. The forecast calls for light air and warm temperatures. See www.regattanetwork.com/event/9246.

The Melges 32 Gold Cup starts today and runs through Sunday at Coconut Grove Sailing Club in Miami. California sailors attending include skippers Deneen Demourkas of Santa Barbara on Groovederci and John Kilroy of San Francisco on Samba Pa Ti. Santa Cruz native Morgan Larson is the tactician aboard Richard Goransson's Stockholm-based Inga from Sweden. Seven countries are represented among the 15 entries.

Bellingham YC in Washington will host the top 36 singlehanded collegiate sailors for the ICSA Singlehanded Nationals this weekend. Eighteen guys will sail Lasers, while an equal number of gals will race Radials. Representing the Pacific Coast are Sally Mace, Luke Muller, and Kieran Chung of Stanford, and Simone Staff of UC Santa Barbara. Representing the Pacific Northwest are Brian Hickman of Oregon State and Eliza Dawson from the University of Washington. Lindsay Baab of Saratoga, a member of San Francisco and St. Francis YCs, is sailing for Brown University.

The Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS) will host a Rules Seminar at South Beach YC in San Francisco on Wednesday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. The cost of $10 includes a booklet from US Sailing and pizza. Drinks at SBYC are reasonably priced. Register here.

- latitude / chris

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