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Give the Gift of Sailing

November 24, 2014 – The West Coast


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If you give the 'gift of sailing' to a friend or loved one, he or she will be happy as a toddler with a shiny new toy. 

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Foreign visitors observing the frenzy of manic shopping that will take place this Friday — 'Black Friday' — might think it is some sort of pagan ritual, perhaps to gather material possessions in advance of impending doom. Just the thought of those hordes of shoppers makes us want to run for cover — especially since half the stuff that's purchased will probably be re-gifted or returned.

There's a better way. Why not give 'the gift of sailing' instead? Whether you need a present for a diehard sailor or a non-sailor who's curious about the sport, there are all sorts of great possibilities — none of which is likely to be re-gifted. Here are a few ideas:

  • A sailing course to learn the basics or upgrade skills
  • Personal safety devices such as a PFD or a personal transponder
  • The electronic navigational gadget that the sailor in your life has been lusting after
  • A new foul weather jacket to replace the stained and leaky one he or she uses now
  • A down payment on a sailing vacation in some dreamy tropical destination
  • A top-rated nautical adventure book to read this winter
  • or — perhaps best of all — some official Latitude 38 logowear from our online chandlery

Look for more ideas in Sightings, Max Ebb and World of Chartering in the December issue of Latitude 38, coming out on December 1. Good luck. We'll see you out there — on the water, that is, not in the shopping malls.

- latitude / andy

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The Frugal Cat Cruiser

November 24, 2014 – Mexico

Chris White with catamaran ama on his shoulder.

Chris White believes in light, performance catamarans. Even so, his 57-footer was a little too heavy to lift.

Photo Latitude / Richard
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Over the years we’ve seen a lot of things cruisers have done in order to save money to continue their pleasant lifestyle. But this is the first time we’ve ever seen the owner of a large catamaran attempt to singlehandedly lift his 57-ft cat and launch her without benefit of a Travelift. Sure, folks with monohulls up to 40 ft do it all the time, but at least they get help from friends — two guys on their hands and knees beneath the keel, one gal at the bow, and one gal lifting the rudder. Then heave-ho, into the water she goes! Unfortunately, some yards in the States don’t allow it anymore.

We’re kidding, of course, just as Chris White was kidding when he posed for this photo at the La Cruz Shipyard with his about-to-be-splashed Atlantic 57 cat. More than 80 larger multihulls have been built to White’s designs, and if we’re not mistaken, he’s the guy who came up with — or at least popularized — the forward-cockpit concept. He also wrote The Cruising Multihull, which had a major influence on the Wanderer in the design of Profligate. If we remember correctly, White explained that all things being equal, if you double the length of a cat, she will be 16 times more stable. If you’re looking for a multihull with maximum accommodation, White is not your guy. He believes in performance.

Chris had to head back to Dartmouth, Maine, for a month or two, after which time he plans to return to his boat, then head up into the Sea of Cortez. When he returns, we plan to take him up on his offer of a daysail and do a proper interview.

- latitude / richard

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November 24, 2014 – Sausalito, CA


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Race Notes

November 24, 2014 – Berkeley, CA

The Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay held their annual Trophy Party at Berkeley Yacht Club last Tuesday night. We'll have a recap of the division winners in the December issue of Latitude 38, which will come out on Monday, December 1.

Among the most coveted awards is the Schumacher Trophy, created in memory of Carl Schumacher, designer of the Expresses, Olson 911S, Synergy 1000 and many great one-off racer/cruisers. The trophy is awarded to the top finishing boat racing PHRF in the 2nd Half Opener's Saturday race to Pt. Bonita. Sally or Kame Richards of Pineapple Sails usually presents the award. Tuesday night, Sally said, "I get to give it to my husband this year."

Kame and Sally Richards

Kame Richards' Express 37 Golden Moon won the Schumacher Trophy, a delicate barometer built by Dan Woodward.

Photo Latitude / Chris
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Champion's Cup awards went to the best of the best. Boats that placed in YRA series during the season were invited to compete against each other in a Fall Championship Regatta on October 18 in two divisions.

John Clauser and Charles Hodgkins

Charles Hodgkins (right), chairman of the YRA, presented the Champion's Cup for PHRF 1 to John Clauser of the 1D48 Bodacious+.

Photo Latitude / Chris
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Richard vonEhrenkrook and Charles Hodgkins

Richard vonEhrenkrook's small but mighty Cal 20 Can O'Whoopass won the Champion's Cup for PHRF 2.

Photo Latitude / Chris
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"I don't deserve this," said Richard vonEhrenkrook. "All the other people who came out this year — we're trying to rebuild the Cal 20 fleet — they deserve this."

Also at the party, the YRA had available some great-looking flyers announcing next year's schedule. The WBRA will sail on April 19, May 2 and 16, June 13, August 1, 15 and 29, and September 26. The Great Vallejo Race will be on May 2-3, the Westpoint Regatta on July 18, the 2nd Half Opener on August 2-3, and the Season Closer on September 26-27. The OYRA Series dates are April 25, May 9, June 6 and 27, July 25, August 22-23, September 18, and October 3. The YRA Spring Series will be on April 18, May 16, and June 13, with the Summer Series on July 11, August 8 and September 12. The 2015 awards will be handed out at BYC on November 17. We'll have much more in the 2015 Northern California Sailing Calendar and YRA Master Schedule, which will come out on December 30 along with the January issue of Latitude 38.

Who do you think were the best sailors in 2014? Do you know someone who turned in an outstanding racing season this year? Perhaps she or he could be a contender for US Sailing's 2014 Rolex Yachtswoman or Yachtsman of the Year Award. US Sailing members can make nominations, which will be accepted through Sunday, November 30. Go here to make your nomination(s).

'Lectronic Latitude will be taking a break this Wednesday, and the entire Latitude 38 crew will be off on Thursday and Friday. Have a happy Thanksgiving, and we'll meet back here Monday.

- latitude / chris

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