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Crewman Lost in Hawaii Capsize

January 9, 2015 – Kona, Hawaii


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After capsizing in heavy seas last Saturday, the 75-ft ketch Hawaii Aloha lies grounded in the Kona surf with her cabin destroyed and her rig completely gone. It remains to be seen if the Christian charity that owns her, Youth With a Mission, will attempt to rebuild her.

© 2017 Petty Officer 2nd Cl Tara Molle / US Coast Guard

On Wednesday, Coast Guard and Hawaii firefighters suspended their extensive search for Aaron Michael Bremner, second mate of the 75-ft sailboat Hawaii Aloha, which capsized twice last Saturday and was driven ashore on the Kona Coast.

The vessel, owned by the Christian charity organization Youth With a Mission (YWAM) Ships Kona, is used to offer medical and dental services to remote island groups, as well as providing clean water systems and educational initiatives. Hawaii Aloha had been at her Port YWAM base on the western side of the Big Island preparing for a voyage to Christmas Island this week when reports of impending heavy weather influenced Captain Ann Ford to take the beamy ketch offshore to ride out the rough conditions. According to reports from the crew, the boat was approximately four miles offshore when a series of big swells hit her broadside, rolling her over twice.


Hawaii Aloha seen here in happier times, berthed next to a Polynesian voyaging canoe.

Photo Courtesy ywamships.net
© 2017 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

After firing off flares, all but one crew (presumably Bremner) reportedly evacuated into a liferaft, and were eventually assisted in getting ashore by two jet ski operators. YWAM reports that this was the first marine tragedy in its "decades of service."

- latitude / andy

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Tenacatita Sailing Festival

January 9, 2015 – Tenacatita to Barra de Navidad, Mexico

Tenacatita Bay anchorage

The uncrowded Tenacatita Bay on Mexico's Gold Coast.

© 2017 Karen Vaccaro

For the last two years we at Latitude 38 had hoped to start a Tenacatita-Barra Sailing Festival, similar to the Banderas Bay Blast and Zihua Sail Fest. Last year we were thwarted by Profligate's being one of the 328 boats temporarily impounded by AGACE. This year we’ve been thwarted by work overload and the fact that we temporarily lost both transmissions on Profligate, then discovered that one prop had gone AWOL. As a result, what was to be the semi-organized Vallarta area sail to Chamela and then Tenacatita Bay has been cancelled. Maybe next year.

Puerto Vallarta to Manzanillo map

(Not to be used for navigation!)

© 2017 Google Maps

Fortunately, Robert Gleser of the Alameda-based Freeport 41 Harmony, who has long been the winter 'Mayor of Tenacatita Bay,' has picked up the general festival concept and is running with it.

"The Mayor will greet each boat and crew as they arrive and answer questions about the area," he writes. "Attractions of Tenacatita Bay include great snorkeling at 'The Aquarium' just northeast of Punta Hermanos; a panga ride to La Manzanilla for the 'crocodile tour,' palapa restaurants and quaint shops; world-class bocce-ball competition with great prizes; and optional day passes for the Hotel Blue Bay for those in need of a swimming pool, horseback riding, meals, Wi-Fi and massage. But the biggest attraction of all is the Tenacatita Cruising Community group, which has an unusually tight yet welcoming culture."

It’s only 15 miles farther southeast to Barra de Navidad, where cruisers can either take a berth at the first-class Grand Marina with resort hotel attached, or anchor for free in the Barra lagoon. Anchored-out boats can tie up at the Sands Hotel docks, which graciously allows dinghies to use them. Another option is the efficient panga taxi service. If enough boats are interested, there could even be a 'nothing serious at all' cruiser race to Barra.

For further information, simply show up at Tenacatita Bay.

The Wanderer and Doña de Mallorca will be driving south to Tenacatita and Barra, with a stop at Carries, on Monday as part of a mission to take aerial photos of all the sites of interest to cruisers. We hope to see some of you there.

- latitude / richard

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Be a Hero to Cruising Friends

January 9, 2015 – From Walla Walla to Bora Bora

If you're planning a trip to visit cruising or chartering friends in far-flung places, we know how you can earn their undying admiration (at least until you break the head): Take down a bundle or two of the most recent Latitude 38s! Just drop by our World Headquarters in Mill Valley to pick them up or give us a call at (415) 383-8200 — we'll be happy to ship some to you.

Latitude 38 magazines on the move

Photo Latitude / Annie
© 2017 Latitude 38 Media, LLC / www.latitude38.com

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Weekend Racing Preview

January 9, 2015 – San Francisco Bay Area

J/105 AirJaldi with red spinnaker

Jim Forster's J/105 AirJaldi is new to racing on the Bay.

© 2017 Martha Blanchfield / www.renegadesailing.com

Midwinter series continuing on San Francisco Bay this weekend include RegattaPRO's Winter One Design, Encinal YC's Jack Frost, Sequoia YC's Redwood Cup pursuit race on Saturday; and Island YC's Island Days on Sunday. Tiburon YC's three-race Midwinter Series will begin on Saturday. Berkeley YC's Midwinters will continue with separate series on Saturday and Sunday.

Elusive sets their pole

The crew aboard John Schoenecker's Olson 911S Elusive sets the pole and prepares to hoist the spinnaker in December's Berkeley Midwinters.

Photo Latitude / Chris
© 2017 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

Richmond YC will host the high school crowd for Little Daddy/NorCal #6 tomorrow, and Santa Cruz YC will provide the venue for Santana 22 Team Racing.

Remember to take into account that this is the weekend that the Golden Gate Bridge will be closed. The Bay Bridge and Richmond-San Rafael Bridge will be busier than usual, so allow yourself extra time to get to your boat!

- latitude / chris

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