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Built to Last 100 Years

January 28, 2015 – Sausalito, CA

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One of the most ambitious boat-building projects in recent memory is currently taking place in Sausalito. You are welcome to drop by and check it out first hand. 

Photo Courtesy Peter Strietman
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One look at the structure of the tall ship Matthew Turner, which is now under construction in Sausalito, and you'll know why its creators say she's built to last at least 100 years.

With the goal of giving both youth and adults access to San Francisco Bay waters, while inspiring them through onboard educational programs to become thoughtful stewards of the Bay's fragile ecosystem, the brigantine Matthew Turner will undoubtedly be a grand addition to the region's fleet of traditionally rigged vessels. Hundreds if not thousands of individual donors have contributed to her construction costs so far, and many drop by the build site frequently to check out her progress.

A splendid new film on the ambitious project by Bay Area filmmaker Peter Strietman has just been completed, and can be viewed below. We encourage you to check it out, and also to pay a visit to the build site and observe the construction process in person. 

Video courtesy Peter Strietman & Educational Tall Ship

Both modern and traditional techniques are being used by professional and volunteer woodworkers. Access hours are Monday throughout Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 2330 Marinship Way, #150, Sausalito — just a block south of Mollie Stone's market. (Call 415-866-4973 for more info.)

With any luck the 100-ft beauty will be launched in 2016 — and we can hardly wait to take a ride on her.

- latitude / andy

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Weekend Racing Wrap-Up

January 28, 2015 – San Francisco Bay and Beyond

Today's racing report starts out on the other side of the world, works its way back to the USA, and winds up on San Francisco Bay.

Diving in the water off Azzam

On Monday, Daryl Wislang dove in to clear debris from the leading edge of Azzam's keel fin, hoping to save a few tenths of a knot of speed as Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing drag-raced Dongfeng toward Sanya. The Emirati team led by Brit Ian Walker finished about 3 hours and 20 minutes behind the Chinese boat to take second for Leg 3.

© 2018 Matt Knighton / Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing

The Volvo Ocean Race has settled into Sanya, China, having made it through the obstacle course of Malacca Strait with much care. Dongfeng, the China-sponsored team with two Chinese sailors on the crew, made history by being the first Chinese entry to win a leg of the race, whipping up much excitement in their homeport. The team, led by Frenchman Charles Caudrelier, is also in first place overall. "It's the most stressful leg I've ever done in my life," said the relieved skipper after finishing on Tuesday morning local time. The Sanya in-port race will be held on February 7, and Leg 4 to Auckland will start on February 8.

J/70 POV in Key West

A view of Key West Race Week from the California YC-based J/70 USA 32.

Photo Courtesy USA 32
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Keith Magnussen, sailing on the J/70 USA 32 skippered by Doug Mclean from California Yacht Club said that last week's Quantum Key West Race Week "turned out to be a somewhat light air event until the final day when the classic conditions came through with much appreciation from the sailors." According to organizers, "Howling winds and rough seas challenged the competitors on Friday." Mclean called his first regatta as skipper "one of the best sailing experiences ever — great boat, great sailing venue, and really great team." Jim Cunningham's SFYC-based Lifted was the top Corinthian finisher in the 54-boat J/70 fleet.

Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach), Laser Class, Day 1

Charlie Buckingham of Newport Beach sailing in the Laser class in Miami on stormy Monday.

© 2018 Jen Edney US Sailing Team Sperry

Unsettled Florida weather continued into Monday, when the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami for Olympic and Paralympic classes began in strong breeze accompanied by a brief but powerful rainstorm. By Tuesday, the rain had departed but the wind remained. Several West Coast sailors are competing in the regatta, which concludes on Saturday.

Marion Lepert on the RS:X

Marion Lepert of Belmont on the SF Peninsula is in 10th place in the Women's RS:X class.

© 2018 Jen Edney US Sailing Team Sperry

The second Coyote Point YC Winter Beer Can pursuit race 'sailed' from Oyster Point in South San Francisco to Coyote Point in San Mateo on Sunday. "The wind was 0-2 knots all afternoon," reports Mark Bettis of the J/29 Smokin' J. "All boats managed to eventually cross the start line, thanks to a mild favorable current. The San Juan 24 Sooner got off to a great start and led the fleet for most of the race."

Crew on the leeward rail of Smokin' J

Making the best of a beautiful day on the leeward rail of Smokin' J with Fred Soelter and Sarah Lloyd.

© 2018 Mart Bettis

Smokin' J eventually worked her way into first place and was the only boat to finish. "Smokin' J took 3 hours and 14 minutes to cover the 5 miles," said Bettis. "Great practice for the Three Bridge Fiasco coming up on Saturday!"

- latitude / chris

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January 28, 2015 – Mill Valley, CA

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Beware the Open Hatch

January 28, 2015 – Oakland, CA

Last August, Sailor Cherry, an enthusiastic participant in last year's Delta Doo Dah, walked through the shower deck hatch (a 7"x13" rectangle) of her Serendipity 43 Hooked and did some extensive damage to her right leg and knee. "It became quite the 'don't do this' story on our dock," she wrote.

"It was 100% my mistake. While showering that morning I flipped the hatch all the way open instead of just partially (as it's generally kept for ventilation). Well, I forgot to fix that. Later that afternoon I went on deck to adjust the sunshade. I lowered it (it's hoisted on a halyard) and laid it out flat on the white flush deck covering the hatches with the white fabric. While stepping off the forward hatch my right leg stepped down, disappearing into the opened shower hatch while the rest of me was still on deck. In my defense, the tinted glass hatch looks like a dark rectangle whether it's opened or closed, so I must have thought it was shut/normal-looking when I was laying out the large sunshade, which has to be hoisted just forward of the hatches."

Hooked's sailor dog Lucia enjoying the sunshade. Just below her, covered by the blanket, is the hatch for the head. The shower hatch is just to port of the baby stay.

Photo Courtesy Hooked
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"The hematoma is from the hatch's hardware breaking my fall — no broken bones, thank goodness. I wish someone had filmed it because it was probably hilarious to watch, like something out of America's Funniest Home Videos or an I Love Lucy episode!"

The damage to Cherry's leg

Cherry displays the hematoma and the injured knee.

Photo Courtesy Hooked
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An MRI showed that Cherry's knee was fine, but the hematoma did need to be drained. She's still walking with a limp. "I wish I could report that it was all healed up,"  she said. "I'll never forget to fully shut that damn hatch!"

- latitude / chris

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