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Eco-Friendly Anchoring

February 11, 2015 – French Polynesia

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Is this a cool photo of eco-friendly cruising or what?

Photo Courtesy Swell
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"Whenever possible, I use this precision anchoring technique seen in the photo to place my anchor in a sand patch where my chain won't damage any nearby coral," reports Liz Clark.

Liz, of course, has been singlehanding her Santa Barbara-based Cal 40 Swell in French Polynesia for a number of years now. She's not a big girl, but judging by the relative size of the Bruce anchor, it must weigh about 55 pounds.

Have you ever done anything like this? Do you think you could do anything like this? Write us here.

- latitude / richard

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Classy Deadline the 15th

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The Married-On-Your-Boat Club

February 11, 2015 – The World of Sailing

"I am a proud member of the Latitude 'Over 30 Club', as I have owned my Pearson 26 for 38 years," writes William Grummel of Antioch. "But I was thinking there may be another fun 'club' for Latitude to start — a club for those who were married on their boat.

Getting married aboard a small boat is one way to keep the ceremony from getting out of hand. Bill and Rose Grummel will celebrate their 10th anniversary this April. Bill bought this 26-footer 39 years ago.

© 2018 Grummel

"Rose and I were married aboard Midnattsolen 10 years ago this April. The ceremony took place at the dock of Discovery Bay Yacht Harbor. I have attached a photo of our wedding.

"Our friends Jim and Jeanie Long were married on their first Oasis back in 1986 or 1987 at Fortman Marina. After the wedding they spent three years on the Sea of Cortez. They have since moved on to a larger boat, a Lancer 39 motorsailer that they have used to cruise both sides of Mexico and Central America. They currently are in Puerto Escondido. And yes, Jim did ride out Odile.

After marrying aboard Oasis in the late 1980s at Fortman Marina, Jim and Jeanie Long cruised Mexico for three years.

Photo Courtesy Oasis
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"I hope those of you who were married on your boats had as great a wedding as we did and will join the 'club'," say Bill and Rose. All right then, we're now accepting applications to Latitude 38's  'Married-on-Our-Boat' Club.

Just one question, Bill: The publisher of Latitude 38 was married to Kathleen McCarthy aboard their Bounty II Flying Scud in Clipper Yacht Harbor in the late 1970s. But they were later divorced. Is membership still available to them? Do they get an asterisk next to their names, or what? There might be a few others 'in the same boat'.

- latitude / richard

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February 11, 2015 – Near You

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Weekend Racing Wrap-Up

February 11, 2015 – San Francisco Bay Area

Division A start at GGYC

Fly 'em if you got 'em. With wind from the south and the first mark to the west, many of the racers in GGYC's midwinter race on Saturday were able to set spinnakers at the start.

Photo Latitude / Chris
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Saturday's races in the San Francisco Bay Area got a break between big storm fronts. Golden Gate Yacht Club's fourth Seaweed Soup midwinter race was sailed on the Cityfront in a southerly that varied greatly in velocity from moment to moment. A rain squall came in around 1:15 and dampened everyone who'd not already finished and tucked inside.

MadMen crew on the rail

The crew of the J/111 MadMen hiked hard when the breeze was on.

© 2018 Erik Simonson /

Only a few boats started Vallejo YC's Tiny Robbins Midwinter, and about half retired within 20 minutes due to no wind. Finally, a little bit of wind allowed a couple of the tenacious ones to finish.

On the North Bay, Tiburon YC had somewhat better luck, although the wind died partway through the first of two races, as the southerly clocked around to the west. The second race, a make-up for January's windless attempt, was sailed in a gentle southwesterly. All of the above series will conclude on March 7.

Boats approaching a channel marker

Sequoia YC's light-air racing in the South Bay on Saturday.

© 2018 Tim Petersen

Sequoia YC's Winter Series #4 was also sailed on Saturday, in light and variable wind with intermittent showers. Fifteen boats raced a 2.7-mile windward/leeward course. Those who got around the windward mark early were rewarded handsomely with favorable current. As with TYC, a second race was run to make up for one missed earlier in the season. This series will wrap up with the St. Patrick's Day Race on March 14, and all PHRF boats are invited.

An intense storm system whipped the Bay Area on Sunday. It was raining sideways in some places, but four intrepid non-spinnaker crews braved the weather for Island YC's Island Days race on the Estuary. "It turned out to be a delightful afternoon to race," said Deb Fehr, skipper of the Santana 22 Meliki. "It sprinkled on us for about 30 seconds. There was plenty of wind, but it was very shifty." Fellow Tuna skipper Jennifer McKenna crewed for Fehr. "Even though she was doubting her beam reach sail trim, she trimmed us into first place," said Deb.

If you were one of the 695 sailors entered in the Three Bridge Fiasco, tonight's the night to pick up your shirt at the awards meeting, where the 'podium' finishers will be celebrated and the winners will hopefully divulge some of their secrets. The gathering will be hosted by the Singlehanded  Sailing Society at Oakland YC in Alameda, starting at 7:30 p.m.

- latitude / chris

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