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Life in La Paz

March 20, 2015 – Marina Palmira, La Paz, Mexico

Computer laptop and monitor on the dock
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And your hosts for the Tuesday Evening Safety Meeting movie are…

Photo Courtesy Indara
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Scott and Monica of the Seattle, WA-based Gulfstar 44 Scott Free (Baja Ha-Ha class of 2009) and Eric and Christine Stephan of the Gig Harbor, WA-based Norseman 447 Indara (Baja Ha-Ha class of 2000) are pictured above, having made preparations for movie night — with an ancient boarding ladder, some duct tape, a few hangers, and a monitor — on Dock 4 at Marina Palmira in La Paz.

"Captain Ron was the safety film of the evening, and afterward we discussed pointers about mooring, navigation, and good seamanship," writes Eric Stephan. "We had a great turnout of 12 eager students, complete with popcorn, beer and peanuts, and even had a spillover audience up in the nosebleed section (the foredeck of a nearby boat). The next day’s practice for hands-free high-speed mooring was cancelled, though, due to a class on the mating habits of blue-footed boobies."

- latitude / chris

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Gavel Down at Nelson Marine's Auction

March 20, 2015 – Alameda, CA

It says something about the quality of the boats in a liquidation sale when the specialist marine auctioneer is more excited about a handful of ancient cars than dozens of vessels. The final liquidation of abandoned boats and miscellaneous marine equipment at Nelson’s Marine at Alameda Point took place on St. Patrick’s Day. Kip Kane, president of the Spanish Fort, Alabama-based International Boat & Marine Auction Services, sold 304 items in four and a half hours. The city of Alameda had initially turned to Alameda's Michaan's Auctions for the sale, but Michaan's passed on the offer, so Kane's company stepped in. "We have a niche specialty in auctions such as these," Kane said. "The city worked to track down as many owners as they could and give them an opportunity to get their property back. Everything now is as-is, where-is." Buyers have until the end of the month to get their purchases off the site.
The highest bid was for a Travelift that sold for $21,000 to a boatyard in Stockton. The lowest was $50 for the hull of a sloop. A few dozen other items were sold in subsequent days, with the rest destined for the scrap heap. (A 1957 Falcon went for $200 and a 1973 Porsche went for $200.)
Nelson's was one of Alameda Point's earliest tenants, but was evicted from the property in 2013 after disputes related to storm water utility fees and building code violations. 
Current plans for the former Naval Air Station, which was closed in 1997, include a mix of commercial, residential and recreational uses. The City of Alameda took title to about 1,400 acres of land and water from the Navy on June 4, 2013. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs  took title to 624 acres of land from the Navy on November 3, 2014. The VA is constructing an outpatient clinic and columbarium on 112 acres, with an additional 512 acres remaining undeveloped.

- Elisa Williams

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Ad: BAMA Doublehanded Farallones

March 20, 2015 – San Francisco, CA

BAMA's Doublehanded Farallones Race is a simple yet challenging course with only one mark to round. The deadline to enter is March 25!

© 2018 Jan Roletto

There's still time to make plans and prepare your crew and boat for BAMA's 36th Doublehanded Farallones Race on Saturday, March 28, to the BAMA requirements (including online education) defined in the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions. There has been confusion on requirements in recent years, the NOR/SI by the race's Organizing Authority are the defining documents. The early registration discount ends March 22. The skippers' meeting, on March 25, 7:00 p.m., at Oakland YC, will focus on lessons learned from the past and how requirements help to address them. For details on the agenda and speakers from the U.S. Coast Guard Waterways, VTS and Command Center, see the 36th Doublehanded Farallones web page.

A demo workshop on DSC is planned, so bring your DSC-VHF handheld. Help with GPS downloads, Jibeset, and a review of new resources to improve safety will be available when the doors open at 5:30 p.m. DHF 2015 shirts will be at the awards meeting.

This will be the third year for the 'Double Dame' crew award, will this be the 1st year for an entrant? Check the 15-day forecast here. See for updates and details. Contact us by email or at (650) 394-6343.

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Weekend Racing Preview

March 20, 2015 – The World of Sailing

Sleds start the Cabo Race

Sleds at the start of the 2013 Newport-Cabo Race.

© 2018 John K. Fuller /

Spring kicks off with the start today of Newport Harbor YC's biennial Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas International Yacht Race. Entries range in size from the Hobie 33 Bazinga to the Bakewell-White Rio100, which we profiled in the February issue of Latitude 38. Santa Cruz-brand yachts are well represented, including five SC70s.

rainy start of the 2014 SSS Corinthian Race

Despite rumors to the contrary, it really did rain last year. Here's proof: the start of the 2014 SSS Corinthian Race, off the deck of the CYC clubhouse.

© 2018 /

The SSS Corinthian Race, an 18-mile crisscross of San Francisco Bay, will be held tomorrow. This second race in the Singlehanded Sailing Society's season has 120 entries. For more races in Northern California this weekend, see our Calendar.

Due to a busy weekend for sailors and continued confusion about race requirements, the early registration discount for BAMA's Doublehanded Farallones Race on March 28 has been extended through Monday the 23rd. Still need a PHRF certificate for the race? The YRA invites you to renew or apply online.

Registration opened for the 2016 Vic-Maui Race on Sunday, and already 16 boats are signed up. The first entry was the Beneteau 49 Red Sheilla. Skipper Jim Innes will sail in his fourth Vic-Maui. His father, JG (Jim) Innes instigated the first Vic-Maui 50 years ago, convincing three other skippers to start with him off Brotchie Ledge in 1965. He won that race on his Lapworth 36 Long Gone.

With less than 1,000 miles to go, Barcelona World Race leaders Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam on Cheminées Poujoulat are reaching up the Atlantic at 15-17 knots and are expected to enter the Med on March 22. Light air is forecast, which could slow their global gallop, but predictions put them at the  Barcelona finish line of the nonstop, doublehanded race on March 25.

Nominations for 2015 induction into the Sailing Hall of Fame close on April 1. West Coast inductees so far include Hobie Alter, Paul Cayard, Dennis Conner, Joshua Slocum, 2011; Stan Honey, John Kostecki, Mark Reynolds, 2012; Tom Blackaller, Frank Butler, Bill Buchan, 2013; Carl Eichenlaub, Jim Kilroy, 2014.

- latitude / chris

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