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Cheminées Poujoulat Wins BWR

March 25, 2015 – Barcelona, Spain

Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam
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After 83 days at sea, circumnavigating doublehanders Bernard Stamm of Switzerland and Frenchman Jean Le Cam still appear to be friends. And their grins are understandable, as they were almost 1,000 miles ahead of their nearest competitor, Neutrogena, when they took this selfie.

Photo Courtesy Cheminées Poujoulat
© 2017 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam on Cheminées Poujoulat won the Barcelona World Race just as we were finishing up 'Lectronic today. We'll have a report on Friday.

The IMOCA 60 Cheminees Poujoulat

The doublehanded around-the-world race is sailed in IMOCA 60 monohulls.

© 2017 Gilles Martin-Raget / Barcelona World Race

- latitude / chris

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New items in Our Chandlery

Classy Deadline the 15th


Engine Colors Help Nab Thief

March 25, 2015 – Alameda, CA

When we last reported on outboard motor thefts in Alameda in 2014, the Sightings article offered a popular deterrence tip from cruisers: paint your motor a distinctive color. Turned out that was pretty good advice. On March 6 distinctive engine markings played a role in the arrest of 42-year-old Alameda resident Thomas Waterman for the theft of two outboards from Barney Howard’s Outboard Motor Shop on Kennedy Street in Oakland.

What led the police to Waterman? Howard spotted Waterman's sailboat and a skiff going down the Alameda/Oakland Estuary and noticed that the outboards sported a mishmash of colors that looked a lot like the refurbished motors stolen from his shop a few weeks earlier. He called the Oakland police, who picked up Waterman and found seven more motors in his possession.

In addition to being booked on receiving or concealing stolen property, Waterman was also booked for possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $25,000.

Does your outboard have a distinctive paint job as a deterrent to thieves? If so, we'd love to see of photo of it. Email here.

- elisa williams

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A Different Culture

March 25, 2015 – St. Barth, French West Indies


No Passion Without Risk. They got that right. And this woman obviously likes a man who is willing to take risks. She's a little dangerous, too. Notice how she's holding the boat the way she'd hold a rifle. Calling Dr. Freud! Calling Dr. Freud!

Photo Latitude / Richard
© 2017 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

We stepped up to a portable bar on Quai Charles de Gaulle during a party following one of the St. Barth Bucket races, and were taken by the poster hanging on the wall in the back. As you can see from the accompanying photo of the poster, it features a sophisticated and haughty blonde woman, her hair up, holding a megayacht in her hand.

As much as we liked the art, we liked the caption even better: "No Passion Without Risk." Surprisingly, the poster was produced by Pantaenius, a big European insurer of yachts. Most U.S. insurance companies would have done a poster of a wrecked boat with a caption that said "BE CAREFUL ON THE WATER!!!"

We liked the poster so much we thought about 'keeping it' as a souvenir. We reluctantly decided against it.


We think this model must be the first woman's wilder younger sister. The one thing for sure is she's not Flo from Progressive Insurance. 

Photo Latitude / Richard
© 2017 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

A couple of days later we walked into our local chandlery and saw this 7-inch by 4-inch artwork — see the second photo — enclosed in cellophane, by the cash register. As you can see, the artwork was similar to the first, but a little more racy. Indeed, this sophisticated blonde seems to be so stimulated by the sight of a megayacht sailing toward her that she's — and correct us if we're wrong — on the verge of removing the top of her dress! It's not something we could see State Farm producing.

"Are these for sale or what?" we asked our friend Claudia the cashier.

"No," she said, "those are for cleaning your glasses. They are for free."

We would have taken two, but there was only one left. We're looking for an appropriate size frame.

We don't know about you, but we say, "Vive la différence!"

- latitude / richard

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Weekend Racing Wrap-Up

March 25, 2015 – California

Non-spinnaker start in Belvedere Cove

The Non-Spinnaker Division starts the SSS Corinthian Race, while the previous division of trimarans seeks current relief on the Belvedere shore.

Photo Latitude / Chris
© 2017 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

On Saturday, after a brief postponement to reset the wayward pin-end mark and contemplate the wind, or lack thereof, the SSS Corinthian Race was off on an 18-mile Bay tour that felt longer than 18 miles. The race starts at the Corinthian Yacht Club and passes Alcatraz, visits the Cityfront, runs east to Southampton Shoal, and crosses back to Little Harding before returning to the Corinthian. The awards will be handed out a week from today, on April 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Oakland YC. In the meantime, see www.sfbaysss.org.

Insolent Minx in McCovey Cove

A lengthy postponement at SBYC's final Island Days race allows time for a nap on the bow of the Melges 24 Insolent Minx.

© 2017 Martha Blanchfield / www.renegadesailing.com

"Who needs wind in the Bay Area when you can enjoy motoring about in McCovey Cove on a sunny, warm day?" wonders photographer/racer Martha Blanchfield. "South Beach YC racers stayed close to home for more than two hours waiting for wind to fill in from the east." See www.southbeachyc.org for the final results of the shortened series.

For Andreas Cove YC on the San Joaquin River, there was just enough wind to get off two races on Saturday. "The Ranger 33 Terrapin showed it had a new trick with a new whisker  pole," wrote ACYC's Dave Cowell. "After some configuration changes they showed how they could jibe their rig effortlessly and easily won the first race." Madlin, the Pearson 30 with an all-women crew, finished second. The second race was shortened due to the failing breeze. The Schock 25 Schock Wave edged out Terrapin in a photo finish.

ORR start off Newport Beach

Saturday's ORR start of the Newport to Cabo Race.

© 2017 Newport Harbor YC / www.nhyccaborace.com

Before daybreak on Tuesday, Manouch Moshayedi's Rio100 crossed the finish line of the Newport to Cabo Race and was greeted at the docks in Cabo Marina. Coming in shortly thereafter was H.L. Enloe's ORMA 60 trimaran Mighty Merloe, which had started a day later, with the rest of the ORR1 division following close behind.

Topping a 24-boat fleet, Vince Brun won the Bill Bennett Cup this weekend at San Diego YC. Named in honor of a beloved Etchells sailor, the Bill Bennett Cup is the first in a four-part West Coast Series hosted by SDYC for the class. The series will continue at the Etchells Midwinter Championship on March 27-29.

29er winners in sunny San Diego

At the 29er Midwinters West, left to right: Quinn Wilson, Coronado YC Vice Commodore Penny Boggs, and Romain Screve.

© 2017 29er North America

Romain Screve from Marin and Quinn Wilson from Santa Barbara won the 13-race 29er Midwinters West hosted by Coronado YC on March 20-22. Screve and Wilson posted four firsts on their way to building an 18-point margin over Floridians Christopher Williford and Wade Waddell in second. Eric Lyall and Andrew Moreno from Vancouver, BC, finished third. See www.29ernorthamerican.org.

As a result of improvements in online registrations/signatures and real-time access to race status by the USCG, BAMA will be extending regular ($80) online registrations to Friday, March 27, at noon for the Doublehanded Farallones race. The deadline for paper registrations is still the skippers' meeting tonight. At the meeting, the CG will talk about Vessel Traffic Service and participate in a live test of DSC handheld VHFs (bring yours). PFDs and cold water immersion will also be covered, in addition to the Sailing Instructions. Doors will open at 5:30 at Oakland YC and the meeting will start at 7:00. See www.sfbama.org/2015/DHF/index.html for updates and details.

- latitude / chris

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