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April 3, 2015 – The World of Sailing


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When is a jumble of line not just a jumble of line? When it's a maze designed to conceal Easter eggs, of course. 

Photo Courtesy mystery photographer
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Nautical variation of a typical Easter Egg Hunt: When there's no tall grass to hide the eggs in on Easter Sunday, clever parents improvise.

We're sorry to say we can't remember who sent in this cute photo, but we applaud their innovative spirit. We've heard of cruiser kids trick-or-treating from boat to boat on Halloween, and kids leaving the forepeak hatch ajar on Christmas Eve so Santa could come in and leave presents at the base of the mast, but this on-board Easter egg hunt is a first.

In case you're wondering, the Easter Bunny tradition dates back to the 1600s, conceived by German Lutherans. Its role has to do with Lent, and apparently originally included doling out eggs to 'good' kids — sort of like Santa Claus does with Christmas presents. How giving and consuming massive quantities of chocolate became an Easter tradition is beyond us. But based on the actions of the chocoholics we know, any rationale will do. In any case, we wish you all a very happy Easter weekend, which will hopefully include some time out on the water. 

- latitude / andy

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Classy Deadline the 15th


Boom Boom in the Boat Yard

April 3, 2015 – St. Maarten, Netherland Antilles


This is what's called lowering the boom on the boom. We're hoping that nobody was hurt. 

Photo Courtesy Peter Johnstone
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For the last couple of seasons, we've stored our Olson 30 La Gamelle at the St. Maarten Shipyard. It's a bit of a funky place, but we really like Hank, the guy who runs is.

Just the other day Peter Johnstone of Gunboats posted the top photo, which shows that the boom on the yard's ancient 90-ton P&H crane fell onto the boom of what looks like a Lagoon 440 or 50. Based on the photo, it almost looks as if the crane boom came out the big loser.


The same P&H crane was used to lower La Gamelle into the water in the middle of February. 

Photo Latitude / Richard
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We're quite familiar with this very P&H crane, as it's been used a number of times to lift La Gamelle and move her around. In fact, we've spent quite a bit of time beneath her, not knowing what danger we were in.

This isn't the greatest development for Johnstone, as he's at the yard rushing to get the first Gunboat G4 planing catamaran up and running in time for next week's Voiles de St. Barth. We wish him luck — although at least the cat is in the water.

Things falling on boats is unusual, but not unheard of. A month or so ago we saw a photo of the mini-megayacht Blind Date with a Lauderdale bridge having fallen on it. Ouch, that had to hurt, too.

We don't know about you, but we're done with standing beneath cranes, unless absolutely necessary.

- latitude / richard

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April 3, 2015 – Bradenton, FL



© 2017 Seaworthy Goods / www.seaworthygoods.com

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Race Notes

April 3, 2015 – The World of Sailing

The Race Notes in April's Racing Sheet were squeezed out by results from gobs of Midwinter Series that wrapped up in March. Fortunately, we have room for them here.

49ers in Miami

D&D Racing stretches out on a pack of 49ers at Miami Sailing World Cup in January.

Photo Courtesy D&D Racing
© 2017 Latitude 38 Media, LLC / www.olympicsailing.org

Bay Area sailors David Leibenberg and Dan Morris have made the U.S. Olympic Team, sailing the 49er double-trapeze high-performance dinghy. D&D Racing, as David and Dan call themselves, plus several other West Coast Olympic hopefuls, are competing this week at Trofeo Princesa Sofía in Mallorca.

'Gut hiking' at Key West Race Week

'Gut hiking' in January's Quantum Key West Race Week.

© 2017 / photoboat.com

Peter Craig and his Premiere Racing are stepping down from running Key West Race Week after 21 years. In November 1994 Yachting magazine consultant Gary Jobson asked Craig, "How hard can it be? Just raise some flags and blow off some guns." Yachting had founded KWRW in 1987. Now Craig says that a combination of personal and professional factors caused the decision, and pointed out that "The business model had become marginal." This despite the work of more than a hundred volunteers each year and corporate sponsorship, most recently from Quantum Sails. Hopefully, talks with a potential successor will be fruitful and KWRW will live on. See www.premiere-racing.com for more.

What parts of the California lake circuit need to keep going is not a successful business model, just some water. This summer's High Sierra Regatta on Huntington Lake has been canceled for the second year in a row, and Lake Yosemite Sailing Association has canceled May's Spring Regatta due to the severe drought.

Venue registration is open for the second Bart's Bash, to be held on September 20 worldwide. The global race, which set a Guinness World Record last year, benefits the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. See www.bartsbash.com for info.

- latitude / chris

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Weekend Racing Preview

April 3, 2015 – Northern California

Bullship start in Sausalito

The start of the 2014 Bullship Race on the scenic shore of Sausalito.

Photo Latitude / Ross
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A herd of El Toro sailors will cross the Gate tomorrow morning in El Año Sexagésimo Segundo Gran Concurso Barco-Toro (aka 62nd Bullship). The grownups in 8-ft prams will start off Sausalito's Trident Restaurant at 9:00 a.m. and hopefully make it across to the St. Francis Yacht Club without incident. Just in case, a fleet of 'Cowships' will watch over the herd. See www.eltoroyra.org.

St. Francis YC will host the St. Francis Interconference Collegiate Regatta on Saturday and Sunday (Easter).

Lake Washington Sailing Club invites you to join the One Design Series of races that begin this Saturday. "We want a good showing of one design fleets and an open class," says LWSC's Dave Candey. More races around the region this Saturday include: CPYC's Andy Byrd Memorial, VYC's North Bay Series #1, KBSC's Summer Series #1, FLYC's Trans-Folsom, and ACYC's Fool's Frolic Race.

Vanguard 15s in Clipper Cove

A start in 2013 of the Vanguard 15 fleet at Clipper Cove. The V15s and Lasers race on Thursday nights out of Treasure Island Sailing Center.

© 2017 Vanguard 15 Fleet 53 / vanguard15.org

Many evening beer can race series started up this week, and more will be tapped in the next few weeks. You can check out a pretty complete list on our Calendar. If we've missed any, please let us know. We're planning a Beer Can Tasting feature for the May issue of Latitude 38.

- latitude / chris

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