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April 22, 2015 – San Francisco Bay

C&C 30 submarines through a wave on SF Bay
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With the A2 kite up in 30 knots of breeze, the new C&C 30 'stuffs it' on San Francisco Bay.

© 2017 Ronnie Simpson

“We’re going to light it off today,” Sail California’s Norman Davant told us before we left the dock last Monday afternoon. We loaded the all-new C&C 30 with sails and left the dock in Alameda. Hoisting sails at the exit of the Estuary, we sailed a couple of long tacks to the Bay Bridge, as the breeze continued to build, now into the low 20s. “No one’s really sailed this boat in breeze yet,” Davant explains.

Halfway up the long beat, he calls for a slight jib sheet ease. The boat falls off slightly but gains a half-knot of boatspeed and climbs right back up, hitting the polars for the first time of the afternoon. “See, we just learned that!” Davant further explains.

Trimming the main becomes more physically demanding and less visually rewarding as the shiny new square-top mainsail must be flogged a bit. There’s no denying it; we’re overpowered in close to 30 knots with the massive main and #3 jib.

Waiting for just the right moment, we simultaneously ease the sheets while Norm drives down. The boat immediately lights up. It’s fully nuking on San Francisco Bay now, and Norm calls to hoist the A2, the only spinnaker we have on board. Like punching the go pedal in a sports car, the new C&C surges forward, fully planing and repeatedly plowing through the short-period and steep wind-against-current waves that a 30-knot breeze on the Bay churns up — speed bumps in a boat like the C&C 30.

After submerging the bow twice and with gusts now into the 30s, we err on the side of caution and douse the massive masthead chute. Drew Harper jokes, “I think the limit of the A2 is 29.9 knots.”

“See, we just learned that!” Norm replies.

Mission successful — we “lit it off” in a hot new 30-ft grand-prix platform, didn’t break anything, and got back to the dock fully adrenalized after an unforgettable afternoon on the Bay. And we got the photo to prove it.

- ronnie simpson

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Uke-an Play Too

April 22, 2015 – Tahiti, French Polynesia

A place as dreamy and stunningly beautiful as Tahiti gets plenty of press. But the headlines made there last week were completely unique: The French Overseas Territory will soon be honored in the Guinness Book of World Records for having performed a song with the largest ukulele 'orchestra' ever. With a count of 4,750 musicians strumming in unison, this attempt more than doubled the previous record, set last year in England.

In an impressive and costly effort, players traveled to Papeete from many outlying islands to participate — even French Polynesian President Edouard Fritch joined the fun, as did dozens of other politicians. Needless to say, this was a photo op none wanted to miss. The criterion for breaking the record was that a song, in this case Bora Bora, had to be played in unison by the entire group for at least five minutes. 


Making new friends through music. We're pretty sure that participating in Tahiti's Guinness record attempt will be a memorable highlight of Tony and Gail's time in French Polynesia.

Photo Courtesy Tahiti Crew
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According to our associate Tehani Fiedler-Valente at the Tahiti Crew yacht agency, cruisers Tony Wessendorff and Gail Corrigan of the Houston, TX-based Cheoy Lee 53 Cetacea were also part of the action. Having sailed west with the 2014 fleet of Pacific Puddle Jumpers, they've had plenty of time to become acclimated to Polynesia's rich cultural traditions, including playing the uke. Tehani says they practiced for 10 days straight so they wouldn't embarrass themselves by screwing up the simple melody.

Tony and Gail joke about their 68,000-lb motorsailer, saying she looks like a beached whale. But the stout masthead sloop has taken them to the same eye-popping anchorages as the sleekest and fastest boats in the Pacific. Oh, and if you've been wondering if a fun-loving lifestyle is possible after corporate careers, take note that Tony was a CFO and Gail a CEO prior to casting off their docklines.


While sailing past Cabo San Lucas' famous Friars, Profligate crew member Sarah Hall strikes a pose with her Kala Travel Uke, which has a tiny compass set into the headstock. Due to their small size and the ease of playing them, ukes make great instruments for cruisers. This company recently came out with one that's completely waterproof.

Photo Latitude / Andy
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- latitude / andy

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Loreto Fest Reinvented

April 22, 2015 – Puerto Escondido, Baja California Sur

If you're in the Sea of Cortez, why not plan to check out the all-new Loreto Fest on Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2? The event will include food vendors, bay cleanup, a swap meet, cruiser jam sessions (bring your instruments) and arts and crafts (show off your wares). You can organize and sign up for games. "Riffle through your recipe books and come up with a great dish to share for our nightly potlucks," says Ray Wyatt, the commodore of Hidden Port Yacht Club, which organizes the event. "Sorry, no volunteers needed, no live band, no pasta dinner or pancake breakfast! Just fun for everyone," he added.

Jam session at Loreto Fest

The do-it-yourself jam session will live on at this year's Loreto Fest.

© 2017 Cornelia Gould

"We have downsized and refocused our objectives to be more cruiser friendly," says Wyatt. "Spread the word, and join us in making new friends and renewing old acquaintances. Remember, we are all here because we are not all there!"

Loreto Fest is held in the popular cruiser center of Puerto Escondido on the east coast of Baja California, about halfway down the peninsula, situated along Highway 1 and Bahia Loreto.

HPYC membership is 100 pesos. For info, check out www.hiddenportyachtclub.com.

- latitude / chris

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Weekend Racing Wrap-Up

April 22, 2015 – California

J/Fest

J/Boats of various shapes and sizes competed in J/Fest over the weekend.

© 2017 Leslie Richter / www.rockskipper.com

St. Francis Yacht Club hosted 50 J/Boats over the weekend for their J/Fest Regatta on the Cityfront. The one-design fleets consisted of eight J/24s, nine J/70s, five J/111s, five J/120s, and, still the biggest class of Js on the Bay, 21 J/105s.

Knarr start at Resin Regatta

A 16-boat Knarr start at SFYC's Resin Regatta.

© 2017 Leslie Richter / www.rockskipper.com

Meanwhile San Francisco YC hosted another one-design regatta, this one for seven Melges 24s, 10 Express 27s and 16 Knarrs. The Resin Regatta took place on the windy Berkeley Circle.

Round the Rocks start

The  23-boat start of PHRF 111-159 in Saturday's SSS Round the Rocks Race.

Photo Latitude / Chris
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Sailing a Bay tour around hard cans and islands instead of around soft marks was the Singlehanded Sailing Society's Round the Rocks. Entries reached 99, and 87 boats started the scenic 19-mile course. The first boat, the ProSail 40 Shadow, finished in a remarkable 2 hours 1 minute.

Nicole Breault and crew at the Mayor's Cup

Nicole Breault (at the helm of the Catalina 37) waves to the race committee at the end of the Mayor's Cup.

© 2017 Rick Roberts

San Francisco's Nicole Breault celebrated her birthday on Sunday with a win at the Long Beach YC-hosted Mayor's Cup women's match race. "I turned 43 today," Breault said, "which should show that all ages can play this game." Breault received an invitation to September's Buddy Melges Challenge ISAF Grade 1 match race at Sail Sheboygan US Sailing Center in Wisconsin, part of the 2015 Women’s International Match Racing Series

Santana 22 Fusion

Mark Erdrich and crew are all smiles after winning the Santana 20 Western Championships on Folsom Lake during the Camellia Cup Regatta.

© 2017 Ryan Polli

In brisk breeze on Folsom Lake over the weekend, Dave Neilsen, 62, of Roseville rode his two-person, 15.5-ft Windmill Sea Alice on Folsom Lake to beat 60 boats and win FLYC's 49th Camellia Cup Regatta.

Web Tide

Nick Weber's Catalina 320 Web Tide was the third finisher of the first SeqYC Wednesday night race. The series starts and finishes in the Port of Redwood City.

© 2017 Mike Reed

Sequoia YC's Wednesday night pursuit race beer can series began on the 15th with flat water, warm breeze, and 19 boats. "The checkered flag went to the 'red boat', Charlie Watts' Open 5.70, which managed to evade the Catalina 42 SlipStream's valiant effort to hold him off at the finish," writes Alex Huang. "No prisoners taken. Andrew Rist's 5.70 won the Dungeness Memorial Crab Crusher award for excellence in keel cleaning."  

In the last leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, it was the top of Dongfeng Race Team's mast that gave up the ghost. On this leg, from Brazil to Newport, RI, their watermaker has sprung a leak, a less immediately dire fail, but nevertheless problematic. The nine-man crew has three weeks to go, through the tropics, before reaching little Rhody. They are hand-pumping a manual backup watermaker while planning to attempt a repair on the automatic unit.

- latitude / chris

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