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Racing Round-Up

April 29, 2015 – San Francisco Bay Area

Green Buffalo on the ocean
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Jim Quanci's Cal 40 Green Buffalo blasts in from the Lightship, full speed ahead.

© 2018 Ken Brown

Headed out toward the Cityfront starting area, racers in the OYRA Lightship Race on Saturday could begin acclimating to the sea swell as far east as Angel Island's Point Blunt. The start had plenty of breeze, and both the wind and waves built as the fleet sailed out the Gate for a fast, uncomfortable race. We'll have more in the June issue of Latitude 38.

Elan and Bullet race back in the Gate

The battle of the Express 37s in Saturday's Lightship. It was a race to the finish, with Elan finishing less than a minute ahead of Bullet.

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In wind velocity considerably tamer than the twenties experienced by the ocean racers, Sausalito Yacht Club ran their Twin Island Race around Angel Island and Alcatraz — skipper's choice of direction. The three-part series will continue on July 18 and conclude on October 17.

SYC's Mercury and the Tartan Ten Cattitude

SYC's race committee boat Mercury and Deana Maggard's Tartan Ten Cattitude get ready for the Twin Island Race, with a start in the Knox racing area. Cattitude won the non-spinnaker division.

Photo Latitude / Chris
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The awards for BAMA's Doublehanded Farallones will be handed out at Oakland YC in Alameda. The preliminary date of April 29 was changed to Wednesday, May 13. Specifics will be posted on

However, tonight is the night for the SSS Round the Rocks awards, also hosted by Oakland YC, at 7:30 p.m. See

Today at 5:00 p.m. is the deadline to enter the Great Vallejo Race without paying an entry fee. As of this morning, 153 boats were signed up. The Sailing Instructions have been posted, minus the starting sequence and divisions attachments, which will be posted on Friday morning by 10:00.


- latitude / chris

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Ha-Ha and Ta-Ta Signups Begin Friday

April 29, 2015 – Latitude 38 World Headquarters

Picture yourself breezin' downwind in the sunny latitudes of Baja California. Will this be your year to Ha-Ha?

Photo Latitude / Andy
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On your marks. Get set. Go! Every spring there's a mad dash to be the first to sign up for the annual Baja Ha-Ha rally and SoCal Ta-Ta rally. Registration opens at noon on May 1 at these sites: Baja Ha-Ha and SoCal Ta-Ta.

If you're a regular reader, you could probably write the following synopsis of these events yourself, but here's a capsule explanation for the uninitiated:

Is the Ha-Ha family friendly? You bet. It's G-rated from beginning to end. 

Photo Latitude / Richard
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• The Baja Ha-Ha is a 750-mile cruising rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with two rest stops along the way. Dates: October 25-November 7. All boats between 27 and 125 feet in length that were designed, built and have been maintained for offshore sailing may enter. No singlehanding. Motoring is allowed. All boats must have an AIS receiver or working radar. Entry fee is still $375 per boat (or $325 if the owner's age or his/her boat's length is under 35.) Rules are minimal, and the fun factor is off the graph, although safety is paramount.

The favorite stop on the Ha-Ha's route is always remote Bahia Santa Maria — an enormous natural anchorage that lies 180 miles north of Cabo and is completely undeveloped.

Photo Latitude / Andy
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• The SoCal Ta-Ta is a one-directional cruise from Santa Barbara to Catalina, with three stops en route (roughly 120 miles). Dates: September 13-19. Boats of 27 to 125 feet may enter; no singlehanding; no night sailing necessary. Fee is $270 per boat. The event's playful theme, Reggae 'pon da Ocean, is an indication of its fun-focused nature, but again, safety is paramount. 

The Ta-Ta gives a mellow intro to cruising, as SoCal winds are normally light, and the course requires no overnight sailing. 

Photo Latitude / Richard
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The websites for both events are being updated now. Complete schedules and NORs should be available by the end of the day.

The Ta-Ta is a great shakedown for the Ha-Ha, so some boats will probably do both. Sound like fun? We hope you can join us for one or both. (Check our recap articles, alumni fleet lists and photos at the respective websites.)

The Ta-Ta's itinerary allows for plenty of playtime. 

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April 29, 2015 – World Wide

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Mystery Anchorage

April 29, 2015 – Channel Islands, CA

If we had only tagged the photo with a GPS position. 

Photo Latitude / Richard
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We've always liked this photograph of Profligate in this unusual-looking anchorage. People always ask us, "Where is that?"

"We don't know," we respond.

"No, really," they say.

"Yes, really."

It's at the Channel Islands, and we even know which one, but darned if we can remember the name of the anchorage. Maybe you can help (please email us here).


- latitude / richard

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