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Cape Horn, Again, and Beyond

May 29, 2015 – Ecuador


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Ocean adventurers Jeff and Debbie Hartjoy fitted out for the Baja Ha-Ha costume party in 2006.

Photo Courtesy Sailor's Run
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When most sailors see age 70 looming over the horizon, they tend to dial back their risky behavior. But not Jeff Hartjoy. As he explained via a Skype call this morning, at age 69 he is now in Ecuador making preparations for a solo nonstop circumnavigation via the Great Capes aboard his 1980 Baba 40 ketch Sailor's Run, a boat he and his wife Debbie have owned for 21 years.

Unlike the quixotic notions of some aging mariners, though, Jeff already knows exactly what he's getting into, having successfully soloed around Cape Horn in the same boat in 2009, despite enduring 50-knot winds, and dealing with blown sails, gear failures and an electrical fire.


The stout Baba 40 ketch has served Jeff and Debbie well through 16 years of cruising in all latitudes.

Photo Courtesy Sailor's Run
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Having scratched the Horn rounding off his bucket list, Jeff is now psyched up for the next challenge, although Debbie has tried to talk him out of it. He figures, "Hey, why not? I love sailing, and there's no better sailing than in the Southern Ocean."

A former telephone lineman from Washington state, Jeff is at home in the great outdoors. In the late '90s he and Debbie sold the log home that they'd built to finance their cruising dreams. They first headed south with the 1999 Baja Ha-Ha Rally, and repeated that San Diego-to-Cabo run twice afterward, winning their division each time, as they always refused to motor no matter how light the winds got.


Sailor's Run, looking cruisy during the 1999 Ha-Ha rally. 

Photo Courtesy Sailor's Run
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Jeff intends to begin his voyage around Halloween of this year, and with any luck he'll return before his 70th birthday in April 2016. Look for more on his ambitious plans in the July edition of Latitude 38 magazine. 

- latitude / andy

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June Issue Is Out

May 29, 2015 – Mill Valley, CA

May's not even over, and yet the June issue of Latitude 38 is already here. Riding in trucks around San Francisco Bay today, the hot stacks of magazines will be found at the usual places. Our digital editions are online now too.

June cover

Although just 14, this young lady is a seasoned ocean voyager. Read about her cruising family and much more in the June issue of Latitude 38.

Photo Latitude / Annie
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Inside, you'll find a report and lots of photos from the Great Vallejo Race, a brief history of sailing on San Francisco Bay, an interview with a cruising family, Max Ebb on safety rules and gear, plus all the usual departments: Calendar, Letters, Sightings, Racing Sheet, World of Chartering and Changes in Latitudes. Our pages also contain ample opportunities to shop for boats and all things marine-related, thanks to our display advertisers and Classy Classifieds.

- latitude / chris

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May 29, 2015 – San Francisco



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Weekend Racing Preview

May 29, 2015 – California

Left to to right: Josh Lehman, Matt Sornson and Nico Colomb

Left to to right: Josh Lehman, Matt Sornson and Nico Colomb sailed Kohara in a Wednesday night race at Richmond YC just a few days before packing up and heading to Port Townsend for the start of the R2AK. Colomb is an RYC member.

Photo Latitude / Chris
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Among the starters in the Race to Alaska on June 4 will be the above trio from Oakland. They'll be sailing and pedaling the Warrior 29 Kohara, a 1970s catamaran, all the way from Port Townsend, WA, to Ketchikan, AK — 750 miles of water that's even colder than San Francisco Bay. Human- and wind-powered craft are allowed, but must not carry motors or receive outside support, although resupplying at towns along the course is OK. Portaging is allowed, but only Lewis and Clark style: "We’ll take a dim view of portages done on the roof rack of a Subaru," say the race FAQs.

Pedaling Kohara

Sornson tries out Kohara's pedal drive, which will pull the boat through the water at 4 knots. According to the R2AK website, tidal currents along the British Columbia coastline can run 20 mph!

Photo Courtesy Kohara
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But what about this weekend right here in Cali-land, you ask? As usual, we have a lot to choose from, including the following:

The Woodies Invitational offers a three-day weekend, starting today, at St. Francis YC; the 43 boats racing include Birds, Folkboats, IODs and Knarrs. Also in San Francisco, South Beach YC will host the new Bay Bridge Regatta on Saturday and Sunday; J/70s will race the regatta for the Jessie L. Carr Perpetual Captain & Crew Trophy for J/70s.

San Francisco YC will run the Etchells PCCs for the Easom Founders Trophy all weekend. Santa Cruz YC will host a Hobie & Multihull Regatta for Hobie 20, Hobie 18, Hobie 17, Hobie 16, Hobie Wave, Formula 18 and A-Class catamarans, plus Weta trimarans.

Cal Race Week is this weekend at California YC in Marina del Rey, with one design classes for Viper 640s, Tartan 101s, Santana 30/30s, Martin 242s, J/70s, and J/109s, plus PHRF.

Corinthian YC will battle Tiburon YC in the Friendship Regatta on Saturday, with TYC hosting in conjunction with their 50th anniversary celebration. CYC won the trophy last year in a close battle. A '50s sock hop will follow the racing.

Sequoia YC will run their Summer #2 race on Saturday. Monterey Peninsula YC will have a busy weekend, with their Ladies Day Race on Saturday and Spring PHRF races on Sunday.

Enter June 6's Delta Ditch Run by June 1 to avoid a late fee. We give the 67-mile downwind (usually) voyage from Richmond to Stockton max points for max fun. See www.stocktonsc.org.

- latitude / chris

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