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Blanca Appears Less Threatening

June 5, 2015 – Baja California Sur

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Should you stay or should you go?

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While Hurricane Blanca forecasts have her making a direct hit on southern Baja, boating interests in Cabo and La Paz have reason for optimism. Just a day ago, Blanca was forecast to be a mighty Category 5 storm, but she's been weakening and has been downgraded to Category 2. As of this morning, she was about 575 miles SSE of Cabo San Lucas, traveling toward the northwest at 9 knots. She's expected to come ashore north of Cabo as a tropical storm on Sunday afternoon, bringing heavy rain and 50-knot winds to the Cape, with the heaviest rain to the north. The storm's effect on La Paz should be less intense.

But just for education’s sake, put yourselves in the Top-Siders of a boat owner in Cabo or La Paz. Given this morning’s 120-hour tropical storm force wind forecast, would you: 1) Prepare your boat, and neighbors' boats, the best you can but stay put; 2) Make a dash up the west coast of Baja knowing the colder waters are tropical storm killers; or 3) Dash over to Mazatlan, which appears not to be threatened?

As is often the case in sailing, there are no right answers, just options.

Keep track of Hurricane Blanca at or


- latitude / richard

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Artemis Plans Move to Bermuda

June 5, 2015 – Alameda, CA

Artemis foiling in Bermuda

Artemis Racing's AC45 Turbo training in Bermuda.

Photo Courtesy Artemis Racing
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Artemis Racing confirmed yesterday that their America's Cup team will move from one former naval base to another. The team has been based at the old Alameda Naval Air Station since the lead-up to the 34th America's Cup. Now they'll move most of their operations to Morgan's Point in Southampton Parish, Bermuda.

“After spending some time here on the Great Sound it has confirmed our original thoughts that this is a tricky venue and being here, learning the race course, will give us the best chance possible to win the 35th America’s Cup,” commented Nathan Outteridge, Artemis Racing's helmsman.

Artemis Racing’s plans are already underway to start developing the space on Morgan’s Point, with the team hoping to be fully operational there by early 2016.  Mirroring the team’s current base in Alameda, which once housed another type of flying boat — U.S. Navy seaplanes — Morgan’s Point was also once a sprawling USN base full of seaplanes.

The good news for Bay Area Artemis fans: The team will maintain a small build facility in Alameda, and sail training with the AC45 Turbo will continue on San Francisco Bay later this year. "We’ll still do Bart's Bash in September from the Seaplane Lagoon dock!" added Hannah Davis, the team's media contact.

OTUSA foiling in Bermuda

Oracle Team USA training in Bermuda.

© 2018 John Von Seeburg / Oracle Team USA

In other America's Cup news, Oracle Team USA has announced a joint project with North Sails to create internships for ten top American collegiate sailors. Five men and five women, plus three coaches, will travel to spend time with the team in Bermuda as well as at the North Sails 3D facility in Minden, NV. The goal of the program is to reward academic and sailing excellence, so participants will be selected by the Intercollegiate Sailing Association based on performance on and off the water. At least three internship programs are planned, beginning this October.

- latitude / chris

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June 5, 2015 – Encinal Yacht Club, Alameda

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Weekend Racing Preview

June 5, 2015 – West Coast

2014 Delta Ditch Run

Got a hull or two (or three)? Chances are you'll be among the inbound traffic headed for Stockton tomorrow.

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"The winds are starting to look good for Saturday's Delta Ditch race to Stockton," advises Mike Dvorak of Sail Tactics. "A slowly passing upper-level low will keep the marine layer high and create a nice pressure gradient to keep winds flowing through the San Francisco Bay and Delta. The Sail Tactics 2-Day Outlook forecast is showing generally southwest winds in the high teens at the start. The wind in San Pablo Bay will likely be slightly lower in speed and shifted to the left (SSW). The winds in Suisun Bay start a little light out of the WSW in the early afternoon but should build to the mid-teens as the afternoon moves on. Our high-resolution San Pablo Bay/Carquinez Strait forecast, out tomorrow morning by 8:00 a.m., will have an update on the exact pressure and direction."

2-Day Outlook graphic for noon tomorrow

The Sail Tactics 2-Day Outlook Wind Forecast for San Pablo Bay and the Carquinez Strait just after the start of the Delta Ditch Run.

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Stockton Sailing Club sent this note yesterday: "The Coast Guard notified us that they will be enforcing the restricted area around the Port Chicago crane area between the towns of Pittsburg and Benicia. They will be having you stay 500 feet away from the crane area and advising you to stay north of their patrol boats." See for more info on the Ditch Run.

Those who prefer their sailing dished out with a garnish of salty sea spray will head the opposite direction in the OYRA Junior Waterhouse, which will start at Little Harding and finish at Richmond YC.

"This weekend is the Go for the Gold regatta at Scotts Flat Lake, which, despite all the rumors of no water, will be held," writes Dave Cowell of Gold Country YC. Scotts Flat is nestled in the Tahoe National Forest above Nevada City.

Tomorrow Encinal YC will host the final Mercury NorCal Series Regatta of the year on the Alameda Estuary. "This is an excellent opportunity to use your Merc," says fleet rep Pax Davis.

The first race in Berkeley YC's Tri-Island Series will round Alcatraz on Sunday. "This will be an exciting event and open to all enthusiasts," promises BYC's vice commodore, Patrick Hind-Smith.

The Van Isle 360, a circumnavigation of Vancouver Island in 10 legs, will start tomorrow in Nanaimo, BC. Also in BC, the Race to Alaska will begin the long, grueling Stage 2 from Victoria to Ketchikan on Sunday.

Our Calendar lists many more events this weekend and this month.

Vestas Wind and SCA

Team Vestas Wind in Thursday's ProAm Race in Lisbon. The team busted butt for months to rebuild their almost-totalled boat and rejoin the round-the-world race in Lisbon.

© 2018 Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race Lisbon In-Port Race will be this Saturday, before the fleet of VO 65s, now restored to its original count of seven boats, departs on Sunday for Lorient, France. Better get up early if you want to watch live — both races will start at 2:00 p.m. local time, which converts to 6:00 a.m. PDT.

Big boats in Long Beach

On Day 3 of last year's LBRW, It's OK, Margaritaville, Medicine Man and OEX had a traffic jam at the start resulting in a protest.

© 2018 Rich Roberts

The early entry discount for Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week (June 26-28) will end on Monday, June 8. Among the shoreside festivities this year: a Friday night Kickoff Party at Alamitos Bay YC, Saturday night poolside at Long Beach YC, and Sunday night by the pool again to pick up the hardware.

- latitude / chris

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