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Wet, Wild and Action-Packed

June 26, 2015 – Costa Mesa, CA

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Southern California's Ron Bartczak paints "wet, wild, exciting and action-packed" images of yacht races.

© 2018 Ron Bartczak

While Northern California enjoys the stylized nautical artistry of the legendary Jim DeWitt, Southern California has Ron Bartczak. The 80-year-old Newport sailor spent most of his life as an advertising executive. “When I retired from the ad game, I began looking for sailing art for my walls,” says Bartczak. “I couldn’t find what I wanted so I broke out my brushes and paint. The result was what I call ‘Action Sailing Art’, which depicts sailing as it should be illustrated: wet, wild, exciting and action-packed.”

Bartczak's subject matter may be similar to that of renowned Bay Area artist Jim DeWitt, but his style is his own.

© 2018 Ron Bartczak

If you find yourself in the Costa Mesa area this summer, be sure to drop by Anne’s Boutique Wines (270 E. 17th St.; 949-631-6627) to check out Bartczak’s current exhibit of ‘action sailing art’, which ends September 1. Though his website is currently under construction, you can email the artist directly. 

You can see more of the octogenarian's work at Anne's Boutique Wines in Costa Mesa until September 1. 

© 2018 Ron Bartczak

- ladonna bubak

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Free Use of 45-ft Cat in the Caribbean?

June 26, 2015 – British Virgins to Antigua

Virgin Gorda would make a nice stop on the way to Antigua. 

Photo Courtesy BVI Tourism
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After nine years, the Wanderer’s Leopard 45 catamaran ‘ti Profligate is exiting her yacht management program in the British Virgin Islands on July 27. Her new home will be at Jolly Harbor, Antigua.

Because of other commitments — i.e. bringing big Profligate 1,000 miles north from Riviera Nayarit to San Diego, the upcoming Ta-Ta, the September issue of Latitude 38, the three-days-a-week ‘Lectronic — it would be complicated for the Wanderer and de Mallorca to make the trip. Although we’d dearly love to do it and, if necessary, will force ourselves — ha-ha — to do it.

As such, we’re looking for some very experienced, ultra responsible, always-leave-the-boat-impeccable sailors to move the boat from the British Virgins to Antigua. It’s about 100 miles from the BVI base in Road Town to St. Martin. Yeah, it’s across the Anegada Passage, but in early August that passage certainly isn’t the beast that it is in winter. From St. Martin, it’s probably another 110 miles to Antigua.

It will be warm and humid, and yes, it will be hurricane season.

There is no need to rush, so if someone wanted to take a couple of weeks to allow for stops at Spanishtown, Virgin Gorda, Anguilla, St. Martin, St. Barth and some of the anchorages at Antigua, we wouldn’t have a problem with it. The main thing is that the boat be well taken care of and that she be turned over in great condition.

BVI Yacht Charters, which has always done a great job on maintenance, will be sure everything is hunky dory on ‘ti when she comes out of the program. New belts on engines, oil changed, etc.

If you’re interested, you’ll be responsible for getting to the BVI and back from Antigua, as well as your food, booze, clearing fees and any berthing. We’ll take care of the fuel.

If you're seriously interested — meaning your calendar is absolutely clear for those dates, you have at least one other very responsible person to do it with, you can afford to fly to the Caribbean and back, etc. — email Richard with your interest and a rundown of your boat ownership history and sailing experience. (When we post an offer like this, we always get a number of "I wish I could do it, but . . ." responses. With all due respect, we have way too much on our plate for those kinds of responses.)

Looking for a relatively long term — one- to three-month — rental of a 45-ft cat in the Caribbean next winter? It may be possible from November through January, but not from February to May. Very experienced sailors/boatowners only. You know whom to contact.

The accompanying photos are of Virgin Gorda and Antigua’s English Harbor. It’s off-season, so English Harbor won’t have so many boats.

English Harbor, Antigua, is both beautiful and historic. But it won't look like this in August as most of the boats will have gone.

Photo Latitude / Richard
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

- latitude / richard

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Weekend Racing Preview

June 26, 2015 – West Coast and Beyond

Olson 30 and Nonsuch 30 in front of Stockton Sailing Club

Dog and cat fight: An Olson 30, Mad Dog, and a Nonsuch 30 Ultra raced each other in last year's South Tower Race. Purrfection, Dana Badley's Nonsuch, won. 

© 2018 Stockton Sailing Club /

Delta Ditch Run was nothin'! If you want a real challenge, it's the South Tower Race, which started this morning at Stockton Sailing Club. Four hardy crews will race all the way to Blackaller Buoy (just east of the South Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge), which they'll round in the middle of the night before returning to SSC, an exhausting 140-mile round trip.

The OYRA ocean racers will head to Half Moon Bay tomorrow. Four courses are possible (including one unlikely in-the-Bay choice). The longest, 32 miles, sends the fleet around the Lightship first before allowing them to hang a left.

The early bird registration price of $115 for the El Toro North Americans is still available until July 1. A new 'classic division', for carbon fiber-free boats, is in the works for the regatta, which will be hosted by Santa Cruz YC on July 21-24.

This Sunday, El Toros and other little boats are invited to race on Oakland's Lake Merritt in LMSC's Mayor's Cup Independence Day Regatta.

Also, this Sunday, PICYA Lipton Series will include divisions for J/105s, Express 27s, J/24s and Cal 20s. Three races will be hosted this year by Sausalito YC in the Knox area.  Each yacht club may enter one boat in each class in hopes of taking home a handsome trophy. Eight clubs have one or more entries this year.

Santa Cruzer Beau Vrolyk's 74-ft schooner Mayan, formerly owned by folk-rock star David Crosby, will be among the classics you can check out at the Master Mariners Wooden Boat Show, hosted by Corinthian YC in Tiburon on Sunday.

Peter Isler, world-class navigator and sailor, will present his Expedtion Navigating and Routing Seminar tomorrow evening at the Los Angeles YC in San Pedro. The seminar will focus on Transpac race strategy, optimal routing, GRIB files for wind and current, and many of the·powerful capabilities of Expedition software.The material covered will help anyone interested in using weather routing tools to race or cruise on the West Coast. Two or three from the same boat will get the group rate discount ($25 off $200).

Dorade finishing the 2013 Transpac

Dorade at the finish of the 2013 Transpac, which she won overall.

© 2018 Sharon Green /

Among Sunday's starters in the Transatlantic Race from Newport, RI, to Lizard Point in Cornwall will be the 52-ft S&S yawl Dorade, owned by Matt Brooks and Pam Levy of Tiburon. Dorade will be attempting to repeat her glorious victory of 1931. Read more about it in the July issue of Latitude 38, which will hit the docks on July 1.

In the almost-complete Volvo Ocean Race, the Gothenburg in-port race on Saturday will determine fourth and fifth places between Alvimedica and MAPFRE.

Next April, the Clipper 2015-16 Race will bypass California and stop at Seattle's Bell Harbor Marina after completing the grueling 5,600-mile ‘North Pacific Ocean Challenge’ leg from Qingdao, China. The fleet of twelve 70-ft yachts will lay over in Seattle for approximately ten days before taking off for the leg to New York City, via the Panama Canal.

- latitude / chris

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