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August Latitude Out Today

July 29, 2016 – The West Coast and Beyond


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On the August cover, the super-maxi Rio100 blasts toward the Pac Cup finish at Kaneohe, Oahu, shaving nearly three days off the previous benchmark. This and several other awesome aerials that appear in our recap were shot by Hawaiian photographer Lauren Easley.

Photo Latitude / Annie
© 2017 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

Although we wrapped up our August issue less then three days ago, we're happy to report that freshly printed magazines are being distributed today throughout the Greater Bay Area and will arrive in SoCal, Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest in a few days. The issue is also readable and/or downloadable (free) right now via our official website

The quick turnaround by our printer means the news inside is as up-to-date as possible. The best illustration of that fact is in our Pacific Cup coverage (S.F. to Oahu), complete with a race overview, breakdown by divisions and lots of awesome photography. The issue also features an in-depth report on the Singlehanded TransPac to Kauai, with anecdotes and highlights from participants.

For you armchair cruisers with a South Pacific voyage on your 'someday list', we offer a tantalizing report on the 11th annual Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendez-vous. Meanwhile, Max Ebb reports on the joys of small boat exploring in the Delta.  

Elsewhere in the August mag you'll find our usual mix of sailing news from the Bay Area and beyond, including our hot-topic Letters section, our Sightings news section, The Racing Sheet, World of Chartering and Changes in Latitudes. So grab yourself a copy (or pull it up online), find a shady spot, and soak in all the latest news and insights from the Latitude 38 team.

- latitude / andy

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Classy Deadline the 15th


Comanche Crushes Atlantic Record

July 29, 2016 – Lizard Point, UK


Seen here smokin' across the Atlantic in a near-perfect weather window, Comanche has earned another prestigious spot in the record books.  

© 2017 Yann Riou

Just a week after Rio100 broke Mari Cha IV's Hawaii race record in the Pacific Cup race, another record formerly held by the famous 139-foot yacht has also fallen — this time in the Atlantic Ocean. Jim and Kristy Clarke's 100-foot VPLP-designed super-maxi Comanche has knocked more than 1 day and 3 hours off of Mari Cha IV's west-to-east transatlantic record for monohulls, dropping the reference time to an astounding 5 days, 14 hours, 21 minutes 25 seconds. As has become the norm for the all-conquering American-owned and American-built racing yacht, Bay Area native Stan Honey was calling the shots as navigator. He put the boat in the right place at the right time to benefit from the best possible conditions on the leading edge of a low-pressure system. 


Navigation guru Stan Honey checks his data belowdecks.

© 2017 Yann Riou

Having been on standby for much of the summer, and nearly leaving on three separate occasions, the team decided to pull the trigger and depart New York in the late afternoon on July 22 to make the most of the promising weather window. Once they got out to sea, conditions did prove ideal, with strong breeze from a good angle and flat seas: perfect record breaking conditions. The world-class crew of 17 sailors had several fill-ins, as key crew members, including skipper Ken Read and helmsman Jimmy Spithill, were in England for an America's Cup obligation. Even without them, the crew sailed the boat flawlessly and reportedly encountered no equipment failures and very little drama along the way. At 12:19:41 UTC on July 28, Comanche passed Lizard Point (UK) to complete the 2,880-nautical-mile route and claim the record. (To become official, the new benchmark must be ratified by World Sailing Speed Record Council.)


Even without Read and Spithill, the record-breaking team contained a who's who of sailing superstars.

© 2017 Yann Riou

Navigator Stan Honey explains the magic of the weather window that allowed them to smash the record by not just hours, but more than a day, "There are only about two weather windows a year where a monohull can make it all the way across the Atlantic in one system, and we found one of them. Beating this record by more than a day is above my expectations and I am delighted."

The power-reaching conditions and transatlantic record-setting scenario are almost exactly what Comanche was built for. With this record, she has now taken line honors in every race entered but one: her first Sydney Hobart. But she now holds a Sydney Hobart line-honors victory (2015), the 24-hour monohull speed record and four ocean records.

- ronnie simpson

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July 29, 2016 – San Rafael, CA



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August Racing Preview

July 29, 2016 – San Francisco Bay and Beyond

Registration has closed for this weekend's YRA 2nd Half Opener, with more than 50 boats entered. If yours is among them, have a great regatta, and enjoy tomorrow's party at Encinal Yacht Club!

2nd Half Opener

A parade of boats returns from Point Bonita in last year's 2nd Half Opener.

© 2017 Erik Simonson / www.pressure-drop.us

The early-entry deadline for Rolex Big Boat Series is this weekend. Registration is open to one-design fleets including Farr 40s, Express 37s, C&C30s, J/70s, J/105s, J/120s and J/111s, as well as boats with ORR ratings, PHRF sportboats and BAMA-rated multihulls. A late fee goes into effect on Monday, August 1. St. Francis YC will host the regatta on September 15-18.

Wicked Sister, Racer X and Two Feathers

Exciting Cityfront racing in the Rolex Big Boat Series.

Photo Latitude / Chris
© 2017 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

The Dinghy Delta Ditch, a 30-mile run up the Sacramento River on Saturday August 6, is quickly approaching and so is the early-entry deadline. After tomorrow, Saturday, July 30, registration will cost an extra $15.

As it did three years ago, Inverness YC will host the 110 Nationals on beautiful Tomales Bay August 1-5.

International 110s

International 110 sailors vie for their National Championship on Tomales Bay.

© 2017 Jim Laws

In the first week of the month, the El Toro fleet will take over Pinecrest Lake in the Stanislaus National Forest, first for their North Americans on August 2-4, then their Worlds on the weekend.

Richmond YC will host the Laser Masters North Americans on August 5-7.

On August 6, the Hood River YC in northern Oregon will host the Double Damned, a 36-mile run up the Columbia River from Cascade Locks to the Dalles.

San Francisco YC's Summer Keelboat Regatta on August 13-14 will be combined with the Melges 24 PCCs and J/70 Invitational starting a day earlier.

StFYC will combine this year's Aldo Alessio and Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure regattas on August 19-21. The Aldo Alessio Trophy will be awarded to the boat with the best overall performance in ORR in the ocean race on Friday. The Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Cup will be awarded to the ORR boat with the best overall score based on corrected time (using Time on Time). Sy Kleinman has sponsored another trophy that will be awarded to the boat with the best-dressed crew — on the water or post-race. 

August 21's Gracie & George doublehanded coed race is part of Latitude 38's Unofficial Women's Circuit. Gracie drives. Encinal YC hosts. Another event on the list will follow on August 27: Sausalito YC's Women's Skipper Regatta. The SYC crews can be any size or gender, but "No man's hand may touch the helm."

Rafted boats in Drake's Bay

This bucolic scene has something to do with yacht racing? Yup.

Photo Latitude / Chris
© 2017 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

The OYRA and SSS will wrap up the month with their combined race to Drake's Bay on August 27, and a race back to Tiburon the next day. Race committee volunteers from Corinthian YC motor a boat up to Drake's Bay to finish Saturday's race and start Sunday's. Register with the OYRA and/or SSS at www.jibeset.net.

As usual, many more fine regattas and events pepper the region this month than we have space to list here, so check our Calendar; it's as complete as we could make it. Calendar listings can be sent to us via email by the 10th of the month preceding publication.

- latitude / chris

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