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America's Cupdate

June 2, 2017 – Bermuda

The 35th America's Cup is in full swing in Bermuda, with five days of racing completed as the Lois Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers moves through the second round robin (day six just got underway as we're writing this). Despite the favorites rising to the top and the underdogs hovering at the bottom, the racing has been eventful with multiple lead changes, collisions and a small controversy over the umpiring.


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Artemis Racing ducks starboard-tacking Emirates Team New Zealand on Monday. It was one of several close crossings, lead changes and what we can only (reluctantly) call dramatic, exciting racing.   

© 2017 Ricardo Pinto / ACEA

ORACLE TEAM USA (yes, they write their name in all caps; we'll indulge them just this once) and Emirates Team New Zealand each currently have 6 wins and 1 loss, Land Rover BAR is 3 and 5, Soft Bank Team Japan is 3 and 4, Artemis Racing is 2 and 5 and Groupama Team France is 2 and 6 (Oracle and Land Rover both have points from the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, but we're not going to pretend to understand what that means). 

The Challenger Playoff Semi-Finals are set to begin early next week, with the Challenger Playoff Finals scheduled for June 10-12. The America's Cup Finals will be held between June 17 and 27 — it's one of the faster Cups we can remember. Most of them seem to last at least a third of a year.

Land Rover BAR was involved in another minor but scary-looking collision on day one, when they slid into Team Japan during the start sequence. No one was hurt, but we found ourselves cringing as we watched countless replays from multiple angles as BAR's port hull threatened to squish all of Team Japan — skipper Dean Barker hopped out of the cockpit for a second, his hand still on the wheel, to get out of the way.   

One of the most exciting and talked-about races featured Emirates Team New Zealand versus Artemis Racing on Monday. Artemis was over early at the start, then traded the lead with Emirates nine times. At the final mark, Artemis flew by the Kiwis and toward the finish, but was penalized for an illegal passing maneuver, giving New Zealand the win.

In a post-race interview on Americascup.com, Chief Umpire Richard Slater said that with "the information we had at the time, Artemis was on port as the keep clear boat and Team New Zealand on starboard. Our job was to be certain that Artemis was keeping clear, and we weren't at that time certain . . . I think if we were to go back in time to make that call, we would green that call."

In other words, the umpires admitted that they'd made a mistake, which is rare in sports, and especially refreshing in the sometimes mind-numbingly litigious America's Cup.

It was a point not lost on Cup commentator Ken Read. On Radio New Zealand's Checkpoint with John Campbell, Read said that he was "very proud for the umpires coming out and saying I think we might have made the wrong move." Read also said that the umpires make their calls based on "incredibly technically detailed, GPS-driven computer screens." 

Read was also thrilled at the intensity of the race: "Artemis was ripping at times. The innovations are happening by the day. There were nine passes in that race. It's unbelievable. Forget who won and lost, that race was epic in sailing history."

- latitude / timmy

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June Issue Out and About

June 2, 2017 – West Coast and Beyond

delivery truck with palette of magazines

How the magic happens on delivery day.

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The June issue of Latitude 38 was tucked into Bay Area delivery vans, postal service vehicles and FedEx trucks yesterday for distribution to all the usual places. (Those who prefer pixels on screens to ink and paper can read it online here.)

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This pallet full of magazines has been delivered to distributors around the Bay Area.

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A heads-up to our readers in Southern Marin: We welcome a new distributor, Driver's Market on Caledonia Street at Turney in Sausalito.

Latitudes at Driver's

Driver's is just one block from the Sausalito waterfront. Now you can pick up your groceries and your Latitude at the same time.

Photo Latitude / Chris
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Included in the June issue are: Calendar, Letters, Loose Lips, Sightings, A Very, Very Great Vallejo Race, Boatyard Tour, 40 Years of Latitude Part III, How I Learned to Sail Part II, Max Ebb: The Weigh of the Anchor, Racing Sheet, World of Charter, Changes in Latitudes and Classy Classifieds.

- latitude / chris

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June 2, 2017 – San Francisco, CA



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Sailors Take on Ocean Debris

June 2, 2017 – Pacific Ocean

John Mott just emailed us with following questions: "My wife and I are departing the Pacific Northwest in September with a stop in Mexico and then direct for the Marquesas, two to three years in the South Pacific, then on to Australia, New Zealand and the Seychelles.

"We have a 40-ft Farrier trimaran (26-ft beam x 47-ft LOA) with the ability to carry a lot of debris. Who could we partner with to make part of our trip (maybe a season’s worth) of beach clean-up (or other plastic debris-related endeavor)? For instance, is there a cruisers' support network making serious inroads into removing plastics from beaches in the remote South Pacific, or other group that we could partner with?"

In December we ran a story on the Pacific gyre and studies of plastics on remote Pacific islands by the Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University, including this list of related websites: 

www.oikonos.org
www.balloonsblow.org
www.theoceancleanup.com
www.fivegyres.org
www.marinedebris.engr.uga.edu (app)
https://marinedebris.noaa.gov

Do any of our readers have additional organizations to suggest? Email us here.

- latitude / john

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June 2, 2017 – California



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