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Made in Santa Cruz Race Week

May 25, 2018 – Santa Cruz, CA

wave crashing with boats on the bay
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With waves crashing on the beach and rolling into the harbor mouth, the Santa Cruz Wednesday night race was underway in chilly sunshine. The informal race is not sponsored by SCYC, but the club hosts a post-race BBQ every Wednesday night during Daylight Saving Time.

Photo Latitude / Chris
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

When you're still going strong at 90 years old, it's cause for celebration. Such is the case with Santa Cruz Yacht Club, which is observing its 90th anniversary in 2018. Among the commemorative events is the second-ever Made in Santa Cruz Race Week, May 19-28 (the first was held in 2013).

Jesters and El Toros

Dinghy racing in Santa Cruz Harbor. Jesters are on the run, while El Toros are beating to the windward mark near the harbor mouth. All of the Jester sailors were adult men. This is Dennis Bassano on Smeg coming at us; Chris Watts won the class on Yiikes!

Photo Latitude / Chris
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A small PHRF fleet raced last weekend. Susie and Don Snyder and Dennis and Rainy Bassano on the 30-ft Pacific High won in four races. Jester and El Toro fleets raced yesterday; Moore 24s will sail their Pacific Coast Championships this weekend, with weigh-ins this evening; and the Santa Cruz 27 Nationals will race on Saturday-Monday. Of the 19 Moore 24s and 15 SC27s registered, one in each fleet has trailered down to Santa Cruz from Washington. 


Eight Made-in-Santa Cruz El Toros raced, about evenly split between kids and adults. This is Kyle Schaefer, the top finisher among the youth. Tom Burden won the division.

Photo Latitude / Chris
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

Santa Cruz was the epicenter of design and construction of fast, light race boats and racer/cruisers beginning in the 1960s and continuing through the remainder of the 20th century, with the peak in the '70s and '80s. Many of the characters responsible for this revolution in the way we sail are still active and still in the area. Others, such as George Olson, have passed away. To honor them all, a boatbuilders' reception was held at the club last night, complete with storytelling by the likes of Terry Alsberg, Bill Lee, Barry Barrett, Ron Moore and Homer Lighthall; a pop-up museum of memorabilia and photos; and the dedication of a bronze sculpture designed and built by a 27-year-old artist/sailor from Davenport, Courtney Scruggs.

boatbuilders with plaque

The boatbuilders posed with the newly unveiled Made in Santa Cruz plaque, and the sculptor, Courtney Scruggs. The sculpture in located in front of the clubhouse, near the street.

Photo Latitude / Chris
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

We'll have much more from Made in Santa Cruz Race Week in the July issue of Latitude 38 (not the June issue; that's already gone to press and will come out on June 1.)

- latitude / chris

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Summer Sailstice

Classy Deadline the 15th

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Vote on Alameda Marina on Tuesday

May 25, 2018 – Alameda

Attention Alameda residents, and anyone concerned about marine services, access, and the Bay Area's working waterfront. On Tuesday, May 29, the Alameda Planning Board will meet to discuss the new Master Plan for Alameda Marina. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and will be held at Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, Alameda, CA 94501.


An artist's rendering of Alameda's proposed marina.

© 2018 Alameda Marina

In Cityspeak: the Planning Board will be holding a public hearing "to consider a recommendation to approve the Master Plan, Density Bonus Application, and Environmental Impact Report for the Alameda Marina property." In sailor speak: What do you want Alameda's waterfront and, more importantly, water access to look like?

For Tuesday's agenda, go here. For information from Alameda Marina, go here. And for a dissenting view, go here. And if you'd like to send us a letter with your thoughts, please write us here. We will share a few letters about life in Alameda from the June issue in the coming weeks and further the discussion.

- latitude / tim

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Ad: Modern Sailing School & Club

May 25, 2018 – Sausalito, CA



© 2018 Modern Sailing School & Club / www.modernsailing.com

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Women's Sailing Seminars

May 25, 2018 – Tiburon, CA

The Bay Area is has endless opportunities for anyone wanting to learn how to sail. For women in the Bay Area, there are a few events with a long tradition of introducing beginners to the sport.


Getting started right.

© 2018 Corinthian Yacht Club

The Corinthian Yacht Club has opened registration for its 33rd Women's Sailing Seminar, which will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon. Registration is open to all interested women at the CYC website, here

"It's a great way for women who would like to learn to sail both in a classroom and then on the Bay with skilled sailors sharing their expertise and love of sailing," said Sharon Meyer, a leader of the seminar and long-time Corinthian Yacht Club member.

During the seminar, students learn the basics of sailing including terminology, boating etiquette, and fundamental skills such as tying knots, boarding and docking, and general safe-boating practices. The two morning classroom sessions are reinforced by two afternoons of sailing with instruction on San Francisco Bay. Instructors take the students out in small groups and teach them to read the wind, tack and jibe, crew, and take the helm.

As summer sailing begins, June is an ideal time for anyone to brush up on skills and perfect for women who want to get started sailing the Bay. In the fall, Island Yacht Club will host their annual Women's Sailing Seminar on September 22-23.

- latitude / john

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A Great Weekend to Watch Sailing

May 25, 2018 – San Francisco

It's been a gray, cool week but things are looking to get brighter, warmer and more colorful for a much better Memorial Day sailing weekend.

I-14 National

Kudos to whoever designed this groovy retro I-14 poster! It, like, takes us back, man.

© 2018 I-14 Class

First on the color charts are the International 14 Nationals held at the St. Francis Yacht Club on the Cityfront. If you want to check out high-speed, double trapeze, high-tech (but old-school) dinghy sailing, this is a class to watch. International 14s date back to the 1900s but, because it's a development class, the boats are more advanced than almost any dinghy on the water. They're racing the 26th-29th and, if you're out sailing this weekend, it's worth a detour to watch the show. Just give them plenty of room because they're fighting for a national title! They'll be back in the fall to race at Richmond Yacht Club for the I-14 Worlds. 

Another weekend event full of colorful characters is the annual Master Mariners Regatta, held on Saturday. Racing starts at noon off the St. Francis Yacht Club with the final class start at about 1 p.m. Boats will race Bay courses before finishing down at the Encinal Yacht Club.


Contrasting with the high-tech regatta will be the oldest boats on the Bay.

Photo Latitude / JR
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

The weekend is forecast to start a little cooler, with sunscreen requirements increasing as we progress toward the holiday. If you sail Saturday, you'll have some great contrast in spectating when you watch the most high-tech dinghies and most low-tech classics face off in hard-fought rivalries, all from the cockpit of your cruiser! We look forward to seeing you on the Bay.

- latitude / John

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