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A Well-Earned SoPac Celebration

June 27, 2018 – Tahiti, French Polynesia

In recent weeks, roughly 200 Pacific Puddle Jumpers made landfall in the archipelagos of French Polynesia, having completed nonstop passages of 3,000 to 4,000 miles from jumping-off points in Mexico, Panama, and elsewhere along the West Coast of the Americas.

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The Sausalito-based Cross trimaran Defiance glides past the entrance buoy to Moorea’s majestic Cook’s Bay during Saturday’s rally/race.

Photo Latitude / Andy
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We caught up with many of them this past weekend during the annual Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendez-vous, co-hosted by Archipelgoes and Latitude 38, with support from a variety of South Pacific organizations. This well-known three-day celebration was designed with the dual purpose of celebrating the fleet's arrival and showcasing highly revered Polynesian cultural traditions in music, dance, sport and cuisine.

Every year, one of the most memorable highlights of the event is the outrigger canoe races, in which cruisers mix with local paddlers during a round-robin series of sprints through the bay.

Photo Latitude / Andy
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Fifty-six boats participated this year, and as is typical, the fleet was made up of cruisers from a wide range of backgrounds, sailing on an equally diverse fleet of boats. A dozen countries were represented, including boats from the US, Canada, many countries in Europe and a first-ever entry from China.

The fun kicked off Friday night at Papeete's three-year-old Papeete Marina, where participants compared crossing stories, gathered advance cruising info from representatives of New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji, and attended a chart briefing on interisland cruising. Several local dignitaries joined the Rendez-vous staff in welcoming the fleet to their islands, before an ornately costumed dance troupe took the stage and gave the wide-eyed sailors an up-close sampling of ultra-high-energy Polynesian dance.

In addition to learning proper paddling techniques, this cruiser came away with a useful new skill: the most effective way to husk, then crack open a fresh coconut.

Photo Latitude / Andy
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Saturday, fleet members made the 15-mile crossing from Papeete Harbor to Cook's Bay, Moorea, in a just-for-fun rally/race in light to moderate breeze. After several months of sailing alone, it was big fun to be part of this cruiser armada. That evening's highlight was another brilliant dance show featuring highly acrobatic fire dancers.

There were lots of adolescent kids, teens and young adults this year, some of whom excelled in the traditional sports contests on Sunday. Seen here is one of the quick-stepping winners of the fruit-carriers' race.

Photo Latitude / Andy
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Sundays at the Rendez-vous are always focused on traditional sports, with the six-person outrigger canoe races being the ultimate highlight. For most who participated, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Look for our full report on the Rendez-vous in the August edition of Latitude 38, and our Pacific Puddle Jump crossing recap in September. (See also: and

- latitude / andy

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A Full Weekend of Sailing

June 27, 2018 – On the Bay

This past weekend saw full-on sailing with plenty of options for everyone. Despite the Bay Area's notorious reputation for heavy summer winds and fog, last weekend presented a full spectrum of conditions. The Friday night beer can races had sunshine and nice breezes, the Saturday start for the OYRA race to Half Moon Bay and the Singlehanded TransPac started in gentle, sunny southwesterlies, while the Encinal Yacht Club Summer Sailstice small-boat regatta had warm, 6- to 8-knot winds on the Estuary. Sunday was a different story: sunny, cooler and breezier, with the central Bay whipped up in whitecaps. It was a good day for the Master Mariners Wooden Boat Show.  

Wylie 70 Rage

The Wylie 70 Rage, in town for the Pacific Cup, made a cameo appearance Corinthian Friday night race. 

© 2018 Hannah Arndt

San Francisco Laser Fleet

Local Laser sailors rallied a 19-boat fleet for the Encinal Yacht Club Summer Sailstice small-boat regatta.  

Photo Latitude / John
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EYC Sailboat Rides

Yes, this is summer sailing on San Francisco Bay — sunny, calm and warm. EYC juniors and seniors took over 100 people out for their first sailboat ride.

Photo Latitude / John
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Another successful EYC cardboard boatbuilding contest ended in a fierce paddling competition with all boats making it around the course. (The name of the vessel in the foreground is the Duct Pearl).

Photo Latitude / John
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CYC Harbor

Time warp. The view of the CYC harbor for the Master Mariners Wooden Boat Show almost looked like a scene from the 1940s. 

Photo Latitude / John
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With a quick glance, you might think this is the bow of a boat. In fact, it's the stern of the beautiful 8 Meter Yucca at the Wooden Boat Show. Paul Kaplan of KKMI informed us that Yucca was designed by Nicholas Potter, the same architect behind Monday's 'LL mystery boat, the Cal 32 Amorita. 

Photo Latitude / John
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Water Witch Corinthian Trophy

Water Witch owners John and Gena Egelston were double winners, taking home both the Corinthian trophy and the People's Choice trophy for what is clearly a labor of love.

© 2018 Angie Lackey

There was an amazing collection of some of the Bay Area's most beautiful classics gathered for the wooden boat show. If you've never experienced the rich, old-school soul of sailing, this was the place to do it. While there's been loads of progress in yacht design and construction, when you step aboard a wooden classic, you're reminded that it's impossible to reproduce the heart of a wooden sailboat in fiberglass, metal or carbon. 

The annual gathering of wooden boats also produces a raft of winners for the upkeep of these stunners. This year, the awards went to:

— Peter Haywood and Ivan Poutiatine, Elizabeth Muir, Best in Show.  

— John and Gena Egelston, Water Witch; Corinthian Trophy (sweat equity).

— Jennifer Hinkel, Quessant; Al Lutz Trophy (most improved in the last year).

Water Witch; People's Choice.

It was an award-winning weekend for sailing and, happily, there's another ahead.

- latitude / john

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June 27, 2018 – San Francisco Bay

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July Racing Preview

June 27, 2018 – West Coast

YRA Weekend Regattas bracket this preview. We'll start with this Saturday's Westpoint Regatta destination race from Treasure Island to Redwood City. The deadline to register is today at 5 p.m. An Island Time Party will follow at Sequoia Yacht Club. With 81 entries so far, it should be a great party.

sailing past Alcatraz

Last year's Westpoint Regatta was windy in the Slot, but the Bay Bridge divided the heavy air from the (very) light air.

Photo Latitude / Tim
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Two races from the West Coast of North America to the Hawaiian Islands will start on Sunday, July 1. The Vic-Maui, run in even years since 1968, will leave from Victoria, BC, and point the bows toward Lahaina. The brand-new Shaka Challenge will depart from Marina del Rey and race to Diamond Head. The Pacific Singlehanded Sailing Association offered the race to doublehanders as well, but only seven singlehanders signed up.

A few clubs offer racing on the Fourth of July, which falls on a Wednesday this year. Among them is Tiburon YC with the unique Brothers and Sisters Race around the two island pairs in south San Pablo Bay.

July 7 will be a busy Saturday up and down the coast. Island YC will run the 43rd Silver Eagle Race that day, with courses of 24 miles and 38 miles. Register before July 3 to save $10. Among other events that day, San Francisco YC will host the Hart Nunes Regatta for Mercurys.

Fresno YC will run the High Sierra Regattas for centerboard boats and San Juan 21s on July 7-8, and for keelboats plus Coronado 15s and Thistles on July 14-15. Thanks to March snowfall, Huntington Lake has plenty of water.

The week of July 9, the 20th Pacific Cup will join the fleets racing to Hawaii. The Pac Cup departs from San Francisco and sails to Kaneohe Bay, Oahu. We'll have a preview of that event in the July issue of Latitude 38, coming out on Friday.

Balboa YC in Newport Beach will host the 52nd Governor's Cup International Youth Match Racing Regatta on July 16-21. Harry Price (21) of Australia, a previous winner, will go up against the current champion, Christophe Killian (21), who is sailing for the host club. The 2017 runner-up, Leonard Takahashi (19) of New Zealand, will be back. The competition for 12 teams will be held in the club's GovCup 22 sloops, first used in 2016. All sailors must be less than 23 years old.

Takahashi falls off boat

Leonard Takahashi turned last year's Governor's Cup into a bathlon. 

© 2018 Mary Longpre /

The Laser Heavy Weather Slalom will be held on Wednesday-Thursday, July 18-19, in front of the St. Francis Yacht Club in view of spectators on shore. Boats will be provided for this event; sailors just show up with their gear. This is the first time since 2011 that the event has been held, and registration is limited to 32 sailors. The Slalom will be followed on July 20-23 by the Laser Masters North American Championship, also hosted by StFYC.

Whidbey Island Race Week occupies Oak Harbor, WA, on July 18-22, with camping, parties galore and some sailing too.

On July 21, Bay View Boat Club, a delightful anachronism on San Francisco's waterfront, will host the 34th Plastic Classic and Concours d'Elegance, followed by a party you won't want to miss. 'Plastic' boats designed 25 or more years ago are invited.

cruiser in Plastic Classic

The Plastic Classic is this-a-way.

Photo Latitude / Chris
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SFYC's Midnight Moonlight Maritime Marathon will also be held on July 21. The slowest boats will start the pursuit race first, at 4 p.m., in Raccoon Strait, when a quarter moon will have already risen. The course rounds the Carquinez Bridge and finishes on the east side of Tiburon.

The 46th edition of the 81-mile Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race will be held on July 27-28. RS Aero, Laser, Tasar, Fireball and Weta classes will 'C-GOD' on July 27-29, when the CGRA runs the Columbia Gorge One-Design Regatta. On July 28 the Pacific Corinthian YC in Channel Islands Harbor will host the gorgeous McNish Classic Yacht Race, followed by a BBQ.

The YRA Encinal Regatta (ex-2nd Half Opener) will be hosted by Encinal YC (no duh) on July 28-29. On Saturday evening, EYC will throw a shindig at their clubhouse in Alameda, where the day's race finishes.

All this and more! Look for the Calendar in the July issue of Latitude 38, coming out in two days.

- latitude / chris

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Hats Off to Readers

June 27, 2018 – Brisbane, CA

We take our hats off to the many readers who manage to get down to the waterfront to pick up the latest issue of Latitude 38. We've also been sending some hats (or T-shirts) to lucky readers who've come across our 'Lucky Day' flyer, which — like a Golden Ticket — we occasionally tuck into a few copies of the magazine. We just sent a t-shirt to our latest winner, Diane Hayward.

Diane at Sierra Point Yacht Club

Somehow that actual magazine was the one with the 'Lucky Day' flyer in it. Who knows where the next one will be?

© 2018 Diane Hayward /

Diane wrote in to say, "Ahoy! I picked up the latest Latitude 38 at Sierra Point Yacht Club and lo! A card fell out saying I won a T-shirt or a hat! Here I am at the club entrance. Sorry for my delay in sending; I've been out sailing on Pegasus, which is where I'll be wearing my new T-shirt!"

Diane Hayward at the helm

In the midst of the crowd aboard Pegasus for the 2018 Master Mariners Regatta our new winner, Diane Hayward, is at the helm. 

Photo Courtesy Pegasus
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We asked Diane for a little more on her sailing life and she filled us in. Her current boat is the Sabre 42 Giselle, with a hailing port of Half Moon Bay but berthed in Brisbane. Back in 2016, Diane and her husband "were walking the docks and poring through Latitude as we refined our search for the right boat. Victims . . . er . . . 'beneficiaries' of boat creep, we went from the low to mid 30-footers that just weren’t quite right, and then found a beautiful Sabre 42.

"Needing to fast-track our education (we're not exactly young), we sailed her all that torrential winter, then attended the spring Latitude 38 crew list party in hopes of getting experience on other people's boats. One of those 'others' was Rich Morse from Pegasus, a wooden, 51-ft Alden ketch, and part of The Pegasus Project out of Berkeley, which — under the tireless enthusiasm of Peter Hayes — is a nonprofit that takes disadvantaged school groups to experience the beauties of sailing. Most of these kids haven't ever been to the Bay or ocean. Seeing their reactions to being propelled over the water by the wind is a wonderful thing. Our motto is 'No Child Left Ashore!'"  

Chrissy Field in the June issue

This is what Diane found in her June issue. 

© 2018 Diane Hayward

"The Pegasus Project relies on an all-volunteer crew and spends a lot of time training. Learning from the experienced crew has been invaluable. This year, I went to the Spring Crew List Party, only this time as a representative of The Pegasus Project to introduce her to other enthusiastic sailors.

"For the last two years, I've crewed on Pegasus in the Master Mariners Regatta. Being surrounded by these magnificent vessels is awe-inspiring. I was given the helm this year for the last two marks and the finishing leg. It was an amazing experience, and something I would have never done had it not been for Latitude and its support of all sailing. Pegasus is now training me for the position of Mate, and I love the challenge. I still rely on Latitude for inspiration with stories, letters and write-ups of activities on the Bay. Thank you so much and keep up the awesome work!"

Diane, thanks for the note and for the 'work' (sounds like fun) you do on Pegasus — nobody should live in the Bay Area without going sailing. 

Look for a flyer in the upcoming July issue. The next winner could be you!

- latitude / john

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