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March 19 - San Francisco Bay

Three of the best reasons to go sailing in March are St. Francis YC's trio of Spring Invitationals. Two of the three are history now - the Spring Keel (March 6-7) and the Spring Dinghy (March 13-14). The third and final one, the Spring One Design, occurs tomorrow and Sunday. Our not-so-trusty Bertram 25 is up and running again, and we'll be out there taking photos of the four classes (J/120s, Express 37s, Beneteau 40.7s, and J/105s) that are sailing.

The accompanying pictures of the Spring Dinghy Invitational were taken by budding photographer Patrick Kerslake, son of well-known StFYC sailor John Kerslake. Patrick, a junior at Redwood High who has an interest in photography, was doing race committee last weekend when he snapped these fine photos (see more at www.sailpix.com/~pkphotos/index.htm). "I was on safety boat duty, so couldn't really get much variety in the shot angles - lots of windward mark roundings," he told us. Patrick also mentioned that he might be photographing 'Sail a Skiff Day' tomorrow out of the Treasure Island Sailing Center. Hopefully, there'll be some wind. Either way, keep the pics coming, Patrick!

Class winners of the first two Invites follow. Full results may be viewed at www.stfyc.com.

SPRING KEEL (March 6-7; 3 races):
MELGES 24 - 1) Go Dogs Go, Tim Hawkins. (10 boats)
EXPRESS 27 - 1) Chimo, Brad Pennington. (12 boats)
MOORE 24 - 1) Kat, Breen McBurney. (18 boats)
J/24 - 1) Snowjob, Brian Goepfrich. (12 boats)
KNARR - 1) Peerless, Larry Drew. (11 boats)

SPRING DINGHY (March 13-14):
505 - 1) Howie Hamlin/Jon Bell. (22 boats; 5 races)
VANGUARD 15 - 1) Melissa Purdy/Shane Wells. (17 boats; 12 races w/1
29er - 1) Dan Brandt/Paul Heineken. (6 boats; 5 races)
LASER - 1) Tracy Usher. (18 boats; 4 races)
FINN - 1) Patrick Weaver. (5 boats; 5 races)

Photos Patrick Kerslake

Byting Around

March 19 - Pt. Richmond

As record high temperatures baked the Bay Area last weekend, these girls cooled off on a Byte at Richmond YC during the Big Daddy Regatta. (Adults think the Byte is a one-person dinghy, but kids know better.) Let us take this moment to reflect that we have only one day to wait until spring and 15 until Daylight Saving Time. Summer Sailstice - er, solstice - is closer than you may realize.

Photos Latitude/Rob

The West Coast Girls

March 19 - St. Martin

The photos you see here aren't of the official Heineken Girls from the recent Heineken Regatta in St. Martin, they're Newport Beach girls who joined Wes Seegmiller and Devan Mullin aboard their chartered bareboat in the recent regatta.

The girls from Newport Beach, ready to take St. Martin and the Heineken by storm. Actually, it was blowing like a storm for much of the regatta.

The lovely Sunny Seegmiller, daughter of Wes, looking as bright as the Southern California sun

Maren Illum, long, lean, and lovely

Ingrid, with the windblown hair

Bonnie Hilbert, hot in the tropics

Looking down on a small part of the fleet at Marigot Bay on the French side.

Riding the rail - with another gal who graduated from Harvard Law School
Photos Devan Mullin


March 19 - Cyberspace

In order to streamline 'Lectronic Latitude, we've moved the weather and YOTREPS links to our links page, www.latitude38.com/links.html. You'll find YOTREPS under Resources and Other Items of Interest and the Weather links at the top of the page under Local Information and Weather.

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