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October 1 - Atlantic Ocean

The War Baby crew taking a swim in the blue water of the mid-Atlantic

Today's Photos of the Day come from Leif Vasström of the Emery Cove based Beneteau 51 Solar Planet, and were taken this summer when Leif crewed aboard War Baby from Nice, to Mallorca, to Gibraltar, to the Azores, to Bermuda. It was his first trip across the Atlantic.

A perfect Sunday sail halfway between Europe and the States

The 62-ft S&S-designed, Palmer-Johnson-built aluminum sloop has quite a history. Her second owner was Ted Turner, who campaigned her as Tenacious. He raced her in - and won - the disastrous Fastnet Race of '79 in which 15 participants lost their lives. One of those who survived, Warren Brown of Bermuda, was racing aboard - and God, this must have been awful - an open 12 Meter. A few years later, Brown bought Tenacious and renamed her War Baby. In the subsequent 20 years, Brown has sailed her 200,000 miles, from as close as you can get to the North Pole to as close as you can get to the South Pole. War Baby has done some tropical sailing as well. We raced against her in Antigua many years ago, and partied aboard her in Moorea.

A lovely sunset

Leif will have a more detailed report about his War Baby adventure across the Atlantic in the November edition of Latitude 38.

Sailing at hull speed in 35 knots of wind

The Latest Latitudes Are on the Street!

October 1 - SF Bay Area

And will be arriving in the more distant locales in a few days. Enjoy.

Photo Latitude/Annie

Who Is the Official Car Sponsor of the 32nd America's Cup?

October 1 - Valencia, Spain

You'd think it would be Ferrari or Lamborghini or some other marque that billionaires would be caught driving. But no, it's Ford!

The Baja Ha-Ha Diet

October 1 - San Diego

"It's just over three weeks to the start of the 11th Baja Ha-Ha," advises Ha-Ha Honcho Lauren Spindler, "so I want to encourage everyone to make an effort to be in the best shape possible so they can enjoy the event to the fullest. While it's not too hard to sail the Bay when you're out of shape, it's different when you're doing the Ha-Ha because there is overnight sailing, launching and retrieving dinghies, keeping one's balance in rolling waves, punching through shore break, volleyball games, dancing, hiking, body-surfing, hill climbing, and other rigorous activities. You got to be in decent shape to enjoy these activities to the fullest.

"In fact," Ms. Spindler continues, "I had to pull the Grand Poobah aside and insist that he not be quite so grand for the start of the Ha-Ha. To that end, I've got him swimming a mile each morning and doing an hour on the treadmill each night. Of course, exercise is only half the equation. I also put him on the Ha-Ha Diet: Breakfast consists of 10 almonds, a small bowl of oatmeal, and an apple for later in the morning. Lunch, which is to be eaten in the middle of the afternoon, consists of a broth rather than cream-based soup and a salad. For dinner, the Poobah gets collard greens and some other vegetable to go with his modest portion of sashimi or curried chicken. Variety? There is no variety on the Ha-Ha diet until the Poobah drops 20 pounds. But I'm proud to say that he's lost 10 of those 20 pounds in the first week, and says he feels better than he has in years. Even though he's eating one-third of the calories he used to, he even says he's enjoying the food more.

To have a better Ha-Ha, reach for the apple, not the pastry.
Photo Latitude/Richard

"It goes without saying that nobody should start a rigorous exercise program without consulting their doctor - but it also goes without saying that the better shape you're in, the better you'll enjoy the Ha-Ha. So come the kick-off party on October 24 in San Diego, I'm looking forward to seeing less of all of you!

"Speaking of the Ha-Ha, the greatest number of sisterships entered are Islander 36s, with five, followed by Kelly-Peterson 44s with four and Cal 2-46s also with four. There are also three Hallberg-Rassy 46s."

15th Annual Buccaneer Day at Two Harbors

October 1 - Two Harbors

If you're in Southern California, be aware that tomorrow is Buccaneer Day at Two Harbors on Catalina. While there's fun for children of all ages, it's also a chance for adults to dress up in full pirate or wench regalia and live out their fantasies. "What happens at Buccaneer Day stays at Buccaneer Day," say the locals. We'll be there with a big group on the pirate yacht Profligate, and hope to see you there.

Photos Latitude/Richard

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