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July 8 - San Francisco

Photo Chris Corlett

Today's Photo of the Day shows what happens when a 40-ft powerboat slams into the concrete and wood J-Street Pier in San Francisco at 20 knots. Not shown is the damage to the bodies of those who were aboard. Speed injures and kills, so please be careful on the water.

IDEC Lost on the Rocks Less than One Day after Setting Transatlantic Record

July 8 - Brittany, France

It's heartbreaking to learn that Francis Joyon lost his record-setting trimaran IDEC on the rocks of southwestern Brittany less than one day after breaking the solo transatlantic record. One of the great things about the modest Joyon is that he's set the around-the-world and transatlantic solo records doing everything himself, as opposed to having a giant team as has been the case with Ellen MacArthur. Alas, maybe Joyon did one too many things himself. For, exhausted after finishing the tremendous record run, he put his mighty 92-ft tri on autopilot and fell into a deep sleep while heading to France. The autopilot steered the boat off course, and the next thing Joyon knew, it was pitch black and his beloved trimaran was being broken up on the rocks. Joyon's injuries are primarily emotional.

If that wasn't bad news enough, Joyon's Route of Discovery record is expected to fall tonight to Thomas Coville and the 60-ft tri Sodebo - assuming Hurricane Dennis doesn't suddenly take a slight turn.

Finals of 29er Worlds Begin Today

July 8 - San Francisco Bay

With three days of qualifying races completed, the final series of the sixth annual 29er World Championships starts this morning. After a week of strong winds, heavy currents, and fierce competition, Dylan Fletcher and Nick Hollis of Great Britain finished in first with regional stars Cameron Biehl (San Diego) and Zack Maxam (Santa Barbara) in fifth place ahead of strong field of American sailors to qualify for the Gold Class.

Hurricane Dennis Hits Cuba with 150 MPH Winds

July 8 - Cuba

And it's headed for the Florida Keys, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. There is currently no tropical storm activity off Mexico.

Marina Plesons Getting Ready for the Baja Ha-Ha

July 8 - Santa Barbara

The 12-year-old is slated to do the October 31 Baja Ha-Ha with her parents, Dennis and Pam, and her 9-year-old brother Niko on the family's Santa Barbara-based Beneteau 45f5 Ohana. By the time Marina gets to Cabo, we think she'll still have that wonderful smile, but won't be needing a wrap.

Photo Courtesy Ohana

Here's the current list of paid entries for this fall's event:

1. Sea Ya / Newport 30 / Axel Heller / Temple City
2. Ti Amo / Oyster 485 / Carl Mischka / Newport Beach
3. Sandpiper / Yorktown 35 / Thomas Larson / Oakland
4. Aquarelle / MT-42 / Diane & Ken Kay / Long Beach
5. Maestra / Sunnfjord Trawler / John Rodriguey / Coupeville, WA
6. Duello / Norseman 430 cat / Stuart & Jean Kaplan / Scottsdale, AZ
7. Rocinante / Island Packet 38 / Paul Granger / Del Mar
8. Free Spirit / Beneteau Oceanis 390 / Russ & Jennifer Rieber / Stockton
9. Platinum / Morgan N/M 45 / Clair & Mark Rommell / Alameda
10. Liberty Call II / Hunter Legend 37.5 / Ron Feldman / Chula Vista
11. Gypsy / Columbia 52 / Stephen Washburn / Long Beach
12. Eagle's Nest / Hunter Passage 42 / Joseph & Patricia Ahlerin
13. Epifania / 45-ft Steel Sloop / Les & Tammy Beritz / Albuquerque NM
14. Sensei / Norseman 447 / Chris Mellor / Richmond
15. Shiraz / Hunter Passage 42 / Phil & Nora McCaleb / Sacramento
16. Ohana / Beneteau 45f5 / Dennis & Pam Plesons / Santa Barbara
17. Yemonja / Island Packet 380 / Mike Araneda / Green Cove Springs, FL
18. Willow / Westsail 32 / B.J. & Merry Loew / Pasco, WA
19. Nootka / Island Packet 40 / Glen Read / Edmonds, WA
20. Tranquillo / Catalina 400 / Lloyd Clauss & Colleen / Huntington Beach
21. Gettin' Around / Catalina 400 / Doug & June Springstead / Suisun City
22. Sea Lady / Brewer 42 Ketch / Stephen & Kay Terzian / Bend, OR
23. In the Mood / Sabre 38 / Phillip & Madelyn Case / Snohomish, WA
24. Bata Mor / Island Packet 420 / Timothy Harrington / Phoenix, AZ
25. Ticket to Ride / Celestial 50 / Damien McCullough / Santa Ana

Crew on Profligate in King Harbor Race

July 8 - Santa Barbara

We're sorry, but there is no space available on Profligate for the Baja Ha-Ha this year. But if anyone would like to get some catamaran sailing experience, there are a few 'shared expenses' slots open for the August 5 Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race - which we think is the most fun race in Southern California. It's almost always a reach out to Santa Cruz Island, then a spinnaker run to the finish. Cowabunga! If you're interested, email Donna with your phone number. It starts on Thursday night with some Fiesta Week fun in Santa Barbara, the 80-something mile race on Friday, and a big shrimp feed at the King Harbor YC on Saturday. There will be at least one other large cruising cat, and we're hoping for five or six.

Classy Classified: Catalina 25

July 8 - San Francisco

CATALINA 25, 1981. San Francisco Marina slip available to sublease. Excellent condition. 2005 Honda 9.9 XLS. $9,000. (510) 823-8735.

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