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October 10 - Trapani, Italy

Photo Jan Pehrson

Today's Photo of the Day is of Larry Ellison's BMW Oracle slamming to weather off Trapani, Italy, in yesterday's end-of-the-season racing for the America's Cup boats. In the final of the fleet races, judges had to resort to video replays to determine that Spanish Desafio 2007 had finished a split-second ahead of BMW Oracle. Alinghi finished third, which was enough for her to win the tie-breaker with BMW Oracle to win Act 8. But make no mistake, BMW Oracle has been on a roll.

With the entire 2005 season over, Alinghi leads with 71 points, with Emirates Team New Zealand and BMW Oracle 10 points back tied for second. While the Acts business of America's Cup racing may be baffling and hasn't roused much interest here in the United States, in Europe it's been the smash that Ernesto Bertarelli and Larry Ellison hoped it would be. Next year's action will all be off Valencia, starting in May.

Are You a Professional Journalist Interested in Working for Latitude 38?

October 10 - Mill Valley

For the first time in ages, Latitude 38 is looking for one or two professional journalists. Candidates should be willing to prove themselves with freelance articles over the next few months aiming toward full-time employment. Obviously, you must be well versed in sailing, although not necessarily all aspects of it. But don't even dream of applying if you can't meet deadlines.

As a full-time staff member, you'd be required to edit articles, take photos, do your own layouts, work some weekends, perhaps operate a photo boat, and be willing to take assignments to places like Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific.

We work on Macs. Like all modern journalists you need to have some computer savvy and not be resistant to learning more.

Full time work at Latitude is a lot of fun, and there is no 9 to 5 routine for writers. But make no mistake, it's a hell of a lot of hard work. Let us repeat so there is no misunderstanding - being a journalist for Latitude is a hell of a lot of work.

The pay for staff positions is similar to that of slick sailing magazines, and there are company-provided health and life insurance benefits.

So if you're an enthusiastic self-starter with professional experience and understand the importance of being a team player to get the job done, email Richard today with the basics. We'll ask for samples of your work later. Anybody who calls on the phone will be disqualified. We don't care about your age, sex, or race - just that you're good.

Help! My Telephone Number Has Been Changed

October 10 - South Bay

"I'm on the [April] Crew List and have been very happy with the results, but my phone number changed and I desperately want want to let everyone know," writes David Berke. "Here is my info that appeared under MEN TO CREW ON A CRUISING BOAT: David Berke, 40, (408) 406-7872, exp 3/wants 1,2,3,4,5,8/offers 1,2,3,4,7,8 (dive master, private pilot). My new cell number is: (408) 458-6044.

"On a good note, the Crew List has gotten me a ride on a great boat. I leave San Francisco on October 23 for Rome to get on the Bruce Roberts 58 Amor Fati. The San Diego owners got my name from the Crew List, flew to San Jose to meet me, where we shook hands on the deal. I plan to sail from Rome to and through the Panama Canal on the way to San Diego.

"I also am in contact with a delivery captain out of Oregon that looks really promising, and am getting the F/P 56 cat Dolce Vita ready to sail south. Mai, the owner, also got my name from the Crew List. My first hit from the Crew List was back in 2001 when I got to do the Baja Ha-Ha aboard the N/M 56 Learjet. I hope you appreciate the feedback."

We sure do appreciate it and are glad the Crew List has worked so well for you.

Attention Skipper of Subrosa!

October 10 - San Diego

If you still want to do the Ha-Ha on a big cat, but not Profligate, please email Donna.

The Most Popular Sailboat Race in the World

October 10 - Trieste, Italy

Last weekend a total of 1,725 sailboats entered the Barcolana Race off Trieste, Italy. The maxi Skandia covered the 17-mile course in 58 minutes to crush the old record by more than 25%. They were helped by 30 to 35-knot winds.

Fleet Week Air Show Photos

October 10 - San Francisco

It was beautiful on the Bay this weekend for the Fleet Week activities. Dick Enersen took these photos of the fastest and slowest of the aircraft.

Photos Dick Enersen

Three-Time Olympian Mark Reynolds to Speak at Corinthian YC Thursday Night

October 10 - Tiburon

Mark Reynolds, holder of three Olympic medals and too many class championships to count, will be talking at the Corinthian YC about what it takes to get to the Olympics in today's hyper-competitive environment. When Mark Reynolds walked into Opening Ceremonies at Sydney's Olympic Games, he made U.S. Olympic Yachting history as a four-time consecutive Olympic representative in the same event. Well-known as the 'star of the Star class' Reynolds has the resume to back up the well-deserved nickname. Unlike many sailors who put jobs and school on hold during their Olympic campaigns, this husband and father of three maintains a full-time job. Mark's business, Quantum San Diego, makes sails for most of his competitors.

The doors will open at the club at 6:00 p.m., and a buffet ($12/person) and a no-host bar will be available. Mark will start his talk around 7:00, and we expect to wrap up around 9:00. Admission is only $10 per person.

To make reservations, call the club at (415) 435-4771 or visit their Web site at www.cyc.org/speakers/markreynolds.html and fill out the online reservations form.

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