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Photos of the Day: San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race

March 1 - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Today's three Photos of the Day are a sequence of Paul K. Scripps' spectacular 79-ft ketch Miramar, built in 1947, crossing the finish line off Punta Mita at the end of the 1,000-mile San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race. It wasn't the most exciting Mexican race in the world, as the fleet was smaller than everyone had hoped for and the winds were so light that not even Doug Baker's wickedly fast Magnitude 80 was able to come close to the elapsed time record of 94 hours set by Roy Disney with his turbo-charged SC 70 Pyewacket. But watching the classic Miramar struggling to be able to point high enough to carry the chute across the finish line, in ideal weather conditions, was a sight to remember.

The fourth photo is of Jim Gregory's Richmond YC-based Schumacher 50 Morpheus crossing the finish line, not far from where Deepak Chopra is setting up his Mexican digs, on Tuesday morning. Morpheus had been a strong contender for class and fleet honors until she fell victim to very light winds.

Morpheous arrives at Punta Mita
Photos Latitude/Richard

For the most recent results, visit http://sdyc.org/vallartarace. Not all yachts have finished, including Dennis Conner's SC 70 Mongoose, which still has a chance to correct out near the top of the fleet.

March Latitude 38 Out Today

March 1 - San Francisco Bay Area

March is here, and that's means that the March issue of Latitude 38 is making the rounds of the Bay Area. You can pick one up in all the usual places.

The March issue is displayed here with the creek that flooded our offices on New Year's Eve.
Photo Latitude/Annie

Two Harbors Gets a Facelift

March 1 - Two Harbors, Catalina Island

Visitors to Catalina's Two Harbors this summer will be surprised at the facelift on the old pier. Reconstructive surgery is more like it. The majority of the old structure - the origins of which reportedly date back to the Civil War - was demolished in January and new pilings sunk in February, creating the framework for the new 180-ft pier that is slated to be finished sometime around Tax Day. In the meantime, a 120-ft floating dock has been temporarily installed to accommodate visitors.

To check out more photos of the renovation - and see the latest update - go to www.visittwoharbors.com. Also see our item in Sightings in the March issue of Latitude 38.

SF Pelicans on the Estuary

March 1 - Alameda

Diminutive Pelicans racing in the foreground, with PHRF keelboats
racing in the background

While Island YC was holding their annual Sadie Hawkins women skippers' race on Saturday (see Monday's 'Lectronic), the 12-ft San Francisco Pelicans were having their regatta a couple of blocks to the north, launching out of Grand Marina. The bigger boats sailed through the fleet of smaller ones a couple of times on the narrow Estuary, but no unfortunate incidents marred the lovely day.

http://community-2.webtv.net/PelicanSailboat/SFPELICANSAILBOATS/ to go to the SF Pelicans Web site.

The Pelicans approach the white and orange barrier put up around the Coast Guard vessels docked at Coast Guard Island.
Photos Latitude/LaDonna

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March 1 - Punta Mita, Mexico

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