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June 23 - San Francisco

It's prime time for sailing on San Francisco Bay for two reasons: 1) Wonderfully warm weather. All through the weekend, San Francisco is forecast for temps in the high 70s. If you remember Mark Twain's quote about the coldest winter he ever spent was a summer in San Francisco, you'll understand the significance. 2) Long, long days.

To illustrate the lovely conditions, we've got two photos of folks competing in the SSS Singlehanded/Doublehanded In-The-Bay Race held earlier in the month. The first photo (above) is of Ben Doolittle and crew aboard the Catalina 34 Athena Pyreus, which took first in the non-spinnaker class. The second photo is of Jeffrey Berman's Catalina 36 II Perseverance, which although she's looking good, didn't do quite as well. But in conditions like those, nobody could be a loser.

Photos Latitude/Richard

One Year until the Real Deal in Valencia

June 23 - Valencia, Spain

Racing in the 12th and final Act in the lead-up to next year's America's Cup races got underway in Valencia, Spain, yesterday, with 11 challengers and defender Alinghi vying for the 2006 America's Cup Class Championship - that and $20 will get you breakfast in Mill Valley - as well as Louis Vuitton ranking points for the challengers. The format of the regatta is the standard match-racing flight, with a round-robin, semi-finals, and finals.

The much more important statistic is that today marks the beginning of the 365-day countdown to the real, true start of the 32nd America's Cup match. We'll take the organizers at their word that the interminable Acts were necessary to bolster interest in Europe and to complete the Valencia infrastructure, but we're looking forward to the end of the exhibition season and competition that really matters. It can't start soon enough.

In yesterday's action. BMW Oracle, the only American team in the event, won both their races.
Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

Summer Sailstice Weekend

June 23 - San Francisco Bay

Bay Area sailors enjoyed Summer Sailstice on one of the finest sailing weekends of the year - with clear, warm, sunny skies, nice breezes and the long days of summer. Many joined the Summer Sailstice celebration at Treasure Island Sailing Center where junior racers, OCSC Summer Sailstice perpetual trophy competitors, yacht club cruisers and daysailors all congregated to celebrate sailing and hear the Cowbay Cruzboys' classic island tunes.

Clipper Cove filled up with cruisers

Clipper Cove made for an ideal host location with plenty of anchoring room for visiting cruisers including cruise-ins from South Beach YC, Island YC, Encinal YC, Corinthian YC, and individuals as well. As the cruisers headed in many Optis, Vanguard 15s and others were heading out to the race course for mostly unseasonably light but pleasant sailing conditions.

Optis, Vanguard 15s, Lasers and others showed up to race.

The Saturday afternoon Nav Rally and treasure hunt hosted by Club Nautique and Treasure Island Yacht Club were a big hit with pirates, kids and Bay cruising sailors. It was a spectacular weekend to be on the water with Treasure Island Sailing Center doing a magnificent job of hosting sailing, music, food and fun!

Everyone came ashore for TISC's Summer Sailstice celebration.
Photos Latitude/John Arndt

Seventeen Paid Ha-Ha Entries and Counting

June 23 - Tiburon

"To date we've sent out 163 Ha-Ha packets and received 17 paid entries," reports Baja Ha-Ha Honcho Lauren Spindler. "I've also enclosed a photo of this year's burgees. In previous years, we didn't hand them out until the day before the start of the Ha-Ha. As several participants noted, it would have been better to send them out much earlier, so Ha-Ha entries can identify themselves to other Ha-Ha entries in the months leading up to the event. So that's what we're doing this year."

Photo Latitude/Annie

1) Kialoa III / S&S 79 / Orange Coast College / Newport Beach
2) Alaska Eagle / S&S 65 / Orange Coast College / Newport Beach
3) Raptor Dance / Valiant 50 / Bill Finkelstein / Santa Rosa
4) Mykonos / Swan 44 Mk II / Myron Eisenzimmer / San Geronimo
5) Three Quarter Time / Catalina 470 / Chuck Pfaff / Auburn
6) Gypsy Soul / Cal 34 / Jay Sousa / Merced
7) Southern Star / Island Packet 45 / Mark Rogers / Berkeley
8) Saeta / Sceptre 41 / Richard Black / Santa Cruz
9) Mai Pen Rai / Islander 36 / Noble Brown II / Benicia
10) Ladyhawke / Mariner 50 / Mike Morehouse / Santa Cruz
11) Voyager II / Norseman 447 / C. Wayne Ratliff / San Luis Obispo
12) Mal de Mer III / J/40 / Ed Huckins / San Diego
13) Robyn's Nest / Island Packet 35 / Chris Parker / Placerville
14) Oceanus / Ocean/Alex 50 / Brian Deans / Berkeley
15) Sun Fun / Hans Christian 38 MkII / Bill Costello / San Clemente
16) Pacifica / Ericson 39-B / Greg Davids / Richmond
17) Solstice / Pacific Seacraft 37 / John Alden / Palos Verdes

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