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Photos of the Day: Back in Turtle Bay

November 6 - Turtle Bay, BCS

Eugenie Russell of JWorld was ecstatic to be back in Turtle Bay.

The Baja Ha-Ha fleet has sailed on to Bahia Santa Maria, but before they left, they took a few moments to hit an Internet café and send us this photo report.

Turtle Bay rush hour

The town pier was abuzz with excitement after the fleet arrived.

13-year-old Ayla Millet took a plunge into the 72-degree water from the deck of the Hawaii-based Kalewa.

Our old friend Rogelio, whose shop is at the head of the town pier, pours potable water for a couple of thirsty Ha-Ha'ers.
Photos Latitude/Andy

With Winters Like This, Who Needs Summer?

November 6 - San Francisco Bay

The 2006-2007 midwinter racing season kicked off over the weekend. Sure, the wind was light and the current strong. But that's what midwinter racing on the Bay is all about. More importantly, how many sailors around the country can say that they sailed in short sleeves during the first weekend in November?

After a two-hour delayed start, Sweetspot, X-Dream and Yucca break free during Golden Gate YC's first midwinter race of the season.

On Saturday, racers at the Golden Gate YC Manuel Fagundes Seaweed Soup Regatta waited patiently for two hours before PRO Matt Jones decided it was as good as it was going to get. Jones sent boats around a temporary mark off Fort Mason, back to 'A' buoy off St. Francis YC, and to the finish. Short, sweet, and to the point.

Over in the East Bay, Melges 24s and J/24s lined up for the inaugural RegattaPRO Winter Keelboat Invitational Series. The conditions were the same on that side of the Bay but didn't stop PRO Jeff Zarwell from getting two races off for both fleets. Next month, he expects the Etchells fleet to join the fray as well.

The crew of Racer X go for a hike on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Zarwell was out again on Sunday running the Sausalito YC Midwinter Series. There was a brief postponement while the westerly filled, but once it did, racers had ideal conditions for an afternoon sail.

Look for results in the December issue of Latitude 38.

- latitude / ss

There was just enough wind to keep the chutes full for Sausalito YC's midwinter.
Photos Latitude/LaDonna

16th Annual Racer Chaser

November 3 - San Francisco

We invite you to advertise in the 2007 Latitude 38 YRA Calendar, a comprehensive full color guide to Northern California racing. Ideal for any club, class, association or business wanting to reach local racers. Click here for details (a PDF flyer will download).
(415) 383-8200; John Arndt, ext. 108; Shawn Grassman, ext. 107.

Route du Rhum Wraps Up

November 6 - Guadeloupe

The first boats are arriving in Guadeloupe, marking the beginning of the end for the 2006 Route du Rhum singlehanded race across the Atlantic. Lionel Lemonchois on the ORMA-class trimaran Gitana 11 crossed the line this morning. His time of 7 days, 17 hours (that's an average speed of 19.11 knots!), lopped four days off the previous race record.

As the other multihulls trickle in, the monohulls, led by the Open 60s, should see their fortunes improve as the trade winds start to fill. The last few days have seen a warm front station itself between them and Guadeloupe and many racers have been forced to revise their strategies for getting to the finish. For complete position reports and results, go to www.routedurhum.com. For the first photos see www.martin-raget.com.

- latitude / ss

Kids with Boats

November 6 - San Francisco Bay

Sailing isn't just for grown-ups, as the following photos demonstrate.

Richmond YC Junior Program Beginners head out for an afternoon session. Note the lone Optimist in the sea of El Toros. RYC will be transitioning to Optis so that their juniors can compete with other youth sailors, like the ones pictured below, sailing in Belvedere Cove out of San Francisco YC.

If you'd like to publicize your club or association's junior program, send us the details and we'll publish them in our annual Sailing Calendar. Want to get your kid involved in sailing? Check out the long list of possibilities at www.latitude38.com/YRASchedule/youth.html.

- latitude / cw

Some kids are fortunate to have parents with boats. Here, 11-year-old Hannah expresses concern over the container ship headed for the Ranger 33 she's driving.

Fortunately the larger vessel passed by without incident.
Photos Latitude/John Arndt & Chris

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