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March 2024

54Three Bridge Fiasco

As happened in last year's Three Bridge Fiasco, this year's rounding of Yerba Buena/Treasure Island proved to be the biggest sticking point for hundreds of sailors. Out of a final count of 299 boats registered, 274 started and 160 were able to finish on Saturday, January 27.

60Manifestly Unsafe Voyage

In April 2023, we published a story of Stephen Wolf, who left San Francisco Bay in the early '70s on a folding plywood 24-ft Piver Nugget trimaran for an extended cruise of unknown destination and time. One thing led to another, and, unintentionally it turned into an eight-year circumnavigation.

66America's Cup - Next Stop Barcelona

Yes, 2024 is an America's Cup year. Much has changed since the era of AC foiling started more than a decade ago with the 2013 Cup on San Francisco Bay. Ellison and Coutts have moved on to their SailGP league while the Kiwis are back in the role of Defender.

70Morpheus to Bermuda

Back in 2010, Jim and Deb Gregory switched their Schumacher 50 Morpheus from racing mode to cruising mode and departed the Bay Area. Since then, Jim says, "We've covered just about everything between home and Greece, including five seasons in the Med."

74Max Ebb: A Pox On Their Houses

It was a fair enough question, but one I could not answer. I was navigating a very big, very new, and very expensive racing yacht in a very prestigious regatta.

78Racing Sheet

Some California Laser sailors took a break from winter to head Down Under for the ILCA Masters Worlds. Meanwhile, the Northern Hemisphere winter season rolled on; this month we visit Island, Monterey Peninsula, South Beach, Berkeley, San Diego, Golden Gate Corinthian and Coral Reef YCs and RegattaPRO. We also publish race committee request, and Box Scores returns.

86Changes in Latitudes

With reports this month on Salty Dancer's scary grounding at Puerto Escondido; Bear North's long journey from build to cruising Mexico; Noctiluca's built-for-comfort-not-for-speed journey south; and a duffel bag full of Cruise Notes.

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