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May 28, 2010

June Issue Hits the Stands Today

Life’s a bowl of cherries when you have a three-day weekend to enjoy the latest issue of Latitude 38.

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The forecast for the long Memorial Day weekend is for sunny skies with mild temps and winds. So before you take the boat out for the weekend, stop by your favorite Latitude 38 distributor and pick up the brand-spanking-new June issue. It’s chock full of good stuff, from a recap of the Great Vallejo Race to stories on cruising the Mexican Galapagos and transiting Pirate Alley to a preview of the Singlehanded TransPac.

The first start of the annual Master Mariners Regatta — a race between classic yachts designed before World War II — is at noon. If you decide to spectate from the water, bring your camera and be sure to keep a clear path for the racers.

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If you do go sailing this weekend, make a point to be out there tomorrow for the Master Mariners Regatta, one of the most drool-inducing races on the Bay. The first start’s at noon — see for more details.

Ocean Watch Is in the House

Ocean Watch was greeted by the San Francisco Fireboat when she sailed under the Gate on Wednesday.

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San Francisco Bay is fortunate to be hosting some pretty amazing sailors on a pretty amazing expedition. Last May 31, the 64-ft steel cutter Ocean Watch, skippered by two-time solo circumnavigator Mark Schrader, left Seattle on a planned 13-month, 28,000-mile journey to circumnavigate both North and South America dubbed ‘Around the Americas’. They are now on the last leg of their trip, with stops in Portland and Port Townsend before arriving in Seattle on June 17.

Accompanied by scientists and researchers, Around the Americas’ objective has been to educate local residents at each stop about the fragile ecology of our oceans and to inspire them to become involved in making positive changes. They’ve also kept the internet buzzing with gripping accounts of the voyage written by our old friend Herb McCormick. (If you haven’t read Herb’s fascinating accounts on, you should do so but only when you have a few hours to spare — once you start reading, you won’t want to stop.)

The Around the Americas crew aboard Ocean Watch is ready to complete their circuit of North and South America via the Northwest Passage and Cape Horn.

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To further their goal of education, the Around the Americas crew has a full slate of events planned for the Bay Area before their scheduled departure next Saturday morning. We highly recommend doing everything in your power to make one (or all) of their presentations as they’ve received nothing but rave reviews.

  • Saturday, May 29, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Stop by Ocean Watch at Pier 39’s J Dock to meet the crew, tour the boat and check out their research equipment. Free!
  • Tuesday, June 1, 12:30-1:30 p.m. — Capt. Mark Schrader will give a presentation at the California Academy of Sciences. Free with museum admission. See for details
  • Thursday, June 3, 7-8:30 p.m. — Dinner presentation by the crew at Corinthian YC speaker series. $10 per person, plus $15 for dinner. Reservations recommended! Boat tours start at 4:30, dinner at 6 and the talk at 7.

MOB Successfully Recovered

Santa Cruz sailor Malcolm Brown and the rest of the crew of Scott Hipsley’s Santa Cruz YC-based Melges 24 Wild Thing had a close call that thankfully ended well. During the second run of a double windward-leeward SCORE race off Santa Cruz on Sunday in a heavy sea state and breeze building into the 30s, Brown was on the leeward side of the boat when it wiped out. Another crewmember fell across the cockpit in the broach, knocking Brown into the 52° water for what would prove to be 20-25 minutes about a mile offshore halfway between the Wharf mark and Mile Buoy.

"The boat started dragging sideways," said Brown, who added that he didn’t stop coughing up seawater until 36 hours after the incident. "I was tangled in the main and spinnaker sheets and the boat drifted over me — I was being dragged underwater."

Thanks to some quick thinking, instinctual response, or both, Brown put his hands above his head, and the sheets obliged, slipping off of him, and thus freeing him from the boat.

"The good thing was I wasn’t being dragged anymore," he said. "The bad thing was I wasn’t attached to the boat anymore. One of the guys scrambled for a heaving line that’s kept on the transom, but by the time he got to it, they were too far away."

Brown said he figured it would be awhile before Wild Thing could get back upwind to his position — the remaining five crew designated a spotter, called 911 from a cell phone, and ended up having to cut the kite away. So Brown tightened the cuffs of his foulies to maintain as much warmth as possible.

"At that point, the B fleet was rounding the weather mark, but they were all jibing to head inside," he said. "I was thinking, don’t jibe, don’t jibe, don’t jibe. My drift would have taken me fairly close to the R/C boat, but it was a ways away. I knew they couldn’t see me after awhile, because I couldn’t see any of them; all I could see were the sails. It was definitely a struggle to stay calm."

He said part of what helped him was the fact that the crew was accustomed to the windy conditions off Santa Cruz and had all sailed Hawaii and coastal races together. Yet when Wild Thing made its way back upwind, it passed Brown 100 yards away and none of the crewmembers were able to spot him. Another boat passed some 50 yards away and also didn’t see him. Finally, Hipsley and the remaining crew were able to locate Brown.

After getting him ashore and warmed up, the crew started the process of debriefing on what went on and what they could have done better. Brown said he used a brand new Gill Sport Vest which worked well, but he’d forgotten to transfer his whistle from his old PFD.

"We started thinking about what else would have been nice to carry to increase my visibility in the water," he said. "I picked up a couple waterproof handheld flares that fit in my pocket. We talked about having a handheld radio. The problem with that is that it relies on someone hearing it: the VHF antenna on Wild Thing had snapped off in the wipeout, so the race committee would have been my only hope in the short term."

Brown said that afterward, everyone on the boat went home and inflated their inflatable PFDs; one sailor’s stayed inflated for all of three minutes.

"It was one of those times when it turned out well, so everyone was joking around, the way you do after something serious like that happens," he said. "They were happy to have me back aboard the boat and I was really happy to be there! I didn’t really feel the cold until after I was out of the water, and I’m glad I didn’t have to find out what it would be like to be out there any longer. Basically, everybody kept their heads on, and did a lot of the right things."

Rally Roster Nears 100

Seventy-five sailors converged on the Ullman Sails loft in Newport Beach Wednesday night, coming from as far away as Santa Barbara and San Diego. Although their backgrounds and the types of boats they sail on vary greatly, they all had one thing in common: a burning desire to do the Baja Ha-Ha cruisers’ rally this fall.

Southern California sailors got an eyeful Wednesday at the Ullman loft in Newport.

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The occasion was the first-ever Ha-Ha seminar held at Ullman’s, which introduced attendees to each leg of the event via a digital slideshow, followed by an extensive Q & A session. In addition to ‘nuts and bolts’ issues such as check-in protocol and the availability of supplies along the way, topics of discussion included boat prep, provisioning, sail inventories, crewing considerations and more.

If you regret missing out on our little shindig and are eager to know more about the event, we suggest you check out the FAQ page on the Ha-Ha website, as well as the First Timer’s Guide to Mexico. Between the two, you’ll find answers to nearly all commonly asked questions about the rally — which has grown to be the second largest cruising rally in the world.

If you’re looking for a crew spot on this year’s Ha-Ha, or are a captain in need of more able-bodied watchstanders, be sure to peruse the Latitude Crew List, which is online and interactive 24/7, and updated constantly. Also, check out our feature article on crewing considerations in the June edition of the magazine, which will be on the street — and on the docks — today. 

The fleet of 2010 is already 93 strong.

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Below is the Ha-Ha entry roster to date. See anyone you know?

  1. Thee Amazing Grace / Vector 39 / David Bloom & Karin McGinley / Long Beach
  2. Piko / Wauquiez Pretorien 35 / Lauren Buchholz / Seattle, WA
  3. Day Dream / J/122 / Robert Day / San Francisco
  4. Cat’s Meow / Catalina 36 / Nancy DeMauro / Richmond
  5. Noho ‘ana / Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37 / Heather McKnight & Peter Lewis / Marina del Rey
  6. Last Resort / Catalina 470 / Dick & Sharon Drechsler / Marina del Rey 
  7. Di’s Dream / Catalina 470 / Roger & Diana Frizzelle / San Francisco
  8. WindChime / Hunter 430 / Neal Albrektsen / San Diego
  9. Dolfin / Crealock 37 / Bill Meanley / San Diego
  10. El Tiburon / Tayana 47 / Sarah Powell & Darrell Erickson / San Francisco
  11. Braveheart / MacGregor 65 / Bob Callaway / Pleasant Harbor, WA
  12. Andiamo III / Hans Christian 43 T / Eugene & Tami Reynolds / Olympia, WA
  13. Arione / Mason 44 / Art Stiers & Jaye Eldridge / Anacortes, WA
  14. Norwegian Steam / Jason 35 / Alan Westhagen / Seattle, WA
  15. Robon III / Columbia 50 / Dale Walter / San Francisco
  16. Cygnus / Sabre 402 / Gerald Kitchen / Sausalito
  17. Independence / J/32 / Joel & Danielle Wells / San Francisco
  18. Loose Pointer / Kelly-Peterson 44 / Daniel Best & Kathryn Sieck / San Francisco
  19. Finarrow / Swan 38 / JIm & Cathy Revard / Sitka, AK
  20. Sweet Cherri / Columbia 36 / Joshua & Julia Siudyla / Alameda
  21. Althea / O’Day 28 / Shawn Passeri & Cindy Spangler / Antioch
  22. Blade / Valiant Esprit Nordic 37 / Ed & Karen Lare / San Diego
  23. MissTeak / Morgan 45 / Chip & Katie Prather / Dana Point
  24. Venti / Fountaine Pajot Mahe 36 / Lori & Ken Styles / Berkeley
  25. Pua’ena / Outbound 44 / Mark & Dorothy Hazlett / Waikiki YC, HI
  26. Hotel California / Hunter 376 / Rick Rheingans & Pam Coite / Alameda
  27. Serendipity / Kelly-Peterson 44 / Barritt Neal / San Diego
  28. Liberty / C&C 37 / Russell Cooper / San Francisco
  29. Dancer / Hylas 44 / Charles & Patricia Skerry / Marina del Rey
  30. Charisma / Tayana 37 / Bob Johnson / Berkeley
  31. Another Girl / Santa Cruz 50 / Jim Bewley / Richmond
  32. Tribute / Beneteau 473 / Bruce Crockard & Ed York / Long Beach
  33. Mind Magic / Newport 41 MkII / Dennis & Pamela Young / Long Beach
  34. Camelot / Catalina 470 / Thomas & Lori Jeremiason / Alameda
  35. Salt Shaker / Cape Dory Cutter 36 / Richard & Mardi Brayton / Sausalito
  36. Fullshell / Catalina/Morgan 440 / Eric & Marilyn Anderson / San Francisco
  37. Balquhidder / Hunter Passage 450 / Don & Stella Patterson / Tacoma, WA
  38. Hotel California / Catalina 375 / Michael & Linda Stafford / San Francisco
  39. Voyager / Cooper 42 / Ronald Nieman / Homer, AK
  40. Toucan / Tanton 43 / Kevin Belcastro / San Francisco
  41. Sans Souci / Gulf 32 / Gary Kunz & Julie Demaree / Portland, OR
  42. Feliz / O’Day 37 / Victor Gumper & Hanna Malm / Berkeley
  43. Valparaiso / Irwin 52 CC ketch / Joe & Susan Arnold / Portland, OR
  44. Rambler / Ericson 32 / Tom Bradley & Linda Hackett / Corona del Mar
  45. Procyon / Gozzard 44 MkII / Randy & Sheri Schneider / Sunriver, OR
  46. Sundancer / Bluewater Vagabond 47 / Heather Reimer / Vancouver, BC
  47. Rose of Erin / Hughes 40 / Damon & Erin Cruz / Juneau, AK
  48. Bravo / Wauquiez 35 / Aaron Wangenheim / San Francisco
  49. Taya / Island Packet 45 / Clifford & Lynne Quesnel / Montreal, QC
  50. At Last / Skye 51 / Scott Neal / San Diego 
  51. Misty Blue / Cascade 44 / Kenneth & Mary Ruth Frazee / Friday Harbor, WA
  52. Jasdip / Passport 40 / /Crit Dowler / Alameda
  53. Shemya / Hunter 41 / Thomas McCarten / St. Augustine, FL 
  54. Slow Dance / Hunter Legend 37 / William Sumner / Channel Islands
  55. Rainbow / Crowther 10m 36-ft cat / Clifford Shaw / Emery Cove 
  56. Intrepid / Swan 44 MkII / Carl Bertelsen / Marina del Rey
  57. Valparaiso / Irwin 52 CC ketch / Joe & Susan Arnold / Portland, OR
  58. Flibbertigibbet / O’Day 34 / Jim & Betty Adams / Discovery Bay
  59. Caprice / Seawind / 1160 38-ft cat /  Dan & Carol SeifersPoint Richmond
  60. R3 / Beneteau First 42 / Randy & Ramona Garrett / Coos Bay, OR
  61. Apeiron / Com-Pac 27/2 / David Vecera & Linda Cramer / San Diego
  62. Diamond Girl / Beneteau 393 / Larry & Nelda Read / Bellingham, WA
  63. Varuna / Pearson 367 / Mitchell & Elizabeth West / Portland, OR
  64. Sarah Jean II / Saga 43 / Norm & Beth Cooper / Vancouver, BC
  65. Rocinante / Beneteau First 42 / Bob Lesnett / Pt. Richmond
  66. Santosha / Catana 471 / Patrick & Tammy Finnerty / Ventura
  67. Tropicana / Gulfstar 60 / David Perry / Alameda
  68. Duct Tape / Cal 29 / Sig & Phyllis Horneman / Berkeley
  69. Sundance / Beneteau M38 / Richard Donker & David Remp / San Francisco
  70. Red Sky / Moody 54 / Jack & Leanne Hembrow / Brisbane, AUS
  71. Content / Perry/Litton 47 / William Holmes & Paula Collins / Homer, AK
  72. Windfall / Maple Leaf 42 / Sam & Nancy Cockrell / Portland, OR
  73. Sudden Stops Necessary / Beneteau First 38s5 / Chet Chauhan / San Francisco
  74. Sulaco / Swan 371 / Glenn Brake / Marina del Rey
  75. Symphony / Fuji 32 / Joel Tuttle / San Francisco
  76. Mazu / Outbound 46 / Mel & Elaine Bryson / Rainier, OR
  77. Double Dharma / Hunter 466 / Dale & Dena Snearly / San Leandro
  78. Coppertop / Bayfield 32 / Paul Moran / Brookings, OR
  79. Wind Rose / Cabo Rico 40 / Walter & Patricia Simmons / Los Angeles
  80. Sonrisa / Baba 40 / Scott Bowen / Green Cover Springs, FL
  81. Rosebud / Cal 36 / Greg Rodgers / San Pedro
  82. Dodger Too / Tartan 37 / Leif & Jackie Watson / Edmonton, AB 
  83. C’est La Vie / Amel Mango 52 / Bob Bohn / Anacortes, WA
  84. Otter / Westsail 32 / Greg & Joyce Parfitt / Scappose, OR
  85. La Condessa del Mar / Herrshoff 65 schooner/ /Bill & Karen Gates / Sausalito
  86. Island Time / Seawind 1000 / Larry & Nancy Robertson / Dana Point
  87. Barramundi / Seawind 1000 / Steve & Pam Ellsworth / Newport Beach
  88. Santorini / Mariner 48 / Dawn Fleming & Thomas Clifford / Wilmington
  89. Seasilk / Hylas 46 / Craig Blasingame & Sue Steven / Coronado
  90. Bonnie Lass / Catalina/Morgan 440 / Bill Alexander / Tiburon
  91. Setting Sun / Pearson 323 / George Johnstone / San Rafael
  92. Gratitude / Island Packet 485 / Mike Irwin / Alamitos Bay
  93. Abagwit / Niagara 35 / Werner Landry & Allison Sherwood / San Diego
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