February 20, 2012

Dinghies & Keels & Cats! Oh My!

We all have friends and family who we’d like to encourage to learn more about our favorite sport, but don’t necessarily want to take on the responsibility of teaching them ourselves. If that sounds familiar, you might want to plan a group outing with those friends to a free community event sponsored by J/World Sailing that will outline how newbies can get out on the water, how more experienced sailors can broaden their horizons, and even the best spots to view the Americas’ Cup. " Whether you’re new to sailing, seeking to broaden your skills or exploring ways to connect with other sailors, you won’t want to miss it," says J/World’s Barry Demak.

The event is slated for this Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Waterfront Hotel at Oakland’s Jack London Square, with the presentation — including the all-important Q&A — starting at 6:30. Light refreshments are provided by Oakland Marina, and a no-host (cash, please) bar will be available. RSVP here.

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Look Who’s on Candid Camera

Where’s Waldo…or in this case Profligate?

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"I was walking through the new air terminal in Santa Barbara and, while on my way to my gate, passed a video screen that had a slide show of nature ‘beauty shots’," writes Paul Marston, crewmember of the Corsair 31 Drei in the last Ha-Ha. "When the accompanying photo came up, I not only recognized that it wasn’t a nautical scene of Santa Barbara Harbor, but that the boat on the right looked familiar. I was on my way to sail aboard Rick Waltonsmith’s Corsair 37 Transit of Venus, which we are prepping for the summer’s Pacific Cup from San Francisco to Hawaii. Our goal is to be the first multihull to ever finish that race."

Oh, there she is!

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If we’re not mistaken, the shot that included Profligate was taken years ago when we combined with Dawn Riley’s America’s Cup campaign to take a bunch of "at risk" kids for a sail on the Bay. The kids enjoyed the sail, but what they really liked was having a pillow fight with all of Doña de Mallorca’s accent pillows. As you might expect, de Mallorca wasn’t aboard for that sail because she normally doesn’t allow things like that.
 
But it brings up the question, have you ever been surprised by a photo of your boat on a calendar, newspaper, advertisement, Google Earth segment or the like? We’d like to hear about it.
 
On an entirely different subject, does anyone know of a hot/slutty-looking young woman who goes by the name of ‘Baja Ha-Ha’. A reader, who prefers not to be identified, reports that he/she somehow found himself/herself on an internet ‘dating’ site, where one of the female posters listed her internet name as ‘Baja Ha-Ha’. We don’t suppose there is any point in asking her which sex act she prefers most.

These happy young scholars caught a ride aboard the Seattle-based steel schooner Patricia Belle during the annual parade of sail.
Singlehanded TransPac racers, wannabe racers, and folks simply interested in witnessing the paradox of a ‘group of singlehanders’ are invited to an informal meet-and-greet at Encinal YC this Saturday.
Sure, the price of Apple stock has had a good run in the last six months, but what about West Marine (WMAR)?