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May 6, 2013

Delta Doo Dah Kick-Off Party Friday

Ditch the summer gloom and head up to the Delta this summer in the Delta Doo Dah DIY

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If last week’s stunning weather wasn’t enough to jog your memory, we’ll remind you that summer’s nearly here and you know what that means…the Delta Doo Dah! As you know by now, the Doo Dah has been reworked into a DIY event this year to accommodate everyone’s schedule revolving around the America’s Cup. Head upriver any time between Memorial Day and Labor Day (give or take a few weeks) and you’re doin’ the Doo!

Devery Stockon (in blue) will be at Friday’s Kick-Off Party to answer Doo Dah’er questions.

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Registered boats will be eligible for discounts at businesses along the way, and prizes at our parties, the first of which is this Friday at Berkeley YC. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with a buffet/BBQ dinner starting at $7 and a great no-host bar. The effervescent harbormaster of Owl Harbor, Devery Stockon, will be there to give us the low-down on Delta news and author Bill Corp will introduce his brand-spanking new cruising guide, The Sacramento River Boating Guide (he’s bringing some to give away, too!).

Anyone cruising to the Delta is a winner, but only those signed up for the Doo Dah will win prizes!

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The party is open for everyone, but only registered Doo Dah’ers will be eligible for prizes and discounts, so if you’re planning on heading up for some hot Delta fun this summer, pop on over to and sign up. It’s free! While you’re there, feel free to order some cool DDD DIY gear and check out the message board for great cruising tips. You can also pick up the official Doo Dah burgee at the party for the discounted price of $18 including tax (or buy it online for $20 plus tax and shipping).

It doesn’t take long to get into the swing of things up-Delta…just be sure to wear your sunscreen!

© Tara Pearce

See you Friday!

Estuary Diver Found Dead

We’ve received word that the body of William Swanson, who owned the boat diving service Got Zinc, was found dead in the water near Jack London Square early Saturday morning. It’s been reported that his wife called police last night when he didn’t return home Friday night. It appears Swanson was working on boats behind Scott’s on Friday, but police are investigating.

Gary Jobson Talks AC at OYC

Winning AC crew, author and national sailing commentator Gary Jobson is slated to speak at Oakland YC in Alameda on May 18. Jobson will offer his views on the America’s Cup in a talk called ‘Who Looks Strong and Why’. (Check out the video below by Andrew Wisner of Oracle’s 17 foiling on the Bay in mid-March.)

A barbecue dinner will be served in conjunction with the talk — tickets are $20 for the talk only, $35 for dinner and the talk. Dinner will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with the presentation starting at 7:30. Reservations are required.

Rush of Entries for 20th Baja Ha-Ha

Every May, when online registration for the Baja Ha-Ha cruisers’ rally opens, the rush to sign up is so intense it reminds us of the famous Oklahoma Land Rush. We can picture sailors all along the West Coast hunched over their computers with their fingers poised to pounce on the keyboard as soon as the registration site goes live at noon on May 1. 

Their enthusiasm really shouldn’t surprise us, though, as most entrants have been looking forward to doing this San Diego-to-Cabo San Lucas rally for many months, if not many years. At this writing, 59 boats have entered, ranging in size from 29 to 51 feet (27 feet is smallest allowable). And, as always, the folks who sail them come from all walks of life. There are even several European entries this year.

It only takes 10 or 15 minutes to sign up, but doing so can yield a lifetime of memories.

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Because this will be the 20th running of the Ha-Ha, there’ll be some special activities added to the usual mix, and organizers expect a number of ‘repeat offenders’ to come back for another dose of Ha-Ha hilarity and glorious offshore sailing. In fact, the first four entries are all veterans of at least one previous BHH rally.

The complete event schedule has now been posted on the event’s website, along with the NOR (Notice of Race), a list of sponsors, and all sorts of pertinent cruising info. (See About the Ha-Ha and First Timers’ Guide to Mexico.) If you need crew, or would like to find a crew spot, check out the cruising section of Latitude 38‘s online Crew List.

The Calou crew, from Tiburon, did the 2008 Ha-Ha, then went on to cruise French Polynesia. This on-deck shot of the Powell family was sent to us from mid-ocean while the boat was headed from Tahiti to Hawaii.

© 2013 John Thompson

So, check out the entry list thus far. See anyone you know? Perhaps you should join them. After all, this Ha-Ha will be the big 2-0!

Entries to date:
Moontide / Lagoon 470 / Bill Lilly & Judy Lang / Chacala, MEX
Adios / Columbia 43 / Craig Shaw / Portland, OR
Calou / Jeanneau 47 / Bruce Powell / Tiburon
Coyote / Jeanneau 42DS / Stephen Meyer / San Diego
Mykonos / Swan 44 / Myron & Marina Eisenzimmer     / San Francisco
Gypsy Wind / Hunter 40.5 / James & Elizabeth Lee / Marina del Rey
Unleashed / Hardin Voyager 44 / Paul Bailey & Carol Dabdub / Seattle, WA
Jigger / Pearson Invicta 38 II / Dennis Hall / San Diego
Ikani / Gecco 39 / David Barten / San Diego
Thea / Stevens 47 / Doug & Martha Towle / Vancouver, BC
Vent de la Mer / Beneteau 423    William & Cindy Roush / Oceanside
Fais Do Do / Fuji 40    Richard & Patricia Greyson / Melbourne, FL
Agave Azul / Catalina 470 / Robin & Kathryn Weber / Sausalito
Cake / Beneteau 361 / Ken & Sheri Bliss / Ventura
Sooooo Lucky / Hunter 45 CC / Jeff & Josie Jellick / Long Beach
Aldebaran / Olympic 47 / Rob & Lynne Britton / San Diego
Snapdragon / Beneteau 473 / Russ Johnson / Lopez Is., WA
Angelina / Hallberg Rassy 43 / Jerry & Carol Kvalheim / Berkeley
Jolin / Nonsuch 30 / Joe Helfand / Alameda
Trial Run / Passport 40 / Charles Johnson & Kathy Pickup / Berkeley
No Remorse / Catalina 445 / Jack & Suzanne Lutchansky / Alameda
Don’t Panic / Beneteau 423 / Rob Beaton / Sausalito
Lauren Marie / Spindrift 46 cutter / Martin Swank / Berkeley
French Curve / Beneteau First 47.7 / Mark & Cheryl Mitchell / San Diego
Adventure / Island Packet 38 / Frank Stair / New Orleans
Odyssey / Caribbean 44 / Bill Bischoff & John Skorstad / Channel Is.
Rocket Science / Bieker Riptide 55 / Thomas Durnan / Dutch Harbor, AK
Cygnus / Cabo Rico 38 / Joe Lavash / Newport, OR
Neko / Switch 51 / Peter Malloy & Mary Perica / San Francisco
Two Shadows / Morgan 462 ketch / Vanessa Kelly & Ron Chapel / San Francisco
Kandu    Tayana v42cc / Eric & Leslie Rigney / Marina del Rey
Wild Thing III / Jeanneau / Rhonda Hill-Tolar / Newport Beach
Diamond Girl / Beneteau 393 / Larry & Nelda Read / Bellingham, WA
No Ties / Jeanneau 49DS / Cary & Robin Spencer / Marina del Rey
Opportunity / Beneteau 393 / Dennis & Carol Klingelhofer / San Diego
Jatimo    Odyssey 30 / Jan & Ramona Miller / San Francisco
Pacific Breeze / Fast Passage 39 / Lon Schofield / Anacortes, WA
Resolution / Beneteau Oceanis 400 / Tamara Sumner & Michael Wright / Bellingham, WA
Green Panther / Columbia 34 MkII / Chris Rinke & Alena Pribyl / Vienna, AUT
Atalanta / Farr 53 / Ray & Janet Lotto / San Francisco
Stella Maris / Hylas 46    Tom Madden / Newport Beach
Celebration / Beneteau 473 / Richard & Audrey James / Channel Is.
R&R Kedger / Hunter 460 / Rob & Rose Benson / San Diego
Just Dandy / Ericson 32-200 / William Horne & Kim Tullis / San Diego
Mintaka / Ingrid 38 / Mark Bennett & Robyn Rogin / Salt Lake City, UT
Hotel California / Catalina 375 / Michael & Linda Stafford / San Francisco
Ariel IV / Borghegn 49 / Eric Boye / Raa, SWE
SeaSwift / Southern Cross 35 / Barry Barholomew / Center Is., WA
Pez Vela / Ericson 29 / Dan Krammer / Sausalito
Phantom Mist / Beneteau 40.7 / Roger Incledon / Wilmington
Caramba / 43-ft P-Squared sloop / Terry Reish & Jo Britton-Reish / Dana Point
B’Shert    Tayana 42 / Michael & Ann Witenstein / Long Beach
Seaquel / Nordic 40 / John Berg / Ventura
Minnie Maru / Hunter 34 / William Hinkle / Oxnard
Dulcinea / Downeast 38 / John & Janice Barker / Long Beach
Sosiego / Westsail 32    Joseph & Deborah Graham / Alameda
Pamela     / Pacific Seacraft 37 / Dennis Maggard & Pamela York / San Francisco
Nomad / Rival 36 / Robert Cohn & Margo Louwerse / Pt. Richmond
Appa / Wauquiez Centurion 42 / Marcus & Jennifer Reichert / Seattle, WA

Word on the docks is that Alain Thébault’s 60-ft foiling trimaran l’Hydroptere, which is hauled at Nelson’s in preparation for this summer’s assault on the TransPac record, has been given until Monday to find a new homebase.