December 21, 2015

Hartjoy Solos the Horn – Again

A jubilant Jeff Hartjoy points to Cape Horn during his first solo rounding in 2009. He made it around safely again late last week, this time while attempting a complete nonstop solo circumnavigation — at the age of 69!

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Last Friday, after 49 days alone at sea, Washington state-based adventurer Jeff Hartjoy completed his second solo rounding of Cape Horn aboard his longtime warhorse Sailors Run. This time, though, he’s doing a complete singlehanded circumnavigation aboard the battle-tested Baba 40 ketch, beginning and ending at Ecuador’s Bahia Caraquez.

"After 49 days and two hours, Sailors Run arrives at the most rugged and beautiful Cape in the world," he wrote in his weekly email blog, "I can barely see it even though it is less than five miles away for the tears in my eyes. I shudder when I think, I have once again been granted passage to this amazing place. It seems as though someone has caused me to linger along the Chilean coast as I beat my way to the Horn in light winds. Being slowed by nature and forced north I got to see some of the most amazing sea life, that presented itself to me as I ‘worried’ my way down to the Horn."

The Robert Perry-designed double-ender has served Jeff and Debbie well through more than 20 years of offshore sailing. 

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In that report, in addition to thanking friends and family for their support, especially his beloved wife Debbie — who’s sailed tens of thousands of miles with him — for her shoreside support, Jeff gave a shout-out to Robert Perry "for designing such an outstanding cruising boat."

After rounding Tierra del Fuego at latitude 56°S, Sailors Run sped off toward a 3,000-mile-distant waypoint well south of the Cape of Good Hope, and soon encountered 30-knot winds that threatened to sweep Jeff off the deck while he was gluing patches on several tears in his genoa. "I could just barely reach the tears, while standing on the bow pulpit, lashed onto the furled part of the sail with my safety harness." Although it’s hard to imagine in such conditions, he later was able to pull the sail off its furling tube, spread it out on the foredeck, and sew the patches on securely, "all the time sliding about on the foredeck harnessed into my jackline, and being very thankful for a high toerail, to brace myself against and stop my slide off the deck."

Needless to say, such adventures are not for every sailor. But Jeff Hartjoy is no fair-weather boater. So cheers to him. We wish him the best of luck on the remaining two thirds of his trip: nonstop, eastabout, via the Five Great Capes.

Lighting It Up for the Holidays

The docks of the San Rafael YC were enlivened by boatloads of colored lights Saturday night. Spectators there had a front-row seat for the parade.

© 2015 Lynn Ringseis

Apparently the weather gods were in a festive mood Saturday night, as a break in the rain was perfectly timed so that several dozen boats could show off their holiday spirit at the annual San Rafael Lighted Boat Parade. Originating from Loch Lomond Marina, the Marin YC and various docks along the city’s canal, the procession headed east to the turning basin off the San Rafael YC, with observers lining the waterfront on both sides of the waterway. 

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In this era of low-amperage LED lighting, the decorations this year seemed more elaborate than ever. Even the San Rafael police boat got into the act. It was great fun for observers of all ages, and there wasn’t a "bah, humbug" heard anywhere along the route. 

If you regret missing the chance to participate with your boat this year, we suggest you start planning a unique display now, and commit to making a showing at this event, or one of the San Francisco region’s other lighted boat parades. (San Francisco, Alameda, Sausalito, Vallejo, Petaluma, Santa Cruz, Monterey — and, of course, there are parades in SoCal and the Northwest also.)

Taking a Holiday Break

Winter has begun in the Northern Hemisphere, and with it the holiday season. ‘Lectronic Latitude will take a break for the rest of this week and will return on Monday, December 28. The Latitude 38 office will be closed for Christmas on December 24-25 and for New Year’s on December 31-January 1. The January issue of Latitude 38 will hit the docks on Wednesday, December 30, and the 2016 Northern California Sailing Schedule and YRA Calendar will come out the same day.

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From our crew to yours, Happy Holidays!

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