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Archive for January 2016

Dogs Run Free, Why not Dolphins?

This is some of what is believed to be a dolphin pen just outside the Punta Mita anchorage.  (unknown)
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLC Those who believe that marine mammals should not be confined — and we’re confident this would include most sailors — have been dismayed to learn that some organization is in the process of installing what looks to be the start of a dolphin pen just outside the Punta Mita anchorage. More »

Key West Race Week

Peter Krueger and the Bay Area-based Double Trouble crew racing on Monday at Quantum Key West Race Week. © Martha Blanchfield Quantum Key West Race Week is back for 2016 and as good as ever in its first year under the management of the Storm Trysail Club. More »

Svendsen Resigns from Alameda Marina

In November, the introduction of preliminary plans to dramatically redevelop the Alameda Marina drew widespread concern and condemnation by many within the Oakland-Alameda sailing community. Early this month, developer Bill Poland, who has been part owner of the long-established, 43-acre waterfront property since 2006, attempted to clarify his position via op-ed pieces in two East Bay newspapers: "Mixed-use redevelopment of Alameda Marina… has been a public policy objective of city and regional planning agencies for years," he wrote. More »

New Boat, New Ocean, New Adventures

Although Aussie Rules is a 34-ft Catalina designed for coastal cruising, Dave and Rose found that she was big enough for the crossing to Australia about 80% of the time. Prior to leaving, Dave made a number of upgrades, including bigger standing rigging. More »

The Super 12s Are Coming

About a year ago, when ex-America’s Cup employee Tom Ehman introduced his pipe dream of staging a 12-Meter racing renaissance on San Francisco Bay — in reaction to the astronomical costs of foiling-era A-Cup campaigning — the idea drew a mixed reaction. More »

Pacific Cup Events

Hawaii-bound sailors and hopefuls, take note: Saturday’s Alaska Airlines Pacific Offshore Academy at Richmond YC still has some space left. The POA on January 23 will begin at 1 p.m. and feature the following topics: Provisioning in three modes with race veterans Susan Chamberlin, Jody McCormack, and Melinda Erkelens Routing by Chris ‘Lew’ Lewis  Ratings and Notice of Race, Buzz Blackett Personal gear, Sally Richards and Aimee Daniel Inspections update, Michelle Farabaugh  Hawaii local knowledge, Steve Chamberlin Prepared boats in the water, Surprise and Wolfpack  Twenty-minute Breakout Sessions will enable students to explore their particular interests. More »

Corinthian Midwinters

Saturday’s Corinthian Midwinters racers converged at the penultimate mark of course 5, the R4 buoy designated as YRA 8 east of Angel Island’s Point Blunt. Carried by momentum, the boats drifted around the buoy with much yelling and some contact, but no actual protests were filed. More »
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Small Donations Add Up

Say what you will about Americans’ over-the-top spending and celebrating habits during the holiday season, but there’s no denying that this reflective time of year also inspires many to be unusually generous.  More »

Richmond Sailor in Thai RC Regatta

Last month’s remote-controlled ‘yacht’ racing in Thailand. The Bay Area’s Gary Boell is on the right. His home waters are in Foster City. © 2016 Megan Boell Gary Boell of Richmond Yacht Club was chosen to represent the 36 International One Meter radio-controlled model-boat sailors from around the world in presenting a bouquet of flowers to the elderly King of Thailand, via camera, in his hospital. More »