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August 24, 2018

Richmond Has Got It Going On

No jib, and they’re downwind, so no need for extreme hiking on this Wylie 33 in the RYC Wednesday night race. The trapeze artist is telling the J/120 to weather (from which the photo was taken) that they’re going to need room at the harbor entrance. To trap out, he’s attached a halyard to a harness.

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Is this perhaps an I-14 sailor who is only comfortable when he’s on a wire? We don’t know, but we do know these guys had funny accents.

RYC’s very casual beer cans start and finish in the Richmond Harbor.

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Richmond Yacht Club’s August 22 Wednesday night beer can race was enhanced by the presence of 120 International 14 racers at the club for their World Championship. One of the German teams even sailed their skiff in the race, beating just about everyone around the very short course, out to a fixed club mark on Southampton Shoal and back to the Richmond Harbor.

Spotted at the entrance to RYC’s dining room: This beautiful trophy is awarded to the first-place finishers in the first race in the I-14 Worlds. That was the Partingtons. The Killer Green is an entertaining daily newsletter reporting on the regatta. The yellow rose is from a tribute to an RYC member, Melinda Wever, who died unexpectedly on August 13.

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Today is the last day of racing in the Worlds. The father and son team of Andy and Tom Partington from Emsworth, a town in England near Portsmouth, is leading the point tally, with the German team of Georg Borkenstein and Eike Dietrich and the London-based team of Neale Jones and Edward FitzGerald tied for second place.

The I-14 racing is being held on the Berkeley Circle. In the morning, fog shrouds the smoke from wildfires to the north; smoke shrouds the sun in the afternoon.


The best American team has been young locals Mikey ‘Polish’ Radziejowski and Evan Sjostedt, who hover around the #10 spot.

Local dudes Mikey and Evan prepare to head out for yesterday’s race.

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For details (on the Worlds, not the beer cans — those aren’t online), see We’ll have a recap of the championship regatta in Racing Sheet in the September issue of Latitude 38.

Hurricane Lane 5, 4, 3, 2 . . .

For sailors and residents of Hawaii, the declining wind speeds and projected westerly turn of Hurricane Lane may spell some relief from dire direct-hit warnings, but Lane will still leave scars across the state. It is now down to a still-threatening Category 2 storm, bringing lots of rain, storm surge and surf to the coast. Like a squall across a fleet, the impact will vary depending on geography and the vagaries of the swirling winds of the storm.

Hurricane Lane — too close for comfort. 

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Lane has slowed to 5 mph, so it is creeping by the islands slowly. Its eye is projected to pass south of the most populated island, Oahu, tomorrow. As often noted in Changes in Latitudes, a single degree north can make a big difference in water temperature and hence storm power and track. We’re hoping this one follows the currently projected path and spares the islands a direct hit. 

This 50-year record of hurricane tracks near Hawaii is some relief for the long term but not for the short term.

© 2018 US Geological Survey

Our correspondent in Honolulu, Ronnie Simpson, filed this up-to-the-minute report: "As Hurricane Lane began to line up its approach to the Aloha State, local residents and government officials treated this storm with the utmost respect — a departure from many storms past. Most hurricanes tend to avoid the islands, but with Lane reaching Category 5 status a couple of days ago and meandering south and to leeward of some of the main islands, preparations began in earnest and were taken quite seriously. In the Ala Wai Harbor, the situation became a free-for-all as boats began moving around to different slips and positioning themselves in the best places possible. I took the "get in where you fit in" approach and moved my Peterson 34 Quiver from a fixed pier and instead nestled into a corner of a floating pier to aid in handling potential storm surge. Typical preparations by many local boatowners include doubling up the dock lines, installing shock absorbers such as small motorcycle tires on their lines, removing mainsails and furling jibs, and stocking up on supplies. While preparations have been thorough and the harbor has been a hive of activity, there have been no reports of looting, crime or vandalism, with the aloha spirit prevailing and everyone helping one another out."

At Hawaii Yacht Club, many of the junior program’s sailing dinghies were moved onto the lawn, as flooding is expected.

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"Aside from the preparations," continues Ronnie, "there has been a round-the-clock dock party rumbling on a low boil for about 24 hours and counting. Matt Solhjem’s Hanse 505 Anaïs served as the party platform on the Ala Wai X-Dock, with the crews of a handful of remaining Pacific Cup boats and out-of-town boats ‘standing hurricane watch’ in the spacious German boat’s cockpit in the company of friends old and new."

While much of the island had battened down the hatches on Thursday, many intrepid surfers took to the water for an epic day of surfing. Here, Ronnie dials in a long, glassy, head-high righthander at Ala Moana Bowls.

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"As of Friday morning, winds are just beginning to pick up, though the rain is still minimal in Honolulu. Pretty much everyone had Thursday off, for what turned into a day of epic surfing and kiting, hurricane parties, and a truly memorable sunset that seemed to catch everyone’s attention. Residents are still remaining vigilant however. The amount of rain and flooding will be catastrophic in many places, such as Hilo on the Big Island. In western Maui, wildfires have been fueled by the nuking winds, with multiple homes being burned to the ground this morning near Lahaina."

Attention, Would-Be South Bay Sailors

The Coyote Point Yacht Club is hosting an open house tomorrow, Saturday, August 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be free boat rides, safety demonstrations, boat and club tours and activities for kids.

Coyote Point Yacht Club boasts a large, modern facility.

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Members of CPYC will field questions about the "boating experience." There will also be a BBQ lunch, and CPYC will be offering open house attendees 50% off the initiation fees.

Putting the yacht in yacht club, Coyote Point boats race in their Wednesday night beer cans.

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For more information, click here.

World Sailing Awards Nominations Open

World Sailing will award three new honors for 2018. Nominations are now open for Rolex World Sailor of the Year, but also for the following:

The Racing Sailboat of the Year Award for "outstanding boat design, innovative concepts and ground-breaking technological advancements that are changing the face of sailing, pioneering change across the world," will be presented to a boat that has been scored in an international race for the first time between January 1, 2017, and September 1, 2018.

The Team of the Year Award "will be presented to a crew of two or more sailors from any category of sailing and will celebrate their teams who personify the sporting values of integrity, ambition, resilience and resourcefulness."

The World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award "celebrates the effective execution or ongoing delivery of high-impact, highly replicable sustainability initiatives, aligned to the World Sailing Sustainability Agenda 2030."

Nominate your favorite male and female sailors at The last American to be so honored was Anna Tunnicliffe, in 2011 and 2009.

Nominations must be received "no later than 19.00 UTC on Saturday 1 September 2018." The awards will be presented on October 30 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Florida.

There’s trouble brewing in paradise. Hurricane Lane is traveling outside the ‘normal’ lanes of travel for Pacific hurricanes, which generally stay south of the Hawaiian Islands.
The 2018 Golden Globe Race is nearing the first of the Great Capes, and the fleet is sitting in every different type of weather imaginable, from placid wind to the first hints of the Roaring 40s.
Tom Lueck’s Stockton-based Sir Leansalot is a heavily raced Hunter 40. latitude/Chris
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Latitude 38 readers are no doubt familiar with the Delta Ditch Run, a usually/mostly downwind race from Richmond to Stockton.