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September 19, 2018

Hikianalia Visits the Bay Model

Hikianalia spent Friday night in Horseshoe Cove before sailing to San Francisco on Saturday.

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Hikianalia, sistership to the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hokulea, arrived on San Francisco Bay last week after a 2,800-mile crossing from Hawaii. Her visit to California is a continuation of Hokulea’s Malama Honua campaign to inspire action toward an environmentally and culturally thriving world. 

The Polynesian Voyaging Society claims that by sailing, powered by wind and sun, the crew demonstrates the important relationship between humanity and nature as they navigate their "way to California using cues from the stars, wind and ocean, rather than a GPS or other modern navigational instruments."

Hikianalia’s arrived in Aquatic Park escorted by a retinue from local outrigger canoe clubs.

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Today through  Friday, Hikianalia will be rafted to the Matthew Turner tall ship and visible from in front of the Bay Model. A short welcoming ceremony is planned for around 12:30 or so this afternoon. Hikianalia will be viewable up close from the deck of Matthew Turner. Tours of Matthew Turner will be given at 1 p.m. September 19-21. To sign up, email Sylvia or call (415) 886-4973.

Before sailing to San Francisco Bay, Hikianalia stopped in Pillar Point Harbor and was hosted by Half Moon Bay Yacht Club.

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The voyaging canoe will go on to Spaulding Marine Center on Saturday, then depart for Los Angeles on Sunday. For more about Hikianalia’s mission and voyage, see Sightings in this month’s issue of Latitude 38.

Viva la Transpac!

Cal 40s are great boats, and we’re happy to bring you the news that another one is being revived and returned to racing. Belvedere’s Don Jesberg acquired Viva, hull #103, last year and the boat is currently undergoing a rebuild in preparation for the 2019 Transpac. “What better way to celebrate the 50th running of the Transpac than with a 50-year-old boat?” is Don’s mantra these days.

The boat was in great condition when Don found her in Seattle. She’ll be even better when she’s relaunched in December.

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Jesberg has been a familiar figure on the local and extended racing scene since he started sailing El Toros in Belvedere at age 7. He’s owned 25 boats since then, with the last eight — including several Melges 24s, a Melges 32 and many Etchells — all named Viva.

The first of seven Transpacs he’s done was aboard his father’s Cal 33, Vicarious. (The ‘V’s in the family boat names honor his mother, Violet.) He did the 2005 ‘Centennial Celebration’ Transpac race on Davis Pillsbury’s Ralphie, and really enjoyed the tour de force of 14 Cal 40s — especially the part where Ralphie finished almost 11 hours ahead of the second Cal 40, and got fourth overall.

Don Jesberg with Mom, Violet, who turns 92 next week. She is the inspiration for all the Jesberg boat names starting with ‘V’.

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Don is hoping the 50th running will attract another big fleet of 40s. Five are currently signed up, but the word is out and interest is there. The race could easily see another dozen boats come out to play.

(A bit of clarification: the ‘centennial’ Transpac of 2005 marked the 100th anniversary of this biennial classic — but only the 43rd running. Because several races were canceled during the war years, the 50-race mark doesn’t happen until 2019.)

The decision to go on his own 40 was the easy part. The hard part was finding a decent one for sale. Fortunately, Cal 40 guru Fin Beven (of Radiant) got on the case, and they soon located a nice one in Seattle.

Hull #103 was built in 1969 and named Warpath by her first owner, an Ohioan who sailed her exclusively on the Great Lakes. She never touched saltwater until 2010, when her second owner had her trucked to the Bay and renamed her Spirit. When he moved to Seattle in 2013, the boat went with him.

Don purchased the boat last November, and she was immediately trucked to the Southern California yard of Doug Grant. Doug is not only the inventor/manufacturer of Vangmaster pneumatic boom vangs, he is a diehard fan of Cal 40s and has restored a dozen of them.

At this writing, the boat has been stripped to pretty much a bare hull and deck. She will be rebuilt better than new — new mast, rigging, sails, rudder, winches — everything. Don is hoping for a relaunch around Christmas. Team Viva will do the early sea trials in SoCal, then come north after the first of the year to fine-tune on the Bay. The first Transpac start is off Point Fermin next July 10.

The buzz is on that the 2019 Transpac could attract one of the biggest fleets ever. Earlier this month, the Transpacific Yacht Club received its “50th entry to next year’s 50th running” (that was Longboard, Peter Salusbury’s Vancouver-based Riptide 35). This is the first time this many boats have entered this far in advance. For more on the 2019 race, including an online entry form, go to

Sail to Recovery

This coming Saturday, Stockton Sailing Club will host the second annual Sail to Recovery, Take a Veteran Sailing day. The event is open to all veterans, active-duty military, first responders, and the families who support them. The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. A late lunch of burgers, chips and refreshments will be served around 3:30 p.m. The event costs $10. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

"Approximately 83,000 veterans live in the greater Central Valley and central foothills," a Sail to Recovery press release said, adding that because of these numbers, American Veterans First and Stockton Sailing Club have partnered to provide effective sailing therapy for veteran and first-responder communities. Duke Cooper, CEO at American Veterans First, said that, "Sailing therapy is similar in concept to veterans working with horses; it brings mental relief to our veterans and first responders, and there’s no doubt that sailing heals. We are proud to contribute to this healing process."

We went sailing with another veterans’ group last year. Wooden Boats for Veterans works with local courts and takes vets for sails on the Bay. From left to right: Vietnam vet Mike Hogan, district attorney Greg Mendez and Latitude editor Tim.

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"The Stockton Sailing Club has been instrumental in making the program successful," Kevin Fox, the Sail to Recovery program director, told us. "Taking veterans sailing provides a new and liberating experience. Veterans are exposed to new sounds, new feelings, new or renewed social interaction and new types of challenges."

For more information, contact Kevin Fox here.

Paralympic Sailing Out in 2024

We already knew that sailing would not be included in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Now we learn that there will be no paralympic sailing at Paris (actually Marseille) in 2024. The decision was made on Thursday, September 13, at an International Paralympic Committee board meeting in Madrid, Spain. World Sailing was informed by the IPC that sailing is not in compliance with one or more of the core criteria for Games inclusion. Mucky-mucks from World Sailing will meet with the IPC’s honchos to learn the details of the decision.

Sailing is becoming more inclusive all the time.

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World Sailing reports that Para World Sailing has had a period of accelerated growth through initiatives such as the Paralympic Development Program (PDP) that culminated in more than 80 sailors from 37 nations and five continents racing across three events at the 2017 Para World Sailing Championships. The US has eight entries/nine sailors in competition at this week’s Para World Sailing Championships in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. A record 101 sailors from 42 nations registered to race across four events and participate in a PDP clinic, which preceded the Championships. Competitors from the West Coast include BAADS member Jim Thweatt of West Sacramento, competing in the Hansa 303, and Jeffery Reinhold of Bellevue, WA, sailing in the 2.4mR. Former Marinite Dee Smith is in third place in the latter division.

Having rounded the Point Diablo mark west of the Golden Gate Bridge, 28 J/105s (and a few others) sail toward the final finish of Rolex Big Boat Series on Sunday.
By now you’ve doubtless seen the stats on Florence. Since coming ashore in the Carolinas early Friday as a Category 1 hurricane, the storm has left 17 dead, almost a million evacuees still unable to return home, extensive flooding, major highways shut down, 700,000 homes and businesses without power — and it hasn’t stopped yet.
It’s been a long time coming but now the time is near. John and Diane Dinwiddie have been dreaming of the day when they would head out the Gate and turn south.