December 26, 2018

Smooth Banderas Bay Blast

On the weekend of December 15-16, the last of the Banderas Bay Blast races concluded with the Pirates for Pupils Spinnaker Run, which raised over $2,000 for the children of Punta de Mita. The event was started by former Latitude 38 publisher and Baja Ha-Ha Grand Poobah Richard Spindler, about the same time as the founding of the Punta Mita Yacht & Surf Club in 2005. The local sailing community supports the event. Many local establishments, such as the Vallarta Yacht Club, Marina Riviera Nayarit, Mike Danielson of PV Sailing, Paradise Village Marina and Punta Mita Yacht & Surf Club help out.

A Beneteau and a trimaran sailing
Warm air and gentle breezes made for a great day to sail for a good cause.
© 2018 Ken Ouwehand

This year’s approximately 20-boat fleet enjoyed a warm, light-air sail from Punta Mita to Paradise Village. Ken Ouwehand of Vancouver, BC, sailed his Pacific Seacraft Orion 27 Island Drifter south from Redondo Beach in 2016. Ken was happy to share photos. He appreciates the support of the local cruising community and their efforts to support the children of Punta de Mita.

Wings
Wings was lookin’ good, in fine racing form.
© 2018 Ken Ouwehand
Kai Lani
Not intimidated by racing, Kai Lani sailed in full cruising mode.
© 2018 Ken Ouwehand
A classic sunset closes out the Banderas Bay Blast.
© 2018 Ken Ouwehand‎

Like Zihua SailFest, which happens every February in Zihuatanejo, the Pirates for Pupils Spinnaker Run is one of the many ways the cruising community shows its appreciation for the opportunity to enjoy sailing in Mexico.

Ham Jam Wednesdays

Jane Doe at Bay Bridge
Bob Izmarian’s Olson 911S Jane Doe sails out of the South Bay on a Wednesday Ham Jam in December.
© 2018 Patti Mangan / SBYC

In November, South Beach Yacht Club revived something they call the ‘Ham Jam’. These are just-for-the-heck of it daysails, typically on Wednesdays at noon. The Ham Jam is a two-hour sail with the destination determined by Mother Nature — and a few ideas thrown out by the skippers and crew who show up.

Three sailors on the bow
Left to right: Tom Giammona, Bill Hackel and Steve Corwin prepare for a sunny Wednesday sail out of Pier 40 on December 12.
© 2018 Patti Mangan / SBYC

The Ham Jam was named after Pete Hamm, a longtime racer and beloved member of SBYC. The event was worthy of its own trophies back in the day. Now Bill Hackel, Dan Courter, Patti Mangan and Tom Giammona are leading the charge to take to the wind each Wednesday and spend time cruising, jamming and racing a bit. “Namesake Pete Hamm is in to win it as well!” says Patti.

Catalina 270 with spinnaker
Mark Heckt’s Catalina 270 Azure returns to the South Bay.
© 2018 Patti Mangan / SBYC

“Interested?” inquires Patti. “Meet at noon on the deck at SBYC overlooking the South Beach Harbor — crew and skippers alike — split up onto available boats and cruise back in happy. BYOB.”

Three aboard an SC53
Bill Hackel, Mike Parodi and Peter Moletiere sailed aboard Peter’s Santa Cruz 53 Salacia on December 19. Patti said it was ” a gorgeous day with northeast winds — incredibly relaxing.”
© 2018 Patti Mangan / SBYC

The Ham Jams take a holiday break this week but will resume next Wednesday, January 2. For details, contact Patti at membership@southbeachyachtcub.org.

Polish tall ship at the Embarcadero
Ham Jammers on the 19th got a sighting of the visiting Polish tall ship, Dar Mlodziezy.
© 2018 Patti Mangan / SBYC

A Year in Caption Contest(!)s

Thanks to everyone for making another year of the World Famous Latitude 38 Caption Contest(!) such a whopping, quippy success. As many of you know, our expert panel of judges from across the world — who are recruited from the best comedy clubs, sitcoms and raucous bars known to humankind — select one winner and 10 runners up every month. We post the Caption Contest(!) around the middle of the month on ‘Lectronic LatitudeFacebook and Instagram, via smoke signals and Morse code, and, occasionally, as a message in a bottle. The winner is announced each month in the magazine in Loose Lips.

We thought that in the waning days of the year, this was the perfect opportunity to review 2018’s winners (and a few notable runners-up), and to remind said winners that you are now the proud owner of a Latitude 38 T-shirt. A confession: We don’t think we’ve sent out a single shirt the entire year. So please, if you see your caption and name under one of the following photos, please send us an email here and we’ll give you instructions on how to claim your prize. (Sorry, T-shirts are for winners only and not runners up.)

January

Doug mistakenly installs his new El Toro foils in an inverted position. — Steven Hartman
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Archives

February

The cocoon phase when a yachterpillar turns into a boaterfly. — Steve Marriott
© 2018 Jim Tull

“Now we can berth this baby without worrying about a fleet of Optimists in nine months.” — Mike Turner

“These pot greenhouses are popping up everywhere.” — Roger Briggs

March

Protest! Wrong crew recovered! — Christopher Mendonca

April

The blue and white kite? No, Dad. I don’t know what happened to that one. — Daniel L. Weyant

“The daymark kept people safe from the rocks while looking absolutely fabulous in this scarf.” — Wooden Boat Magazine

May

I swear they said they have a sailboat garage. — Elizabeth Aristeguieta
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Andy

June

Hey guys! I found the hole where we throw all the money! — Dan Larson
© 2018 Martha Blachfield

“The birth of a sailor!” — ” Becky Lacey Elmore

July

Can’t find a phone booth to change in anywhere these days. — Mike Mahoney
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC /

“This is why it’s called the ‘foot’ of the sail.” — David Demarest

August

Unbolt the compass and turn it around, we are clearly going the wrong way. — Jim Palermo
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Tim

September

Here we see the adult keelboat laying her eggs in the sand. Next spring, a new fleet of Optis will emerge, make their way to the ocean, and set sail. — Mark Bettis
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

October

Attacked by the great white squid, the crew pondered the ramifications of all that calamari they’d ordered. — D. Weyant
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

“Oh, I thought you said you wanted a broach for your lapel!” — Michael Bender

November

If Evel Knievel had been a sailor. — Rebecca Borowski Jackson
© 2018 Maryland Natural Resources Police

December

It’s a bumper crop. — Klaus Kutz
© 2018 Facebook Yacht Club
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