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August 30, 2019

September Issue Out Now

Is it September already? Well, no, not till Sunday, but guess what? The new issue of Latitude 38 is out today, and, spoiler alert, it’s one of our favorite issues ever.

Here are a few excerpts:

Pacific Puddle Jump Recap

“Our highs were days of sailing in nearly perfect conditions, when the boat, the sea and the wind were in nearly perfect balance; enjoying the 360-degree, unfettered view of a perfect ocean; stars and fluorescence at night. Crossing an ocean and the equator is not a trivial undertaking. The sense of satisfaction was enormous,” said Nello and Sheridan Angerilli — of the Beneteau 11.50 Marathon — in the PPJ Recap. “For us, lows included the duration of the trip and the constant movement of the boat, sometimes in very uncomfortable ways.”

Fewer locales on the planet offer more dramatic islands and landscapes than the South Pacific.
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Andy

The Foiling Follow-Up

“If you’re trying to go fast, why be saddled with monohull configuration?” asked Malcom Gefter, a Newport, Rhode Island, native and progenitor of the TF 10, a Morrelli & Melvin-designed foiling trimaran. Gefter spoke to us in a Follow-Up to 2018’s The Foiling Feature. “What a multihull does is move the weight outward — you’re not saddled with a lead keel and a million people on the rail.” With the TF 10, Gefter said the theory “is basically saying, ‘Don’t bother adding weight on the windward side, but rather, push up on the leeward side.'” Creating leeward lift is something that foils are uniquely capable of offering.

The fully foiling, fully flying TF 10.
© 2019 TF 10 Class Association


“According to Captain Alejandro Irigoyen, aka Dad, he’s been cultivating the dream of circumnavigating for 25 years — ever since he crewed on his first offshore ocean race, and long before he met his wife, Bernadette Sanchez,” wrote our editor-at-large Andy Turpin about an extraordinary family he met in the South Pacific. “Having recently cashed out of their comfortable life ashore in Puebla, Mexico, they’re now on a mission to become the first Mexican family to circumnavigate the globe — and along the way they intend to spread a message of peace and respect.”

The Irigoyen clan hopes to be the first Mexican family to circumnavigate the globe.
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Andy

Transpac Part 2

“As this issue of Latitude 38 goes to press, the party has long been over in Honolulu and the bulk of the fleet has successfully returned to the Mainland, bringing this 50th edition of the Transpac well and truly to a close,” wrote Ronnie Simpson in his second installment on the Transpacific yacht race.

Transpac row in Honolulu. Note: 1) A faint rainbow in the upper-right-hand side and, 2) Girafon, the Beneteau Figaro 3, which is also featured in the Foiling Follow-Up.
© 2019 Betsy Senescu

The September 2019 issue will also feature LettersChanges in Latitudes, The Racing Sheet, World of Charter, and, of course, the winner of this month’s Caption Contest(!) in Loose Lips. 

“Mr. Griswold was pretty sure this Sailing Vacation was going to be the best one yet.” — Blake Wiers
© 2019 The internet

So please, by all means, drop whatever you’re doing, hit the waterfront (click here to find a distributor), and pick up the new issue of Latitude 38. Otherwise, Latitude will find you, Nation.

Cruising Yachts
Sue Weaver, who’s been delivering Latitude 38 to Alameda for over 20 years, also dropped off the new Yacht Fest poster to Roger Goodsell at Cruising Yachts in Marina Village.
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Cruising Yachts
Jim Tull Passage Yachts
Jim Tull at Passage Yachts can also give you the story-packed September issue. We’re sure he’s already posted the Yacht Fest poster on the door. (Otherwise, he owes us a beer).
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Mitch Perkins

West Coast Well Represented at TP52 Worlds

The 2019 TP52 World Championships have come to a thrilling conclusion in Puerto Portals, Spain, with Harm Müller-Spreer’s German-flagged Platoon team just managing to squeak out a two-point victory after nine races. Having come into the fifth and final day with a modest lead over Alberto and Pablo Roemmers’ Italian/ Argentinian Azzurra team, Platoon nearly threw it away by posting a higher score on the final day than on all the other days combined. While day five’s opening race — race eight in the series — was recalled due to a large wind shift, Platoon earned a penalty point when they forced a collision at the start with their championship rival Azzurra. Taking the penalty at the top mark and dropping all the way back to 10th in the 11-boat fleet, Platoon’s championship hopes were beginning to fade. Recovering to eighth place in race eight before finishing a disappointing ninth in race nine, Platoon would only barely manage to hold onto the lead and capture the 2019 World Championship title.

Ergin Imre’s Turkish-flagged Provezza — one of the pre-race favorites — dismasted on Day 1 of the TP52 World Championships, but managed to have their old mast shipped to Puerto Portals and installed. As they put up scores of 3,7,3,1,3 after installing the old rig, it’s clear that this regatta would likely have very different results had they not dismasted early on. Their scores of 1,3 on the final day were easily the best in the fleet, while eventual winner Platoon put up a score of 8,9 (plus 2 penalty points) on the final day.
© 2019 Max Ranchi

Behind them, Azzurra and Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec team would round out the podium in what would go down as the closest-ever TP52 World Championships, where the top six teams were separated by a scant seven points. Bay Area native John Kostecki, the tactician on Platoon, commented, “We’ve never actually started out the final day in the lead before; we’re usually having to come from behind. We had a super-close call with Azzurra at the beginning of race eight and just managed to hit their stern pulpit with our bowsprit, to gain a penalty, and then found ourselves super-deep. This group has sailed together for three years now and we’ll have to learn from this and continue to improve,” said a relieved Kostecki, whose high-percentage, low-risk tactics helped deliver them to the top spot of the podium for the second time in three years. Among the other prominent Californians in this top-tier fleet, third-place Bronenosec had Santa Cruz native Morgan Larson, who was also calling tactics. The two American-flagged entries, Sled and Quantum Racing, finished the regatta in fourth and sixth place, respectively.

Harm Müller-Spreer’s German-flagged Platoon team on their way to winning their second TP52 World Championship in three years. Consistency early on in the regatta, including a pair of bullets and four straight podium finishes in the nine-race series helped them endure a horrible final day that nearly saw them lose the regatta. Bay Area native John Kostecki has sailed as tactician with the team since 2016, including both of their world titles.
© 2019 Nico Martinez

Elsewhere in Europe, it continued to be a good week for the Americans as Don Wilson’s Chicago-based Convexity won the M32 World Championships on Lake Garda.

Don Wilson’s Chicago-based Convexity team won the M32 catamaran World Championships on Lake Garda, Italy. Of the 12 teams entered in the regatta, four of them were American-flagged and one of them was Dutch-flagged but New York-based. The five American-based teams managed to sweep the podium and take five of the top six spots, with Wilson’s sister Jennifer Wilson and her Convergence team claiming the third spot on the podium.
© 2019 M32 Worlds

‘Maiden’ Departs, Greta Thunberg Arrives

Maiden Sails Out the Gate for L.A.

A crowd of well-wishers gathered this morning to wish farewell to Maiden and her crew as they departed for the next leg of their world tour. The 58-ft 1979 Bruce Farr-design Disque D’Or III — one of the stars of the documentary Maiden — is on a 30-plus-city world tour to raise money for charities working to provide an education for young women in need. Maiden is due to arrive at Marina del Rey tomorrow at 2 p.m. and the captain and crew were more than ready to cast off the lines and head back out to sea. But first, there was the official bon-voyage reception at the St Francis Yacht Club, which has hosted the vessel since its arrival on August, 19.

The crew gather for a final safety briefing before heading out.
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Monica

“We’ve had an absolutely fantastic stopover in San Francisco,” said Kaia Bint Savage, The Maiden Factor’s digital-content coordinator. In addition to conducting open-boat sessions to help promote the charities they support, some of Maiden’s crew visited the local offices of Room to Read — an organization that delivers life-changing reading programs and materials to millions of children across the globe.

Room to Read’s Chief executive officer Dr. Geetha Murali said that the crew received good insight into the work Maiden was supporting and was able to demonstrate the effectiveness of their support with documented case studies and reports. As part of Maiden’s program, Murali was able to hand over a baton representing the “Relay of Hope” through which children’s messages of support and encouragement are delivered to each other around the world.

Dr Murali hands the messages of hope to skipper Wendy Tuck.
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Monica

Maiden will spend approximately two weeks in L.A. before continuing her journey, with the next stops including Chile and Uruguay, and a date to round Cape Horn late in the year. Since their arrival in San Francisco, there’ve been some crew changes.  Among the newcomers are Lindsay Rosen from Seattle, and local sailors Kellie Ann Taylor and Sabrina Perell, who is a member of St FYC. Also on board is Ashley Perrin, a member of San Francisco YC who can be regularly seen sailing the Bay Area aboard her Moore 24. In addition to being a known local racing sailor, Ashley has amassed thousands of ocean miles Transatlantic and Pacific crossings along with world-recognized events such as the Fastnet.

Ashley Perrin (third from right) joins the Maiden line up as they sail to L.A.
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Monica

Stay tuned as we continue to bring you updates and news of Maiden and her crew on their  60,000-nautical-mile journey.

A final farewell-photo taken from Cinde Lou Delmas’s Another Girl as Maiden sails under the Golden Gate.
© 2019 Kaia Bint Savage

Greta Thunberg Sails Into New York

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived in New York on Wednesday after a highly publicized Atlantic crossing aboard the IMOCA 60 Malizia II.  “After a 15-day sail that was obsessively tracked by European news media, cheered by fellow climate activists, mocked by critics and rocked by rough waves off Nova Scotia, Greta and the boat’s crew went through Customs on Wednesday morning while anchored off Coney Island, Brooklyn,” the New York Times reported.

The 2015-built IMOCA 60 Malizia II sped across the Atlantic for an appointment at the U.N.
© 2019 Greta Thunberg

Malizia II and Thunberg were greeted by young activists at North Cove Marina, according to the Times. “The boat’s black sails had come into sight just blocks from Wall Street, the heart of the global financial system whose investments in fossil fuels are one of the main targets of climate protesters — and an area that climate change threatens with sea-level rise.”

Greta Thunberg’s mission is not without controversy. On our Facebook page, some of our followers criticized the 16-year-old Swede for sailing in a boat made from petrochemicals. “She could have sailed a wooden boat,” someone said (with what degree of seriousness we’re not entirely sure). In mid-August, we received a letter from a 30-year reader who said they would not renew their subscription because of our “ongoing platform for the discussion of ‘global warming.’ I was under the impression that you folks were interested in sailing, not politics.” (We think Latitude has always waded into conversations about public issues, even as ownership, and certain, opinions have changed — but OK.)

Thunberg and crew somewhere in the Atlantic on their way to New York.
© 2019 Greta Thunberg's Facebook Page

“Greta has her detractors,” the Times wrote. “She was criticized after single-use plastic water bottles were seen on the yacht. Some have labeled her call to ‘pull the emergency brake’ on emissions simplistic or even undemocratic.” As we discussed in our Plastic Plague series, it is both difficult to know exactly where to put our energy, concern and outrage in terms of effecting meaningful change, and even more difficult to unravel ourselves from the pollutants that have become integral parts of our everyday lives.

Regardless, we believe in doing something, in having a dialogue, and in pressuring governments and multinational corporations into taking action. In this sense we tip our hats to Greta and the crew of Malizia II. 

Raccoon Strait Talk

With a long weekend of pleasant sailing weather ahead, you might be wondering where, exactly, you should sail. A cruise out the Gate, a loop of the Bay, or maybe the Bay tour, taking a break from Cityfront breezes with a somewhat sheltered cruise through Raccoon Strait. We were out last week and caught a few boats that were cruising through and lookin’ good.

Angel Island tour
Depending on the current, you might want to cruise in close to Angel Island. The Beneteau Oceanis 34 Platinum was cruising east.
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
Lois Lane
The Wylie 40 Lois Lane was tacking up from Richmond making her way to the Strait.
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
Late morning fog
By late morning, the fog was still on the Bay but backing off at Angel Island.
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
Corsair F-31 Chubasco
The Corsair F-31 Chubasco was heading East by Pt. Stuart for an easy breeze in the Strait.
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
This bright red J/Boat was dressed for the Strait but aiming for the Bay.
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
Brown Eyed Girl
Brown Eyed Girl makes her way through a busy stretch.
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
Room for guests
It’s always good to make room for guests before a three-day weekend.
© 2019 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John

No matter where you’re headed this weekend, a loop through Raccoon Strait is usually a pleasant leg of any Bay sail. If you’re just out for fun, Raccoon is an enjoyable part of whatever circuit you take.

Whose Yacht Is That?
If you've sailed San Francisco Bay this past week or perhaps driven Hwy. 101 northbound over the Golden Gate Bridge, you couldn't help but notice a very large motor yacht anchored off Sausalito.
Prepping for the Ha-Ha
Beyond preparing your boat for ocean voyaging, tying up the loose ends of your shoreside life, finding the right weather window and showing up in San Diego on time for the start, one of the main hurdles of doing the Baja Ha-Ha seems to bureaucratic in nature: getting your Temporary Import Permit, or TIP.
Sponsored Post
Save the date: October 4-6, for the Northern California Yacht Fest at Marina Village Yacht Harbor.
The fall storm season
While not massive in size, Hurricane Dorian could cause havoc to the Spanish Virgin Islands and the eastern end of Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from 2017’s Hurricane Maria.
Summer's Last Hurrah
As usual, this is just a small sampling of the numerous regattas and races available in California in the coming month. Each year it seems the list of events grows longer.