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July 22, 2020

Seven Moore 24s Happen to Sail to Stockton on the Same Day

In a less-windy do-over of June 6’s ‘daysail’ from Richmond to Stockton, seven Moore 24s just happened to sail up the San Joaquin River at the same time. The sailors took advantage of a powerful flood current to propel them to Stockton before sunset. The breeze followed a typical Delta pattern, gentle until late afternoon, building just in time for the reachy parts of the course, and softening again as the boats neared their destination and the sun dipped low in the sky. The Moores hauled out at Stockton Sailing Club.

Flying Circus
Melinda and Bill Erkelens lead the way to Stockton on Flying Circus.
© 2020 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris
Wet Spot
Mike O’Callaghan’s Wet Spot came next.
© 2020 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris
Topper II and Ruby #27
Topper II and Ruby #27 (there’s also a Ruby #6, but she wasn’t part of this group).
© 2020 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

The very popular Delta Ditch Run had been scheduled for June 6. It’s part of the Moore 24 Roadmaster Series. The race was canceled due to the pandemic. But on that big-breeze day, with gusts into the 30s, 10 Moore 24s and one Melges 24 sailed to Stockton anyway. Read Captain Midnight’s report about that and check out the photos in Racing Sheet in the July issue of Latitude 38.

Puffin with white spinnaker
Puffin sails past the entrance to the Moke on a headstay reach.
© 2020 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

Moore 24s are sporty racers, and not just around the cans. ¡Mas! won the 2016 Pacific Cup overall. But people also daysail and even cruise them. Two of them signed up for this year’s Delta Doo Dah. And let us not forget Webb Chiles’ solo circumnavigation with Gannet. For more Moore info, see www.moore24.org.

red and blue kites
Firefly (#64) and Gruntled run down the final stretch.
© 2020 TBFPhotography
Ruby in Stockton
Ruby approaches Stockton.
© 2020 TBFPhotography

Unidentified Boat Pieces Uncovered on Local Beach

A little while ago we received photos of a piece of hull uncovered on a local beach. The timbered section still wore much of its paintwork, but no other identifiable markings were visible. Local sailor and part-time treasure hunter Chris Herrmann found the partially exposed remnant along with other pieces of timber on Muir Beach.

Section of hull found on the beach.
This segment of the stricken vessel is in relatively good shape.
© 2020 Chris Herrmann

“I wasn’t thinking this piece of what appears to be a Monterey fishing boat was uncovered on the beach after being there for a long time previously,” Chris said,  “because there are other planks and pieces strewn elsewhere on the beach.”

Upright boat piece after being dug out.
“The piece of the hull is standing up in some of the pics because I stood it up to get a better look, and of course to look for a treasure chest underneath.” Did he find any?
© 2020 Chris Herrmann

Chris discovered the boat on a Tuesday, and on Wednesday came back with a shovel.

“It also does not have signs that it has been floating at sea for a long period of time — no marine growth, barnacles or even slime. The varnished gunwale is also in decent shape like the boat recently met her demise, but poking around the internet, I cannot locate any recent news of such an event.”

When not engaged in treasure hunting, Chris sails and races his Folkboat, Thea, on the Bay.

Sailing Thea on SF Bay
Chris and crew aboard the beautiful Thea.
© 2020 Peter Lyons

Do you have any clues as to the origins of Chris’s beach find?

The Club at Westpoint Live-Streams Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Club at Westpoint Harbor hosted a ‘pandemic-adjusted’ groundbreaking ceremony for its new ecologically sensitive, multi-purpose building last Saturday. Members from across the US joined the board of directors via live streaming from the new building site.

Groundbreaking at The Club at Westpoint
Groundbreaking work, in more ways than one. The Club at Westpoint’s Board of Directors dig in for their new building.
© 2020 The Club at Westpoint

The newest facility at Westpoint Harbor will be a two-story building with a restaurant on the ground floor, a clubhouse and patio on the first floor with views of the Bay and the marina, and a large outdoor patio overlooking the harbor, as well as an outdoor pool and pool house. Construction will commence in the next several weeks.

Shovels ready for groundbreaking
Dressed for the occasion, these shovels await the groundbreaking ceremony at The Club at Westpoint
© 2020 The Club at Westpoint

“This is a great milestone for The Club,” said Peter Blackmore, president of the board at The Club at Westpoint. “We are looking forward to a new building to provide our members, current and future, with a vibrant, modern and friendly gathering place to enjoy the water, the views, an award-winning junior sailing program, and the very best in arts and entertainment. The vision of Westpoint Harbor always included a club and a restaurant, and it is wonderful to see this vision come to life — adding even more energy and excitement to an already buzzing harbor with over two miles of Bay access trails for all to enjoy.”

Peter Blackmore, president of the board at The Club at Westpoint, is excited for the club’s future.
© 2020 The Club at Westpoint

“The Club at Westpoint is a social club for boaters and non-boaters alike. The Club was formed at the beginning of 2018 to offer a place where people come together, in sophisticated surroundings, to enjoy the arts and entertainment, appreciate and promote all forms of watercraft and waterborne activities, and to relax, dine and socialize with other members.”

If you’d like to know more about The Club at Westpoint you can visit their website here.

Offshore Cruising with Our Island in the Sun

Planning and preparing for offshore cruising with Garry Domnisse. Watch the full video at Our Island in the Sun.

 

Getting to Know the Boss (and Publisher) at Latitude 38

How does an engineering graduate move from selling opera tickets to running a famous sailing magazine?

When earlier this week we discovered that John Arndt, our boss (and publisher) at Latitude 38 had done just that, we realized how little we sometimes know about the people we interact with in our daily lives. It’s easy to assume that because John is a sailor, we already know all there is to know about him — he’s a sailor, and therefore he’s OK. But on the odd occasion a piece of information comes to light that doesn’t exactly fit our picture of who this person is. Thus we decided it was high time that we all get to know the boss. But how?

Fortunately for us, local sailor and podcaster Benjamin Shaw recently invited John Arndt to join him on his podcast, Out The Gate Sailing, and was smart enough to capture the answer to our questions, and many more. The result is a rollicking tale of adventures and opportunities that carried this intrepid sailor across the country and to various oceans around the globe.

For example, one of the first questions we ask about all sailors is how and when they embarked upon the journey that would carry them throughout their lives. John’s first sailing experience was with his mother: “I was born in December and sailed the summer before.”

John comes from what he calls a “very casual, recreational summer sailing family.” His grandparents owned a cottage in Maine where the family would spend their summers sailing small boats.

“My family’s first boat was a Sea Snark, which was one of those $120 styrofoam tubs.”

He even has (apparently) “a picture of myself sailing it on Lake Winnipesaukee.”

Young John and brothers aboard the Sea Snark
What better time to learn to sail than when you’re young? Three young Arndt boys and a friend scamper across the lake under full sail. John is the sailor in the blue turtleneck.
© 2020 John Arndt

As John and his siblings grew older, and bigger, so too did their sailboats. Moving from the Sea Snark, to a Turnabout, to a 420 and his grandfather’s Rhodes 19, he soon found himself crewing on his friend’s father’s 38-foot boat while in high school. High school led to college, and the next logical step was the college sailing team — though at the time it was more of a club. And of course, already the energetic enthusiast we recognize, John became president of the University of Vermont Sailing Club.

Clown faced college sailors
Serious J/29 racing on San Francisco Bay. It looks more like ‘clown sailing.’
© 2020 John Arndt

“It really meant I organized buying the beer, and then, since UVM didn’t have any boats, we’d jump in a van and drive down to Yale or Coast Guard Academy, or University of Maine or M.I.T. and race other colleges in their boats on weekends.”

Coastal sailing eventually evolved into offshore voyages to faraway, exotic places such as Venezuela, the Caribbean and Mediterranean islands, and many more. But it was the combination of the sometimes perfect and at other times frightening situations that sailors encounter that finally caused the anchor to take hold and turn this weekend-racing sailor into a lifelong fanatic.

John Arndt and family under sail.
In keeping with the theory of starting them young, John (pictured here with his wife Leslie) has successfully passed his passion for sailing on to his children.
© 2020 John Arndt

So far this doesn’t answer the question we set out to explore. ‘How does an engineering graduate move from selling opera tickets to running a famous sailing magazine?’

Rather than sit here and read about it, tune in to Out The Gate Sailing and learn more about the man, the myth, our boss, (and publisher) at Latitude 38 magazine.

Bay Brigantine Passes COI
Good News! Last Friday 'Matthew Turner' passed the test! The final ‘test’ was the Man Overboard (MOB) drill, and thanks to lots of practice, drilling and efficient crew, 'Matthew Turner' passed with flying colors, and is now officially a Coast Guard “Inspected Vessel” — able to carry passengers for hire.
Waterfront Redevelopment
Read the complete story of the demise of the Island Yacht Club clubhouse at Alameda Marina in the July 2020 issue of Latitude 38.
Southern Hemisphere Winter
"They are calling it a one in 500 year rainfall here in Whangarei," friends of Latitude Lewis and Alyssa Allen of the Island Packet 420 Levana told us over the weekend. Whangarei, (pronounced fong-ah-ray) a boating hub on the east coast of the North Island, recorded 214 millimeters of rain — that's almost eight and a half inches — in 24 hours on July 17, and a further 44 mm the following day, according to New Zealand’s MetService.