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August 5, 2020

Down East Maine Sailing Escape from Pandemics and Hurricanes

Maine has always been an escape from the summer swelter of Boston, New York and Philadelphia. This year it’s also a Down East sailing escape for Stan and Sally Honey, who revised their Bermuda Race plans to cruise the coast of Maine, and for the Milum family of Mill Valley who, as the islands closed down, cut short their Caribbean cruising to head north. You can read about the Milums in Latitude 38’s August issue. Other Californians recently arriving on the Maine Coast include Greg and Debbie Dorland aboard their Catana 52 Escapade and Paolo Sheaffer aboard his Catana 471 Carlota’s Promise.

We learned to sail on the coast of Maine and have managed to make it an annual summer escape ever since. Typically our Maine journey is filled with large family reunions and afternoon daysails. This year it’s just sailing. It reminds us why sailing anywhere is always a great escape, and of the unique character of sailing in Maine.

Schooner Alert
The schooner Alert crosses tacks with a small wooden dory on her way back to the harbor.
© 2020 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
Stuart Knockabout
We passed just astern of this pretty Stuart Knockabout out for an afternoon leisure sail.
© 2020 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
Sprit sailed dory
This wooden sprit-sailed dory is one of the endless classic boats you’ll find along the Maine coast.
© 2020 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
Max & Lynnie Fletcher
Due to the pandemic, our friends Max and Lynnie Fletcher were not able to return to their Nordic 40, Juanona, in Spain. They ‘retrofitted’ this runabout into a tented ‘coastal cruiser.’
© 2020 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
For us it’s household sailing on this 1966 Pearson Ensign, bought from Cal Adventures in Berkeley 27 years ago! It included a trailer to tow it back to Maine. 
© 2020 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
Maine scene
Serene sailing on the coast of Maine.
© 2020 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John
Greg Dorland & Debra Macrorie Escapade, Catana 52
Greg Dorland & Debra Macrorie, with their Catana 52 Escapade in the background, stopped by as they looked for refuge from Hurricane Isaias in nearby Quahog Bay.

Given Maine’s recognition as a home to so many classic boats. it could be easy to forget that it is also a hub of high-tech boatbuilding. Hodgdon Yachts built Comanche in East Boothbay, ME, and Brooklin Boatyard built Harvey Jones’ Botin-designed Outlier, written up in our June issue in Brooklin, ME.

High-tech or low-tech, East Coast or West, hoisting sails on a bay anywhere is always a welcome relief.

Winner, Winner, She’s a Grinner

Every month, as the new Latitude 38 magazine is printed and bundled up for distribution, we insert some Golden Tickets between the sheets before sending them out for delivery. The readers who find a ticket can choose between receiving a free Latitude 38 T-shirt or cap. Oh, and we always ask for a photo — not because we don’t trust people, but because we want to share the news with the rest of our readers.

Last month Rita Gardner pulled out a winning ticket when she stopped by Swedish Marine in Brickyard Cove Marina to pick up her July edition of the magazine.

Rita the winner, holds up her Latitude 38 magazine
Rita found her winning ticket when she picked up her Latitude 38 at Swedish Marine. Be like Rita and grab yourself a copy each month.
© 2020 Rita Gardner

So who is Rita? We asked that too, and fortunately Rita replied with some insight into her sailing life.

“I’m definitely a fair-weather sailor,” Rita said, “on OPBs (other people’s boats). I have been a member of Richmond Yacht Club since the 1980s, and worked for a time at both the DeWitt and Sobstad sail lofts.”

“I love that I live in the sailing capital of the world (Point Richmond, of course!) and am happy to have a whole community of sailing friends in the neighborhood. A very long time ago, I wrote some articles for Latitude 38 (in the 1980s and 90s), and have had a photo of mine on the cover. Again, a very long time ago. My favorite sailing place is the Caribbean. Like I said, I’m definitely a fair-weather person.”

Rita with her winning ticket
T-shirt or hat. Which will you choose when you win?
© 2020 Rita Gardner

Did you find a Golden Ticket in your August Latitude 38? If you don’t have your copy yet, head over to your nearest distributor and get your issue now.

Doo Dah Sailors Invited to Delta Bay this Sunday

Since the Spring Crew List Party on March 5, Latitude 38 has not participated in any in-person events on our home waterfront — totally understandable! First the Pacific Boat Show, then all the Delta Doo Dah events were canceled — all but one, that is.

Marina landing decorated for Fourth of July
The marina landing at Delta Bay.
© 2020 Edward Stancil

This Sunday, August 9, Delta Bay Marina in Isleton invites Delta Doo Dah fleet members to their Sunday Market and BBQ, from noon to 4 p.m. The event will comply with Sacramento County health regulations, as it will be held outdoors at the marina and in the park over the levee. Please wear your mask and allow lots of personal space between your crew and others. There will be arts and crafts booths, fresh local produce for sale, live music, a BBQ lunch and wine tasting. Donations for food and wine benefit the Peninsula Yacht Club and the Delta Bay Foundation.

Sunday Market at Delta Bay
Park Delta Bay holds a Sunday Market every week during the summer on their shady lawn. They’ve invited the Delta Doo Dah to join them this week.
© 2020 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

If you haven’t already signed up for the Delta Doo Dah, please do so before 9 a.m. this Friday, August 7, to receive an invitation as a fleet member. Register for free at Delta Bay offers free berthing for the week of August 8-15 for up to 20 of our official fleet members, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Girl herding hyacinth with an oar.
Montana herds the hyacinth to prepare the guest docks for a cruise-in.
© 2020 Edward Stancil

Delta Bay Marina is located at Sevenmile Slough and the San Joaquin River. Tule islands protect it from the prevailing river breezes. By land, it’s on Isleton’s Delta Loop. You can contact the marina at (916) 777-4153.

Hope to see you there!

Jonny Moseley to Host Olympic Sailing Event for Belvedere Cove Foundation

You can join an Olympic moment by tuning into the Belvedere Cove Foundation’s youth sailing fundraiser free of charge. This is a live virtual event hosted by Olympic gold-medal skier Jonny Moseley and San Francisco Yacht Club’s junior commodore Morgan Moseley.

Join Olympian Jonny Moseley for a virtual event
Tune in for an Olympic hour at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
© 2020 Belvedere Cove Foundation

Guests include:

Members of the Tokyo 2021 US Sailing Olympic Team — Charlie Buckingham, Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis — plus a few other Bay Area Olympic sailors:

  • Pam Healy, bronze medalist, 1992 Barcelona Olympics
  • Jeff Madrigali, bronze medalist, 1996 Atlanta Olympics
  • Will Baylis, silver medalist, 1988 Seoul Olympics
  • Caleb Paine, bronze medalist, 2016 Rio Olympics and Rolex Yachtsman of the Year

While this is a fundraiser, they are offering the program free of charge to any sailors who’d like to tune in tomorrow, Thursday, August 6, at 6 p.m. Learn more here or register for the Zoom call here.

Close to Home Getaways
Among the sailors rediscovering the Bay Area's local cruising scene are Jos Cocquyt and his wife Anne, who headed up the Delta for some summer cruising and kiting.
Footballer-Doctor Goes Sailing
You may have seen Laurent Duvernay-Tardif on the news in the last few weeks. He is a 29-year-old offensive lineman on the Kansas City Chiefs football team. Back in February, he helped that franchise earn their first Superbowl rings in 50 years.
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Sailors Rescued off Albion CA
The US Coast Guard has reported that two sailors were rescued after their sailing vessel began taking on water one nautical mile offshore from Albion River near Whitesboro, CA, on Sunday.
Inclusion and Equity in Sailing
A panel discussion tomorrow evening, August 4, at 5 p.m. PDT, will tackle the topic of Increasing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Sport of Sailing.