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August 18, 2021

Woman Who Accidentally Swallowed Antifreeze Rescued off Bodega Bay

A 23-year-old woman was rescued from a sailboat west of Bodega Bay at around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, after she had accidentally swallowed antifreeze the previous afternoon.

Cibola off Bodega Bay
The captain of the sailboat Cibola had reported the incident to 11th Coast Guard District Command Center watchstanders at approximately 1:45 p.m. Monday.
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US Coast Guard and San Francisco Fire Department personnel worked together in what USCG’s 11th District search mission coordinator, Douglas Samp, described as “… a highly complex medical evacuation performed at night, off a small sailboat, hundreds of miles offshore that tested the limits of our crews and equipment.”

The rescue operation played out as per the following Coast Guard report:

“Due to the distance off shore and range limitations of Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco’s MH-65 Dolphin helicopters, watchstanders directed the forward deployment of a Coast Guard Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to Air Station San Francisco. Additionally, the Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) was diverted to serve as a refueling platform for the Jayhawk helicopter.

“The Sector San Diego Jayhawk helicopter arrived at Air Station San Francisco at approximately 9 p.m. Monday. The helicopter was refueled, crews were changed and a San Francisco Fire Department paramedic boarded before departing on the medevac mission.

“A Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento C-27 Spartan aircrew launched around 9:55 p.m. Monday to provide cover for the Jayhawk crew throughout the mission and rendezvoused with the Jayhawk before both crews headed offshore.

“The Jayhawk crew landed on the Midgett to refuel approximately 230 miles west of San Francisco around 11:45 p.m. and then proceeded toward the Cibola.

“The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene with the Cibola around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday and lowered the rescue swimmer to assess the situation.

“The rescue swimmer assisted in hoisting the woman into the helicopter and once the rescue swimmer was retrieved, the helicopter crew headed back to the Midgett.”

The following video was provided courtesy of US Coast Guard District 11.

“The San Francisco Fire Department paramedic’s assistance was vital to saving the sailor’s life as he assisted the Coast Guard rescue swimmer to stabilize and care for her during the four-hour transit back to San Francisco,” Samp said. “The sailor’s life was saved by the dedicated teamwork of the San Francisco Fire Department and Coast Guard personnel across eight different units.”

Woman rescued
At the conclusion of the rescue operation the stricken woman was transferred to a waiting EMS in a stable condition and transported to Zuckerburg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.
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According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the unnamed woman and her father were approximately 380 miles off Bodega Bay, several days into a voyage from Astoria, Oregon, to Hawaii, when the rescue took place.

Hot Delta Doo Dah Fun at Delta Bay

Activities packed the final official event in Delta Doo Dah Lucky 13, hosted by Delta Bay Marina on the Delta Loop in Isleton. Just off the San Joaquin River but protected from open waters by tule islands, Delta Bay has now welcomed the Delta Doo Dah cruising rally for the third year in a row. And so much to do and see! Where to begin?

four couples
Getting acquainted: Delta Doo Dah participants Steve and Pat Stanley of Seven Bridges, Larry White and Kathy Kennedy of Namaste, Susan Liebert and Kevin Belcastro of Toucan, and (in front) Gary and Karen Preston of Charmed Life. They were preparing to try out some electric boats.
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With the temperature forecast to kiss 100, it made sense to come early. At 10 a.m., Newport Vessels got a head start on the afternoon’s itinerary with demos of their inflatable dinghies and electric outboards.

Nick and Romel with trolling motors
Nick and Romel of Newport Vessels. Delta Bay is a dealer.
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Next up, the volunteers from Peninsula Yacht Club got the grill going and served 68 lunches throughout the afternoon. Demi Stewart’s photography exhibit in the store at Delta Bay Marina opened. On the other side of the levee in Park Delta Bay, Bill Wells, executive director of the Delta Chambers, gave a talk about the history of boating in the Delta.

Demi, her photos, and Doo Dah'ers.
Fleet members Jan and Karen from Hokahey checked out Demi Stewart’s photos. Demi (center) is a bridgetender. She operates the Rio Vista Bridge, the Mokelumne River Bridge, the Isleton Bridge, the Paintersville Bridge and the Steamboat Slough Bridge. She said this was her first day off since April! Jan Passion brought his Seawind 1000 catamaran up on Wednesday after stepping the mast earlier in the week.
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Other activities that afternoon included free fishing for kids and free ‘test sails’ on Delta Bay’s fleet of clever electric boats. (More on that on Friday.) Fleet members Pat and Carole McIntosh came by RV and volunteered at a welcome table at the top of the ramp to the marina.

RYC members
This contingent of Richmond Yacht Club members zipped over on a Boston Whaler from Korth’s Pirate’s Lair around the bend on the Delta Loop. Back row: Phil DeGaa, Mark Howe, Mark Thomas. Middle: Shana Bagley Howe, Anne Thomas. Front: Nora DeGaa.
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Dan Throop on the Islander 36 Windcatcher at the dock.
Dan Throop singlehanded his Islander 36 Windcatcher from Potato Slough on Saturday, sailing in light air. His plan was to anchor out that night and stop in Broad Slough or Middle Slough on the way home to Sausalito, maybe with a stop the following day in Benicia.
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Chatting with Cruisers

Our favorite part of these events is chatting with fleet members, finding out where they’ve been and where they’re going, and listening to their sea stories. Karen and Gary Preston told us that they trailered the Hunter 270 Charmed Life down from Folsom Lake. The lake doesn’t have enough water for sailing. The marina docks never even went in this year. So they came to Delta Bay Marina on the Fourth of July and took a month-to-month slip. They’ll probably stay until March — or until there’s enough water to sail in Folsom Lake. They went for a cruise this week, starting at the west end of the Delta, in Antioch, with a visit to the new restaurant where Humphrey’s used to be, Smith’s Landing, at the Antioch Marina.

After that they anchored out in Potato Slough, then came back to Delta Bay before heading upriver to Stockton Sailing Club on Wednesday, visiting friends from Lina, a Catalina 25, there. Charmed Life was the only boat anchored at Mandeville Tip on Thursday night. Karen and Gary had a great view of the Perseids from there, but only saw two meteors. They had 20 knots coming back on Friday.

Richard and Carolyn Mason followed with Lina on Friday. They encountered the same strong breeze and whitecaps on the San Joaquin. East of Mandeville, they were trying to reef the main and caught a gust in 25 knots of wind. Richard said the slugs blew out of the mast like a zipper unzipping.

Sunset with Venus and the moon
Sunset at Delta Bay, with views of the moon and Venus, as seen from Charmed Life.
© 2021 Karen Preston

Registration will remain open for the Delta Doo Dah until the end of August. Learn more at

Future Olympians Challenged at West Marine US Open Sailing Series

Last weekend’s West Marine US Open Sailing Series on San Francisco Bay provided what most racers come here for — powerful conditions and exceptional competition. It was the sixth and final event in a series of regattas established to help raise the performance of US sailors competing on the world stage.

West Marine US Sailing Open
‘Puff on’ — all day long.
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After disappointing Olympic sailing events, Paul Cayard, executive director of the US Sailing Team, and rising US talent were in San Francisco to remind us that we nonetheless sent a competitive team to Tokyo, and there is more talent being cultivated every day across the country. To build a truly national team that attracts competitors from across the country, US Sailing debuted the West Marine US Open Sailing Series at the beginning of the year. Three events were held in Florida — in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Clearwater — throughout January and February. The series finished up in California with events in San Diego, Long Beach and San Francisco.

The regatta was held at two venues. St. Francis Yacht Club organized the iQFoil and Formula Kite fleet races. San Francisco YC ran the ILCA and I420 events. The ILCA Lasers launched from Treasure Island Sailing Center.


The iQFoil and Formula Kite sailors are vying for an Olympic berth in 2024 in France. With only three years instead of four in the next ‘quad’, they’re hard at it polishing their performance and technique.

US Sailing Open iQFoil
The US Sailing Open iQFoil fleet starts off StFYC.
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Adrien Gaillard of Cozumel, Mexico, captured the iQFoil 9 event, and JP Lattanzi of Honolulu, Hawaii, won the iQFoil 8 fleet.

In the Open Formula Kite, Kai Calder from Alameda claimed first-place honors. Calder was even on points with local legend Johnny Heineken from Larkspur and Markus Edegran of Rio Vista after Friday’s racing. Calder overtook first-place on Saturday, and then defeated Edegran by 5 points. Johnny Heineken took third.

US Sailing Open Kite Foiling
The San Francisco Cityfront is no stranger to world-champion kiteboarders. As kiteboarding will be an Olympic class in 2024, the Bay Area will become an even stronger hub for team development.
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The International 420 fleet and ILCA fleets sailed on a blustery, bouncy Berkeley Circle. It looked like a ton of fun if you were fit and young enough to enjoy the flogging.

US Sailing Open
Big breeze tested the International 420 fleet on Saturday.
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Jack Murphy of Hillsborough and Sawyer Bastian from San Jose fought through the rollicking conditions to take first place in the I420. The ILCA fleet standings have not been posted, but they raced hard in bracing conditions.

West Marine US Sailing Open
ILCA competitors bent over backward to help each other improve their game at the Open Sailing Series.
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As summer ends and students head back to school, many Olympic hopefuls in this past weekend’s event will take what they learned on San Francisco Bay and in the full series and apply it to their college racing and their Olympic ambitions. Paul Cayard and US Sailing are building a series that looks to improve the performance of the US Sailing team in France in 2024 and make another giant leap forward by the time Olympic sailing returns to Long Beach in 2028. For more results and a wrap-up, visit US Sailing here.

Latitude 38 Fall Crew List Party Is Only Three Weeks Away!

Guess what? There are only three weeks left until we get to see you all at the Latitude 38 Fall Crew List Party! This is one of our favorite events of the year. Why? Because it’s just so much fun! It’s about sailing – check; It’s frequented by sailors – check; You bump into people you know – check; You make new friends – check; You learn new things – check; You get to chat with some of our advertisers and the people who know all about sailing in Mexico – check. There are just so many good things happening at these parties that it would be a shame to miss out.

Also, this year the bar is being run by the Sausalito nonprofit, Spaulding Marine Center (we hear they pour an outstanding beer). Spaulding will also be displaying one of their Pelican sailboats that the crew and volunteers have been building as part of their ‘Pelican Project’: six San Francisco Bay Pelican sailboats that will be used for community sailing.

So to remind you, here are the details:

Date: September 9, 2021

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cruising Mexico Seminar time: 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Place: Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito.

How to get tickets: Go to our Party page on Eventbrite. When you land there, hit the big green button that says ‘Tickets.’ You will then be directed to a page on which you can choose a ‘General Admission’ ticket – $10.00, or a ‘Baja Ha-Ha Skipper & First Mate ONLY’ ticket – $0.00. Whichever ticket you choose, you will have to go through the motions of ‘purchasing’ even if you’re getting the ‘Free’ ticket. Easy!

In the meantime, here are some photos of Crew Parties past. But unlike the experience of Ebenezer Scrooge, these photos of the past will have you reminiscing with glee. Either that or you’ll be kicking yourself for not having been to a Latitude 38 Crew List Party sooner.

Crew Party fun
Remember that time in 2018 when we all posed for crazy photos?
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Were you in the room at the Golden Gate YC in March 2019?
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This raft crowd could be having their own party.
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But on the serious side (if we must), this is the perfect way to meet captains who are looking for crew, and crew who are looking for boats to sail on. Why would you not want to be there?
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Plus, we get to enjoy being outdoors!
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Will we see you there?

SC27s Learn Lessons in the Delta
As the channel narrowed and the wind picked up, I was driving, and we had our first broach, which turned into our second broach, and then our third.