Over the weekend we were invited down to Monterey Bay for a sail aboard the Farr 53 Atalanta with Shearwater Sailing. The weather was perfect: 75 degrees, plenty of sunshine, and light, variable breeze, though we did have to head offshore to find enough to fill the sails. A few humpback whales even joined the sail, cruising alongside for a while.
Those of you who call San Francisco Bay home might remember Atalanta from the St. Francis Yacht Club, where she occupied a prime slip in front of the club for 25 years. In 2020, Atalanta was acquired by Kevin Wasbauer, who undertook a major restoration, upgrading and replacing nearly all of the boat’s systems: rigging, hydraulics, windows, canvas, electrical, lifelines, electronics, rudder bearing, steering systems, and deck hardware. She is right at home on Monterey Bay and is now the proud flagship of Shearwater Sailing.
Shearwater Sailing is Monterey Bay’s newest charter outfit, but is hoping to offer different types of charters than just your typical daysails and sunset cruises, though those are available too. Kevin is planning to offer a range of trips and experiences, from multiday offshore trips to multiweek trips down the coast.
During our sail, Bay Area sailor William Pryor took some great drone footage, which really showcases this beautiful boat in action.
As the days grow shorter and winter looms, the weekend was a great reminder of why this is such a lovely time of year to sail in Northern California. The weather is warm and the winds are mild, and we hope you will enjoy some of this special season.
Welcome to Good Jibes, Episode 15! This week, join host John Arndt as he chats with John Taussig about his craziest sailing stories and top safety tips. John Taussig is a paramedic, USCG 50-Ton Master License holder, adventure sailor, and executive director for Backcountry Medical Guides. He’s been an EMT and paramedic professional for 20 years, and, he’s a lifelong sailor.
Hear how to be safely prepared for your afternoon sail, how to rescue someone who’s hypothermic, and about the importance of communication on an adventure, John’s experience with the Panama Canal, and the time he was surrounded by a dozen orcas. This episode covers everything from extreme ocean adventures to top-notch safety advice.
Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:
- Was John ever a racer?
- What attracts him to spending time outdoors?
- Is his wife a sailor?
- What drives him to go on long cruises?
- How do you rescue someone who is hypothermic?
- What got John to be an EMT?
- How should you prepare for your afternoon sail?
- Short Tacks: What’s the most important lesson sailing has taught John?
Check out the episode and show notes for more detail. You can also read more about John Taussig at https://www.latitude38.com/lectronic/immediate-range-pac-cup-prep/.
Good Jibes is brought to you by the Safe Boating Campaign, in partnership with the National Safe Boating Council and US Coast Guard. Learn more at SafeBoatingCampaign.com.
Since Sunday and even earlier, the 130-ish boats in the 27th Baja Ha-Ha have scattered, many turning the corner from Cabo San Lucas into the Sea of Cortez and La Paz, with stops at scenic anchorages along the way. Some crossed over to the mainland and Mazatlán, while others headed farther down the coast for La Cruz or Puerto Vallarta. But here we take a look back at the rally down the Baja peninsula.
Baja Ha-Ha Leg 1, San Diego to Turtle Bay
In Turtle Bay (Bahia de las Tortugas)
Leg 2 / Bahia Santa Maria
Cabo San Lucas
Some Panoramic Views
Look for much more in the December issue of Latitude 38, wherein the Grand Poobah himself will file a report with many more photos.
If we were to pick one word to describe Rich Jepsen, we’d say “dedicated.” Actually, maybe it would be “competent.” Then again, we might say “inspiring.” Another word is “sailor.” The truth is, there isn’t one word that describes Rich Jepsen. We’ve had the opportunity to work with Rich over the past 35 years as he helped OCSC Sailing develop into one of the most successful sailing schools in the country, watched as he skippered the J/24 Rail to Rail on San Francisco Bay, as he volunteered to develop the US Sailing’s sailing school certification programs, worked on the board of Alameda Community Sailing Center, and wrote stories of his BVI charter trips. We know we’re leaving many other contributions unwritten. The good news is that Rich has now been elevated to become the new president of US Sailing.
We believe this is a good thing for sailing, the Bay Area, and US Sailing. West Coasters have often felt US Sailing, based in Rhode Island, has been too focused on the East Coast, but creating unity in a country of our scale isn’t easy. Regardless, Rich is among many West Coast sailors who have long contributed to US Sailing in ways that undermine this ongoing misperception.
While Rich is the incoming president, Paul Cayard recently stepped into the role of executive director of the US Sailing Olympic team, and Stan Honey is joining the board of directors. Charlie Arms, who spent 15 years as the director of sailing at Cal Maritime, has also been reelected to the board. Bay Area resident, Justin Shaffer, is also on the board as sailor representative. The 2028 Summer Olympics are coming to Los Angeles, with the sailing to be held off Long Beach.
This is in addition to many other ways California and Bay Area sailors and organizations have stepped up to support US Sailing, including support of athletes from the America One Foundation, ongoing support for US Olympic sailors from Kilroy Realty, and the development of the new Siebel Sailors Program supported by Tom Siebel. This past summer saw the inaugural three-regatta US Sailing Open Series in California as a new component of the US Sailing Olympic development program.
Additional background from US Sailing informs us that Jepsen will be succeeding Cory Sertl, whose tenure has focused on three strategic pillars: Olympic and high-performance sailing, membership experience and value, and organizational effectiveness. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve as president of US Sailing’s board for the last three years,” said Sertl. “I am confident that Rich Jepsen will continue to lead the board and US Sailing on the journey toward excellence. Rich brings a breadth of experience and knowledge of the array of items US Sailing must tackle and a dedication to improving our programs and customer service.”
“In the last three years US Sailing has been through one of the most transformative periods in its history,” said Rich. “Now, with a deeply skilled leadership team installed, we are poised for international competitive success, greatly improved service to members, and operational excellence. My board colleagues and I will stay the course plotted under Cory’s leadership, following the tenets of our strategic plan.”
Jepsen’s plans for US Sailing during his tenure will build upon the board’s ongoing strategies while introducing new and important focuses. He plans to encourage transparency and lead with curiosity. He aims to support the excellent leadership of the US Sailing Team and the US Sailing Foundation as they continue the biggest transformation in American Olympic sailing history, as well as continuing the support of staff leadership’s efforts to transform the organizational culture, effectiveness and accountability started under Sertl’s presidency. “This will be especially important to our mission of service to our members,” said Jepsen. “We must provide value and promote that effectively to our membership, and we must also clearly and continually articulate our efforts to improve sailing for everyone, so they see their dues making a difference.”
Jepsen also plans to focus on increasing diversity, from the grassroots to the boardroom. “Our sport needs to be more popular, and there is an entire demographic that is under the misapprehension it is not for them,” said Jepsen. “We’ll have to work from the top of the organization to the grassroots. We’ll recruit for the leadership and, using our public access sailing organizations, recruit for the base.”
There is a tremendous amount of new energy and opportunity coming from sailors all across the country. We believe that US Sailing and Rich Jepsen will make sure it’s a strong, national organization with the support of all California sailors.