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February 14, 2022

Flamingo FUNd Race the Highlight of Fiesta de Veleros

The second annual Flamingo FUNd Race on Friday raised fun and funds for the schools of Barra de Navidad. The pursuit race for cruisers, many sailing their full-time homes, started in very light breeze off the beach, near the entrance to the Laguna and the Isla de Navidad resort and marina. Bright sunshine, 84º air temperatures, and 80º water set the stage for this, the main event of a week of sailing and shoreside activities.

Light air start
A light-air start, with the first leg downwind toward the beach. Sixteen boats entered; all started, and all were able to finish, despite appearances here.
© 2022 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris
Carmanah and Hey Ya
John and Donna DeMeyer’s C&C 43 Carmanah and Andy Barrow’s Vallarta Yacht Club-based Beneteau Oceanis 390 Hey Ya in the first leg. Five catamarans and 11 monohulls raced.
© 2022 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

Spectators in nearby beach restaurants placed bets and shopped auction items.

Teachers from the local school
The teachers from the Miguel Lopez de Legazpi school took a long lunch break and joined their director, Yuridia, to watch the race start and check out auction items before running back to school.
© 2022 Courtesy Linda Bello-Ruiz
School kids with signs
Students from Ignacio Manuel Altamirano Federal Elementary, one of the beneficiary schools, went out to show their support and thanks to the race fleet. Pictured with them is Linda Bello-Ruiz, one of the event organizers, left, in the white T-shirt.
© 2022 Courtesy Linda Bello-Ruiz

The wind did eventually fill in; one of the sailors reported a breeze of 10 knots. The second lap of the two-lap triangle course went much more quickly than the first lap.

The race course
A diagram of the race course.
© 2022 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris
Race committee
The race committee: John Adams with Joey, Sue Adams, Terry McGlashan and Bella Wisniewski. Hailing from Sausalito, the Adams family anchored their Fountaine Pajot 41, Winston, to serve as signal boat. Terry’s husband Graham raced their cruising cat, Jazz. Bella, 15, lives aboard her family’s FP Venezia 42, Bella Luna.
© 2022 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

Rick Antles and Susan Zuelke’s Cavalier sloop White Raven caught up and passed earlier starters Sonrisa and Dolce during the third leg. The crew held off a fierce sortie by Eric and Kim Rimkus’s Beneteau 461 Gladiator to win the race. We’ll have much more on the race and the week’s activities in the March issue of Latitude 38. Also be sure to see our posts from Barra in last week’s ‘Lectronic Latitude.

Valentine’s Day: Love at First Sight?

We know it’s happened. You’re flipping through the pages of Latitude 38 on February 14, the day before our classified deadline, and suddenly, it’s love at first sight. The one love you just can’t live without.

We were looking through to see what’s showed up in the pages lately when we came across the Cal 39 Kukui for sale. Of course, the Cal 39 is a well-known California classic racer/cruiser, and there are many of them up and down the coast and around the world. Bob Walden is one local owner who successfully races his Cal 39, Sea Star, on the Bay. Kukui has been on the Bay for over a decade, but is now in the Sea of Cortez and all set for someone to take her cruising.

Cal 39 Kukui
This Cal 39 is currently lying in the Sea of Cortez and looking for a new owner.
© 2022 Kukui

The pages of Latitude 38 are a veritable print and digital filled with potential sailing mates. You’ll find them in the numerous ads from our many stellar West Coast brokers or in the ever-changing Classy Classifieds. If you’re looking for your next love interest, have a look at the pages of Latitude 38. If it’s time for a change, make sure you add your boat for sale by 5 p.m. tomorrow, the 15th. We’ll keep it just between us and all of our Latitude 38 readers.

More San Francisco Sailing History on the Bay

The thing about history is that there is more of it every day. In a recent ‘Lectronic Latitude we posted just a few from a treasure trove of historical photos uncovered by the Wulzen family. Their father, Frank Wulzen, was a photographer and captured many terrific photos from the ’30s and ’40s, including the one below, which they believe is the Star of France and likely the last square rigger being towed out the Gate for scrap. The story appeared in the San Francisco Examiner on November 3, 1932.

Star of France - History on the Bay
The last of the Alaska Packers, the Star of France, leaves the Gate on her final trip south to the scrapyard.
© 2022 Frank Wulzen

The San Francisco Examiner says the Star of France was built in Ireland in the 1880s, was brought around Cape Horn, and was one of the last iron “Star” ships launched. When the Alaska Packer fishing fleets ended their trips, which sailed from the docks by Alameda’s Fortman Marina to Alaska, they idled in Alameda for many years.

Star of France
Story on the Star of France from the San Francisco Examiner in 1932.
© 2022 San Francisco Examiner

Chris Boome sent in one of his favorite photos from yesteryear — a classic schooner sailing on San Francisco Bay.

Schooner CHISPA
The schooner CHISPA powered up on the Bay.
© 2022 Unknown

Boome purchased this shot of the centerboard schooner CHISPA at a StFYC auction in the 1980s. The caption says she is one of the great schooners of the ’80s (the 1880s) and shows her power-beating across the channel to Meiggs Wharf, which in the day was an exceptionally long, L-shaped pier built by Henry Mieggs. It stretched 1,600 to 2,000 feet into the Bay by North Beach, off the northeast corner of San Francisco.

The caption goes on to say, “Contrary to popular impression, these big centerboarders were at their best in a real breeze and going to windward, and boats of the CHSPA‘s general model dominated the races on San Francisco Bay in the days when waterline length was the only consideration in handicapping.”

As Scoop Nisker used to say on KFOG, “If you don’t like the news today, go out and make some of your own.”