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July 15, 2022

Pyewacket 70 Finishes Pacific Cup Race

Roy Pat Disney’s turbo Volvo 70 Pyewacket 70 has completed the Pacific Cup, first to finish, much as expected. But it was not a record-setting year; Manouch Moshayedi’s Rio100 retains the record for fastest passage. Pyewacket finished at 11:05:59 HST yesterday, for an elapsed time of 6 days, 0 hours, 30 minutes and 59 seconds. They currently hold first place overall on corrected time as well. Check out the drone video of their arrival:

Pyewacket’s 18-ft draft (wow, not a typo!) will keep them out of Kaneohe. “Though we would love to come and join the party at KYC, our draft of 18-ft precludes us from enjoying the party there, so we will be headed immediately to Honolulu as planned and previously arranged.”

Waves from Pyewacket 70
The 13 souls on Pyewacket 70 would touch land in Honolulu, not Kaneohe.
© 2022 Pacific Cup Yacht Club

“We averaged over 21.5 knots for over 5 hours straight,” Pyewacket reported on Thursday morning. “Such an amazing boat. Great crew, and a bit of a sad moment to think this could be the boat’s final approach to a Hawaiian Island finish line as Pyewacket70.” Hmmm, what are they saying…?

Division Leaders

Other division leaders include the Cal 40 Azure, which sailed a more northerly course than the bulk of the fleet; the J/111 Raku; the Express 37 Spindrift V; the J/105 Free Bowl of Soup; the J/125 Hamachi; the doublehanded Dogpatch 26 Moonshine; and the doublehanded Alerion 38 Surprise! Solis, a 46-ft Hans Christian, sailing alone in the Cruising Division, is bringing up the rear.

Cal 40 Azure
Rodney Pimentel’s Encinal Yacht Club-based Cal 40 Azure at the start on the Fourth of July.
© 2022 Will Burkhart

The next boat expected to arrive is Alan Lubner’s Zvi. The R/P 55 is 300 miles out as of this writing and a bit north of the rhumbline. The race committee expects the “the floodgates [to] open over the weekend.”

Media man Ronnie Simpson reported on Wednesday that, “Kolea DH1 remains one of the most entertaining races on course due to the big north/south split that has existed since day one. Bill and Melinda Erkelens on the Moore 24 Foamy had this writer firmly in their camp and buying into their southerly strategy early. But as the wind has softened for many southerly boats, they appear to have faded. Marc Andrea Klimaschewski and David Rogers on the Dogpatch 26 Moonshine continue to move well up north of rhumbline, with Amanda and Brian Turner on the Beneteau First 10R CruzSea Baby off their hip and just behind.”

Weather Concerns

Weather Routing Inc. opined that “Hurricane Darby is not a threat to the race and is expected to pass south of Hawaii in a much weakened form during the 16/17th timeframe. It will, however, kick up some southeasterly swell that will propagate into the grids in the next several days. Tropical Low #7 likewise is not a threat and is expected to remain farther east.”

Tracker shot
This morning’s YB Tracker shot shows the fleet approaching Hawaii, with the remnants of Hurricane Darby well south of the competitors.
© 2022 Pacific Cup Yacht Club / Windy

See more at and We’ll feature the Pacific Cup in the August issue of Latitude 38.

Checking in on the Vic-Maui

The Pacific Cup has been getting better breeze than the Vic-Maui Race. Charlotte Gann reported yesterday:

“There’s an amendment to 6.3 of the Sailing Instructions — the time limit is now extended to 1000 HST on Tuesday, July 26. Unfortunately, the awards banquet is fixed and will proceed on July 23 as planned.” Phoenix reported that they’re completing their “51st Driftsure.”

“Wind — there isn’t much; requests for wind have come in from Red Sheilla (send wind), Xiomara (becalmed, a valiant crew dove to remove rope from the rudder), Flow (NO WIND!), Annie M (flat calm, not looking good). Much of the fleet is moving toward the trade winds soon.

“Outbreak found a monster glass ball float! These are getting rarer, so a great coup for the boat.

“The YB Tracker has created a new page which shows the Vic-Maui and Pac Cup races on the same page: in addition to the page for the Vic-Maui Race:

YB tracker
The blue boats are in the Pacific Cup; the yellow boats are in the Vic-Maui. You can see the indigo blob that is the Pacific High. Peligroso, Doug Baker’s Long Beach-based Kernan 68, is the yellow boat way out in front. We’d guess they’ll reach Lahaina tomorrow morning.
© 2022 YB Tracker / Windy

Oyster Cove Marina Liveaboards Have Been Told to Evict on Short Notice

In mid-June, notices of eviction were posted on the roughly 110 boats remaining at Oyster Cove Marina in South San Francisco, where a number of liveaboards reside. The 50-ish acres immediately upland of the marina are in the midst of an expansion of a biotech campus, but the company managing the marina has told slip holders that, at present, there are absolutely no plans for the 220-ish-slip marina itself.

It is not clear why there’s a rush to evict slip holders.

The June 16 eviction notices gave Oyster Cove Marina (or OCM) residents just two weeks to sign a document agreeing to leave by October. If they sign the contract, residents will receive four free months of rent; some residents were also offered $10,000. The original deadline to sign this agreement was June 30; after an outcry from residents, who reached out to South San Francisco city officials, the deadline was eventually extended to July 31 to those who hadn’t yet signed.

“We are trying to get some relief to our Oyster Cove Marina residents, and advocating for more grace and humanity from the marina’s management company and property owners in the form of more time and economic assistance with the displacement,” said Lucia Lachmayr, who has a 39-ft custom-built trawler at OCM, and stays on her boat a few nights week.

Oyster Cove Marnia residents have hired a lawyer, who has asked to extend the eviction date to February 2023, citing the difficulty of finding liveaboard slips in the Bay. The residents are also advocating to the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, or BCDC, to lift the 10% cap on liveaboards at other Peninsula marinas to help the OCM residents find nearby slips.

The impending closure of Oyster Cove Marina raises larger questions about public access to the Bay, recreational boating infrastructure, the small quota for liveaboards, and housing in general. In the Bay Area, and the West Coast at large, boats play a significant role in what has been called a “naturally occurring” affordable-housing ecosystem.

First things first: Just where is Oyster Cove Marina? It is actually (and confusingly) right next to Oyster Point Marina, a public facility run by the San Mateo Harbor District. Oyster Cove Marina, which we’re pointing to with big red arrows in the pictures above, is a private facility tucked into the inland waters of South San Francisco. (Strangely, Oyster Cove Marina does not appear on any internet searches or maps.) Brisbane Marina sits to the north of the “Oyster” properties.
© 2022 Google Earth

It is not clear how many people currently reside full-time on their boats at Oyster Cove Marina — it may be as many as 30, but only 14 liveaboards are recognized as “permitted,” and were offered the $10,000 relocation payment. Eleven residents have reportedly signed the agreement; some people described feeling pressured or even panicked to sign within the short timeline given.

Sources have told us that many residents at OCM who had a valid contract with the marina as permitted, full-time liveaboards, and who paid appropriately higher fees for that status, were later pressured to accept reclassification as “extended stay,” and have not been offered the $10,000 relocation payment, though they have been offered the four months of free rent. The attorney representing the slip holders believes this “forced reclassification” of liveaboard status is likely an unfair business practice based on a bad-faith breach of contract.

The majority of the liveaboards have been described as “elderly,” or over 60; some have lived at OCM for decades.

Oyster Cove Marina is tucked away against Highway 101 and the hills of South San Francisco.
© 2022

On June 15, Sausalito-based Tideline Marine Solutions (TMS) assumed management of the Oyster Cove Marina, which is owned by Southern California-based Kilroy Realty Corporation. Neither group would comment for this story, or offer clarification for the long-term plans for the docks. At some point after Kilroy bought the upland property in 2018, OCM stopped accepting new tenants, so the marina is presently about half full. Several residents have said that once Kilroy bought the property, they were led to believe that slip holders would be able to remain, including liveaboards.

On their website, TMS describes themselves as a subsidiary of Tideline Marine Group, a “small-scale ferry and on-demand service on behalf of the Port of San Francisco.” We think it’s safe to assume that this will be a service provided for the growing tech industry on the shores of Oyster Cove Marina.

“Both myself and the slip holders are impressed with Tideline — they were very polite and professional in their initial meeting with slip holders, and fully heard them out,” said Alison Madden, the attorney hired to represent OCM slip holders. Madden also represented liveaboards at the former Pete’s Harbor — several of whom ended up moving to Oyster Cove — as well as Docktown, where she still has a houseboat. “We want their venture to succeed,” Madden said of Tideline. “We just see no reason to fully evict and clear a public-trust marina when there are no plans for the subsequent use.”

Madden said that it’s “heartless” to evict long-term tenants, many of whom are at-risk, when there are no stated plans for OCM at all. “The notices and time frame are as bad as what happened at Pete’s and Docktown, if not worse,” she told us.

“Why do so much harm to so many vulnerable people?” Madden added, pointing out the number of elderly, low- and fixed-income and disabled people who currently reside at Oyster Cove Marina. (There is also at least one Vietnam veteran residing at OCM “who was forced off permitted liveaboard status under the threat of eviction, and who is not being offered the relocation benefit,” Madden said.)

Madden described the “at-risk” designation is for becoming homeless if the October deadline is not extended, and said that the compensation being offered is insufficient for all slip holders. “These liveaboards are unlikely to find local, comparable liveaboard slips on such short notice. Every slip holder currently residing at OCM should be treated as similarly situated for purposes of relocation benefits, as they all rightly believed they were properly leased under the BCDC permit.”

Lucia Lachmayr said that there’s a strong possibility that some OCM liveaboards will become illegal anchor-outs.

While Oyster Cove Marina is a private facility, Madden told us that all marinas are coupled with various public-trust commitments, such as ensuring public access to the water — a BCDC statute requires all developments to have the maximum public access possible. Closing any marina immediately reduces access, and also eliminates “an opportunity to leverage this category of naturally occurring, low-impact, low-income and affordable living spaces,” Madden said.

“This benefits all cities and counties, and can satisfy at least some part of the housing element of their General Plans, and meet some of their regional housing obligations,” Madden told us.

A Pleasant Day on the Way to Half Moon Bay

We’re often told it’s the journey, not the destination, but in the case of the One Way to Half Moon Bay Race, it was a coin toss. The race down was a decidedly light and pleasant affair, with most of the tactical genius cards being played on the departure from the Golden Gate. This is where we relearned the lesson to pay attention to the wiser and more frequent racers in the fleet, such as Jim Quanci and the Cal 40 Green Buffalo crew.

The flood was turning to an ebb at the 10 a.m. start, so we headed out the Gate aboard Randy and Jennifer Gridley’s Sabre 38 MkII Aegea, with the mistaken belief that there might be more ebb to the south. Maybe there was, but regardless, when we reached the channel marker to head south toward Half Moon Bay, Green Buffalo was already far ahead. And that was all right; there was plenty of time for us to catch up with one another, spot some whales, contemplate all our good-to-have but not-needed-today safety gear, and imagine a magic wind line that would somehow find only our sails. We tweaked and trimmed, generally kept weight to leeward, and relaxed over a nice lunch around the cockpit table (weight aft).

Aboard AgeaAboard Agea
It was a gray day, with flat water, gentle breezes and warm air.
© 2022 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John

We jib-reached right down the rhumbline while the Cal 39 Sea Star took the coastal route with a spinnaker pole on the headstay. Green Buffalo and the Santana 35 Ahi took the offshore route to avoid the hole at Point Montara. Though we had breeze the entire leg, there must have been a hole, as it was around Point Montara that the offshore boats seemed to move farther ahead. It’s also where Ahi generously got on the radio to let us know we needed to pass outside the restricted Point Montara buoy.

That’s kind of the race report. We’ll let you know who won at the end.

Agea Mooring team
Blue skies greet the crack Aegea mooring team of Jennifer Gridley, Jason Westenburg and Michael Rossi.
© 2022 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John

It was the destination that doubled the pleasure. We had a great sail down and, as we rounded the breakwater, the clouds parted, the water flattened even further, and vacant mooring buoys awaited us right in front of our host, the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club.

The club Whaler came out to guide us to a buoy not already taken by earlier finishers. We had a quick cleanup, a cold beer, and a 15-second race debrief before contemplating the important question of when we should go ashore for dinner.

HMBYC Gangway
Take a long walk off a short plank. The HMBYC gangway isn’t long enough to reach to shore from the docks, but fortunately it floats, and cables pull you across.
© 2022 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John

The shuttle came to take us to shore via the offshore dock and cable-connected gangway. A slick operation. Once there, we were lamenting that more people hadn’t raced, and that not all who did came to the club. It’s a shame. We understand the busy world and are in no position to cast stones, but we would suggest you think hard about participating before you say, “We’re too busy.” It’s a great destination for a race and also for a Northern California weekend cruise. Though the good thing about smaller attendance was the availability of a sunny picnic table right on the beach. Perfect.

HMBYC Picnic Table
The table was as flat as the ocean that day, and just as enjoyable.
© 2022 Latitude 38 Media LLC / A friend on the beach.

The cold, hard facts were that we managed to come in third out of four in PHRO 3, since one boat did not make the U-turn to round that darn restricted Point Montara buoy. First was Jim Quanci and Green Buffalo, and second was Andy Newell with Ahi.

In PHRO 1 it was Nesrin Basoz and the J/111 Swift Ness in first, James Goldberg and Psycho Tiller II in second, and Andrew Lindstrom with the 1D35 Leading Lady in third. In PHRO 2 it was Mike and Sean Mahoney aboard their Tartan 101 Story Maker in first, Steven Gordon’s J/88 Inconceivable in second, and the honorary third (actually retired) went to John Ahrens and his crew aboard the J/109 Reverie, who did come to the club for a birthday celebration.

The org chart on Reverie is flat, with all admirals aboard. However, it was birthday girl Molie Malone who took the cake.
© 2022 John

It was a great day offshore and onshore, making both the journey and the destination well worth missing whatever we thought we should be busy doing instead. See you next year. Check the full results here.

P.S. For those who read Monday’s story on the yacht club refrigerator the answer was Half Moon Bay Yacht Club. The winner of the hat was HMBYC member Rea Inglesis. Congreatulations. 

Wooden Boats Are Captivating at Any Time

Last month’s Wooden Boat Show provided us with an opportunity to share photos of a few of the Bay Area’s sailing beauties. But more photos came our way after we’d published, so we thought, why not keep sharing the joy?

The object of today’s sailing eye candy is Mark Sanders’ Hurrica V. The 72-ft Nicholson ketch was built and launched in Sydney, Australia, in 1924. This year, almost 100 years later, Hurrica V was awarded the MMBA Wooden Boat Show’s Stone Cup for the Best of Show and professionally-done restoration.

Wooden boat at dock
Resplendent in gleaming finshes, Hurrica V receives admiring visitors at the 2022 Wooden Boat Show.
© 2022 Roland Wood
Owner Mark Sanders (center in dark-blue cap) gives visitors the grand tour.
© 2022 Roland Wood
Hurrica V stern
Her classic lines and tall masts draw the eye of sailors and non-sailors alike.
© 2022 Roland Wood

But her recent show success is not all this beautiful boat is known for — according to her 2012 profile on, during the Second World War, Hurrica V was commandeered by the Royal Australian Navy, stripped down, and put to work as a search-and-rescue boat in Papua New Guinea. After her tenure she was restored to her sailing-yacht status, and in 1948, once more became a privately owned boat.

Unfortunately, as befalls many a sailboat, Hurrica V passed through the hands of several owners, most of whom did not appreciate her pedigree and potential, and by 2002 she was a sad old dame with extensive water damage to her hull and frames. But all was not lost. Sydney architect Steve Gunns saw the boat languishing on a mooring and embarked on an almost eight-year-long project to restore Hurrica V to her rightful glory, complete with many up-to-date modifications.

As could be expected, the revitalized sailboat went on to win Best Presented Yacht at the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club’s Gaffers Day (likely 2012). She also later made her movie debut in Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 remake of The Great Gatsby as the playboy Jay Gatsby’s yacht.

Mark and Maureen Sanders proudly pose with Hurrica V‘s trophies.
© 2022 Roland Wood

The question you may now be asking yourself is, “How did Hurrica V end up in California?” That, dear readers, is a story for another day…

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