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August 2, 2023

Bay Area Couple Join ‘Translated 9’ for Ocean Globe Race

Bay Area husband and wife Paul and Teresa Marshall are each joining a leg of the upcoming Ocean Globe Race as crew aboard the Italian-based Swan 65 Translated 9, sister ship to the local Translated 9 US, often seen out on the Bay. The pair are sailing separate legs of the 27,000-mile sprint around the globe, with each leg expected to take around one month to complete.

The idea to join the race was born from both their involvement with the project and the months-long pandemic shutdowns. “We were out of sailing for quite a while,” Paul told us from the couple’s Sunnyvale home.

Paul & Teresa Marshall Ocean Globe Race
Paul (left) and Teresa Marshall by the banner for the Cape to Rio Race, which Paul crewed in.
© 2023 Paul Marshall

“We had just started getting back into it [sailing],” Teresa said, “via one of the sailing clubs in early 2020, when Marco Trombetti, whom I had known for years since we worked in the same field, shared his idea of joining the Ocean Globe Race, and we got involved with the project.”

While growing up in southern Germany, Teresa would sail with her parents on Lake Starnberg. Along with pleasure sailing, Teresa and her family competed in class races, and later cruised through Greece and Turkey aboard a 40-ft Hylas. Eventually she got her own German sailing license for her country’s domestic waters.

Teresa aboard Translated 9 in San Francisco in October 2021.
© 2023 Paul Marshall

In the meantime, Paul was gaining his chubby, toddler sea legs on San Diego Bay aboard his parents’ “tiny, tinny aluminum sailboat.” When the family moved to Texas they daysailed Galveston Bay in a J/24. Later, as a young adult with a goal of backpacking around the world, Paul was working three jobs in Hawaii when he was introduced to a retired airline pilot with a 60-ft Lidgard cruiser/race boat, Final Approach, who was looking for some younger crew to help sail the South Pacific. Paul spent the next four years circumnavigating and crewing in races including the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Spice Islands Darwin Ambon Yacht Race, Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta, Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, the ARC Rally, and the Transpac Race.

Paul aboard Translated 9 mid-ocean, somewhere.
© 2023 Teresa Marshall

It was during his circumnavigation that he and Teresa met. “… [The] boat was in Gibraltar waiting for the start of the ARC from the Canaries. Teresa was touring Spain with a friend after spending the summer in Madrid learning Spanish. She was wandering along the quay taking pictures of the boats and saw the boat from Hawaii … and 29 years later, here we are!”

The couple eventually moved to the Bay Area, though as they were focused on their young family and their work, sailing was sporadic. Later, when Teresa became involved with the Translated 9 project on the Bay, Paul came aboard to help and crew. As the team’s Ocean Globe Race ambitions gained traction, it all became “more real” and both Teresa and Paul knew they wanted to join the boat. They did the required Safety at Sea training, and joined a trial passage designed to weed out anyone who could not cope with the long ocean legs that make up the eight-month-long race. They both passed with flying colors.

Come September, Teresa will join Translated 9 Italy in Southhampton, UK, for the first leg to Cape Town, SA. Paul will then join the crew for the challenging second leg, which will cross the Southern Ocean before arriving in Auckland, NZ.

“I would love to do Leg 4,” Teresa said, admitting she didn’t like the idea of sailing the Southern Ocean leg. Along with the adventure and incredible learning opportunity, she looks forward to the camaraderie of everyone “pulling together.” And while it is just a “little bit scary,” her greatest fear is running out of food. “Will there be enough?” she laughs.

Paul had different concerns. Safety, of course, is always paramount, but he says hearing Paul Cayard’s tales of the cold Southern Ocean was enough to make him shiver (Cayard helped train the crew aboard Translated 9 in S.F. Bay). But his anticipation of the time spent offshore, “the rhythm of the boat life,” and “being removed and off the grid” will be enough to add a few degrees to his core.

Good Jibes #101: Ravi Parent on Winning With Different Boats

This week’s host, John Arndt, is joined by world champion sailor and design engineer Ravi Parent. Ravi is the 2022 US Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and is the only sailor other than Glenn Ashby to have won the A-Cat Worlds, F18 Europeans and F18 Worlds in a single year.

Good Jibes #101: Ravi Parent
What are Ravi’s secrets to success?
© 2023 James Tomlinson Photography

Hear some of Ravi’s secrets to success when it comes to racing, what’s changed in a decade of foiling, the keys to race prep, what the US can do to improve in the Olympics, and how he fits in time to practice.

This episode covers everything from making sailing history to training. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear:

  • How did Ravi transition from traditional youth sailing to multihulls?
  • Has he always liked competition?
  • How much does it help to understand the physics of sailing?
  • What projects is Ravi working on now?
  • How does he train for races?
  • Who are his mentors?
  • What kind of coaching has he done?
  • Short Tacks: Does he do any cruising?

Learn more about Ravi on Instagram @RaviParent and at RaviParent.com.

Listen to the episode on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Podcasts, and your other favorite podcast spots — follow and leave a 5-star review if you’re feeling the Good Jibes!

Wooden Boats and Canal Boating With Vince Casalaina

Bay Area Snipe sailor and videographer Vince Casalaina sent in this photo of canal life in the Netherlands, saying, “In July I was in Friesland on Kim Paternoster and David Parker’s canal boat with my partner Debbie Dille. The four of us traveled for seven days to a new city every night. Below is my driving on an easy stretch of a canal — not much traffic and lots of room on each side.”

Vince Casalaina Friesland
Vince at the helm of Kim and David’s canal barge.
© 2023 Friends

“My favorite part was driving their boat through a tiny fixed bridge with two feet of clearance on each side and just over a foot clearance under the bridge. Lots of deep breathing as we motored through.”

Vince is currently organizing a documentary called Wind in Their Sails: Preserving History on San Francisco Bay, about the caretakers of the Bay Area’s classic yachts, with shooting planned for May through September next year and the film’s premiere in summer 2025. More on the movie can be seen in the Master Mariners e-zine The Shellback, or you can email Vince here. An example of his classic video work below is from a documentary he produced in the late ’80s.

Life on the canals of Friesland looks pretty nice, and we look forward to seeing more on sailing classic yachts on San Francisco Bay.

Job Opportunity: ‘Latitude 38’ Peninsula Delivery Driver

Be the person that everyone loves to see each month! We’re looking for a new Latitude 38 magazine delivery driver. Imagine delivering bundles of joy to sailors throughout the Bay Area. This particular vacancy is for the Peninsula route, which starts at the St. Francis Yacht Club and ends at Sierra Point YC in Brisbane.

December delivery day
Look at those smiles!
© 2023 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John

It’s the perfect sailor’s job: 29 days off every month! On the first of each month you will deliver Latitude 38 magazines to our Bay Area distributors. That’s it! Take the rest of the month off and go sailing.

Visit Dana at Spinnaker Sailing in Redwood City.
© 2023 Rich Ferrari

Our drivers are also ambassadors for the West Coast’s premier sailing and marine magazine. Applicants should feel comfortable engaging with our wonderful distribution team and maintaining relationships with sailing and marine businesses in the Bay Area. An ideal candidate will keep track of the magazines delivered to each location and look out for new distribution locations.

Be a Latitude ambassador.
It’s always fun to stop by and see Latitude 38 distributors like Angie Rowland at Tradewinds Sailing.
© 2023 Bob

To apply, send your résumé and cover letter with sailing experience by email to [email protected] with “Latitude Driver” in the subject line. Please, no phone calls!

One Month Left To Sign Up for the (Last?) Baja Ha-Ha

The Grand Poobah’s Baja Ha-Ha updates still allude to the possibility of this year being the last for the famous cruising rally to Mexico. We certainly hope it doesn’t come to that. Read on to hear about and be inspired to join the fleet for this 10-day cruise south.

It’s just a month until the official deadline for signing up for what very likely may be the last Baja Ha-Ha ever. So if you want to be a part of Ha-Ha history, it’s high time to make your move. The number of paid Ha-Ha entries currently stands at 91. That’s a lower number than normal, which is fine with the Poobah. Quality always trumps quantity, and there are a lot of terrific and experienced entries in this year’s 29th Ha-Ha. Traveler, for example. Here’s their bio:

Traveler — North Wind 47, Michael and Barbara Lawler, Newport Beach (2019 Ha-Ha)
Michael, 70, is an estate planning attorney, while Barbara, bless her heart, is a 7th grade English teacher. Both have held 100-ton licenses from the Coast Guard. Their two crew have yet to be identified.

“I was on the USC Sailing Team in college,” Michael reports, “and since then have competed in seven Transpacs and have about 100,000 miles at sea. Barbara has raced in six Transpacs, each time being voted Most Valuable Crew Member. She and I have done five Transpacs together, three on Traveler, including a First to Finish trophy in the Cruising Class in 2019. This will be my second Ha-Ha, as I did the 2019 with friends Bill and Owen on Moonlight Lady. This will be Barbara’s first.

“Back in July of 2010 Barbara and I completed a three-year circumnavigation with Traveler, sailing a westabout circumnavigation through the Suez and Panama canals. We visited 64 countries on six continents. Traveler is a North Wind 47 built in Barcelona in 1985.

“Barbara and I each have held a 100-ton captain’s license (retired). Before our fortuitous meeting at the Hawaii YC following the 2005 Transpac, Barbara lived aboard a Peterson 44 for five years cruising the Caribbean.

“After the Ha-Ha, we plan to cross over to the mainland, taking a slip at Marina Mazatlán for a couple of weeks, then continuing on south as far as Acapulco before slowly working our way back up into the Sea of Cortez. We’ll spend about eight months altogether, cruising Mexico before doing the Bash back to Newport Beach around the first of June.”

Barbara and Michael Lawler no doubt have more than a few tips to share with any newbie cruisers looking for advice.
© 2023 Baja Ha-Ha

Naturally you don’t have to have Michael and Barbara’s experience to sign up for the Ha-Ha. But if you’re relatively new to cruising and/or have dreams of a circumnavigation, it’s nice to know there will be members of the fleet whose brains can be picked for advice based on experience.

Michael and Barbara are already favorites of the Poobah because they’ve also sent in a couple of nice photos for the Meet the Fleet booklet that each entry will receive during the Last Cheeseburger in Paradise Costume Kick-Off Party at the West Marine Superstore in San Diego.

Baja Ha-Ha XXIX. If it’s going to be the very last Ha-Ha, the Grand Poobah is going to do everything in his power to make it the best ever.