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Great Pumpkin Spotted in Richmond


Each October, as Halloween approaches, the Great Pumpkin visits San Francisco Bay. This is not Linus van Pelt’s Great Pumpkin, rather it is Richmond Yacht Club’s Great Pumpkin Regatta. The festivities began with a pumpkin carving party and pasta feed for kids on Friday evening and continued with three buoy races on three courses in the Southampton and Berkeley Circle racing areas. A Saturday-night costume contest with a Dia de los Muertos theme followed.

Ladies in costume
This circus ringmaster and pirate wench compete against each another in the Santa Cruz 27 fleet.
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Costume contest
When the dance band, Shark Sandwich, took a break, RYC awarded prizes for the best costumes.
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Melania says "I don't care."
Now that’s really scary!
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Sunday’s events included a pursuit race around Angel Island and Alcatraz (skippers’ choice of direction), pumpkin hunting on the racecourse, and a nautical trivia quiz (see Monday’s ‘Lectronic Latitude for the trivia questions, and check back on Friday for the answers).

Lois Lane dismasted
Some frightening moments in the pursuit race included Lois Lane’s mast coming down. She snagged the Little Alcatraz buoy in her rigging.
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juniors with pumpkins
Little pumpkin hunters won flashlights (conveniently, just in time for trick-or-treating) and pumpkin pies. One young sailor seems to have found a soccer ball.
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We’ll have a race report and more photos in the December issue of Latitude 38, to be published on November 30.

Cal 20 start
In a pursuit race, the slowest boats start first (in this case, two Cal 20s).
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California Condor crew
The catamaran HMB Boys & Girls Club was the first boat to finish, and the Antrim Class 40 California Condor (some of her crew is pictured here) was the first monohull to finish the pursuit race. They won bottles of Trinitas wine in addition to regatta flags.
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Because Latitude 38’s office is in a ‘Halloween neighborhood’, we’ll be closing early, at 4 p.m., this afternoon, to allow our crew to escape before the ghouls and goblins invade the streets. Happy Halloween!

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