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Jibe Ho-Ho-Ho!

December 14, 2009 – Auckland, NZ

We know what Dietmar's getting for Christmas
(Click on the photo to enlarge it.)

Bet we know what's at the top of Dietmar's Christmas list! Photo Courtesy Carinthia
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Dietmar Petutschnig, an experienced European sailor who's sailed a third of the way around the world since completing last year's Baja Ha-Ha, sent us this very illustrative photo of what happens to a boat's boom when an electric mainsheet works against a stout preventer. Oops!

Better days for Carinthia
Carinthia jumped the puddle last season and enjoyed a warm Tahitian welcome. Photo Latitude / Andy
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Petutschnig, who did the Pacific Puddle Jump last spring, reports that his Las Vegas-based Lagoon 440 Carinthia is now in Auckland, New Zealand, for repairs. Wonder if he's on Santa's 'Naughty' or 'Nice' list . . .

- latitude / ld

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New items in Our Chandlery

Classy Deadline the 15th


Weekend Racing Wrap-up

December 14, 2009 – The Bay

The weather oustisde might have been frightful, but it didn't stop a few dozen boats from showing up at the Berkeley YC's Midwinter Series over the weekend. Nearly 40 boats — including 10 Express 27s — showed up on Saturday to race in breeze that scratched the 30s at times and was accompanied by torrential downpours. All they needed were some good foulies and a "sailor heater" of the Kentuckian, Scottish, Irish, French or Mexican varieties. Another 20 boats showed up on Sunday — the two days are scored as seprate series — and got more of the same with less precipitiation. 

The sailors entered in RegattaPRO's Winter One Design Series chose to dream away a rainy day. PRO Jeff Zarwell said he started getting queries in the middle of the week from entrants wanting to know if the day was still on, so he sent an email to the fleet asking what people's plans were. He said that over 85% of the fleet responded and the answer was an overwhelming "no," or "I'll go if everyone else does." Faced with the prospect of not having enough boats to constitute divisions, Zarwell pulled the plug.

Did you take any racing photos — with what would ostensibly be a waterproof camera — on the Bay this weekend? We'd love to get them in the January issue, if you can send them here in the next few days.

- latitude / rg

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Ad: KKMI's Bluewater Paint Sale

December 14, 2009 – Pt. Richmond

Blue Water Paint
Copper Pro SCX 67 is on sale now at KKMI.
© 2017 Blue Water Marine Paint

Blue Water Marine Paint's Copper Pro SCX 67 Hard TM is on SALE at KKMI! Cans of Blue, Green, Red and Black are on sale now for just $149.99 a gallon.
Purchase the paint with a KKMI Bottom Painting Package and get a free haulout too!*

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Email or call the office now at (510) 235-5564 for a quote on bottom painting,  or visit the Chandlery Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
 
*when booked before the end of 2009.


KKMI

© 2017 KKMI / (510) 235-5564

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Mystery Med Kit Found

December 14, 2009 – Half Moon Bay

Denis Neumann reports that, on November 24, while walking the beach in Half Moon Bay, he spotted a small, bright yellow canvas pouch. "It was about 2" x 4" x 5" with two zippers and two velcro straps. I took it home and found that it's an emergency pack that was probably carried in a life raft or ditch bag. Attached to one of the zippers is an even smaller blue pack with 'CPR Savers' printed on the side. There are no other identifying marks.

Emergency Kit
Could this emergency kit have come from a sinking boat, or did it just accidentally fall overboard? © 2017 Denis Neuman

"In the larger pack there are a number of emergency items, such as a folding scissors, needles, bandages, a magnifying glass, fish hooks, etc. About 50 items, all told. It's obvious from the rusted and frozen state of the metal items that it was in the water for some time. Both bags were packed with sand, even though they were zipped shut.
 
"There's a strong southerly current in this area, so was probably lost somewhere to the north. I'm wondering if any of your readers may recognize this. I hate to think how this came to be lost."

If you have any ideas of how this emergency kit came to wash up in Half Moon Bay, email us. We'll pass on any info to Denis to ease his mind.

- latitude / ld

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Cruisers to Help Enforce Fishing Regs

December 14, 2009 – Mexico

Like many longtime Mexico cruisers, Chuck Houlihan and Linda Edeiken of the Allied 39 Jacaranda get frustrated when they observe illegal fishing practices which greatly impact Mexico's fragile marine ecosystem, especially since enforcement of existing laws is inadequate. But a new citizen-funded, citizen-manned vigilance patrol program called Observatorio Ciudadano (OC) encourages cruiser input. "It's a small step," says Chuck, "but at least its a step in the right direction, and its working!"

Thanks to legislation passed last year, fishing with hookahs, gill nets, and longlines (in near-shore waters) are all now illegal in Mexico, and cruisers are now being encouraged to report law-breakers to authorities. In near-shore waters, such as the southern Sea of Cortez, the herding of fish by hookah divers is said to have decimated many reef areas. According to the conservation website SeaWatch.org, "It is estimated that 90% of the reef fish are eliminated by this means of fishing. Today, the fish count is at a dangerously low level and on the verge of collapse."

fishing panga
In Mexico, fishing has never been an easy way to make a living. But conservationists fear that if illegal practices are not stopped, many near-shore fisheries will reach a point of collapse. Photo Latitude / Andy
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How can cruisers help? "The goal," according the SeaWatch, "is to get the cruising fleet in the Sea of Cortez and western mainland Mexico to help gather information on any hookah fishing and/or gill net and longline fishing on near shore reefs or rocky areas. Another important fishery being abused is the dorado fishery. Panga longliners are illegally taking fish reserved for sports fishing. Please report any of these pangas with surface longlines that you see. Pictures are very important."

Cruisers or vacationers may report violators via email, and their identity will remain confidential. The info gathered will be used to determine where there needs to be additional patrols, and to pressure government officials to enforce existing laws.

Reports should contain: 1) date and time; 2) your lat/long location; 3) location of observed illegal fishing; 4) type of illegal fishing; 5) type, color and Mexican ID number of vessel; 6) number of people onboard; 7) any specific identifying characteristics; 8) type of engine; 9) photos of vessel (critically important and can be submitted later when in WiFi range); 10) additional descriptive info.

- latitude / at

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