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SIGHTINGS favorite saying on the jury-rigged main: “Make your life a dream and turn that dream into reality.” “This trip has opened me up toward others,” Fontenoy replied when asked about her future. “I think it will very probably be the last one I do by myself. I want to devote myself to others. But now I am really longing to have a shower and dress up like a girl.” — ld

ayala cove open . . . again We reported in last month’s Sightings that the long-awaited mooring field at Angel Island was closed within days of its reopening in mid-February. The lines and floats that hold the eco-friendly moorings’ chains off the sea bed rose to the surface at low tide and fouled several boat props. Angel Island Park Superintendent Dave Matthews immediately reported the problem to the Department of Boating and Waterways, the Most of the boats using Ayala Cove’s 27 new moorings are pointing in the right direction — toward Richmond. government agency responsible for the new mooring field, and the field was promptly closed. Matthews reported that DBW fast-tracked the repairs and, to the DBW’s credit, the moorings were fixed and open again within two weeks. If you’re planning on checking out the new moorings, Matthews suggests tying up to the docks to register before taking a mooring. Park staff will advise boaters of the proper way to tie up in the field ,but here’s a quick primer: Always secure lines to buoys fore and aft, facing northeast (pointing toward Richmond); only two boats can raft together on each pair of buoys — any more than that could be dangerous; and, like campsites at state parks, check-out is at noon. — ld

real lifesavers On February 27, Gig Harbor, WA-based cruisers Bruce Smith and Jan Hein, whom we featured in a November Sightings article, became real lifesavers. The couple were aboard their 34-ft gaff ketch Woodwind on the tail end of a 12-day passage to the Dominican Republic from Panama when, just before noon, Jan spotted something sticking out of the water. At first glance, it appeared to be a fishing boat. Aware that they were within 10 miles of Haiti, one of the more unstable and volatile areas in the Western Hemisphere, alarms went off. We’ll let Jan tell the rest of the story: As we neared their position, the image of a fishing boat disintegrated. It was too high out of the water and too small. Finally, we could see we were looking at the bow of a boat standing six feet out of the water, pointing skyward; the rest of it was obscured by the sea. Clinging to it was what looked like two or three people. “Bring her around,” Bruce shouted, as he went below to make a Mayday call. Bravo II answered immediately and was extremely helpful in relay calls between us and help onshore. Woodwind was slowly coming closer behind the wreck, giving us the best look yet at who and what we were dealing with. We could see there were a man and a woman flung over the underside of the jutting bow. I took down the mainsail and Bruce doused the foresails. “We’ve got to pick them up now,” I said. “We can’t leave them there any longer.” “I agree.” continued on outside column of next sightings page

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Latitude 38 April 2007  

The April 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 April 2007  

The April 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.