new-to-him Catana 431 Today from Costa Rica, where he purchased her, to California. Having been successful in the restaurant and most recently brewery business at Mammoth, he will keep the cat behind his home on the water on the Napa River this summer, and later on at a mooring behind his house at Orcas Island. What's unusual about his 431 is that she's got a Catana 471 mast — as is the case with the late John Walton's Catana 431 Bright Star. Walker's 431 brings the number of Catana 431s on the Bay to three, the others being Jitterbug and Paul Biery's New Focus. Biery has already put 24,000 ocean miles on his. We were pleased to receive the following note from Jeff and Debbie Hartjoy of the Longbranch, WA-based Baba 40 ketch Sailor's Run: "After doing the Ha-Ha and then cruising in the Pacific for seven years, we're back in the Bay Area. But we've already sent in for our Ha-Ha packet and will be seeing you in San Diego!" Wait until you folks meet the Hartjoys, two of the most energetic cruisers ever. "Because Panama Canal officials no
longer allow yachts to stop at the Pedro Miguel Boat Club at Miraflores Lake inside the Panama Canal, the club is almost defunct," write Craig Owings and Sarah Terry of the CSY 44 Pogo II. "As a result, our incomes have fallen to the point that we can no longer afford to pay to have the Latitudes you have so generously provided over the years shipped to Panama for distribution. It will be a loss for the folks used to reading Latitude in Panama, but that's the way it goes. Thanks for all your support over the years, and we hope you'll stop by the next time you're about to transit the Canal." We're really sorry to hear about the state of affairs at the Pedro Miguel Boat Club, which was one of the most unusual
The Hartjoys sent along this photo of a wreck on Tarawa to remind all mariners of the importance of careful navigation.
and historic cruiser hangouts in the world. Off the top of our heads, we can't remember a better faãlity for international cruisers to stop for a few months to work on their boats and soãalize. What's even worse is that it comes only several years after the Balboa YC — surely one of the most bizarre yacht clubs in the world — burned to the ground. They don't make them like the Pedro Miguel or the
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The August 2006 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.