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SIGHTINGS Cormorants scatter off their Southampton perch as ‘Emily Carr’ rounds close by during last month’s Corinthian Midwinters.

the hits just keep on coming Last December’s storms wreaked havoc up and down the state, both ashore and in waterways. Locally, we’ve never seen the Bay so choked with rafts of runoff junk as it was last month. And, as always, a number of boats broke loose from moorings in Richardson Bay and washed across to Tiburon. Most ‘drifters’ end up ashore near Blackie’s Pasture, such as the four sailboats and one powerboat that landed there in December. Two of the sailboats were recovered by owners. The other three vessels were removed by authorities and destroyed. (When owners of beached boats can be traced, they are given the option of paying to have their boats removed. Many will relinquish ownership, especially if the boat is heavily damaged or holed. In almost all cases, these boats are then pulled off and destroyed.) In the big storm of January 1, two boats blew directly across Richardson Bay and hit the west side of Belvedere. One, a Columbia 29 (which broke loose from a slip rather than mooring), wedged itself under the deck of a private home and did quite a bit of damage before being pulled free the next day. The other boat, an old 40-ft Piver trimaran, was pulled off and destroyed. Also recently, a 30-ft motorsailer came off a mooring and somehow made her way up Strawberry Channel where she remains aground and partially sunk at this writing. Five moored boats in Richardson Bay also sank last month — two motorboats, a small houseboat and two sailboats, an old H-28 and a 24-ft Bear lookalike. All the ‘sinkers’ were recovered and destroyed. continued on outside column of next sightings page Page 112 •

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crew More rain in the forecast as this was written. Another big one, they’re saying. That’s worrisome enough, since our offices flooded on New Years’ for the first time since 1982. But what really bothers us is the old dude we can see over the back fence. The guy with all the animals, who’s building that big fat boat. Wonder what he knows about global warming that we don’t. . . . Anyway, while we’re pondering that one, we thought you might enjoy a second shot at getting on a boat yourself. Welcome to the 2006 Crew List. By using the forms on the following pages, you can set yourself up for terrific sailing this coming year, even if you’ve never owned a boat and never intend to. (Uh-huh, we’ve never heard that before.) If you do own a boat, you can find crew here, or arrange to ‘sublet’ your boat to an out-of-towner while you enjoy his like-size boat in, say, Desolation Sound. Maybe you just want to find a nice group to go sailing with, or an adventurous group to arrange a co-charter. Whatever you want,

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The April 2006 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 February 2006  

The April 2006 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.