IN LATITUDES we managed to spend $3,000+ refreshing equipment on Cap Cat at the West Marine store in the Santa Barbara Harbor. John and Gabby, who work there, are our new best friends. Another is HaHa vet Wendy Cummings of the Avalon Harbor Patrol, who let us use her car for shopping and other errands on the mainland. We're hoping she can arrange her harbor patrol schedule so she can join us for the Ha-Ha — which we're committed to." "As for the trip north," the couple continue, "when the weather laid down on the morning of the 23rd, we took off motoring in flat seas and anchored every night to avoid a mutiny by the crew. We encountered many whales, dolphins, sea birds — and even four yellow finches lost in the fog seven miles offshore. They were completely trusting, and managed to walk all over us and the boat before settling down to nap. They jumped ship at San Simeon. Two whales came up on either side of Cap Cat within 40 feet of us just outside the Gate to, we think, inspect us. Our timing was impeccable,
for as we approached the b r e a k w a t e r i n Brisbane, the wind whipped up to 35 to 40 knots on the nose, giving Wayne a good test of his skills with the dual engine controls. Falling off the wind to the dock, we had no trouble planting ourselves against the end-tie. Luckily, we had five fenders and two huge round fenders on the dock, which we did our best to pop. Once against the dock, we need not have bothered with docklines, as the wind held us in place. We're now scrambling to put everything in order in time for the Ha-Ha and to be south in warm weather for the next 10+ years." We at Latitude are thrilled that a boat with such a great history as Capricorn Cat has ended up in the possession of
'Capricorn Cat' has a long history of welcoming guests, as she did here in Zihua to help get the Zihua SailFest off the ground.
Wayne and Carol, as we know they are going to use her to the hilt, and follow Blair's tradition of often taking lots of guests along for daysails. Hendryx's old boat, the Cross 42 MkII trimaran Little Wing, was snapped by Latitude Senior Editor Andy Turpin and his wife Julie, which means their "bulletproof Mariner 40 glass ketch with a beautiful teak
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