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LETTERS straighten them out. I don't mind someone using my hose, but they should leave it as they found it — or better. There is no excuse for the way I found things. I hope the people that did this will be a little more courteous next time so they don't ruin things for others. People who are guests should remember to behave like guests. Barry & Tuuli Bookman Pelorus Jack, Morgan 462 Vallejo YC Barry and Tuuli — You're right, there is no excuse for that. Fortunately, nobody knows that more than Pat Broderick, the Yacht Racing Association (YRA) Chair. When he saw your letter in 'Lectronic, he contacted YRA Director Laura Paul immediately, and they set up a meeting with the Vallejo YC officials.


High-load ball bearings reduce friction so cams open easily for snap-down, rather than drawthrough cleating. The smooth V-shape guides line for easy entry and precise sail control.


The aluminum Cam-Matic’s® Teflon® surface improves fast line engagement. The Cam-Matic® is the only cleat that will engage under maximum line tension.



X-TREME ANGLE FAIRLEAD The X-Treme Angle Fairlead cleats line from angles up to 90-degrees, setting it apart from fairleads where line can’t be cleated from extreme angles without centering the line.

Aluminum Cam-Matics® are Hardkote-anodized for high-load, continuous adjustment applications. Lightweight fiber-reinforced Carbo-Cams® for racing where weight is critical.

Sometimes after a hard race, a few racers might let off steam in an inappropriate manner.

"The YRA has appreciated the Vallejo YC's cooperation over the decades in running and hosting the largest inland weekend regatta," they write, "and we take complaints such as the Bookmans' very seriously. We have scheduled a meeting with the Vallejo YC officials to go over what was done right, and what could be done better next year."


Rounded teeth hold securely by squeezing rather than cutting into line to reduce wear.



Cam design allows each line size to be held by the most teeth for superior holding power.

⇑⇓EXACTLY THE BOAT I WANTED — AND SMALLER, TOO! I've been reading about Scott Duncan and Pam Habek, the 'blind couple' who are sailing around the world aboard Tournesol. In an edition of 'Lectronic, you mention they are sailing on a Valiant 31. Up until then, I'd only been aware of the Valiant 40. Having done some research, I can tell you that Valiant never built a 31, just the 32. But I want to thank you for letting me know about their smaller boat, for it allowed me to get the boat I wanted — a Valiant 40 — but could not afford or handle. You see, my Valiant 32 is the 'same' boat as the 40, just a little smaller. Pete Schmidt Insouciant, Valiant 32 San Francisco Pete — The '31' in 'Lectronic was a typo. We hope you have many happy hours aboard your Valiant 32.

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⇑⇓TOO LITTLE MONEY TO BUY THAT 40 FOOTER When I wrote a letter to Latitude several months ago from Colombia on another subject, the editor asked if I might write a few words about my sailing adventures, which he apparently found interesting. Here goes: I'm from California and, in fact, now live in San Francisco. But my cruising dream started in Guam, where I lived from

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Latitude 38 July 2007  

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

Latitude 38 July 2007  

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