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• May, 2010
LETTERS of 'politically correct' crewmembers. It was humorous to be sure, but off target, as recent developments will attest. During the past week, our Board of Supervisors passed a resolution congratulating Larry Ellison, the Golden Gate YC, and the BMW Oracle team for winning the 33rd America's Cup. The most important part of the resolution was the last statement, which states that it will be the policy of the City to ". . . work diligently and with enthusiasm to develop a worthy plan for a San Francisco waterfront venue to host the 34th America's Cup." Now that is what we are looking for. Are you ready to change tacks and join with us who see a San Francisco venue as a Cup half full? Bruce Munro Princess, Sabre 402 San Francisco Bruce — We're surprised by and even more impressed with the progress to date. But we're still cynical enough to note the qualifier that the plan be a "worthy plan" means that the resolution doesn't count for all that much. After all, one can only imagine what might constitute a "worthy plan" in the mind of a supervisor such as Chris Daly. Kyri McClellan, at the Mayor's Office in San Francisco, wrote a letter to Latitude's Assistant Publisher John Arndt in which she noted that, in addition to the support for the event expressed by the Commission of the Port of San Francisco, the Recreation and Parks Commission, the Bay Area Council, and the Board of Supervisors, she hopes to get a similar expression of support by the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, which will meet on May 21 to consider a resolution on the issue, and fully expects to get the support of the San Francisco Convention and Visitor's Bureau, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Commission. She wrote that she hoped this "might change the tone" of the editor of Latitude, which would be us. We'd say that our 'cup' is more than half full right now, but hardly overflowing. After all, we've seen how it has taken ages for there to be any real progress in San Francisco's takeover of Clipper Cove from the Navy, we've seen how the attempts to improve the San Francisco Marina have been thwarted, and we're familiar with agencies such as the BCDC doing things such as classifying boats as 'Bay fill' for their own purposes. And as former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown noted, this area has become so politically correct that nobody knows how to have fun anymore. What surprises us more than anything, however, is the amount of time and energy that less cynical folks than we are putting into bringing the Cup to San Francisco Bay. We salute them all. If we were the betting type, we'd currently put our money behind the general idea that the next America's Cup will consist of four or more Acts, such as there were leading up to Valencia in the 32rd America's Cup, hopefully in some of the windiest locations in the world, and that the Finals, or perhaps the SemiFinals and Finals, would be held on San Francisco Bay. And hopefully, as you'll read Stan Honey suggest in Sightings, the wind for the Semi-Finals and Finals would have to be between 20 and 40 knots for racing to commence. ⇑⇓TRAGIC DEATH AT THE DOCK There has been discussion in the last several issues of Latitude on how to get out of the water if you fall in at a marina. In a tragic coincidence, Dave Gish, a much-loved dock neighbor here on E Dock at Ventura West Marina, died on the evening of April 9 after apparently falling into the water. According to the Ventura County Star Star, the 64-year-old Gish,
The May 2010 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.