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a boat well off the entrance to Marina Riviera Nayarit with what looked like a stubby-looking mast. As owners of one of those stubby-masted Deerfoots, Debbie and I take notice of such things. But it turned out not to be a stubby mast, but a dismasted Sirena. We later met Ed and Connie, who were dealing with the aftermath of the day's disaster a lot better than Deb and I think we would have. They reported that while sailing with friends in flat seas and just 15 knots of wind, the bolts on Sirena's starboard upper shroud chainplate broke. All five of them! The chainplate came off, and the top half of the mast went over. Fortunately for Ed and Connie, nobody was hurt, and there were six experienced sailors aboard. For us, Sirena's misfortune was a valuable wake-up call to be aware of any corrosion in or around our boat's chainplates and their fasteners. We will be pulling a few of our chainplate bolts to inspect them before our next sail aboard Moonshadow! "The publisher of Latitude once asked me if I would circumnavigate again," writes Max Young of Antioch, who did a



From a distance, 'Sirena' appeared as though she might be a "stubby-masted Deerfoot." It turns out she was a dismasted Cardinal 46.

12-year, 36,000-mile circumnavigation with his Perry 47 Reflections — prior to her being sunk by a whale while he was singlehanding a Baja Bash in 2012. "I told him, 'Yes, I would circumnavigate again in a heartbeat if I was younger.

I will be 70 soon.' The thing that I neglected to add was: 'Those 12 years of circumnavigating have been the best 12 years of my life!' I orginally planned on taking three or four years to go around, but then I stayed in Australia for 3½ years, Thailand for 18 months, Turkey for 18 months, Italy for 18 months, and the East Coast of the United States for a year." Snow skiing in Baja? We recently read an article in the New York Times by a contributor to a skiing magazine, and he listed some of the more unusual places he's skied. Although we lost the clipping, we recall that he said one of the places was Mt. Pancho — or something — in Baja. We suppose if they can snow ski in Hawaii, they can ski in Baja. Returning to St. Martin and St. Barth after a two-year absence are Greg Dorland and Debbie Macrorie of the Tahoebased Catana 52 Escapade. "Debbie's cooking is still hot and the Escapade's wine cellar is full, so we're ready to return to St. Barth," says Greg. "But I have two warnings about St. Martin.


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Latitude 38 March 2014  

The March 2014 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 March 2014  

The March 2014 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.