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SIGHTINGS z-fest — cont’d himself by selling "snow" at weekend craft fairs. It's a salt-like polymer powder that expands rapidly when water is added, and feels cool to the touch as the water slowly evaporates. Austin and his family first came to Zihua on a church mission, and they've returned three times since, largely to assist with Z-Fest. The young philanthropist's accomplishment inspired another volunteer, retired school teacher Jane Fiala, to donate $10,000 USD for a kitchen at a proposed new school. "Que milagro!" says Lorenzo. (What a miracle!) Thirty-five cruising boats participated in this year's event — which included a sailboat race, boat parade and live music performances — and they hosted more than 260 guests during the sailing events.

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The pictures tell the story: Zihua Sailfest is a remarkably successful combination of fun and fundraising.

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jeanne socrates earns In recognition of her headline-grabbing nonstop solo circumnavigation, Jeanne Socrates will be presented with the Cruising Club of America's highest honor, the Blue Water Medal, in a ceremony at the New York YC on March 7. As regular readers know, Socrates completed her historic voyage at Victoria, B.C. on July 8, 2013 aboard her Najad 380 Nereida after 8.5 months at sea. In addition to being awarded the cruising world's most prestigious prize,

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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.