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Sailmail — and often tells Debbie how much he misses her. Every third day he sends a public blog post for the couple's website, It's hard to imagine having much time or energy to write while bashing through the Southern Ocean, but Jeff intends to publish a book about this adventure, just as he did after his Cape Horn rounding. Now 69, he also hopes to set a record as the oldest nonstop circumnavigator! — andy

close she came to losing him, and how hard the emergency responders, surgeons and nurses worked to save his life. "The surgical team did a tremendous job," she says. "Given the circumstances, it was the best care he could have gotten... The nurses have such a hard job. They would say things like, 'I wish I had time to go sailing'. All the while they're constantly indoors working very hard. A getaway from the demands of that job would be very welcome." With that in mind, one of Heather's employers, Kirk Miller of Captain Kirk's San Francisco Sailing, organized free sailing trips for those hard-working nurses and spearheaded a campaign to collect financial contributions for Children's Hospital in recognition of Julius' care. Major contributors included Gaslight Charters, Call of the Sea, USA 76 Charters, List Marine and Modern Sailing. Kirk matched their contributions at a five-to-one ratio, with the Now back in action after enduring a life-threatening total reaching $6,500. Captain Kirk is no stranger ordeal, Julius displays the generous gift given to to the concept of giving, as he his caregivers. makes it a habit to donate 10% of his company's gross revenues to various nonprofits and charities. Giving back, he says, is "important to how we run our business and how we show appreciation for our good fortune." He encourages others to keep Oakland Children's Hospital in mind for future giving, considering the tremendous work they do to get their young patients 'back on the water'. We salute Kirk and Julius' other supporters, and we're thrilled to hear that Julius is back in action. — andy

After the Baja Ha-Ha fleet arrives in Cabo, one of the final activities is the annual 'From Here to Eternity' kissing contest. The idea is to strike a pose at the water's edge, similar to the famous embrace by Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr. As you can see, some contestants are more successful than others. You'll find a complete recap of this year's rally on page 68.


estuary sailors shocked by plans Sailors and marine business owners around the Bay Area are in an uproar over a developer's preliminary designs for Alameda Marina, which were released in mid-November. At a meeting at Island YC on November 18, tenants of Alameda Marina were notified by Bay West Group of new development plans for the 43-acre marina property. At the meeting, Bay West mentioned a possible 18-month process during which they would work with tenants to help them find new space or, in some cases, to extend their leases. But the implication was that everyone would be leaving. The marina's tenants include Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Doyle Sailmakers, Eskelund Marine, Fasco Fasteners, Excel Graphics and Svendsen's Boat Works. In addition to the boatyard, the marina also currently houses a large number of dry-stored boats. "This is a real bummer for the boating community," says Jack Lennox, a yacht broker based in Alameda who has raced on a boat that's dry-stored at the marina. "Jobs, slips, dry storage. First Nelson's and now Svendsen's. We are already suffering from a lack of boatyards." DOER Marine CEO Liz Taylor said she received a postcard inviting her to attend the tenants' lunch without any notice that the lease continued on outside column of next sightings page December, 2015 •

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Latitude 38 Dec 2015  

The December 2015 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 Dec 2015  

The December 2015 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.