LATITUDE / CHRIS
GREAT VALLEJO RACE —
Before Sunday's race, a Santana 22 crew checks out 'Pretty Penny', 'Shadow' and 'Chico' at the Gary Mull exhibit.
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Easom built Pretty Penny in '72 and Shadow in '74. Each boat is remarkbly different from the others, especially in terms of interior appointments.
n Sunday morning, the Straits of Mare Island Rowing Association cooked breakfast, and a 'recovery bar' (offering Bloody Marys and screwdrivers) was available in the tent. Thus was ushered in the second day of sailing. Because the faster boats that arrive earliest on Saturday get blocked in by the slower latecomers, Sunday's race starts in the reverse order of Saturday's, facilitating the breakup of the raft in a mostly orderly manner given the tight confines of the harbor. The air temperature continued to be pleasantly warm. The northerly had blown itself out. At the start of Sunday's race, there was barely enough breeze to
This page, from bottom left: The Howes' SC50 'Adrenalin' throws in a tack toward one of the wharves off Point San Pablo; Gordie Nash's 'Arcadia' on the way to Vallejo; Graham Ellis's J/124 'Albion' and the Koides' Sydney 36 CR 'Encore' arrive in Vallejo; Jerome Ternynck's Extreme 40 cat 'Smart Recruiters' ﬂies a hull across the ﬁnish line.
shore-based volunteers. Think of it as an opportunity to make new friends. This year's shoreside activities included free Mount Gay Rum punch tasting, food vendors selling seafood and BBQ, and three different musical groups culminating with DW Edwards & the Heavy Weather Band. "The music was funky and fun and the dance crowd literally demanded an extended encore at the end of the set. Their version of Purple Rain was a show-stopper," said VYC's
manager, Matthew Ceryes. "The number of boats has been consistent for three years running , b u t w e had more families this year coming down the hill fr om their homes, as we try to involve the general public in the festival-like atmosphere." A special exhibit of Mull 30s was set up on the docks for all to check out during the weekend. VYC members Bruce and Gail Sinclair hosted a mini-boat show of three cold-molded Gary Mulldesigned 30-footers, Chico, Shadow and Pretty Penny. The Sinclairs own the latter two. John Lidgard built Chico in New Zealand in 1968; Marin County's Hank
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