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LETTERS

Enjoy the Season

Maria, and lived in the home of George Nidever. By his account she was a joyful, delightful person. When guests came to visit she would do a dance of welcome. She loved fresh oranges, plums, apples and other fruit. Unfortunately, after her lifetime of living on rotting, rancid seal meat, the fruit diet proved fatal. Author Scott O'Dell based his novel Island of the Blue Dolphins on the Lost Woman's story. Mr. O'Dell's publisher insisted that he change the Juana Maria character into a male, and threatened not to publish the work. O'Dell refused. The publisher ultimately relented. In the late 19th century a Basque shepherd, along with his sheep, took up residence on San Nicolas Island. Every year a ship would come out and trade food and wine — lots of wine — for his wool. The shepherd would tell stories about the voices he heard: 'Island of the Blue Dol- screams of grieving and pain on the phins' won the Newbery winds of San Nicolas Island. Medal for children's literaLawrence Riley ture in 1961. Planet Earth

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Marina Village is a proud sponsor of the Oakland Estuary Lighted Yacht Parade. Sail by or stop by with toys or food for: Oakland Fire Department Toy Drive & Alameda Community Food Bank

Your world will be a better place with your move to Marina Village

MARINA VILLAGE 1030 Marina Village Pkwy., Alameda, CA 94501

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⇑⇓ DON'T FORGET TO TIP We think we have accomplished the impossible, which is to get the Temporary Import Permit (TIP) for our new boat White Knuckles using the Mexican government's online website. Here's a few tips for getting a TIP: 1) Leave the box for "mother's maiden name" blank. If you fill it in, it will add your mom's maiden name to your name — as is done in Mexico. 2) The boat manufacturer listing is very limited, as a previous writer noted. Find "otros," meaning 'other', on the list and select that. A box will then open up with "Other Manufacturer." Type over this with your boat type. 3) Make sure you have scanned your passport, boat documentation, a letter that indicates who is in charge of the boat, as well as documentation on who owns the boat as separate files. Be sure that they are less than 1 megabyte. You might have to adjust your scanner and scan them separately. You have to scan four separate documents and you can't move forward without four documents. 4) When you finish a page of the application, it allows you to save and exit or continue. If you click "continue" and you haven't done everything correctly, the screen will gray out and you will think it is hung up. It isn't. Scroll back up to the top of the screen to find out what else to do. 5) Most of the English version is pretty good — except for "otros." When you get your notice that your application is approved, it's all in Spanish. Adriana van der Graaf White Knuckles Adriana — Thanks for the great tips. Nonetheless, it's the Grand Poobah's recommendation that nobody waste their time tearing their hair out trying to decipher the online TIP application. Not when so many Baja Ha-Ha entrants have gotten their TIPs in a matter of 15 or so minutes from the helpful staff at the Mexican consulates in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Sacramento. Not San Diego or San Francisco. If you're not close to a consulate where you can get a TIP for your boat — and there are others in places like Phoenix and

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Latitude 38 Nov 2017  

The November 2017 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 Nov 2017  

The November 2017 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.