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LETTERS ironically named Section 8 Prizes: "b. The Jazz Cup Interclub Trophy will be awarded to the mono-hull boat with the best-corrected time and a valid PHRF certificate that is owned and sailed by a member of South Beach Yacht Club or Benicia Yacht Club." Then in handing out that iconic coronet, saying with an exonerated-by-fine-print straight face, "The year's Jazz Cup is awarded to…" The record book shows the 2018 Jazz Cup recipient was 10th overall and fourth in Division D. (Apologies to any multihulls that were intentionally overlooked in calculating this result.) Make no mistake, when you sign up on Regatta Network a skipper is entering the Jazz Cup. See www.regattanetwork. com/event/16852. For example when someone wins the hallowed America's Cup, they're awarded the Auld Mug — although that entry is probably not done via Regatta Network. Avoid false advertising; re-baptize the regatta slightly. Mayn't one timorously suggest: The Benicia Blast? The race is generally a blast and every team has a good time. Or maybe consider a redraft of good old Section 8 (b). John Dukat Alameda John — We sent your letter to the Jazz Cup organizers to solicit a comment. They were considering your suggestions, but we hadn't heard back further as of press time. This year's Jazz Cup race from the Central Bay north of Treasure Island to Benicia on September 1 was indeed a blast. Our report appears in the October issue Racing Sheet. ⇑⇓ ZIPPITY DELTA DOO DAH I just checked out the October issue online and was very excited to see our story included. The entire Doo Dah recap was a very fun read. Excellent job putting this together and thank you so much for all you do to organize the Doo Dah every year. I'm always surprised to hear of Bay sailors who have not yet ventured into the Delta. It's a wonderful place to cruise! Greg Torok Sonrisa, Baba 40 Emeryville ⇑⇓ A POTTER YACHTER'S PLOTTER The Potter Yachters spent mid-September visiting different local harbors for a local "messabout." We had sweet weather, and, ironically, basically had the entire Bay to ourselves. Most of our fleet launched at Coyote Point, with several boats joining in along the way. Our eight-boat trailerboat menagerie consisted of West Wight Potters, Montgomerys, a Compac, a Ranger tug and even a Corsair trimaran. We all go at our own pace but keep in communication. I launched my modified Potter 18 in Benicia and singlehanded up to the group in Emeryville. After a light-wind motorsail to the Richmond Bridge, I had a blissful reach all the way to Berkeley. Unfortunately, I forgot about the derelict Berkeley Pier as I approached the shore, and with the wind building into the low 20s, I was forced to endure a lumpy motorsail back out for its entire two-mile length. My bad for not checking a paper chart, as it unbelievably did not show up on my chartplotter. Since I 'm probably not the first to do this, I wonder why they haven't cleared (and marked) a safe channel to pass through. As this was my first passage into Emeryville, and it was blowing like stink, I wasn't sure about where to dump my
The November 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.