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Paradise Cay Harbor and docking. Sailing doublehanded, Mariellen Stern on the beautiful wooden 26-ft Beiley design Cinnamon Girl saw the wind building to a deal-breaking point and cut her race short in order to dock before the conditions got even gnarlier. All this before 1:30 p.m.! The very experienced Susan and Bill Hoehler's J/105 Joyride was the only boat to fly a (small) spinnaker. Back at the clubhouse, TYC commodore Ian Matthew, who'd stayed ashore to run the race, showed us the graphic Sail Flow had posted for paid subscribers. It showed an elongated red blob of high wind in the Slot, and a completely separate, perfectly round red blob on the North Bay race course — though the prediction was for the 3 p.m. hour, not the early afternoon. Back at the clubhouse, the Storer family again generously hosted the racers with a complimentary lunch and an open bar. The event honors TYC member Joan Storer, who passed away in 1989. Half of the entry fee was donated to the Hirshberg Foundation for Cancer Research. Formerly a women skippers' race, now it merely requires that 50% of the crew be female. — latitude/chris




Top row, YRA Corinthian Regatta on September 29: The Koides' Sydney 36 CR 'Encore' sails past Point Bonita in sloppy seas; Bob Novy's Frers 40 'Jeannette' was first back to the Gate and first to finish. Bottom row, Joan Storer Regatta on October 13: A cluster of competitors approach the start line off the east side of Tiburon; Mariellen Stern presents the trophy to Susan Hoehler. TYC JOAN STORER REGATTA, 10/13 1) Joyride, J/105, Bill & Susan Hoehler; 2) Esperanza, J/105, David Wegner; 3) Stink Eye, Laser 28, Christine Weaver/Jonathan Gutoff. (7 boats) Full results at

Grief and Glory in SSS Vallejo 1-2 Concentration was the keyword for this year's Vallejo 1-2: concentrating on keeping boat speed up, concentrating on finding the best route around a building ebb, and concentrating on not giving up when the time limit approached. Held by the Singlehanded Sailing Society and raced singlehanded on Saturday and doublehanded on Sunday from Richmond and back with an overnight at Vallejo YC, this October classic is usually a light-wind affair. On Saturday the predicted breeze was up, down and absent, with plenty of parking lots and passing opportunities. "How many times do I have to win this race?" quipped Dan Alvarez, whose ultralight JS9000 JetStream would scoot out way ahead of everyone else only to find the wind holes first. Others chugged

along catching up, with the wind filling in from behind. The three main parking lots were at Richmond, Point Pinole and the entrance to Mare Island Strait. "I thought about quitting a few times, early in the race when I was worried about not making it until late at night," said Bill Erkelens of the engineless Wylie Wabbit Jack. "I managed to bring the new breeze up to the fleet that had stopped before Point Pinole fighting the ebb. I could hear Gordie Nash on Arcadia say, 'Only two hours to get to the finish!' I thought that was a bit pessimistic, with only the Mare Island Channel to sail, but I soon realized that it was going to be a mission." At the last turning mark into the channel, with the sun setting and no wind in sight, some boats started to drop out. "The fleet started motoring past me," said Bill. "At that stage it seemed worth waiting for wind to finish or the tide to change and get me to the marina anyway." Jack was one of only eight boats to finish on Saturday. That night at VYC the racers swapped stories of near-glory, groundings and grief and asked, "What November, 2018 •

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Latitude 38 Nov 2018  

The November 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 Nov 2018  

The November 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.