SIGHTINGS sailing in sayula sayula's wake? Purpose-built for Antarctic exploration, the 56-ft aluminum cutter Aldivi is not what you'd call a typical cruising boat. But then, the family of five who sail her aren't typical bluewater voyagers either. Having recently cashed out of their comfortable life ashore in Puebla, Mexico, they're now on a mission to become the first Mexican family to circumnavigate the globe — and along the way they intend to spread a message of peace and respect. According to Captain Alejandro Irigoyen, aka Dad, he's been cultivating the dream of circumnavigating for 25 years — ever since he crewed on his first offshore ocean race, and long before he met his wife, Bernadette Sanchez. "Before we got married he told me very seriously that he intended to circumnavigate at age 45," recalls Bernadette. "Of course, at the time I would have followed him to the moon and back. But then about a year ago I realized it was almost time to actually do this." By then she had fully embraced her husband's dream, and was excited by the hands-on, real-world education that the trip promised to give her kids: daughter Alexa, 9, and sons Diego, 6, and Vital, 4. Despite some resistance from disapproving family members, Alejandro and Bernadette sold their home and cars, and eased out of their business interests as planned. But when the family moved aboard the spacious 56-footer earlier this year, neither she nor her kids had ever done an open-ocean passage. Nevertheless, we're told they all quickly embraced their new, radically different lifestyle. When we caught up with the family last month in Moorea, they all continued on outside column of next sightings page
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here comes the This issue of Latitude 38 comes out on August 30, and registrations for this year's Rolex Big Boat Series close the very next day, on August 31. St. Francis Yacht Club will host the extravaganza on September 12-15. Featured this year will be a new-andimproved ORR system. "We're excited to announce some important changes to the administration of the ORR rule and scoring," says regatta chair Susan Ruhne. StFYC spent months on an extensive evaluation and improvement process that included working with the ORR rating office, hosting an ORR information session at StFYC with interested owners, and incorporating the feedback they got. "This year, we'll have three course configurations plus two wind ranges, giving us six correction-factor options to apply to each boat's elapsed time in each race." Three ORR divisions will join onedesign classes for Express 37s, J/105s, J/88s and J/70s. J/105s will field the largest division, with 25 boats entered as
The September 2019 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.