Photo of the Day
April 14 - Puerto Vallarta
Bingo Again! suffers tragic grounding on March 10.
With his pet macaw perched on his shoulder, Bear Myers has been a familiar character on the Mexico cruising scene ever since he and his wife, Lynn, took their Catalina 42 Bingo Again! south in the 2002 Baja Ha-Ha.
Cap'n Bear in happier times
Although they are experienced racers and cruisers, a short lapse in proper watch-keeping led to tragedy last month, when Bingo Again! struck rocks off Punta Perula while en route from Tenacatita to Puerto Vallarta. Both Lynn and Bear - in addition to their menagerie of pets - got safely ashore, but their boat was soon a total loss.
Bingo Again! on the beach after being holed by nearby rocks.
Photo Robert Sutherland
Many nearby cruisers came to their aid, for which the couple is eternally grateful. Look for the whole story in the May issue of Latitude 38.
Pacific Sail Expo Opens Today
April 14 - Jack London Square, Oakland
The Wanderer will be leading two seminars,
the first on Friday at 4:45 p.m., comparing cruising in Mexico
with cruising in the Caribbean, and the second on Saturday at
6 p.m., on the Baja Ha-Ha. He's going to be really embarassed
if nobody shows up, so could you please mark your calendars?
Don't forget to catch Caribbean crooner Foxy Callwood playing
and singing at the Latitude 38 booth this Friday evening.
Queen of the Seas to Go for Transatlantic Record
April 14 - Atlantic Ocean
Photo Andrea Francolini
It's MacArthur's misfortune that no matter
how well she does in her record attempt, it will probably still
be in the shadow of Frances Joyon's recent singlehanded around-the-world
record aboard the 90-ft trimaran IDEC, during which he
took just two more days to go around than did Olivier de Kersauson
and crew when they set the then Jules Verne record with the same
trimaran. Characteristically, MacArthur heaped praise on Joyon
for his achievement.
Check out www.teamkingfisher.com for more details.
Only Idiots Live Aboard Iced-in Boats
April 14 - Wickford, Rhode Island
"Thank you for considering my request
for a giant boat de-icer with my subscription renewal,"
writes Christine Watson of the Cal 36 Clarity, which is
berthed in Wickford, Rhode Island, which sounds like some sort
of frozen wasteland. "Normally Latitude is my salvation
during the cold winter months, but this year's cold exceeded
even Latitude's ability to warm me, no matter how many
issues I wrapped around my neck and stuffed into my boots.
"From the Keys, a winding, exploratory
drive took me to Titusville, where I re-connected with the friend
I had left in Tampa, who had by then nearly circumnavigated Florida
on his motorcycle. While in Titusville, we stayed aboard a 1925
Chesapeake Bay oyster boat, Old Squaw, which had been
converted into a comfortable yacht by the Hinckley yard. I hopped
on the back of the bike and together we hit Bike Week in Daytona.
Thousands of rumbling Harleys and acres of denim and leather
were quite a change from the sailing scene! But there were still
many similarities in the camaraderie, friendliness, and willingness
to help each other out.
Thanks for the letter and photos. How folks
can live where it's so cold and gray for much of the year is
beyond us. We can't even take winter in reasonably-temperate
San Francisco. But we're not as spoiled at the locals of St.
Barth, many of whom don't go in the ocean in the winter because
the water temperature has dropped to a relatively frigid 79°!
April 14 - Santa Cruz
Designed for fast, comfortable family cruising, Convergence features an expansive pilothouse which contains a large nav and steering station, a comfy salon and a deck-level galley. Perhaps best described as a cat ketch, her easy-handling sail plan employs two unstayed carbon masts with wishbone booms.
Convergence will be on display all week at Sail Expo. Randy Repass will be giving a seminar on "Cutting Edge Systems For Today's Performance Cruiser," Wednesday, April 14, at 5:45 p.m. in Seminar Tent A.