Photo of the Day
August 1 - San Francisco
Today's Photo of the Day is sure to get a laugh from everybody but the owner of the boat whose spinnaker got just a little bit too close to a day marker in the Oakland Estuary. Even a parsimonious skipper would have to admit that this chute is beyond repair. The photo was taken by Eliza B. Eagle, who also reported there was a pre-race collision in last Wednesday's Oakland YC Beer Can race. We're not sure if skippers are being too aggressive or what, but doesn't it seem like there's been a few too many collisions in these 'for fun' beer can races? After all, playing 'bumper boats' can ruin half your season.
August Issue Hits the Stands
August 1 - All Over
Yes, hot off the press and with even more color than last month, the August issue of Latitude is being delivered as we set up this web page. Enjoy!
Oh No, World's Largest Sailboat Slams into London Bridge as Owner and Interior Designer Look Elsewhere!
August 1 - London
Photo Courtesy Tom Perkins
When an interior design office has been
working feverishly on a boat for years - such as the 287-ft modern
schooner Maltese Falcon that Belvedere's Tom Perkins will
be launching in the upcoming months - you can imagine that they
might get a little whacky from time to time. Which explains,
we suppose, their creating this photo that depicts Maltese
Falcon, soon to be the largest privately-owned sailing yacht
in the world, slamming into the Tower Bridge in London, while
owner Tom Perkins, left, and interior designer Ken Freivokh,
right, look elsewhere for the source of the noise. Fortunately,
it represents fantasy rather than reality.
Our Swedish Cruise on the Pacific Coast of Mexico
August 1 - Redwood City
Any cruiser will tell you that one of the
best - if not the best - parts of cruising is that you meet so
many wonderful people. For example, when Dave and Merry Wallace
were cruising Mexico in 2001-02 aboard their Redwood City-based
Amel Maramu 46 Air Ops, they shared an anchorage south
of Puerto Vallarta with Craig and Katherine Briggs, who just
happened to own the sistership Sangaris. While the Wallaces
had to return to the Bay Area, the Briggs kept going - through
the Canal, to Florida, across the Atlantic - and even spent a
winter living aboard in the shadow of the - not again - Tower
of London Bridge. Having kept in touch all along, the Wallaces
got an invitation to join the Briggs for 10 days of cruising
in Denmark and Sweden. Which is why we're publishing these photos
of the Kronberg Castle, and of Sangaris being moored off
a low island in Sweden. Anchoring would be tricky in Sweden if
the Swedish Cruising Club hadn't installed 5,000 - not a typo
- moorings around their country.
Making the Ha-Ha Affordable For Boatowners
August 1 - The Cruising World
"It seems to me," writes Michelle
Slade, "that there are definitely more people without boats
than with boats who want to do the Ha-Ha. I, for example, don't
have a boat, but I'm one of the many patiently waiting to find
a berth so that I also can have some sailing fun starting October
What's the Deal With My Yamaha?
August 1 - The Sailing World
"Profligate has had the same
15-hp Yamaha outboard since she was new nearly eight years ago,"
says Dona de Mallorca. "I love that engine, as it's served
me reliably from the Napa River, to all over Southern California,
to Mexico, to Colombia, and for an entire winter while on the
hook in St. Barth. Despite lots of use - and much abuse from
the Wanderer - it's beginning to have a little trouble. Yes,
we've got a back-up outboard all ready to go, but the thing is,
I love this beat up old Yamaha 15. So maybe some of you outboard
experts could give me a couple of tips about what's ailing the