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Sea Angel Catches an Ocean Lady

March 27, 2009 – St. Vincent

Ocean Lady
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Marc Hachey, with the help of his friend, earned a little extra cash with this beauty. Photo Courtesy Sea Angel
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"I just caught this 'ocean lady', as the locals call sail fish, yesterday while sailing in the channel between St. Vincent and Bequia," writes Marc Hachey. Hachey has been sailing his Auburn-based Peterson 44 Sea Angel six months out of the year in the Caribbean for many years. Hachey reports that this is the largest fish he's caught aboard Sea Angel, and that a local helped him dress and sell the fish to locals. "This is the first time I've ever sold a fish that I caught," he said, "and it was a good experience all around."

- latitude / ld

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Watch Out for Whales

March 27, 2009 – Gulf of the Farallones

Not all whales are this easy to spot. If you're sailing out the Gate - like in tomorrow's Doublehanded Farallones Race - keep a sharp lookout for any whale spouts. © 2018 GFNMS Library

Mary Jane Schramm of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary wants to remind all boaters that, from now through May, thousands of gray whales will be migrating north along the coast. They're on their way from their breeding grounds off Baja to their feeding grounds in Alaska, and many of them will be escorting their newborn calves. Schramm notes that grays tend to stick closer to shore in the spring, especially the mother/baby pairs, so keep a particularly sharp eye out for any signs of whale spouts.

Dead whale
While this whale was clearly killed by a ship strike, small boats can injure or kill whales too - not to mention damage or sink the boat. © 2018 Richard Ferris

Schramm points out that, though the whales are probably most threatened by commercial shipping, "Even small craft collisions with a whale can have disastrous results for both whale and vessel." If you see evidence of a whale, steer well clear and, whatever you do, don't get between a mother and her calf — not only could the calf starve if separated from mom, but mom could get mighty pissed off at whatever gets between her and her baby. 

- latitude / ld

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Be a Hero to Cruising Friends

March 27, 2009 – From Walla Walla to Bora Bora

Undying love
Heading down for Sea of Cortez Sailing Week, La Paz Fest or Loreto Fest? Take a bundle or two of the latest Latitude 38 for your cruising friends. You'll be the hit of the party!
Photo Latitude / Annie
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If you're planning a trip to visit cruising or chartering friends in far-flung places, we know how you can earn their undying admiration (at least until you break the head): Take down a bundle or two of the most recent Latitude 38s! Just drop by our World Headquarters in Mill Valley to pick them up or shoot us an email — we'll be happy to UPS some to you.

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Mayan For Sale

March 27, 2009 – Santa Barbara

David Crosby's schooner Mayan sailing off Southern California. Photo Courtesy Yachtworld
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One of the prettiest classic yachts on the West Coast is up for sale, and she comes with an interesting provenance. But the 59-ft Alden schooner Mayan is more than just another cheap Stratocaster with a few rock and roller signatures scrawled on it. Not only is the 1947 boat a beauty in her own right, but Mayan is the boat that has been so much a part of David Crosby’s music, life and legend.

"After 40 years of sailing and writing many of my best songs aboard, I have reached the point where I must let her go," says the 68-year-old musician, famous for his work as a founding member of the ‘60s rock group The Byrds and later Crosby, Stills and Nash. Crosby, who grew up in Los Angeles and learned to sail at age 11, has owned the boat since 1968. Mayan was reportedly the inspiration for many of his songs, including Wooden Ships and Lee Shore. (We'd like to think the Steve Stills-penned Southern Cross, our favorite sailing-themed song ever, was also inspired by her, but CSN wasn't returning our calls to confirm this.)

For many years, Mayan sailed out of Sausalito. She’s been berthed in Santa Barbara for at least 20 years now, and has always been well cared for. The boat underwent an extensive refit in Wilmington in 2005-2006 that included replacing all of her planking and 70% of her frames.

Asking price is $1 million. See more about Mayan here.

- latitude / jr

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