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New Free App Reveals Bay Currents

February 8, 2012 – San Francisco Bay

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Understanding Bay currents can give racers a huge advantage in developing winning strategies, especially during long, complex races like the recent Three Bridge Fiasco. Photo Latitude / Andy
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Bay Area sailors who own smart phones and tablets have been using tide apps for years. But now there's also a new current app that gives real-time and predicted info on surface currents within the Bay, and as far south as Half Moon Bay, sourced from the Coastal Ocean Currents Monitoring Program in Northern California (COCMP-NC). The data is provided by radiowave-emitting sensors.

While race committees generally prohibit offshore racers from receiving real-time weather routing coaching (i.e. via satphones), we're not aware of any restrictions on using tide and current apps on in-the-Bay races. And while the data may not be spot on for any given portion of the Bay, it will probably help competitors — especially newbies — avoid the strongest flows of unfavorable current.

In any case, since your tax dollars helped to fund it, and it's free, we'd encourage iPhone and iPad users to have a look. (Hopefully an Android version will be available soon also.)

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"I told you not to go that way!" Having a little inside knowledge on current flow could save headaches, prevent arguments and perhaps even facilitate a winning route around a race course. © 2018 Bay Currents /

- latitude / andy

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Socrates Leaves Cape Town

February 8, 2012 – Cape Town, South Africa

Jeanne Socrates has spent the last year in and around Cape Town, South Africa, preparing for her next attempt at a nonstop solo circumnavigation. Photo Courtesy Nereida
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That intrepid British solo circumnavigator Jeanne Socrates sure gets around. After a knockdown at Cape Horn ended her plans for a nonstop solo circumnavigation last January, Socrates wound up spending 13 months in South Africa effecting repairs to her Najad 380 Nereida and having all sorts of adventures — from having juice with Laura Dekker to tea with the Queen of England. But all good things must end, and yesterday Socrates sailed Nereida out of Cape Town bound for Hobart, Tasmania.

The 69-year-old grandmother plans to make her way back to Victoria, British Columbia over the next several months. In October, she'll once again set out on a planned nonstop circumnavigation attempt — her third. If she makes it around this time without stopping, she'll become the oldest woman to complete the feat — unofficially, of course, as record-keeping institutions don't recognize aged-based sailing records.

To keep tabs on Socrates, check out her website. She'll once again be raising funds for a cause close to her heart, Marie Curie Cancer Care.

- latitude / ladonna

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February 8, 2012 – Latitude 38 World Headquarters

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Club Cruceros de La Paz Hacked

February 8, 2012 – La Paz, Mexico

Don't panic! La Paz's venerable cruising club Club Cruceros has not shut down, but their website has . . . at least temporarily. "Their site was hacked," reports Michael Robertson of the Washington D.C.-based Fuji 40 Del Viento. "Nobody seems to have any control over it. A treasure trove of info is, for now, not accessible."

Club Cruceros de La Paz, located at Marina de La Paz, offers all sorts of cruiser bennies, in addition to raising funds for local kids. Photo Latitude / LaDonna
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Why anyone would want to hack the Club Cruceros site is baffling. The club has a history of not only helping fellow cruisers, but also giving back to the local community in a big way. What is there to gain from hacking such a site, other than proving you're a perverted asshat? Here's hoping the dust settles and this very informative site — which is normally found at — is back up soon, stronger than ever.

UPDATE: Patsy Verhoeven of the Gulfstar 50 Talion sent us the following update on the situation. "Not to fear! The site has temporarily relocated to The site is also in the midst of a complete overhaul with a totally new look. All the same excellent information, just better organized and more user-friendly . . . “stronger than ever!"

- latitude / ladonna

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