Photo of the Day: Maltese Falcon
August 4 - Viareggio, Italy
Photo Courtesy Perini Navi
Later in the day, while between the Straits
of Bonifacio that separates Corsica and Sardinia, Falcon
hit 18.3 knots without much sail up. "The crew is waiting
for me to return," says Perkins, "to use the check
stays and then shoot for the 20-knot barrier for the first time."
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Hurricane Chris And Atlantic Hurricane Forecast Both Tumble
August 4 - Atlantic - Caribbean
Charts Courtesy weather.unisys.com
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Classy Classified: Rafiki 37
August 4 - Southern California
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Whale-Strike of Mureadritta's XL
August 4 - Honolulu
More incredible photos have arrived of the July 25 sinking by whale-strike of Mureadritta's XL, Antony Barran's Las Vegas-flagged ILC 40.
Nick Barran, Antony's father and captain for the return trip to the West Coast after the Pacific Cup, sang the praises of others for the successful rescue of XL's crew. "My crew of David Smith, Nathalie Criou and James Clappier were all outstanding. The Coast Guard executed a textbook operation, coordinating with the container ship Maersk Darwin to pick us up, who then transferred us to the long-liner Cammie M. We were 415 miles away and ended up back in Honolulu within three days - amazing! What a team! We are truly grateful."
Check out the September issue of Latitude 38 for a complete report.
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Mureadritta's XL slips beneath the waters of the Pacific
as her crew awaits rescue.
The whale's head made a big impression on XL.
Photos Courtesy Mureadritta's XL
New Charges Against Accused Murderer of Cruisers
August 4 - Newport Beach
Although Deleon has yet to be convicted of that crime, an equally-bizarre update on the case came to light this week. On Monday Deleon pleaded not guilty in Orange County Superior Court to plotting 'hits' on both his father and cousin, who are potential witnesses against him in the murder trial. The evidence against him regarding these new charges includes both audio and video recordings of Deleon soliciting two inmates to commit the crimes. Deleon's father, John Jacobson, who has been in hiding out of state, refered to the ongoing ordeal as,"a bad dream you never wake up from."
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