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Stay in the Bay till Sunday

Even though the weather has been warmer the last couple days, don’t forget we’re still in the grip of winter. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous seas advisory for the next few days and the Coast Guard is urging mariners to stay put. The forecast calls for gale-force winds tonight and tomorrow, rising…

New Latitude and YRA Calendar Out Today

The January issue of Latitude 38 and the 2008 Northern California Sailing Calendar and YRA Schedule hit the docks today. Grab your copies for some great New Year’s reading — a retrospective of the 1982 Cabo storm, a report on the Sausalito YC Midwinters, blasting on Banderas Bay, cruising the NorCal coast and a shipload…

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. . . individuals can fund — or partially fund — America’s Cup campaigns that cost $150 million, and still have enough left to own 450-ft giga motoryachts? The answer turns out to be ‘very easily’ if you’re in the league of Larry Ellison, the man behind Oracle, the BMW Oracle America’s Cup teams, and…

Joyon and IDEC Approach Cape Horn

The last several days have seen brilliant French singlehander Francis Joyon and his 97-ft trimaran IDEC face the worst conditions to date in his quest for the singlehanded around the world record. First, he was required to sail among icebergs at a 20-knot clip. You can imagine what it was like trying to rest in…

Rosebud Leads in Rolex Sydney Hobart

Former Northern California computer whiz — Vallejo, Berkeley, the Peninsula —  Roger Sturgeon and his nearly new and first-ever STP 65 Rosebud have put in an impressive performance, having finished fourth and being the corrected time leader in the 605-mile Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. For those looking for context, the Sydney to Hobart, along…