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Archive for December 2007

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. More »

Have You Ever Wondered How . . .

. . . 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 the 450-ft Rising Sun. More »

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 more — and the most comprehensive listing of races on the Bay, which will be invaluable if your New Year’s Resolution is to sail more. More »

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. More »

Taco Stands

Doña de Mallorca and a new acquaintance sitting in front of Hilda’s Taco Stand in Turtle Bay. There must be more than 10,000 such stands in Mexico. latitude/Richard
©2007 Latitude 38 Media, LLC One of the great culinary and social aspects of cruising Mexico are the taco stands and carts, found from the smallest villages to street corners in the biggest cities. More »

“I’m Going Down!”

When Heather sees something she wants, she makes sure she gets it. Capricorn Cat
©2007 Latitude 38 Media, LLC Heather ‘I’ll never do retail again, not even at the Monterey Bay Aquarium’ Cosario sort of looks like she’s dumpster diving. More »

Sodebo and IDEC Streak Around the World

Javier de Muns, our man in Brittany with his finger on the pulse of solo around the world racers, filed this report: "Last Monday’s weather window, with 40 to 50 knots wind, big seas, and an air temperature of 30 degrees seemed to have done the trick for Thomas Coville  and his 105-ft trimaran Sodebo, as they are already in the warmer latitudes of the Canary Islands, having averaged 20 knots since the start. More »

Blockcade of the Harbor at St. Barth?

The harbor at Gustavia is perfect for blockading. latitude/Richard
©2007 Latitude 38 Media, LLC Bonnie Russell of San Diego alerts us to the fact that the fishermen — and there are not many of them — on the chic island of St. More »