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West Coasters Take Top Spots in Key West

PHOTO On the penultimate day of the Acura Key West Race Week presented by Nautica, Newport Beach sailmaker Dave Ullman and his Pegasus 505 crew were lying in fourth place, 11 points out of first in the 46-boat Melges 24 class. More »

Tar Balls Wash Up on Bay Area Beaches

A park ranger first spotted tar balls washed up on Pacifica State Beach Monday morning. By Monday afternoon, contracted clean-up crew had collected several gallon bags of dollar-sized tar balls but reports of more tarballs were coming in from several other Bay Area beaches. More »

Glad to Help, Glad to Receive

Russ Clark, Holly Scott, and the donated North Sail. Now, to get the sail to Liz on her boat on Christmas Island. Holly & Russ
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC Not 12 hours after we published a notice in ‘Lectronic saying that Liz Clark of the Santa Barbara-based Cal 40 Swell, who is on a sailing/surfing safari in the Pacific, was in dire need of a low cost or no cost headsail, did Holly Scott of Seal Beach respond. More »

New Cruising Restrictions in Tonga and Fiji

"All is not well in the tropical paradises of Fiji and Tonga," report John Kelly and Linda Keigher and of San Francisco-based Sirena 38 Hawkeye. "Both countries have now instituted severe restrictions on the time that a foreign vessel can remain in the country. More »

Three Bridge Fiasco Lives Up to Name

The start of the Fiasco is a sight to see. latitude/LaDonna
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC In between torrential weekend downpours, 222 boats managed to make it to the starting line of one of the most popular races on San Francisco Bay. More »

Falcon’s Bay Visit Depends on Her Sub

For those who heard Belvedere’s Tom Perkins say on KQED’s Forum that he might bring his 289-ft Dyna-Rig Maltese Falcon to the Bay in May, we’ve got a clarification. "I don’t know yet whether Falcon will make the trip to the Bay," Perkins wrote Latitude, "as it all depends on the completion date for the submarine that Hawkes Ocean Technology of Richmond is building for us. More »

Gitana 13 – Southern Cross to Port

Sailor’s delight – It’s not all work aboard Gitana 13 as she heads for San Francisco. Gitana 13
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC Not quite two weeks out of New York, the 110-ft maxi-cat Gitana 13 is humming along under a waning moon and what can only be described as a ‘mixed bag’ of weather off Brazil. More »

Harker Heads for Sizzler in San Juan

Having set his unusual Parasailor2 spinnaker off St. Barth, Harker and his Hunter Mariner 49 make tracks for the Sizzler at San Juan, Puerto Rico. latitude/Richard
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Early this morning we took off in our dink to photograph Mike Harker of the Manhattan Beach-based Hunter Mariner 49 Wanderlust 3, as he set his Parasailor2 spinnaker to leave St. More »