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Archive for January 2008

Making the World a Smaller Place

Franck Cammas’ Groupama 3 is already ahead of the pace on its Jules Verne Trophy attempt. © Yvan ZeddaFranck Cammas’ 105-ft trimaran Groupama 3 is already slightly ahead of Orange II‘s 2005 record pace, when skipper Bruno Peyron and his crew of 13 rounded the world in 50 days, 16 hours. More »

Lower Fees for Fishing in Mexico

Tammy, a Morro Bay-based crewmember of Profligate in the Ha-Ha, holds up one of her catch for the camera. There is no limit on ‘catch and release’ fishing. latitude/Richard
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLCConapesca, the Mexican sportfishing agency, has announced new licensing policies for ’08 that will be welcomed by cruisers. More »

Only 28,000 Miles to Go

The charge of the light brigade – nearly 40 boats crossed the starting line at this year’s World ARC Rally. © 2008 Terry Drew"We were off St. Lucia in the Eastern Caribbean on Wednesday for the start of the World ARC around the world rally," report Terry and Evelyn Drew of the Santa Cruz / Caribbean-based Aquarelle. More »

Great News for Cruisers in Ecuador

Tripp Martin, harbormaster at Ecuador’s Puerto Amistad YC, reports some welcome news from that part of the world. "For the past four months, Puerto Amistad, Puerto Lucia, Salinas YC, Guayaquil YC, the Ecuadorian Yachting Association, Ministry of Tourism, and the Navy have all been working together to reform the rules changes in order to make them less onerous," Tripp told Latitude. More »

Lone Fox Wins St. Martin Classic

With a reefed main and mizzen, Lone Fox displays her winning form between St. Martin and Anguilla. St. Martin Classic Regatta
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLCLone Fox, the classic Robert Clark 65-ft ketch built for Colonel Whitbread nearly a half century ago, but now owned by Ira Epstein of Bolinas, won overall honors in last weekend’s St. More »

World ARC Starts Today

Thirty-five monohulls and six multihulls are departing St. Lucia today on the 15-month World ARC cruise around the world. This is the fifth around-the-world event for the World Cruising Club, which has also had 3,000 of their boats cross the Atlantic in the ARCs (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) since 1984. More »
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Racing Underway at KWRW

The sailing at Key West Race Week finally got underway yesterday after high winds forced organizers to cancel Monday’s scheduled races. After three races in the highly competitive 46-boat Melges 24 class, Tiburon’s Peter Lane on Brick House is in 9th place. More »

Gitana 13 Crosses Equator

This morning, at 7:24 GMT — less than a week after leaving New York —  the 110-ft catamaran Gitana 13 crossed the Equator. That’s about 3,200 miles in 6.5 days, an average of just under 500 miles a day. More »

Cruisers Converge on Zihua

Although SailFest’s focus is on fundraising and shoreside fun, fleet members also test their racing prowess. © sailfest 07The biggest buzz within the Mexico cruising community this month is about the 7th annual Zihuatanejo SailFest, which is expected to draw a hundred foreign boats to this tranquil coastal town. More »

Photo of the Day: Incroyable!

Francis Joyon arrives in Brest, flares lit. © Liot-Vapillon/DPPI IdecJust 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes and 6 seconds after starting from Brest, France, Francis Joyon finished his record attempt in the wee hours of Sunday morning, then took a well-earned victory nap before greeting the 2,000-strong crowd of well-wishers that gathered to welcome him home. More »