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Archive for February 2008

Cocos Island Rumors Untrue

It’s unclear who started the rumor about Cocos Island, but it’s not even close to be being true. Costa Rican Bureau of Tourism
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC "We dropped our hook here at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno at San Cristobal Island in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands on February 22, and a short time later Belvedere’s Tom Perkins pulled in with his 289-ft Maltese Falcon," reports Bruce Balan and Alene D. More »

Photo of the Day: Spring Tides Happen

It sort of looks like these boats were knocked over by a hurricane… © 2008 Rob & Linda Jones Rob and Linda Jones, Ha-Ha vets with their Gemini 3000 catamaran Cat’n About from Whibey Island, Washington, sent us the accompanying photo of what looks to be sailboats in Costa Rica knocked askew by hurricane force winds. More »

March Latitude Hits the Streets

All over the Bay Area today, the March issue of Latitude 38 will be distributed to chandleries, yacht clubs and marinas. Spend the weekend reading about a record-breaking cat, a fun and fickle fiasco, a circumnavigator’s worst injury, and so much more. More »

Gitana 13 Comes Full Circle

Gitana 13’s early morning arrival meant only a few boats came out to welcome her crew to the Bay. latitude/Richard
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC While most folks at Corinthian YC yesterday came to catch a glimpse of the 110-ft catamaran Gitana 13 and her 10-man crew, CYC member Jim Gibbs was there on ‘family business’. More »

Gitana 13 Breaks New York to San Francisco Record

Gitana 13 slides into San Francisco at the end of her 43-day run from New York. latitude/JR
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC The 110-ft catamaran Gitana 13 slipped quietly under the Golden Gate this morning, the end of her record-setting 14,000-mile record sail from New York attended by only a handful of local boats. More »
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Gitana 13 on Track to Arrive Thursday

  Gitana 13, the 110-ft French catamaran that left New York on January 16, will pass under the Golden Gate tomorrow, Thursday, February 28. Exactly when depends on how well the 10-man crew negotiates the often fickle breeze of the Pacific in winter — and how much fickle breeze there is. More »

Mag 80 Takes PV Record

Doug Baker and his Mag 80 crew took six hours off the old PV record when they crossed the line at 4 a.m. SDYC Vallarta Race
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC Doug Baker’s Magnitude 80 finished the San Diego to Puerto Vallarta race just after four this morning, taking six hours off the course record when she crossed the finish line off Punta Mita. After More »

Kame Richards to Speak at Bay Model

Even veteran sailors will walk away with a boatload of info from Kame Richards’ ‘How the Tides Work for You’ presentation at the Bay Model in Sausalito, and now you’ll have two opportunities to learn from this local sailing guru and master sailmaker. More »

The Geja ‘Torch’ is Passed Along

Andrew Vik, seen here at Isla San Francisco aboard the Beneteau 38 Sea Fox that he co-skippered in the ’06 Ha-Ha, has bought the Islander 36 Geja in the Med. Andrew Vik
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC "I’m the lucky reader who purchased the Islander 36 Geja, currently in Italy, from San Franciscans Eli and Sara Bottrell," reports Andrew Vik, also of San Francisco. More »
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Central Pacific Winlink Station Needs Help

Untold numbers of cruisers use the Winlink system for everything from emails to weatherfaxes. The system relies on a smattering of individual ham stations strategically located to help relay signals. The Central Pacific station, located in the Hawaii YC’s ‘TransPac Shack’ in the Ala Wai, is vital to communications between the South Pacific and the West Coast. More »