Archive for February 2008
Doug Baker and his Mag 80 crew took six hours off the old PV record when they crossed the line at 4 a.m.
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.
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.
The San Diego Yacht Club’s race to Puerto Vallarta got underway Saturday for Divisions 1, 2, and 3 in a 10- to 12-kt southwesterly. The boats started off Shelter Island, serenaded by a Mariachi band, before settling in for some upwind sailing that lasted into Sunday morning.
Just writing the word ‘comprehensive’ makes us a bit nervous. You see, every time we attempt to do a comprehensive overview in Latitude 38 on one subject or another, we invariably leave someone out.
Tom Perkins swims with the fishes. © 2008 Tom Perkins "We have finished four of the most incredible days of diving ever," reports Tom Perkins of the Belvedere-based 289-ft Dyna-Rig Maltese Falcon from Cocos Island, Costa Rica.
When Reid Stowe and Soanya Ahmad left Hoboken, New Jersey, on April 21, 2007, their plan was to sail Stowe’s 70-ft schooner Anne out of sight of land for 1,000 days non-stop.
Swingin’ cat – Cheyenne in the slings at Nelsons. © 2008 Mark Featherstone The late Steve Fosset’s 125-ft catamaran Cheyenne is on the hard at Nelson’s to assess damage reportedly caused by an exploded liferaft canister.
International Boat Watch Network is asking for help in tracking down Ralph "Jeff" Peak, 59, aboard the 32-ft woodie Richmond II.
If you think the threat of a little rain is going to stop the hardy ladies signed up for this Saturday’s Sadie Hawkins Race on the Estuary, think again, buster.
Prior to starting the Baja Ha-Ha in ’94, we used to pass out the famous salmon-colored ‘Some Like It Hot!’ shirts to every skipper who sailed from California to Cabo San Lucas.
Groupama 3 upside down off New Zealand; game over for their Jules Verne Record attempt.
Blue skies, tropical temperatures, great sailing breezes – no wonder cruisers love the Banderas Bay Regatta, which is just one part of the Vallarta Race Week.
In Monday ‘Lectronic, we ran a sensational photo of a whale and a dolphin frolicking together, said to have been taken near Punta Mita by a cruiser.
The 110-ft maxi cat Gitana 13 continues its assault on the sailing record from New York to San Francisco.
Jack Sutphen, Dennis Conner’s ‘coach’, will be signing his book Messing About in Boats for 80 Years with Jack Sutphen at the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center in Sausalito tomorrow from 2-5 p.m.
Jim Williams and Deborah Stern of the Encinal YC love to sail, as evidenced by their owning the Cal 39 Spindrift and the Islander 28 Dog Days, both of which are kept at Marina Village in Alameda.
David Vann’s self-built trimaran Tin Can had her maiden voyage yesterday. latitude/JR
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC Adventurer David Vann was out test-sailing his 50-ft trimaran Tin Can yesterday, having been delayed several days from his planned Saturday outing.
G2 was just one of hundreds of boats out this weekend shaking the recent rain from their sails.
John and Nancy Powers of the Napa-based Tayana 48 Meridian are planning to give their daughters, Maddie (L), 8, and Sophie, 6, an education in the school of life.
We at Latitude are in need of a photo of a fish taco — preferably a particularly delicious one about to go into someone’s gaping mouth — to illustrate a letter in the March issue.
Harker rushed out of Hooters in Miami and down the docks on his folding bike to see if Wanderlust 3, the boat he’d just circumnavigated aboard, had exploded.
After a test sail on San Francisco Bay on Saturday, 39-year-old David Vann of Tallahassee, Florida, hopes to leave Sunday on a four-month non-stop singlehanded circumnavigation via the Southern Ocean aboard his trimaran Tin Can.
Anticipating a Deed of Gift challenge against Alinghi for America’s Cup 33, BMW Oracle Racing launched an Extreme 40 catamaran in Valencia on Wednesday as part of their workup to what may be an October series.
In last Friday’s ‘Lectronic, we reported that singlehander Robert Botha, who’d left the Bay on January 9 aboard his Alberg 30 Flyer bound for his native New Zealand, was having a tough time dealing with heavy weather in the middle of the Pacific after his windvane broke.
Franck Cammas and the rest of the 10-man crew aboard Groupama 3 are at risk of losing the southern ocean front they’ve been riding and the lead they’ve built in their Jules Verne Record attempt.
We’re saddened to report that Alameda-based cruiser John Long, 78, was found dead in Puerto Madero, Mexico — just north of the Guatemalan border — on Saturday.
Mike, legally a parapalegic, unsnarls his chute off St. Barth about a week ago when he still had 1,100 miles to go in order to complete Wanderlust 3’s circumnavigation.
The SF-based Beneteau 42 Cirque got off to a good start but, like others, struggled to maintain position in the light air.