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Archive for March 2008

No Serenity Till We Get Rid of This Guy

We’re not sure when they took this photo, but we’d bet the Nespors would have been happier with a nice yellowtail or mahi. Serenity Now
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC "You asked for sailors to send in photos of their catches while sailing," write Dennis and Sue Nespor of the Catalina 36 Serenity Now. More »

Big Backlog at the Ditch

Many cruisers are heading south toward Panama at this time of year. But when they reach the Canal, they may be in for a rude shock. According to cruising guide author Pat Rains, there is currently a huge backlog of yachts and ships waiting to transit. More »

The Real Story on Rick’s Bar in Zihua

For a decade, Heike and Rick Carpenter have worked tirelessly on behalf of cruisers. latitude/Andy
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC There have been rumors circulating on Mexico’s Coconut Telegraph that Rick Carpenter, the owner of Rick’s Bar in Zihua, who has been a great friend of cruisers and the Zihua SailFest, has been kicked out of Mexico. More »

Marina Riviera Nayarit Alienating Cruisers

With hundreds of empty slips, cruisers can’t understand why Marina Riviera Nayarit rates aren’t lower. But what really makes them angry is that each visit by dinghy costs $10. latitude/Richard
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, the wonderfully funky and authentic Mexico town on Banderas Bay about 10 miles to the north of Puerto Vallarta, has been a cruiser favorite for as long as we’ve been going there — and we started in the late ’70s. More »
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Racing Shorts

Does four days of racing in the Caribbean sound like fun? If you’re reading this and haven’t just come back from the 28th running of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, then you’ll have to wait until next year to get in on that action. More »

Forquer Will be Sorely Missed

The flood of emails and phone calls which reached us yesterday after we posted the news of Jim Forquer’s tragic death is a good indicator of how much this well-known sailor will be missed. More »

Fast Company

The ProSail 40 Tuki currently owns the Jazz Cup record. In 2005, she sailed the 26-mile course in 2 hours and 1 minute. latitude/JR
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Records are made to be broken. More »

Legato Skipper Reported to Have Died in Mexico

Jim Forquer, seen here volunteering as Race Committee Chair for January’s ZihuaFest, was also the second year Director of the Balboa YC of Newport Beach. latitude/Andy
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC We’ve not be able to confirm it, but Cornelia Gould of the Valiant 42 A Capella has passed along a report that Jim Forquer, owner and skipper of the Newport Beach-based Catana 52 catamaran Legato, died last night as the result of an onshore accident. More »

The Weekend’s Racing Report

Sweet Okole and Bad Hare Day grind around Alcatraz. latitude/Rob
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC The weekend decided to thumb its nose at the National Weather Service and gave racers breeze, sun and generally pleasant weather. More »