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Shark Attack Kills S.F. Surfer in Mexico

A yet-to-be-identified 24-year-old surfer from San Francisco died from a loss of blood after he was attacked by a shark Monday, while surfing at Troncones, a popular surf break for cruisers whose boats are anchored at Zihuatanejo, Mexico. More »

Italian Crosses Atlantic Alone on 20-ft Beach Cat

Italian sailor and adventurer Vittorio Malingri arrived in Guadeloupe April 28, 13 days, 17 hours and 48 minutes after leaving Dakar, Senegal. What’s remarkable about the non-stop, unassisted 2,545 mile trip is that he did it aboard Royal Oak, a 20-ft purpose-built, beach cat — alone! More »

Oh No, Not Again!

Ah, yeah, we know. You’re getting barraged by emails announcing this new posting. After the same thing happened Monday, we thought we’d found a solution. . . No such luck. As we write this, however, we are switching to a new ‘listserver’ software which should eliminate the problem. More »

Canadian Westabout Circumnavigator Aborts Attempt

The crippled ‘Kim Chow’ riding out a South Atlantic Storm under drogue. Aboard, skipper Glenn Wakefield waits to be transfered to the Argentinian research vessel ‘Puerto Deseado’. © MRCC Argentine After a rollover on April 24 claimed his solar panels, liferaft and a hatch in the South Atlantic, Victoria, B.C.-based More »

BMW Oracle Makes Opening Day Appearance

BMW Oracle Racing design coordinator Ian “Fresh” Burns takes a turn on the bow of one of the team’s Swedish Match 40s. High school sailors based at the Golden Gate YC got a chance to pick up some match racing tips from the team during a Friday afternoon practice. More »

Cruisers to the Rescue

Step one: snag the net ball. © 2008 Andy Conlin By law, every mariner is required to keep a lookout at all times. The rule, of course, was made to help vessels avoid collisions. More »
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Vallejo Race Fee Deadline Today

If you’re planning on doing the Vallejo Race on May 3-4 and haven’t signed up yet, you might want to consider signing up online today to avoid late fees. Signing up is easy, just visit www.yra.org. More »

Tuna Takes the Singlehanded Farallones

Dan Alvarez’s Ericson 30+ Travieso enjoys some downright pleasant conditions while rounding the South Island in Saturday’s Singlehanded Farallones Race. Tony Hoff/Kuewa
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC The smallest and slowest-rated finisher in Saturday’s Singlehanded Farallones Race — Stephen Buckingham’s Santana 22 Tchoupitoulas — took overall honors by a margin of more than three minutes. More »

Rick Carpenter’s Status in Zihua is Just Fine

Heike and Rick Carpenter will be back this fall to take care of cruisers. latitude/Andy
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Not long ago we reported that Rick Carpenter, the owner of Rick’s Bar in Zihuatanejo — which has long been cruiser central there as well as a huge supporter of the Zihua SailFest — was having trouble with immigration folks in Mexico. More »

Thar They Blow

We got stopped a few years ago off the Embarcadero by both Coast Guard and the SF Police boats. And when we say ‘stopped’, this was with bullhorns blaring and lights flashing. More »