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Archive for May 2008

Blind Circumnavigators Depart Australia

During their stay in the Cook Islands, Pam and Scott had a tour of another circumnavigating vessel, the 180-ft three-masted Picton Castle. © 2008 Courtesy Starship During our three decades of reporting on all aspects of sailing, we’ve met a fascinating cast of characters. More »

Baja Ha-Ha Entry Process Gearing Up

So many sponsor flyers, so little desk space. . . The big Ha-Ha mailing is almost ready to launch. latitude/Annie
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC With well over 100 boat owners eager to complete the entry process for Baja Ha-Ha 15, volunteer Rally Committee members are working overtime to complete a brand new online registration protocol and prepare a massive mailing of special offers from event sponsors. More »

A Whale of a Time

Terry and Vicki Fahey of the Richmond-based Pearson 424 Tenacity have been cruising Mexico since last fall, and have enjoyed the abundunt wildlife, including the breaching whale above. "We were about 15 miles out of Mazatlan on March 25 and the ocean was as smooth as glass. More »

June Issue Hits the Streets

The June issue of Latitude 38 is being distributed to all the usual outlets around the Bay today, just in time for the weekend. Check out the action at last weekend’s Master Mariners regatta, plan your Delta vacation, see if our cameras caught your boat out on the Bay, and much more! More »

Spinnaker Cup

Mark Langer’s Sydney 38 Absolute ’02 shortly after the start of Last Friday’s Spinnaker Cup. © 2008 Erik Simonson After a few days of wind in the 40s out of the northwest, last Friday’s Spinnaker Cup was looking promising for a typical 90-mile downwind blast from San Francisco YC to Monterey. More »

Soldini Crushes Class 40s in Transat

Giovanni Soldini bow-riding Telecom Italia to a win in the Class 40 division in The Artemis Transat. © Matt Dickens onEdition/The Artemis Transat Italian Giovanni Soldini sealed his win in the Class 40 division in The Artemis Transat when he crossed the finish line off Marblehead just after 7 a.m. More »

Community Outrigger Launched

Steve Mercadante, Assistant Harbormaster at Two Harbors, raises his paddle in celebration as Leilani returns from her first outing. latitude/Richard
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC After last Saturday’s terrible helicopter crash at Two Harbors, which claimed the lives of four of the six aboard, the quirky little community was in serious need of an emotional lift. More »

Master Mariners

Gray skies and mellow breezes greeted the starters of Saturday’s Master Mariners race. latitude/LaDonna
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC Gray skies, light winds, and even a little rain greeted 56 boats answering starting guns at the annual Master Mariners Regatta on Saturday, May 24. More »

Chillin’ in the Tuamotus

The picture tells the story. . . With any luck, life will slow down substantially when you get out cruising. Solace
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC Sometimes it’s nice to cast off your worldly woes (and clothes), sit down on a deserted beach and simply contemplate the universe. More »

Special Edition: Sailors Die in Tragic Helo Crash

The helicopter crashed about 75 yards from the Isthmus Yacht Club in the direction of Cat Harbor. latitude/Richard
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC The high season at Catalina got off to a terrible and tragic start on Saturday morning when a Eurocopter AS-350 carrying four mariners, plus a pilot and baggage handler, from Long Beach to Two Harbors crashed in a sloped field about 75 yards south of the Isthmus Yacht Club. More »