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Archive for June 2008

Ten Grand Richer

Patrick Whitmarsh, Kevin Richards and Joe Penrod won the inaugural American Sailing League Championship off Pier 39, and with it a check for $10,000. The trio sailed Team Harken to a convincing win that saw them take the last five qualifying races leading up to the one championship race sailed for all the marbles Sunday afternoon in strengthening breeze into the low 20s. More »

Nereida Lost on Mexican Beach

Jeanne Socrates credits the 2006 Singlehanded TransPac for giving her the confidence to set off on a 15-month solo circumnavigation. latitude/LaDonna
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC We’re heartsick to report that Jeanne Socrates, who, after completing the 2006 Singlehanded TransPac, decided to take on the world with a 15-month solo circumnavigation, has lost her beloved UK-based Najad 361 Nereida less than 100 miles from her starting point of Zihuatanejo. More »
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Ha-Ha Entries Pour In

Entries for the ‘Fabulous Fifteen’ Baja Ha-Ha have been pouring in since we decided to ‘tip-toe’ into the 21st century by offering online sign-ups at If you’re still happily working your way through the last century, you can also sign up the old-fashioned way — see the website or the June Latitude 38 for instructions. More »

Diesel Prices to Jack Up in Tahiti

Boats are bound to sail more thanks to the hike in French Polynesia’s fuel prices. latitude/Andy
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC "I just got word that the long-rumored and oft-denied fuel price increase here in French Polynesia will happen either today or on July 1," reports Wayne Meretsky of the Alameda-based S&S 47 Moonduster. More »

Local Crab Boat Capsizes and Sinks

Crew of the 40-ft crabber Reward scramble to the high side after the boat capsized off Pier 45 a week ago. © 2008 John Colban The crab boat Reward had just left Pier 45 last Thursday (June 19) when the skipper turned the wheel, the boat leaned . More »

‘Cuing with Real Sailors at Two Harbors

Sailors’ Banquet at Two Harbors, starring, from lower left, Doña de Mallora, Susan Wolcott, Sangmi Lee, Larry Potter, Bruce Glass, and Cici Sayer. latitude/Richard
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC When anchored off Catalina, most nights we go ashore and have a BBQ at Two Harbors, inviting which ever friends happen to be around. More »
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Possible Piracy off Costa Rica

We get tons of mail, so we can only suppose that some of it would be a little . . . well, unusual. Among the most recent and unusual is a string of missives from one Carl Robbins, who describes himself as a "cruiser who swallowed the hook in Panama." More »

Mystery Mexico Location Revealed

In Wednesday’s ‘Lectronic, we gave a pop photo quiz asking if anyone could identify the spot in Mexico where Profligate was shown anchored. We received about 20 replies — half guessed Yelapa and the other half guessed Boca de Tomatlan, which is about halfway between Yelapa and Puerto Vallarta and the correct answer. More »

Switlik Life Raft Recall

Switlik Parachute Company, makers of Switlik life rafts, has issued a safety alert and recall on all of their liferafts. It seems that inflation valves on the rafts might fail to "operate properly and discharge the gas from the CO2 cylinder into the life raft." More »

Mexico Cruising Photo Quiz

This isn’t a game of Where’s Waldo, but rather if you know your anchorages in Mexico. Where’s Profligate? latitude/Richard
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC If you think you’ve "been everywhere in Mexico" with your boat, you should be able to identify the anchorage Profligate is at in the above photo. More »