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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 »
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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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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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Fire at San Rafael YC

Firefighters called to San Rafael YC around 2:50 a.m. on Monday were greeted by a flaming back deck. It took under an hour to put out the fire, which was probably caused by hot barbecue ashes, but Battalion Chief Jeff Buscher estimated the damage to the clubhouse to be around $100,000. More »

Pirates Kidnap Four Yachties

A German family of three and their French skipper were sailing a small yacht across the Gulf of Aden on Monday when Somali pirates forced them off their boat, taking them into the hills behind the fishing village of Las Qoray in the Puntland region. More »