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AC 33: A Fine Mess Indeed

We’ve begun to notice that when things aren’t going well for BMW Oracle Racing, their press releases get pretty short. Such was the case yesterday, when the New York Appellate Court reversed Justice Herman Cahn’s earlier ruling and finding that CNEV was a valid challenger for the 33rd America’s Cup, which effectively drops the Golden Gate YC as the challenger of record for the next event. More »

Solo Fleet Trickling In

Jim Kellam was the first finisher of the day yesterday aboard his Spencer 35 Haulback. latitude/JR
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC As of this morning, 13 of the 21 remaining boats in the 2008 Singlehanded TransPac have finished off beautiful Hanalei Bay, Kauai. More »

The Beauty of U.S. Mail

Wendy and Steve Bott wave goodbye, not long before setting sail from Zihua aboard ‘Elusive’ last spring. latitude/Andy
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC One thing cruisers learn, is that when s_ _t happens, you’ve simply got to beathe deep and deal with whatever chaos has arisen. More »

Rain Drop Takes Pac Cup

Rain Drop sailing to the finish and an overall win in the 2008 Pacific Cup. latitude/Rob
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Joby Easton and Bill Huseby sailed Easton’s immaculate Cascade 36 Rain Drop into Kaneohe Bay at 12:45 HST Saturday afternoon, claiming overall honors in the 2008 Pacific Cup. More »
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Southern California Ha-Ha Preview & Reunion Party

The Grand Poobah wants to remind everyone that the Baja Ha-Ha will be hosting a free Ha-Ha Preview & Reunion at Two Harbors, Catalina, on August 9. It will be a super-casual event directed toward folks signed up or thinking about signing up for October’s San Diego to Cabo San Lucas rally. More »

Mock Battle Stuns Spectators

For tall ship aficionados, mock sea battles between ‘Lynx’ (foreground) and ‘Californian’ are a high point of any festival. © Eliot Hudson Boom! Looks real, sounds real. . . Smoke from ‘Californian’s cannon can be seen a mile away. More »

Solo TransPac – Postcards from the Edge

Al Hughes’ Open 60 Dogbark crossed the finish line early yesterday morning. © Rich Hudnut We have a winner! Well, at least a finisher. Al Hughes on the Seattle-based Open 60 Dogbark sailed across the finish line of the Singlehanded TransPac shortly after 9 a.m. More »

Accused Murderer Back in the News

There hasn’t been much in the way of news in the drawn-out pursuit of justice for the killers of cruisers Tom and Jackie Hawks. Prosecuters believe that the Hawkses were murdered in November, 2004, by Skylar Deleon, John Kennedy and Alonso Machain during a test cruise of their trawler Well Deserved. More »
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Through the Nose

When sailors of old had to be buried at sea, their bodies were sewn into sail cloth, weighted, and lowered into the sea. Lifelong sailor Alan Olson wonders if you know why the last stitch in the sewing traditionally went through the deceased nose. More »