Archive for September 2008
Gitana XIII smokin’ up the Bay between breaking records this February. © 2008 Peter Lyons Remember Gitana XIII, the 110-ft maxi-catamaran that visited the Bay back in late February and early March?
Jury selection began this week in the trial of Skylar Deleon, the alleged ‘mastermind’ behind the 2004 disappearance of Newport Beach-based cruisers Tom and Jackie Hawks.
There was a nice front page story in The Chronicle today announcing that Tom Perkins’ 289-ft mega sailing yacht Maltese Falcon will come under the Gate Saturday at 2 p.m.
Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer and Dr. Jim Graham are oceanographers and drift analysis experts.
Tragedy struck the opening race of the Regates Royale off Cannes yesterday. British attorney Wilf Tolhurst, 64, was killed when his classic 50-ft 8-Meter Safir collided with a larger British yacht shortly after noon.
For those of you tracking the progress of Maltese Falcon on www.symaltesefalcon.com, you’ve already noticed that Tom Perkins’ megayacht pulled into Drakes Bay this morning around 6 a.m.
The coastal region of west-central Mexico was rocked yesterday evening by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake, centered offshore, approximately 130 miles SW of Manzanillo, in the state of Jalisco.
An old salt once said, "You can learn everything you need to know about sailing in a day — then you spend the rest of your life getting it right." This may be a bit of a stretch though, especially considering the brain-twisting physics involved with modern sailing.
"I’m not some ‘nutter’ with a death-wish," claims Liverpool resident Tom McNally in defense of his planned double-Atlantic crossing in his 3′ 10" homebuilt boat Big C.
Christophe Bouvet (right) and his savior, Paul Meihat. © 2008 Figaro Cap Istanbul Twenty-nine solo sailors were about eight hours into the second leg of the Figaro Cap Instanbul Race when word arrived at race headquarters that one skipper had apparently fallen overboard.
Ron Holland, one of the top megayacht designers in the world, will give a presentation on yacht design at Richmond YC on October 6 as a fundraiser for the club’s Junior program.
Does everyone recall that the Lake County District Attorney has steadfastly refused to file any criminal charges against Lake County Deputy Sheriff Russell Perdock in the death of Lynn Thornton?
It would be funny if it wasn’t real. Most animals who get tangled in trash aren’t lucky enough to be found while they’re still alive.
For all you dinghy sailors out there, you won’t want to miss Richmond YC’s Totally Dinghy Regatta this weekend, with racing on Saturday and Sunday with an inexpensive dinner on Saturday night.
One of the big lessons that Vik learned during his summer of cruising in the Med and Adriatic is that Eastern European girls “love to pose.” © 2008 Andrew Vik Some of you will remember that San Franciscan Andrew Vik, who is actually "36 going on 26", not 26 as we previously reported, is the third Northern Californian to own the Islander 36 Geja in the Med.
While more than 150 people and 15 ships are being held hostage by Somalian pirates, two French yachties are now free.
John Kilroy Jr.’s Samba Pa Ti smokin’ past Alcatraz on the way to a hard-fought win in IRC A.
The man considered by many to be the best known and most successful yacht designer of the 20th century died over the weekend.
Stephen Pugh’s Taboo pulverizes a ‘mogul’ during yesterday’s second race. The twitchy Melges 32s proved a handful for some of the teams when the breeze topped-out in the low-20s.
"We have sold our truck and have gone out of the business of trucking boats from Mexico back to the States," Kiki Grossman, Manager of Marina Seca, San Carlos, told us in a telephone interview yesterday.
Compared to most offshore sailing events, the annual Baja Ha-Ha rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas is loosely administered by design.
Huge waves generated by Hurricane Ike slam into the coast at Baracoa. Fortunately, much of the town is located on a bluff.
Australian officials report that up to 21 planes are searching the coast off Queensland, Australia, for the Morgan Out-Island 41 Blessed Be.
BMW Oracle Racing will be changing latitudes at the end of the month, moving its monster trimaran to San Diego to continue the work-up of this impressive beast.
Today’s Photo of the Day was sent to us by Cuyler Binion. "My friend and I were out Thursday afternoon on his Corsair 31 Roshambo heading under the Bay Bridge when this freighter shot off not one, but two ‘five horn warnings’ to the boat seen in this picture," Cuyler reported.
With the transpacific cruising fleet about to head to New Zealand and Australia to avoid tropical cyclone season, there’s good news.
For sailors, Sailfest’s low-stress yacht race is a major highlight. Seen here is Louis Kruk’s San Francisco-based Beneteau First 42 Cirque.
Readers — As reported in the August 29 edition of ‘Lectronic, cruiser Terry Bingham passed away from complications due to pancreatitis in a Bolivian hospital.
Rari is bow-heavy courtesy of several thousand pounds of blubber. © 2008 Rich Boren "In the last two weeks, sea lions have sunk two boats moored in Port San Luis and now they’ve moved on to their next victim," reports Rich Boren on the Pearson 365 Third Day.
Earlier this week Somali pirates seized a cruising yacht in the notorious Gulf of Aden with two French nationals aboard, bringing the number of hijacked vessels in that area to at least 30 since the beginning of the year.
"The Government of Trinidad has once again proven that they just don’t have a clue," says John Anderton of the Alameda-based Cabo Rico 37 Sanderling.
Dick Markie, harbormaster at Nuevo Vallarta’s Paradise Village Marina, will be giving two talks on "All About Cruising Mexico" — the first is this Saturday, September 6, at the Sausalito West Marine at 1 p.m.; the second will be held at the Oakland West Marine on September 9 at 5:30 p.m.