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Archive for October 2008

15th Annual Ha-Ha Begins

The Ha-Ha festivities started with Holly Scott and her Desperate Housewives crew on the Cal 40 Mahalo dancing up a ’50s style storm. latitude/Richard
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC It was foggy this morning in San Diego, but the sun made an appearance for the 11 a.m. More »
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Bar Pilot Found Responsible for Oil Spill

The State Board of Pilot Commissioners found yesterday that John Cota, the Bay pilot aboard the Cosco Busan last November 7 when it hit the Bay Bridge, made seven serious mistakes that directly caused the 54,000-gallon oil spill that polluted Bay waters, fouled miles of shoreline and killed thousands of animals. More »

Deleon Found Guilty

On Monday, the seven-woman, five-man jury in Skylar Deleon’s triple-murder trial took two hours to find Deleon guilty of the 2004 murders of cruisers Tom and Jackie Hawks, as well as another man in an unrelated 2003 incident. More »
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FCC Approves AIS Class B Transponders

After years of hemming and hawing, the FCC has finally approved Class B AIS transponders for recreational vessels. Just so everyone is up to speed, AIS stands for Automatic Identification System, which is a way for ships and smaller vessels to electronically exchange data such as who and where they are, how fast they are going on what course, and much more. More »

The Weather is Beautiful

With the 15th annual Baja Ha-Ha from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas slated to start on Monday, the weather couldn’t be better. It’s been warm and dry most of the week, and tomorrow, Sunday, and Monday should see the high 70s, if not 80°. More »

Two More Bay Arrivals

Lady Washington will sail under the Gate tomorrow, side by side with another Bay regular, Hawaiian Chieftain. © 2008 Historical Seaport What a month it’s been. First, we had the spectacular arrival of Tom Perkins’ 289-ft Maltese Falcon. More »

New Free Dinghy Dock at Nayarit Riviera

"With the new cruising season upon us, I’d like everyone to know that the Nayarit Riviera Marina has already assigned an area for dinghies to land in the marina, and that there will be no charge to use it," reports marina manager Christian Mancebo. More »

Ha-Ha Weather Looking Sweet

As of today, Commander’s Weather is calling for mild to moderate weather on the way from San Diego to Turtle Bay. latitude/Nick
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC The weather outook for the first leg of the Baja Ha-Ha, from San Diego, 360 or so miles down to Turtle Bay, is looking pretty sweet — if you’re hoping for a mellow trip. More »

Virgin Money Starts Record Attempt

The 98-ft Virgin Money is off to the races, setting off early this morning on a west-east transatlantic record attempt. Virgin Money
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC With a weather outlook of breeze, breeze, and more breeze, Virgin Money set off early this morning on an attempt at the west-east transatlantic record for monohulls with powered sailing systems. More »

Omar was a Different Story for St. Croix

It took a while for the news to get out, but Omar hit St. Croix, U.S. Virgins, hard. Peter Bennett
©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC In our last report on Hurricane Omar, which ripped up through the Caribbean, narrowly missing the huge bareboat charter fleet in the Virgin Islands, we said  there had been very little damage to marine interests. More »