Archive for November 2008
The San Francisco Maritime Museum may be closed until next year, but the Park Service still has many free and low-cost activities for the public to enjoy.
Sailing beneath the towering peaks of the Cascade Range, charter trips in the Northwest are a visual feast.
Loick Peyron is first to the doldrums in the 2008 Vendee Globe. © Jean-Marie Liot DPPI/Vendee Globe Ten days into the singlehanded 2008 Vendée Globe Race, the leaders are running into the doldrums with Loïck Peyron and his Farr-designed Gitana 80 leading the charge.
The biggest drug bust in Irish history occurred on the high seas on November 6, when armed teams boarded the MacGregor 65 Dances With Waves about 150 miles southwest of County Cork.
The Vallejo YC reports that the BCDC has finally approved permits to dredge the VYC harbor and replace the deteriorating wooden breakwater.
Tom and Diane Might, and their Hallberg-Rassy 62 Between The Sheets, have done their landlocked hometown of Phoenix proud by being the first of 47 entries to cross the finish line in the 19th annual Caribbean 1500 from Hampton, Virginia, to Tortola in the British Virgins.
Having crossed from Cabo, Bob Smith’s self-built 44-ft cat Pantera takes a breather at the Punta Mita anchorage.
After this writer’s husband returned safely from this summer’s Singlehanded TransPac Race, we had a surplus of safety gear we no longer needed.
Although they ultimately were not seriously injured, we’ve received yet another disturbing report of cruisers being attacked while at anchor, this time in Ecuador, where we don’t remember there being any problems in the past.
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© 2008 Marotta Yachts 40-ft 1997 CATALINA 400 — Maintained bristol, this boat has been only lightly sailed and literally shows as new inside and out.
Francis Joyon was snubbed in the voting for the ISAF’s male World Sailor of the Year for 2008.
After nearly 40 years of service, the Queen Elizabeth II began her final voyage last Saturday — by being blown onto a sandbar near Southampton.
Yesterday, Peter Tong’s SC 70, OEX, finished first in the 2008 Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas Race in record-breaking time of 2d, 22h, and 50m, eclipsing the elapsed time race record set back in 1987 by just under five hours.
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This rare 27-ft Piver Chariot is their best design under 45 feet. The swing keel allows it to sail well upwind but still have shallow draft when needed.
The same jury that found Skylar Deleon guilty of three murders — including those of cruisers Tom and Jackie Hawks — spent 10 hours last week deciding his fate: life in prison or death by lethal injection.
Shortly after the 7 a.m. start of Leg Three, chutes were popping all across the horizon.
Francis Joyon and his IDEC 2 just took 15 hours off the singlehanded Route of Discovery record from Cadiz to San Salvador via Grand Canary Island.
The Coast Guard and family of Bob Arvin are asking for help finding the 49-year-old sailor who left Honolulu on July 14 bound for San Diego aboard his Cape Dory 30 Ua Noa.
Apparently not all of our readers believe in being fair and balanced. In an email responding to Isabel Tifft’s request in Wednesday’s ‘Lectronic for more beefcake photos in the pages of Latitude 38, Captain Lewis Keizer of Moss Landing-based Ericson 27 Sandpiper says: "I don’t care for men’s butts.
Following a slow spot in the middle of the Atlantic, Francis Joyon has his 97-ft Irens/Cabaret-designed trimaran IDEC 2 going in the right direction.
Isabel ‘Piper Afloat’ Tifft, of the Bay-based Ranger 29 Voyager, recently wrote what this writer believes to be a very valid note: "It seems you regularly run a letter from a woman who’s disgusted by a photo that’s more tawdry or cheesy than usual.
There’s hardly a weekend — heck, hardly a day — when sailing shutterbug Peter Lyons isn’t out shooting on the Bay.
In Monday’s ‘Lectronic, we posted a request for info on Darla Jean III, Jerry and Darla Merrow’s newest boat.
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41-ft Cooper 1981 – Tremendous value at $79,000! © 2008 Ballena Bay Yacht Brokers This well equipped and nicely cared for Cooper 41 is a prime opportunity for a cruising family wanting the cruising lifestyle now at a very attractive price.
Light fog accompanied last Monday’s start off Coronado Roads, but the westerly breeze gave everyone a nice push toward the border.
What, no pretty pictures? As much as we all enjoy a good sailing photo, if you’re 2,000 miles from nowhere, you’ll be glad to hear you can still get the text of ‘Lectronic Latitude via Sail Docs on SailMail.
The last week or so reminded us once again how stepping off land and onto a sailboat can immediately put miles of psychic distance between oneself and the all the economic and political craziness of the day.
When the wind went light, some crews amused themselves with mischief – such as launching water balloons at the Rally Committee.
As you know, Governor Schwarznegger signed a new state budget at the end of September.
The November issue of Latitude 38 hits the streets today. In it you’ll find all sorts of treats, from full Maltese Falcon coverage to cruising Prince William Sound on a small boat to college sailing.
Ericsson 4 set a new monohull speed record today. © 2008 Oskar Kihlborg/Ericsson Racing With a new generation of Volvo 70s racing around the globe in this year’s Volvo Ocean Race, the consensus had been that the 24-hour monohull speed record set in the last edition would fall — it was only a question of when.