Archive for February 2009
The latest Vendée Globe race has been brutal enough without an obstacle course thrown in at the last minute.
Vaval strung up and ready for cremation. But what’s with the fire? When we took Firebuilding 101 at U.C., we were taught to soak the bottom pallets in gas or diesel, and burn from the bottom up.
The March issue of Latitude 38 will be worth the wait. latitude/Annie
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Here at Latitude 38‘s World Headquarters we’ve been besieged by queries wondering when the March issue of the magazine will be available.
A little pirate and his mum got splattered with confetti as they walked in front of one of the colorful music troops.
Intrepid photographer Peter Lyons captured Sunday’s action, rain be damned. © Peter Lyons Constant, heavy rain on Sunday wasn’t enough to deter over 60% of the Corinthian YC Midwinters fleet from showing up for the final day of the series.
Mark Schneider of the Valiant 40 SolMate writes in to quash a nasty rumor: "For years West Coast cruisers (especially along the Pacific side of Mexico) have counted on the Southbound Net for nightly weather, maritime bulletins, and contact opportunities.
In a final analysis of the Cosco Busan oil spill on November 7, 2007, the National Transportation Safety Board determined this week that several factors caused the collision that spilled more than 53,000 gallons of fuel oil into San Francisco Bay and resulted in close to $75 million in damages.
Sara as seen from the deck of Indian Point after sailing circles in the Atlantic for 40 days.
It probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the seven-woman, five-man jury in the trial of John Fitzgerald Kennedy — the 43-year-old reputed gang member accused of throwing Mexico vets Tom and Jackie Hawks overboard while on a sea trial of their 55-ft trawler Well Deserved in 2004 — took just three hours yesterday to return with a guilty verdict.
How did you learn to sail? If you’re a boomer, the story likely involves getting soaked, freezing your butt off, smashing fingers, spilling blood, getting scared silly and at least one near-death experience.
You can’t exactly set your watch by it, but it seems like every time we get a little wet weather in Marin County there’s a spill of untreated sewage into the Bay.
The San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, now in its sixth year, once again hopes to inspire folks to celebrate Mother Ocean and work to conserve her precious resources.
Last weekend was a busy one in the sailing world. On Monday, we ran short summaries of the latest news news from the Vendée Globe and Louis Vuitton Pacific Series.
Sam Davies celebrated her arrival back in Les Sables D’Olonne early Saturday. Even the flares are pink.
In the stuff of which Tom Clancy novels are made, two nuclear subs collided with each other in mid-Atlantic earlier this month.
Renowned master rigger Brion Toss will be speaking on the "Hidden Causes of Rig Failure" at Spaulding Wooden Boat Center in Sausalito this Thursday at 6 p.m.
"We are still enjoying the wonderful fruits of the Baja Ha-Ha, as we progress down the Mexican coast, visiting with other Ha-Ha folks along the way.
One person was killed, one boat destroyed and at least one other damaged after an "old wooden" motorboat caught fire in Pittsburg Marina last night.
If you experienced spotty service from your Iridium satellite phone over the last few days, you’re not alone.
The trial of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 43, the third person to face a jury for the 2004 murders of Mexico cruisers Tom and Jackie Hawks, is expected to conclude this week, after three weeks of testimony.
The late George Carlin did a great bit about ‘stuff’. The reason people need homes, he said, was “to store all your stuff while you go out and get more stuff.” But a recent study at San Francisco State reveals that, in the long run, experiences make people happier than stuff.
Dave Perry, who has literally written the book on Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing, will be visiting Northern California the weekend of March 13-15 for a series of seminars on the changes in the 2009 rules.
If this Saturday’s fantastic weather got you thinking about the upcoming sailing season, then it probably got you thinking about potential crew.
Big cruise-ins can be big fun, but expect a big workout when you want to go from one end to the other.
It’s been 14 years since Fred Evans of the Mendocino-based Freedom 44 Coyote did the Ha-Ha II, but he still wears the shirt – and still meets other Ha-Ha vets because of it.
This is what it would look like if a 10-ft Tiger shark, which had its dentures removed, was going after your arm.
Former Bay Area resident and professional yacht chef Sara Kuszak was raped and murdered in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday during her morning run.
HMS Victory ‘5’ was the ‘Titanic of warships’ in her day. © John Batchelor / Odyssey Marine Exploration When we saw on the evening news that HMS Victory had been found, our first thought was “How could you lose a 185-ft LOD, square-rigged warship, especially one that’s in drydock?” But of course the joke was on us.
Auckland and dueling IACC boats . . . pretty sweet combination. © 2009 Paul Todd If you haven’t been following the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in Auckland, you’re missing some great match racing action and great viewing opportunities via the very sharp and easy-to-navigate website.
Internet scams have been around as long as the internet. Many are so ludicrous that you actually get a chuckle from reading the broken English begging you to send $10,000 in exchange for the $1 million you’ll receive shortly.
One of the magnificent manta rays at San Benedicto Island. These rays have the largest brain-to-body weight ratio of all sharks and rays.
Michel Desjoyeaux validated his nickname, "The Professor," when he arrived in Les Sables d’Olonne Sunday afternoon, having won the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe in a new record time of 84d, 3h, 9m.
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It took awhile, but when the breeze finally did come up, it was a picture-perfect day.