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Archive for February 2009

***Special Edition. . . RYC Cancels***

Due to a recent sewage spill in Contra Costa County that dumped almost a million gallons of raw and partially-treated sewage into the Bay, Richmond YC cancelled both its small boat events for this weekend — the Sail A Small Boat Day scheduled for today, and the final installment of the Small Boat Midwinters on Sunday. More »


The latest Vendée Globe race has been brutal enough without an obstacle course thrown in at the last minute. When this container was reported offshore of France — right in the path of finishing Vendée boats — a Marine Nationale ship was sent out to retrieve it. More »

The Cremation of Vaval

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. More »
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DBW Dodges a Bullet – for Now

Boaters dodged a bullet last week when California passed the state budget . . . without Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposal to merge the Department of Boating and Waterways (aka Cal Boating) with the Department of Parks and Recreation. More »

Boating Tragedy Has Lessons for All

In a tragic docking mishap several days ago, this bright young Australian was fatally injured. © van Os family Cruisers Jim and Emma Mather of the Redondo Beach-based Down East 45 Blue Sky alerted us to a horrible boating accident that occurred several days ago in Thailand, where they are currently cruising with their kids, Phoebe and Drake. More »

New Latitude Hits Stands March 2

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. More »

Leopard Pounces in Caribbean 600

Smokin’ on the water – ICAP Leopard powers to weather during the RORC Caribbean 600. RORC Caribbean 600
©2009 Latitude 38 Media, LLC The inaugural RORC Caribbean 600 came in like a lion on Monday, and went out like a leopard this morning — ICAP Leopard, to be exact. More »

Carnival in the Caribbean

A little pirate and his mum got splattered with confetti as they walked in front of one of the colorful music troops. latitude/Richard
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Yesterday was Mardi Gras — Fat Tuesday — so big, loud and colorful dance celebrations took place all over the globe. More »

Rain Brings Breeze to Corinthians

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. More »