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Archive for February 2009

40 Days and 40 Nights

Sara as seen from the deck of Indian Point after sailing circles in the Atlantic for 40 days. Indian Point
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC A British cruising couple were rescued last week after spending more than a month aboard their disabled sailboat in the Atlantic. More »
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NTSB Report on Cosco Busan

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. More »
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Southbound Net Is Alive and Well

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. More »

Economy’s Weak, but the Dollar’s Strong

Old-school fish transport in Zihuatanejo. The exchange rate is so good in Mexico right now, you can afford to eat fresh seafood every day. latitude/Andy
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Not that anything about our current economic meltdown makes perfect sense, but it strikes us as pretty ironic that the dollar is actually stronger today than it has been in years in a bunch of places where sailors congregate. More »

From Roughing It to Five-Star Luxury

After weeks at sea in a small boat, chillin’ at a top-notch Pearl Resort will be a radical contrast. © Pearl Resorts Whether you’re a newcomer to offshore voyaging or a globetrotting ol’ salt, the 3,000 miles between Mexico and the Marquesas is a long, long way. More »
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Another Conviction in the Hawks Case

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. More »

Class Acts

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. More »

More News from a Busy Weekend

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. Today we have quick reviews of the Leg Five start of the Volvo Ocean Race, the Puerto Vallarta Race and the latest Melges 24 win for Dave Ullman. More »

Ocean Film Festival

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. The event, which opens Friday and runs through the weekend at the Cowell Theater in the Fort Mason Center, will feature submissions from around the world. More »