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Archive for February 2009
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Brion Toss to Speak at Spaulding’s

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. The free 1½-hour talk is a bonus for Bay Area sailors as the Port Townsend-based Toss is in town for a weekend-long rigging workshop in Alameda. More »

Cruisers Robbed in Mexico

"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. It had been a great experience until a few days ago, February 12, in Chamela, which is about 15 miles north of Tenacatita Bay. More »

A Busy Holiday Weekend

Sam Davies celebrated her arrival back in Les Sables D’Olonne early Saturday. Even the flares are pink. © Mark Lloyd / DPPI / Vendée Globe Not only were Friday the 13th, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day all shoehorned into the same long weekend just past, the last several days have also been momentous ones in a number of sailing events around the world. More »

Nuclear Subs Collide

In the stuff of which Tom Clancy novels are made, two nuclear subs collided with each other in mid-Atlantic earlier this month. Although the collision between the British HMS Vanguard and France’s Le Triomphant took place back on February 6, the news was apparently withheld until this morning. More »

Deadline for Tahiti Bond Exemption

Gar Duke of Sausalito practices a little ‘old-school’ navigation on his way to the Marquesas. He and Nicole Friend are currently in Vanuatu. © Nicole Friend At a variety of ports along the coast of the Americas, dozens of cruising boats are poised to jump off on the 3,000-mile blue-water passage we call the Pacific Puddle Jump. More »

“Can You Hear Me Now?”

If you experienced spotty service from your Iridium satellite phone over the last few days, you’re not alone. The trouble started on Tuesday when one of Iridium’s 66 in-orbit satellites collided with a defunct but fully intact Russian military satellite about 485 miles above Siberia. More »
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Latitude 38 Gives You a Break

In these challenging economic times, everyone needs a little slack so we’re stepping up. If you’re a private party selling a boat for less than $1,000, or if you’ve got some gear to sell and the total for all items is less than $1,000, we’ll post your ad (up to 40 words) on our website for FREE. More »
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Deadly Boat Fire in Pittsburg

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. Details were hard to come by this morning as it appeared that every official from the Police, Fire Department and Coast Guard was still on site for the cleanup and investigation. More »

Vendee Globe – Third Place is a Charm

No one’s quite sure just how much of Safran’s keel is missing but, at the very least, the bulb is gone. © Jean Marie Liot/ DPPI/ Vendee Globe Michel Desjoyeaux sailed Foncia into Les Sables D’Olonne last week to win his second Vendée Globe Race. More »