Archive for April 2009
It’s nice to know that the new and sometimes deadly swine flu — which is a combo of swine, avian and human flu — that started in Mexico was nice enough to not get going until the cruising season in Mexico pretty much ended.
Mother’s Day is hurtling toward us at lightning speed, and what better gift for Mom than something pretty from Latitude 38‘s online chandlery?
Ol’ Ptolemy’s maps contained a bit of mis-information, but considering what he had to work with, they are truly amazing.
What would a beautiful Younger Girl such as this being doing with a skipper who looks like .
Capricorn Cat owner Wayne Hendryx of Brisbane mimics a total freak out after the trailer hauling his boat broke down in Guaymas.
On Monday evening, five members of Coast Guard Sector San Francisco met with representatives of the YRA and any local yacht club or other organization that runs ocean races.
The ‘ick meter’ was cranked up several notches last week when, on the same day the big wind storm rolled through, a dead gray whale made its smelly way around Richardson Bay.
John Thompson and CG Auxiliary officer Rick Saber check the expiration dates on John’s flare gun ammo.
John Guzzwell (left) and Clifford Cain both circumnavigated aboard Trekka. latitude/Rob
©2009 Latitude 38 Media, LLC It’s a pretty amazing evening when many of your heroes gather to celebrate one of their heroes.
Regular ‘Lectronic and Latitude 38 readers know that we’ve steadfastly supported Bismarck Dinius in his fight against vehicular manslaughter charges stemming from the 2006 death of Lynn Thornton.
All the snow on Misty suggests that it’s still a little early in the season to go sailing in Alaska.
How about that wind yesterday? Officially, it hit 45 knots at Angel Island and SFO recorded gusts to 60.
John crosses the finish line of the ’98 Singlehanded TransPac at age 68, aboard Endangered Species.
The Singlehanded Sailing Society’s Season keeps ramping up, with the Corinthian Race drawing a record turnout just months after the Three Bridge Fiasco did the same.
Like the rest of the world, we’d like to salute Captain Richard Phillips of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, for the selflessness and courage he demonstrated by giving himself up to Somalia pirates so his crew could go free.
Five people were killed and seven others were badly injured aboard a 22-ft Crownline powerboat after it slammed into a small docked tugboat early Sunday evening on the IntraCoastal Waterway about 25 miles south of Jacksonville, Florida.
On April 4, the French-flagged 47-ft Colin Archer-designed Tanit, bound for Kenya and 500 miles off the Somali coast, was seized by Somali pirates who took the yacht’s five passengers — two couples and a three-year-old boy — hostage.
Whether you were sailing in the regatta’s only one-design division, the IC 24s, or even Bareboat B, the B.V.I.
Catamaran contrails were left by Wayne Hendrix and Carol Baggerly’s Brisbane-based Hughes 45 Capricorn Cat and Bob Smith’s Vancouver-based custom 44 Pantera sailing north up the Sea of Cortez toward Isla San Francisco.
The legendary voyager back in the day. © Guzzwell archives Whether you are a singlehander, a circumnavigator or an ‘armchair voyager’, we’d like to invite you to attend a special gathering next Thursday evening, April 16, at the Oakland YC, honoring the 50th anniversary of British Columbia sailor John Guzzwell’s historic homecoming.
In the ‘good old days’, if you wanted to place a Classy Classified, you sent in your ad and payment by the 18th of the month and it would magically appear in the next month’s issue.
Shaken yet still smiling, Sarah vows to continue her cruising life. © 2009 Sarah Andrews As reported Friday, Australian sailor Sarah Andrews, 26, became shipwrecked along the Baja coast last week after her Ericson 39 Gabrielle struck a near-shore reef.
Though we at Latitude 38 do our very best to be perfect, we are, after all, as human as anyone.
San Francisco sailor Sean Haggerty, 39, was reported missing last week after he failed to arrive in San Diego on time.
Following in the footsteps of the successful ‘Take Your Daughter to Work Day’, Ed Killeen of the SF Examiner has dubbed the first Sunday in April as ‘Take Your Daughter to Sea Day’.
On Thursday, April 2, the New York Appeals Court ruled that the paper yacht club CNEV is out, and BMW Oracle — or more accurately, our own Golden Gate Yacht Club — is the Challenger of Record for the next America’s Cup.
If you sail out of South Bay, be sure to get your boat all gussied up for Saturday’s South Bay Opening Day.
Who says picking up trash can’t be fun? At the Bitter End’s recent Go Green event, everybody got into the spirit.
With Monday’s ‘Lectronic Latitude dedicated to the dramatic rescue during the Doublehanded Farallones Race, we didn’t have room for our usual weekend racing review.