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Archive for April 2009

The Southern Route to Polynesia

Five years ago Philip and Leslie escaped the rat race to pursue a simpler lifestyle. And they have no regrets. Carina
©2009 Latitude 38 Media, LLC In recent years, more and more Pacific Puddle Jumpers are crossing to French Polynesia via Ecuador and the Galapagos than ever before — what we call taking the southern route. More »

Opening Day on the Bay & Delta

This weekend’s forecast of high 60s might make the crew of this parade entry trade in their sarongs for parkas. PICYA
©2009 Latitude 38 Media, LLC For some ice-bound souls around the world, Opening Day marks the first day they’re actually able to take their boats out for a spin. More »
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New Ocean Racing Recommendations

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 subject matter: making ocean racing safer. More »

Freaking Out While Hauling Out

Capricorn Cat owner Wayne Hendryx of Brisbane mimics a total freak out after the trailer hauling his boat broke down in Guaymas. Capricorn Cat
©2009 Latitude 38 Media, LLC "We got this great deal on getting my 45-ft cat hauled out at Singlar in Guaymas," Wayne Hendryx of the Brisbane-based Capricorn Cat told us at Caleta Partida during Sea of Cortez Sailing Week. More »

Taking the Bulls by the Horns

The start of the 2009 Bullship was in very light breeze. A butterfly actually passed us. latitude/LaDonna
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC It was about midmorning on Saturday when the theme from Rawhide started playing in our heads: “Movin, movin, movin; Though they’re disapprovin’; Keep them dogies movin’; Rawhide!" More »

Pre-Season Safety Check

John Thompson and CG Auxiliary officer Rick Saber check the expiration dates on John’s flare gun ammo. latitude/Andy
©2009 Latitude 38 Media, LLC John Thompson’s Tanzer sloop may only be 22 feet long, but she’s fitted out with all the safety gear that would be found on a boat twice her size. More »

Guzzwell Talk Draws a Crowd

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. More »
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Dinius Trial Date Closing In

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. On April 29 of that year, Dinius had sailed in the Konocti Cup on Clear Lake aboard a Catalina 22. More »

Some Like It Cold

All the snow on Misty suggests that it’s still a little early in the season to go sailing in Alaska. © 2009 Paul May "Greetings from 61ºN," writes Paul May of the Vancouver 32 pilothouse Accomplice. More »