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We received a number of complaints about the photo in Wednesday‘s ‘Lectronic that showed a man whose torso had been impaled on a log. The impaling was apparently a result of the man losing control of his bass boat while travelling at excessive speed. More »

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Brit Singlehander Threatens Zac’s Record

Inside his Open 50’s ‘living pod’, Mike strikes a pose on his 17th birthday. © 2009 Mike Perham Although admirers of solo circumnavigator Zac Sunderland are still celebrating the 17-year-old sailor’s historic homecoming on July 16, most are well aware that a slightly younger British teen is already threatening to claim Zac’s status as ‘youngest around’.  More »

Escalera Nautica Now Ladder to Nowhere

To some, the stairway seemed perfectly logical. To others, ridiculous. © FONATUR File this one under ‘seemed like a good idea at the time’: We’ve received word via news reports from south of the border that the Mexican government has finally pulled the plug on its Escalera Nautica (Nautical Stairway) project. More »

Stockton Sail Camp a Success

Eighty kids enjoyed learning on Stockton’s warm, fresh waters. © 2009 Peter Allen A week after hosting 35 boats worth of young-at-heart sailors in the Delta Doo Dah, Stockton Sailing Club members recuperated enough to play host to another group of 80 sailors who acted like kids — for good reason: they were kids! More »

Marin Headlands Claim ‘Savage Beauty’

John Lymberg’s Flying Tiger 10 Meter Savage Beauty gets pummeled just west of Kirby Cove in the Marin Headlands. © Peter Lyons One moment, John Lymberg’s Flying Tiger 10 Meter Savage Beauty was short-tacking up the Marin Headlands, successfully evading a flood that was pushing against the fleet at over four knots on the Saturday afternoon race to Pt. More »
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Bismarck Dinius Trial Begins

The trial of Bismarck Dinius, who many believe to be a scapegoat in the 2006 death-by-speedboat of Lynn Thornton, opened yesterday in Lake County. By all accounts, the prosecutor ended up helping the defense’s case in a number of ways, supporting our conviction that Dinius in no way contributed to Thornton’s death. More »

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Race to Nowhere Begins Today

The Singlehanded Sailing Society’s LongPac Race, which began this morning, is arguably the most unusual contest on San Francisco Bay’s annual sailing calendar.  Not only do competitors in its single- and doublehanded divisions have to race 400 miles — a remarkable distance compared to other Bay Area races — but the course takes them 200 miles offshore to. More »

Do You Know What Time It Is?

Sierra Behlmer, a charming 13 year old, enjoys a swing on the halyard of the Beneteau 473 Greetings at the Isthmus at Catalina. Her stepdad Greg and mom Teri Weeger had just finished a three-year circumnavigation, and Sierra was lucky enough to join them for about a third of it. More »