Archive for August 2009

Angry Jimena Barreling Toward Baja

Batten down the hatches, Jimena is heading inshore – and she appears to be in a very bad mood. © 2009 NOAA More often than not, strong Eastern Pacific storms and hurricanes threaten the Mexican mainland and Baja Peninsula, but veer offshore or diminish in strength before inflicting much damage. More »

More ‘Stone Age’ Than Manu Rere

Hans Klaar’s 73-ft Ontong Java was a welcome sight to many Polynesians. © 2009 Glenn Tieman The name Glenn Tieman should ring a bell with regular visitors to this site and readers of Latitude 38 magazine. More »

Solo Sailor Overdue in Marquesas

Family and friends are ‘waiting for Godot’ to arrive safely in the Marquesas. Godot
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Friends and family of singlehander Jim Cheshire, 63, are asking Pacific Puddle Jumpers to keep an eye out for Cheshire’s Alberg 35 Godot. More »

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Dramatic Send-Off Planned for Ha-Ha 16

Although details have yet to be finalized, festivities in San Diego surrounding the annual Baja Ha-Ha cruisers’ rally are expected to reach a new level. Tenants of the Port of San Diego, in conjunction with several government agencies, are working with the Rally Committee and Latitude 38, to give the Ha-Ha — which is the largest offshore sailing event on the West Coast — greater exposure to the general public. More »
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What’s Next, Globe Toddlers?

A 13-year-old Dutch girl attempting to become the youngest-ever circumnavigator has been placed under state supervision in the Netherlands. Laura Dekker planned to leave September 1, aboard her 24-ft sailboat Guppy on a two-year, solo circumnavigation aimed at setting a Guinness world record. More »

The Drechslers Reach the Bay

When last we heard from Dick and Sharon Drechsler, they were prepping their Long Beach-based Catalina 470 Last Resort for a trip down the beach from Puget Sound. After a month-long exploration of the coast, including the Columbia River as far up as the Bonneville Locks, the Drechslers pulled into the Bay yesterday afternoon. More »

The Passing of a Sailor

Ted Kennedy, who loved sailing and being at sea about as much as he loved anything else, passed away last night at Hyannis Port, MA. He was 77. Kennedy owned several sailboats over the years, the most recent being Mya, a blue-hulled Concordia 50 schooner that was built by the Duxbury Boat Yard in 1940. More »
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Hopkins Has Competition

Less than a week after a jury found his case against Bismarck Dinius to be less than convincing, embattled Lake County District Attorney Jon E. Hopkins received the news that he will not be running unopposed next year for the D.A. More »

Brit Singlehander Hours Away from Record

Having previously earned his stripes by soloing across the Atlantic, Mike Perham secured a slick ride and serious sponsorship for his record attempt. © 2009 TotallyMoney.com As we write this, British solo circumnavigator Mike Perham is roughly a day’s sail from crossing his tracks off England’s Lizard Peninsula, thus snatching the status of ‘youngest around’ from Southern Californian Zac Sunderland. More »