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Archive for November 2009

High Winds & Waves Wreak Havoc

The wave-battered 34-ft sloop Sunyata was towed back to the Half Moon Bay anchorage Friday evening. © 2009 Jeff Berman In contrast to all the cheerful family bonding and much-needed relaxation that was enjoyed over the holiday weekend, gale-force winds and big seas plagued mariners all along the California coast. More »

Tasman Sea Rescue

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to try and rescue sailors from a stricken boat, when you’re on a 700-ft long cruise ship? When they’re not cruising their Sausalito-based Krogen motoryacht Mana, Kevin and Susan regularly work as travel guides on cruise ships. More »

The Refugees of Clipper Cove

Blue Moon, Sin Ti, Candide, Silent Sun and Zeppelin formed the core of the Thanksgiving Day raft-up in Clipper Cove. latitude/LaDonna
©2009 Latitude 38 Media, LLC Taking our own advice, some of the Latitude editorial staff could be found in Clipper Cove on Thanksgiving in the middle of a raft-up of revelers. More »

ARC Starts, One Boat Abandoned

The Croatian yacht Mambo crossed the start line on Sunday with 208 other boats. © 2009 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers Two hundred and nine boats answered the starting gun last Sunday for the start of the 24th annual Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) from the Canary Islands to St. More »

21 Is the Lucky Banderas Bay Blast Number

Killer sailing in a relaxed atmosphere defines the Banderas Bay Blast. latitude/Richard
©2009 Latitude 38 Media, LLC So far, a total of 21 boats have signed up for this year’s Baja Ha-Ha-like Banderas Bay Blast, which runs from December 2-4. More »

Solo Sailor Presumed Lost

"Hubert Marcoux, a 68-year-old French Canadian solo sailor aboard the 45-ft Mon Pays, is presumed lost on his voyage from Halifax to Bermuda," writes Jack van Ommen of the Gig Harbor, Washington-based Naja 29 Fleetwood. More »

Start a New Tradition

It may be too late to make up a plausible excuse your relatives will buy, but rather than doing the traditional drive-five-hours-in-hellish-traffic-only-to-eat-and-bicker-with-the-family, why not start a new tradition? Pack some turkey sandwiches, grab a couple pumpkin lattes and cast off for a mellow daysail. More »

What’s New in La Paz

Our correspondent and good buddy Patsy Verhoeven, who just sailed the entire Ha-Ha course for the third time in a row, and who spends most of the year aboard her Gulfstar 50 Talion in La Paz, checks in with the latest from The City of Peace: "Over 200 people showed at the Baja Ha-Ha welcome party put on by the La Paz Tourism Board and the local marinas. More »