Archive for November 2009
"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.
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.
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?
With no French team around, Cork takes out Ireland’s frustration at being robbed of a berth in the 2010 World Cup on Hull & Humber.
If you’ve sailed on the Bay in the last four years, you’ve likely seen the 82-ft steel schooner Seaward on a training cruise — and probably more than once.
Need the perfect holiday gift for your favorite sailor? Check out our chandlery for tons of T-shirts and hats — they make great stocking stuffers!
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.
Nick Jaffe on arrival at Apia, Western Samoa, just a day or two before a devastating tsunami nearly killed his parents who were vacationing on the south end of the island.
Jessica Watson shows her offering to King Neptune. Ella’s Pink Lady
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Yesterday, sixteen-year-old Aussie solo sailor Jessica Watson crossed the equator — the first milestone in her attempt to set the record for the youngest person to sail around the world alone, non-stop and unassisted.
The kind folks at the snazzy Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz have confirmed that they will provide free berthing on the night of Wednesday, December 2, for boats registered for the Banderas Bay Blast, the three-day ‘nothing serious’ regatta on Banderas Bay December 2-4.
Can you guess what this mystery costume is supposed to be? No, not an egg yolk.
The action-packed Banderas Bay Blast, three days of ‘nothing serious’ sailing fun as well as sailor socializing on land, is set for December 2-4.
Kym and Armand Renga of Santa Barbara sent us this shot of their 14-year-old Brittany, Storm, doing what sailors have been excelling at for centuries: finding a cozy, out-of-the-way spot to catch a few winks.
In view of the loss of J/World as a result of a collision with a whale during the Baja Ha-Ha, we’re reviewing the pros and cons of the various electronic methods of calling for help.
While skies in Mexico have been mostly blue, there have also been some dramatic sunrises and sunsets.
Last November, a group of a dozen or so kids launched the product of the first youth boat building program: the 12-ft Norwegian pram named Guppy.
The start of next summer’s Singlehanded TransPac — June 19 — is rushing ever closer, a point emphasized by the fact that the event’s third monthly seminar is on Monday night.
"I don’t mind you quoting me from a public forum as long as you don’t mix me up and attach my comment with someone else’s — which you did in the Monday ‘Lectronic update on the sinking of J/World," writes Scott, no last name given.
Even if you’re not a pro photographer, sailing vacations can yield a wealth of cool photos.
“That wasn’t so hard after all!” For many in the fleet, completing the Ha-Ha is the inaugural step in a new life of cruising.
With the conclusion of the Baja Ha-Ha on Saturday night, the Grand Poobah/Publisher of Latitude 38 finally got some time to review the coverage of the loss of J/World and the Coast Guard’s helicopter rescue of her crew — skipper Eugenie Russell, instructor Barry Demak, and students Raymond Quinn, Mark McKinnon, and Judy Land — 200 miles southwest of San Diego.
Sweet sailing toward the Cape. latitude/Andy
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Deeply sun-tanned sailors wearing brilliant turquoise and tangerine-colored shirts are swarming all over Cabo San Lucas today, as the ‘Sweet Sixteen’ Baja Ha-Ha fleet has arrived in full force.
We received a range of responses from Monday’s query about the impact on the Bay from last week’s 800-gallon Dubai Star bunker oil spill, which fouled beaches and wildlife in the East Bay: A containment boom on the Estuary following the oil spill from the Panamanian-flagged tanker Dubai Star a week ago.
While Somali pirates demand $7 million — or the release from custody of seven comrades — for the return of British cruisers Paul and Rachel Chandler, Derek Holden of the Privateer 35 Albatross III reports that well-known Michigan racer Juan Pablo ‘J.P.’ Del Solar Goldsmith was the victim of a pirate attack aboard his Beneteau 47.7 Blu Interlude at the Honduran/Nicaraguan border.
Bruce Stone and Power Play romp along in some decidedly Bay-like conditions on Western Long Island Sound.
Point Conception is notorious among coastal sailors. A combination of unusually strong winds and large seas can make rounding the point very difficult.
Ahhh, clones attack! Paul Kaplan and Ken Keefe have replicated multiple times over at KKMI in Pt.
Most of the Sweet Sixteen Baja Ha-Ha Fleet is now comfortably anchored in Bahia Santa Maria, after completing an extremely mellow second leg — a distinct contrast to the ultra-rowdy conditions of Leg 1.
A ruptured fuel line may be to blame for what the Coast Guard is calling an "unknown amount of fuel" released into the Bay from the Panamanian-flagged tanker Dubai Star.
"After the great farewell party for our friends who are joining the Baja Ha-Ha, we’re inspired to write about our experience in Ensenada, and especially at the marina at Hotel Coral," report Victor and Andre Satie from the Ensenada-based Freedom 36 Easy Breeze.
If you’re heading south into Mexican waters this season — as part of the Baja Ha-Ha rally or not — be aware that health inspectors at Cabo San Lucas and other ports of entry may board and inspect any arriving vessel to look for certain foods.