Archive for December 2009
Ya gotta love the ingenuity of cruisers! Jim Casey tells of an unwelcome visitor aboard his Tahoe and P.V.-based Jeanneau 43DS Tomatillo and how he fixed the resulting damage: "Sometimes you just have to make do if there’s trouble in paradise.
Earlier in the year, we reported that Mirian Saez, Director of Operations at Treasure Island Development Authority, was working on a plan to require permits to anchor in Clipper Cove.
A collision between a 33-ft Coast Guard patrol boat and a 26-ft power boat killed eight-year-old Anthony DeWeese and seriously injured five others last night on San Diego Bay.
It’s a widely accepted fact that teenagers put their parents through hell. You know, staying out late, hanging with a bad crowd, behaving like snotty little know-it-alls, jetting off to the Dutch Antilles to thwart government oversight of their bid to become the youngest person to solo circumnavigate .
It occurred to us recently that we hadn’t had an update lately from our old friends Holger Kreuzhage and Tracy Brown on the progress of their 72-ft gaff tops’l schooner Lord Jim.
Give holiday stress the boot with a turn on the Bay. latitude/Rob
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC We’ve always wondered why something as relaxing as the holidays should be become such a royal charlie-foxtrot.
If you’re planning a trip to visit cruising or chartering friends in far-flung places over the holidays or New Year, we know how you can earn their undying admiration (at least until you break the head): Take down a bundle or two of the most recent Latitude 38s!
Producers of Strictly Sail Pacific have announced that the show must go on — April 15-18 at Jack London Square in Oakland, to be precise.
Happier days – while singlehanding through the Society Islands in ’08, Wayne surveys Bora Bora’s distant peaks from the Tahaa lagoon.
"You guys rock!" writes Classy Classified advertiser Eric Sorensen of Half Moon Bay.
In the aftermath of a tragic motorbike accident, South Pacific cruisers are reaching out to aid Renee Nauman, an American from Salem, OR, who is currently paralyzed from the neck down on one side.
Bet we know what’s at the top of Dietmar’s Christmas list! Carinthia
©2009 Latitude 38 Media, LLC Dietmar Petutschnig, an experienced European sailor who’s sailed a third of the way around the world since completing last year’s Baja Ha-Ha, sent us this very illustrative photo of what happens to a boat’s boom when an electric mainsheet works against a stout preventer.
Denis Neumann reports that, on November 24, while walking the beach in Half Moon Bay, he spotted a small, bright yellow canvas pouch.
Like many longtime Mexico cruisers, Chuck Houlihan and Linda Edeiken of the Allied 39 Jacaranda get frustrated when they observe illegal fishing practices which greatly impact Mexico’s fragile marine ecosystem, especially since enforcement of existing laws is inadequate.
Argh matey, we’re gonna whip you into some Christmas spirit! © 2009 Fred Fago The holiday season was kick-started last weekend with no fewer than six Bay Area lighted boat parades.
Peninsula-based St. Francis YC member Peter Vessella and his crew of Tracy Usher and John Callahan beat a "who’s-who" field at the Piana Cup on Biscayne Bay last weekend.
Got the Christmas shopping blues? If you’re perplexed about what to buy for hard-to-shop-for friends or family members, we may have the perfect solution: Invest in their mental and physical well-being by giving them a sailing gift certificate.
Designed by the Huntington Beach-based firm Morrelli and Melvin, the Aeroyacht 110 features an optional two-seater Icon A5 amphibious sports plane and pod to house it in.
If you’re on the fence about entering next summer’s Singlehanded TransPac, you’ll have a chance to meet with some race veterans, check out their boats and even have your boat ‘pre-inspected’ this Sunday, December 13, at Encinal YC.
Commodore Davis, the buffest grandma on the West Coast, warmed up the carbon fiber initiation paddle on the buttocks of her boyfriend Mike while he held up his prized membership card.
Intrepid solo circumnavigator Jeanne Socrates, who set out from the Canaries on October 10 on a planned non-stop circuit of the globe via the five Capes, is being forced to stop in Cape Town, South Africa, to effect repairs to her Najad 380 Nereida.
"While anchored at North Minerva Reef, a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion did numerous passes over the anchorage," reports Emmy Newbould, who’s cruising with her husband Eric Willbur on their Brickyard Cove-based Flying Dutchman 37 Nataraja.
Demonstrating the true spirit of the Blast, this unidentifiable contestant in the catch-the-waterballoon-from-the-third-floor-Sky-Bar-at-the-Nayarit-Riviera-Marina goes for the big splash.
Does this look like fun or what? © Fred Fago Even in times like these, when the weather is chilly and the breeze is light, diehard sailors can still find valid reasons to fiddle around with their boats.
JoJo as she lay wrecked on the beach in Stillwater Cove. © Karl Livengood Karl and Betsy Livengood of Walnut Creek experienced every sailor’s nightmare when their beloved Catalina 36 JoJo ran up on a rock reef in Stillwater Cove on October 20.
The five-person crew of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) entry Pelican abandoned ship yesterday after a massive rig failure 325 miles west off the Cape Verde Islands.
Racing in light air aboard Louis and Laura Kruk’s San Francisco-based Beneteau First 42s7 Cirque during the ’08 event.
Blue Moon, Sin Ti, Candide, Silent Sun and Zeppelin formed the core of the Thanksgiving Day raft-up in Clipper Cove.
As much as we all enjoy a good sailing photo, if you’re 2,000 miles from nowhere, you’ll be glad to hear you can still get the text of ‘Lectronic Latitude via Sail Docs on SailMail.
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?
"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?