Archive for February 2010
The Mexican Navy’s boarding parties have become decidedly casual — either that or this is just a group of friendly sailors stopping by for a cerveza.
Los Gatos’ Bill Turpin and Southern California-based partner Dave Janes’ Bay Area-based R/P 77 Akela set new record in the San Diego YC’s Vallarta Race when it crossed the finish line off Punta Mita around 9 p.m.
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For millennia, the wind has moved people from Point A to Point B, and on San Francisco Bay, we have an abundance of it for much of the year.
As Aussie Jessica Watson, 16, nears South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope and settles into the second — and arguably more difficult — half of her nonstop solo circumnavigation, Southern California’s Abby Sunderland, also 16, has crossed the equator.
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This weekend marked the final installment of the Corinthian Midwinters, and much like last month’s, featured a wet day and a dry day.
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The weather is warming up and now is the time to start thinking of the upcoming sailing season.
We’ve heard many financial pundits theorize lately that the economy is finally beginning to rebound.
"We took a direct hit," reports Joel Stern, who rode out category 2 Cyclone Rene in Tonga earlier this week aboard his San Diego-based Vagabond 47 Paradise Bound.
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The weather is warming up and now is the time to start thinking of the upcoming sailing season.
The 13 boats in this year’s San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race will get underway Friday and Saturday.
After a blistering, sub-six-day trip from Ushant to the Equator, Franck Cammas’ 105-ft trimaran Groupama 3 has had a rough time of it in both the South Atlantic and the transition to the Indian Ocean.
The triumphant braintrust from BMW Oracle Racing from left: helmsman James Spithill, team CEO Russell Coutts, team founder Larry Ellison, and Bay Area-product and tactician John Kostecki.
Having punished Tonga, Rene is expected to pass south of Fiji today. (Note: Lying beyond the International Dateline, it is currently February 16 in Tonga.) © 2010 US Navy / NLR The "friendly kingdom" of Tonga was walloped yesterday by Cyclone Rene, the most powerful storm to strike this South Pacific cluster of 179 islands in the past 50 years.
We’re proud to say that for many years — decades, actually — Latitude 38‘s Crew List functions have been matching skippers in need of crew with sailors in need of rides.
USA hunts down Alinghi 5 in the pre-start, drawing a penalty on the Swiss team shortly after this photo was taken.
Plastiki, a 60-ft catamaran made entirely of recycled — in the form of used irrigation pipes for the masts and old soda bottles for flotation — and recyclable materials, is nearly ready for an offshore shakedown cruise.
The Singlehanded TransPac — a 2,120-mile run from the Bay to Kauai — is really gaining a head of steam, with the entry list expanding and seminars out the wazoo.
Hang onto your hats. Here comes Rene. © Fiji Met Service As we go to press with this edition of ‘Lectronic, we’ve just been informed that a nasty category 2 cyclone, dubbed Rene, is bearing down on the Kingdom of Tonga and is expected to build in intensity.
“Say, Joanne,” says Randy, “why don’t you and I take this big guy out for a little sail while everybody is busy at the post-no race press conference?” © 2010 D.
"We thought you’d like to know that the Super Bowl wasn’t the only thing happening on Sunday," write Pat and Carole McIntosh of the Alameda-based trawler Peregrine.
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On Friday, February 12, the Berkeley YC will host a free special presentation by noted marine architect Jim Antrim and boatbuilder Cree Partridge of the Berkeley Marine Center.
Like others in this year’s ever-enlarging fleet, Elisabeth and Rod Lambert of the Alameda-based Swan 41 Proximity can hardly wait to feel the gentle push of the South Pacific tradewinds.
Just five days after sailing into Cabo San Lucas to effect repairs to the charging system of her Open 40 Wild Eyes, Marina del Rey’s Abby Sunderland, 16, set off again on Saturday in her bid to become the world’s youngest non-stop solo circumnavigator.
"I’ve been invited to give a talk about my experience during last year’s Double-Handed Farallones Race," says Dave Wilhite, who, with Dave Servais, clung to the overturned hull of the J/80 Heat Wave after the boat’s keel fell off on the way back to the Bay.
The 48-ft Ocean Alexander Rubicon — which was tied up perpendicular to the slips on C dock — caught fire last night around 5:30.
Check out this photo of a woman, on the left, who looks a lot like Liz Clark, singing backup for Jimmy Buffett at Bora Bora.
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Newport Harbor YC to San Diego YC May 29-30, 2010: Around Catalina
Cabrillo Beach YC to Dana Point YC July 30-31, 2010: Santa Barbara to King Harbor
SBYC to KHYC What do these events have in common:  a) An overnight racing experience; b) a finish destination other than where you started; c) islands as marks; d) SPECTACULAR parties at the finish.
As the reports trickle in, it appears that the weather bomb that exploded over Central Mexico on Tuesday night wasn’t limited to Banderas Bay.  "This storm hammered a lot more than P.V.," said expat David Eidell.
The Mamas and the Papas had it wrong – you’d be safer and warmer at Grand Case than you would in L.A.
Just seven days after leaving Marina del Rey in a bid to become the youngest solo circumnavigator, Abby Sunderland announced on Saturday that she’s bound for Cabo San Lucas.
If you did last year’s Ha-Ha and happened to be around the Cabo fuel dock on Sunday morning, you may have noticed a big motoryacht.
John Foster of the Nonsuch 22 Blueberry reports that with a PHRF rating of 246, he gets one of the biggest handicaps of the 359 entries in tomorrow’s Three Bridge Fiasco, a San Francisco Bay classic.
Sausalito/San Rafael yacht brokers Clay and Teresa Prescott of ABC Yachts pleaded guilty yesterday to charges that they stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from their clients.
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