Archive for March 2010
If you noticed some commotion at the entrance to the Oakland/Alameda Estuary on Saturday night, it was because a crane knocked an empty container off a ship at the Ben E.
Abby Sunderland, the 16-year-old American girl who hopes to become the youngest non-stop solo circumnavigator, is slated to pass Cape Horn sometime tomorrow.
So far, the extensive search for the long-overdue 45-ft steel cutter Columbia has turned up no solid clues as to its fate, but the outpouring of willing assistance has been truly impressive.
California’s rig goes the way of Cal’s ’10 NCAA Tournament trip. Clipper Ventures
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC In what has to be one of the most saddening developments to date for supporters of the first Golden State entry in the ’09-’10 Clipper ‘Round the World Race, our namesake boat California was dismasted Sunday evening some 1,800 miles from the Bay.
And yes, we mean Auckland, not Oakland. Having moved to the southern hemisphere, Jamie, Mera and Aeron have a new perspective on life.
Banderas Bay Regatta racing as it should be — a crowd of legit cruising boats hitting the starting line at once in ideal sailing conditions.
A small flotilla escorted Plastiki out the Gate on Saturday morning while three news choppers circled overhead.
Plastiki, the 60-ft catamaran made entirely out of recyclable and recycled materials, including 12,500 soda bottles, will be sailing out the Gate tomorrow morning around 9:30 a.m.
Relatives of the crew of the 45-ft steel cutter Columbia are desperately seeking info from anyone who may have seen this vessel since her departure from Salinas, Ecuador, on January 16.
"Please help me," writes Halley Lund. "I need to know if Latitude has published any arguments supporting families living on boats.
"As a result of my Classy Classified, our boat sold quickly. Thanks for your help in making the placement of the ad easy and for your great customer support!" If you want a proven method to sell your boat, it’s not too late to get your ad into the April issue of Latitude 38, which will be heavily distributed at Strictly Sail Pacific.
As of a day ago, Franck Cammas’ 105-ft trimaran Groupama 3 had spent as much time behind the pace of the Jules Verne Trophy holder as she had in front of it.
We knew folks were anxious to join the Delta Doo Dah Deux, but when all 50 available slots were filled within 12 hours of Monday’s announcement, we were taken completely by surprise!
Registration for Delta Doo Dah Deux is now open. Yipee! latitude/LaDonna
©2010 Latitude 38 Media, LLC Last summer, we launched what we’d hoped would be a well-received rally from the Bay to the Delta.
The Singlehanded TransPac is hosting a free rigging seminar tonight at Oakland YC, 7-10 p.m.
Full Tilt scoots across The Slot on a sunny Thursday afternoon. latitude/LaDonna
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC While the rest of us were working our fingers to the bones yesterday afternoon, a number of Bay sailors were out playing hooky — and good thing they did it before the rain set in.
After three frustrating months in Cape Town, South Africa, Jeanne Socrates restarted her second solo circumnavigation — this one aboard her new Najad 380 Nereida — on Tuesday.
The two Andrews — Andrew Vik found crewmember Andrew at last year’s Spring Crew List Party.
With the economy on life support, we realize how tough it is for many sailing organizations and businesses to promote their services.
Despite not being able to fly their main for the last 12 hours, California is still within striking distance of the leaders in Race 7 — from Qingdao to San Francisco — of the ’09-’10 Clipper ‘Round the World Race.
In Friday’s ‘Lectronic, we reported on Arizonan Keith Carver’s having shipwrecked on the north end of Vancouver Island, and his subsequent rescue.
"Don’t be a fool by missing the April 1-6 Sea of Cortez Sailing Week," advises Patsy Verhoeven of the Portland/La Paz-based Gulfstar 50 Talion.
For many years Latitude 38’s Crew List parties have been matching skippers in need of crew with sailors in need of rides.
What with Monterey’s David Addleman having named his new-to-him Santa Cruz 50 X, and the two anonymous owners — who aren’t Russian — of the new Transformer 390 currently in St.
The Vancouver Sun reported yesterday that Tucson’s Keith Carver, 56, had wrecked his 40-ft ferrocement sailboat on Vancouver Island, and survived for five days by eating lichen before being rescued by a passing helicopter.
Power at Latitude 38 World Headquarters is scheduled to be out Monday morning, so if you try to call and the phones are down, or you don’t get a response to an email, or if ‘Lectronic isn’t posted in as timely a manner as usual — ha!
Cirque and Horizon rumble down Banderas Bay during yesterday’s 25-miler to Las Caletas.
As regular readers know, the annual migration from the West Coast of the Americas to French Polynesia is growing into one of the largest cruising rallies on the planet.
Back in January, we launched a reader survey to find out a little more about our readers and what they want to read about.
The Latitude 38 Medal of Freedom — in this case for ignoring the United States government’s preposterous ban on taking a U.S.