Archive for April 2010
Looks like the highly controversial sail training operation aboard the homebuilt steel cutter Columbia was a bit ‘bogus’ after all.
While today’s headlines are more likely to be about Tiger Woods’ sex life than about Haiti, relief efforts spawned by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake — which killed more than 150,000 people and devastated the impovershed nation on January 12 — are on-going.
Last Friday we ran what we believed was a very suspicious email supposedly sent by the controversial Norm Goldie of San Blas asking for funds to pay for emergency medical care for a relative in England.
“Where in the world…” © 2010 Sally Sailor They say we must all keep our brains active so that our gray matter doesn’t become muddied prematurely.
All sorts of good stuff is going on this weekend, starting with Marinship Day tomorrow at the Sausalito West Marine from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
We received the following request for money the other day from Norm Goldie, who we’ve often described as a controversial figure in San Blas, Mexico: "How are you doing?
The crew of Southern Cross were greeted by this sad sight when they arrived at Agua Verde in early April — Little Fawn holed on the beach.
The luckiest of world cruisers have enough cash stashed away that they can set off into the sunset on an open-ended cruise and never have to work again.
Spirit of Australia gets in a shakedown cruise this weekend. She and eight other Clippers will start the next leg of the Race tomorrow evening at 6 p.m.
Gentle breezes and warm temps greeted showgoers at Strictly Sail this weekend. latitude/LaDonna
©2010 Latitude 38 Media, LLC Strictly Sail Pacific couldn’t have been held on a more beautiful weekend — perfect for viewing boats in their ‘natural habitat’, so to speak.
Strictly Sail Pacific is the place to be this weekend — especially tonight, for the Baja Ha-Ha, Pacific Puddle Jump and Delta Doo Dah Reunion Party at 6 p.m.
Dinghies and their motors are probably the most common target of thieves in the cruising community, and Harry Hazzard of the San Diego-based Beneteau Idylle 51 Distant Drum reports on a rash of such thefts in Barra de Navidad, just south of Puerto Vallarta.
Back in March, we wrote about the mysterious A, the 394-ft motoryacht that is as staggeringly different from all previous motoryachts as Tom Perkins 289-ft Maltese Falcon was to all previous sailing yachts.
Five containers fell from a ship off Bolinas on April 2. The Doublehanded Farallones Race started the next morning.
As we post this, the exhibit floor of the Strictly Sail Pacific boat show at Oakland’s Jack London Square is bustling with frenetic activity in anticipation of tomorrow’s opening.
We’re sorry to report that the Port Townsend, WA-based Golden Wave 42 Kattywompus was lost earlier this week when she struck a reef on the North Island of New Zealand.  According to an emailed alert from South Pacific cruiser Bob Bechler of the Seattle-based Gulfstar 44 Sisiutl, "Brad Nelson and Linda Attaway were coming into Doubtless Bay across from the town of Mangonui when they hit a reef and lost Kattywompus.
This ‘Lectronic item is being brought to you, in a large part, by the little black thing sticking out of the port side of the Mac computer sitting in the main salon of Profligate.
Much to the relief of her crew’s family members, the 45-ft cutter Columbia arrived safely at Coquimbo, Chile, on Sunday — 35 days after her anticipated arrival — thus ending a search that involved hundreds of vessels over thousands of miles of open ocean.
Two of the four boats that washed up on the Kits Beach in Vancouver, B.C., after they dragged anchor in English Bay during yesterday’s big blow.
If you weren’t one of the 70 or so people who showed up last night to see ’08-’09 Vendée Globe veteran Rich Wilson kick off the Corinthian YC‘s speaker series, you really, really missed out.
Bob, Bob, and Debbie – no last names in an event as casual as the Sea of Cortez Sailing Week – on the Mac 65 Braveheart found the sailing to their liking.
In just over a week, the only all-sail boat show on the West Coast — Strictly Sail Pacific — will open its gates to sailing enthusiasts, and for the first time ever, will feature quality used boats in addition to new.
In a scene reminiscent of David and Goliath, a West Wight Potter teases the behemoths in the Mothball Fleet moored in Suisun Bay.
Around 5:45 a.m. on Thursday, April 1, a crewmember aboard the Pacific Puddle Jump boat Wind Child was injured during an accidental jibe.
It’s so warm in Banderas Bay that surfers don’t wear wetsuits and the members of the Young Mothers Club of Punta Mita wear bikinis instead of survival suits.
After a frustrating day or so of calm weather that halted her planned Tuesday rounding of the Horn, Newport Beach’s Abby Sunderland finally passed the notorious cape on Wednesday, if a little farther offshore than she’d hoped.
A relieved Qingdao crew makes it to SF Marina. Clipper Ventures
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Eighteen hours after Qingdao finished Leg 7 of the Clipper Round the World Race, Jamaica Lightning Bolt carried its 32 hours of redress with it across the finish line off North Farallon late last night.
The April issue of Latitude 38 hit the streets yesterday, and some distribution points — such as Bridgeway Bagel in Sausalito — were already running low late in the afternoon!