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Archive for July 2010

Who Turned the Lights Out?

“Fog? No worries. It’s Friday night and we’re out on the water!” Come fog, rain or shine, beer can racing is an ideal antidote for the stresses of the workaday world. More »

Plastiki Assisted, Not Rescued

Despite what the mainstream media — who consistently display their ignorance of all things nautical — would have you believe, the crew on the 60-ft eco-cat Plastiki were not rescued off the coast of Australia this weekend. More »

Bulk of Pacific Cup Fleet Arrives

The all-conquering Horizon crew, clockwise from top left: Jason Adamson, Tom O’Keefe, Peter Kornhaber, John Berry, Robert Plant, navigator Jon Shampain, skipper Jack Taylor, Erik Shampain. latitude/Rob
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC With the bulk of the ’10 Pacific Cup fleet safely moored in Kaneohe Bay, all seven divisions have been decided. More »

Plastiki Nears Sydney

Expedition leader David de Rothschild hopes the Plastiki Expedition will encourage people to really think about their plastic usage. © 2010 Plastiki Expedition It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with the crew of Plastiki, the 60-ft eco-catamaran made from 12,500 plastic soda bottles that sailed out the Golden Gate on March 20 on the first leg of its mission to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. More »

The Sun Puts on a Show

During our recent trip to Tahiti, few cruisers we spoke to were keeping up with the mind-numbing headlines back home. But they all seemed to know about the imminent solar eclipse which would be best viewed from French Polynesia — and elsewhere along a narrow track stretching from the Cook Islands to southern Patagonia. More »

More on Panama Murder

The attack on Danish-born American sailor Bo Kjaer-Olsen last month in Panama — which led to his death — left many who’ve enjoyed trouble-free cruising in that Central American country wondering what might have motivated Kjaer-Olsen’s five assailants. More »

Natural Born Sailor

“C’mon, guys. Raccoon Strait is for babies — let’s go to the Farallones!” © 2010 Mike Ross "Derik Anderson and I have known each other since 1969 when our dads worked together," writes Mike Moss. More »
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Ever Wanted to Sail on an RC 44?

In the Race Notes located in the Racing Sheet in the July issue of Latitude 38, we brought you the news that the RC 44s will be having their first ever American event in Miami in December. More »

Ramos’ Arctic Loop Prohibited

Imagine how you’d feel if you’d spent five years and a small fortune in pursuit of becoming the first person to solo circumnavigate the North Pole, only to be turned back midway by inflexible bureaucrats. More »

Pacific Cup Update

The spread of the Pac Cup Fleet. © 2010 Pacific Cup With much of fleet either past or approaching the half-way point, the fickle breeze that all but Thursday’s starters experienced in their first few days at sea must be forgotten. More »