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Archive for July 2010

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 »

Adrift in a Sea of Vowels

For cruisers visiting French Polynesia, struggling to learn a little French is hard enough, but trying to master the pronounciation of locally-used Polynesian words is even trickier. The biggest challenge seems to be that most words contain so many vowels, they all sound alike to newcomers. More »

Pacific Cup Big Boats Away

Chip Megeath’s R/P 45 Criminal Mischief powers away from the line and into the lead in Division E. latitude/Andy
©2010 Latitude 38 Media, LLC The seventh and final division in the ’10 Pacific Cup got underway on Saturday afternoon. More »

Solo TransPac Comes to a Close

Al Germain sailed into Hanalei aboard his WylieCat 30 Bandicoot 19 days after the race’s start – but only 15 days after he restarted the race. latitude/LaDonna
©2010 Latitude 38 Media, LLC The Singlehanded TransPac came to an end in the wee hours of Sunday morning when Adam Correa on the International Folkboat Blue Moon sailed into Hanalei, 21 very long days after the start of the race on June 19. More »

‘Monkey’ Regulates on Pac Cup Fleet

The Satellite Tracker for the ’10 Pacific Cup shows that Trunk Monkey has taken advantage of a freshening breeze to become the closest boat to Hawaii. (Click on the photo to go to the tracker) © 2010 Jody and Skip McCormack’s Farr 30 Trunk Monkey is currently in the process of putting one of its namesake’s signature beat-downs on the doublehanded and crewed divisions that started the ’10 Pacific Cup on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. More »

Flipped Cat Lies in Doghole as Storm Approaches

Looking relatively unscathed after her offshore ordeal, Catalyst now idles in a tiny North Coast doghole. © 2010 Greg Yarman When longtime ‘Lectronic Latitude devotee Greg Yarman read about the offshore evacuation of Catalyst Wednesday — a 32-ft cat that flipped while en route from Crescent City to Alameda — he felt certain that the overturned boat would wash up somewhere along the rugged North Coast where he lives. More »

Hurry to Cuba While It’s Still Illegal

If you’re one of those Americans who has always dreamed of cruising to Cuba, in part because the U.S. says it’s illegal for citizens to travel there, you might want to act fast because that opportunity may not last much longer. More »

SPECIAL: Bay Only U.S. Venue for AC 34

BMW Oracle Racing and the Golden Gate YC announced today that San Francisco Bay is the only American venue under consideration to host the 34th match for the America’s Cup. The announcement followed on the heels of comments by team CEO Russell Coutts who has been quoted as saying that San Diego had removed itself from consideration with hope of getting one of the preliminary regattas as outlined in the draft protocol released last month. More »