Archive for August 2010
In a follow-up to Wednesday’s report of a solo sailor being rescued 55 miles off Fort Bragg on Sunday, we spoke with the skipper of the Catalina 27 Amica, John Innes from Vancouver, B.C., about his experience in increasing gale-force conditions.
Before going cruising, most sailors put a lot of thought into safety. For example, what they will do to prevent getting hit by a ship, how they will pick up somebody who has fallen overboard, or how they will respond to water inexplicably coming into the hull.
The Coast Guard reports that on Sunday they rescued the 29-year-old skipper of the 27-ft sailboat Amica about 55 miles west of Fort Bragg after the boat lost its rudder in heavy seas and winds.
Tales of having our boats in Venezuela was one of the topics of conversation when we had a great dinner aboard Serendipity, Barritt Neal and Renee Blaul’s Peterson 44 at the Pacific Corinthian YC in Oxnard the other night.
The National Transportation Safety Board recently revealed that an unspecified number of crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard vessel that collided with a small boat in San Diego Harbor on December 20 were either texting or talking on their cell phones.
"All the Photoshopping allegations that were tossed at Ethan Smith’s pargo fish awhile back reminded me of the attached photo," writes Dennis Olson who sails his Laser Beastie out of Tomales Bay.
If you have a boat in the Caribbean or the Gulf or East Coasts of the United States, now is the time to be concerned about hurricanes.
A parked just off Sausalito Wednesday morning. latitude/Rob
©2010 Latitude 38 Media, LLC A surprise guest anchored off Sausalito Wednesday morning — the 394-ft megayacht A, owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko.
The Bay’s Racing calendar is full, as in FULL, over the next few weeks, and we wanted to make sure you got a heads-up on some of the larger events coming down the pipe.
Daily life in mainstream society can get a bit dreary these days. But we’ve found it helps keep our psyches in balance if we get a little silly once in a while.
We’ll have a report on the adventures of Alameda’s Pimentel Family — Rodney, Jane, CJ and Leo — in the Med in the September issue of Latitude 38, but in the meantime we have a few photos to share with you.
Mike Latta borrowed a portable bilge pump from a passing cruising boat, which helped him get Narwhal to safety.
Angel Island at dusk. This view can only be seen by campers and boaters.
Former youngest solo circumnavigator Zac Sunderland was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with three misdemeanors.
Although the prime season for ‘jumping the puddle’ from the west coast of the Americas to French Polynesia is still six months away, a wide variety of international cruisers are already psyching up for the 3,000-mile crossing.
Just when you thought you were going to get a break from the much-ballyhooed teen circumnavigation debate, it’s about to rev up again.
Elizabeth Larson of Lake County News reports that Bismarck Dinius has filed a federal civil lawsuit against Lake County and a number of its employees for violating his civil rights when they prosecuted him for manslaughter in the ’06 death of Lynn Thornton.
While none of the films entered in the Sausalito Film Festival — which runs from today through Sunday at Fort Baker — have to do with sailing, their trailer kicks ass.
When BMW Oracle Racing brought the America’s Cup to City Hall for an introduction with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, all signs pointed toward the 34th match coming to the Bay .
Much like Charles Townsend in Charlie’s Angels, Cap’n Ted’s face is never fully visible.
The sudden takeover on August 4 of waterside homes and businesses along Mexico’s popular Tenacatita Beach has left local residents, cruising sailors and shoreside vacationers frustrated and angry.
American Kelly Wright and crewman Glen McConchie of Christchurch, New Zealand, are in good health after Wright’s Chris White-designed Atlantic 57 catamaran Anna Valdivia flipped 120 miles west of Niue in the South Pacific last weekend.
The 26 teams entered in this year’s IKC got exactly what they came for during yesterday’s second race.
You never know who you’ll run into when bopping around the Delta. While recluctantly working our way back to the socked-in Bay, we stopped in Potato Slough last night.
Tenacatita Bay, the four-mile by four-mile bay on mainland Mexico’s Gold Coast between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, and just north of Barra Navidad, has long been a favorite with cruisers.
Margie shows what it takes to bring up an anchor by hand during a season of cruising in Mexico?
The ‘West Marine Contingent’ — Jay and Micah on Moorea, Bruce, Karen and Joshua on Gitana Vela and Doug on Rigel (not all of them work at West Marine) — spent their free days lampin’ in Potato Slough’s Bedroom 2.
Just about everywhere you look around San Francisco Bay, there are treasures of our rich maritime heritage.
Yes, even though you haven’t had seen the sun in months, it still exists.
Peter Yates shoehorned 47 boats into Boyd’s Harbor on Bethel Island Monday afternoon.
We’ve been accused of ‘Ha-Ha’ing our readership to death in the past. But with the Baja Ha-Ha‘s September 10 entry deadline just over a month away, it’s high time for an update.
As the fleet sailed out of Richmond, they could see what they were in for just past the bridge: blue skies!
Thanks to unusually light winds, the top three spots in last weekend’s 81-mile Santa Barbara to King Harbor (Redondo Beach) Race — our favorite in Southern California — were Class A Ultra Lights.
Much of our South Pacific coverage lately has been dedicated to French Polynesia, where newly arrived westbound cruisers get their first introduction to life in the tropics below the equator.