Archive for October 2010
In the top left corner of this photo, survivors of the tsunami can be seen trudging through a scoured part of Pagai Utara.
Whether you’re a new cruiser heading south of the border for the first time, or an old salt who’s been cruising Mexico for a decade, cruiser nets are essential for staying up-to-date on weather, local events, and other news.
The Mothership, Profligate, led 154 boats out of San Diego this morning at the start of the 17th Annual Baja Ha-Ha.
When last we checked in with Jeanne Socrates, she’d just sailed her Najad 380 Nereida nonstop from New Zealand to Hawaii for the finish of this summer’s Singlehanded TransPac.
Due to all this Baja Ha-Ha hoopla, we’re going to have save the weekend Racing Wrap-up for Wednesday.
Mike ‘Kona’ Meredith, a San Diego-based crewman aboard Intrepid for last week’s multi-million dollar Bisbee Black & Blue (Marlin) Tournament, was wounded last Tuesday evening during a robbery attempt, according to NBC/San Diego.
Even though the Baja Ha-Ha sign-up sheet has topped out at 196 entries, not everyone who wants to join the fun this year will be able to.
While surfing the interweb looking for racing results recently, something on two yacht clubs’ websites caught our attention: offers of waived or discounted initiation fees for new members.
Cruising guide authors are a rare breed. Oh sure, it’s tough to feel too sorry for them — they get paid to go cruising, after all — but if you stop to think about all the work that goes into those books, not just the initial printing but the updating as well, you’ll realize that the authors are really paid a pittance for the valuable information they deliver.
Maybe it’s because we’ve been banging on the keyboard since before the sun came up, but we’re getting a little grumpy with cheap-shot artists who recently have been so quick to wrongly accuse Latitude of managing the news for the sake of money.
Is that Tiger Woods on the field? © 2010 Lynn Ringseis It seems that a handful of folks around the Bay Area are getting pretty excited about some game that doesn’t involve sailing.
Three days out from La Rochelle, the lone American entry in the Velux 5 Oceans Race, Brad Van Liew, has already amassed a 50-mile lead over his nearest competitor.
We’re not knowledgeable enough to know if cooler than normal water temperatures are the cause, but it sure has been a mild hurricane season for Mexico.
Folks about to start the 17th Annual Baja Ha-Ha from San Diego next Monday morning might be interested in the opinion of Ha-Ha vet Mike Miller on personal safety down around Los Cabos, which is the name for the Cabo San Lucas-San Jose del Cabo corridor.
“Look at those abs!” says Julie. © Julie Newton In the October issue of Latitude 38 we profiled the crews of several cruising boats passing through the Bay.
"October 12 was both exciting and costly for us here in Costa Rica," write Bruce Stevens and Clark Nicholson of the Dana Point-based Gulfstar 50 Two Amigos.
Upon arrival and approach to Port Resolution, Tanna Island, Vanuatu, two Northern California-based catamarans — Jim and Kent Milski’s Schionning 49 Sea Level and Steve May and Manjula Dean’s Corsair 41 Endless Summer — jumped into a search and rescue operation for 12 locals and a baby whose panga had capsized in rough conditions on return from 10-mile distant Aniwa Island.
Here at Baja Ha-Ha World Headquarters we’re eager to recruit some Ha-Ha heroes for a special mission.
It seems that the weather gods just won’t give up on what’s been the worst summer weather along the coast of California since .
Wayne and Elly Smith did an unusual thing — they spent the summer exploring the Sea of Cortez aboard Zeppelin.
We don’t know what it is about the approach of the Baja Ha-Ha each year that causes some people who aren’t even part of the Ha-Ha to get their knickers so bunched up, but they do.
Too close for comfort! Jeff Berman snapped this shot of a Blue Angel through the rigging of his Catalina 36 Perseverance.
When the massive 8.8 earthquake struck Chile last February, triggering a huge tsunami, the British-flagged sloop Zephyrus was the only boat anchored in Cumberland Bay on Robinson Crusoe island, which lies roughly 400 miles off the Chilean coast.
There’s no better way to stand out in a crowd than by wearing a Latitude 38 T-shirt, available in an array of fruity colors.
As one might expect, we got quite a bit of response to the long and rambling letter in Friday’s ‘Lectronic that Norm Goldie of San Blas insisted that we publish.
It’s time once again for Fleet Week! While that means there’ll be cool stuff like air shows by the Blue Angels and war ship parades and tours, it also means that the Coast Guard has set aside some space for all this to take place.
Every winter and spring, westbound sailboats from all over the world converge on Panama, which makes it an ideal spot for us to host a Pacific Puddle Jump Kickoff Party.
 "No boaters will give instructions to visiting vessels who desire to enter or find moorings in the San Blas Estuary."
 
"No diagrams or pirated satellite images are to be used [for navigation], as they are useless and in many ways confusing."
 
This is what Norm Goldie of San Blas tells us a "high ranking SCT official" told him.
Hurrah! Two steps closer to the AC! © 2010 America’s Cup / Carlo Borlenghi After months of buildup, the race to clear the two most significant initial legislative hurdles for hosting the 34th America’s Cup on San Francisco Bay happened so fast that we had to pinch ourselves.
Oops! We made a mistake in the October issue’s Calendar, noting that the Oktoberfest Regatta on October 16 was sponsored by Richmond YC.
"I never singlehand by choice," says Evi Nemeth. But when there’s no able-bodied crew around to recruit, this salty Coloradan doesn’t hesitate to go it alone — even on long, lonely ocean passages.
If you’re sailing to Mexico and have a diesel engine — which most sailboats do — you’ll want to be clued in on the pricing of motor oil, because it varies wildly.
And you thought serving sizes in the U.S. were large… © 2010 Bill Nokes Adventurous cruisers are always willing to try local delicacies.
We’ve gotten a couple of letters from folks signed up for the Baja Ha-Ha asking if it was still possible to buy Mexican liability insurance before getting to Mexico.
We don’t normally report on much-touted weather systems that fizzle out, but with 196 Baja Ha-Ha boats soon to be headed south, a lot of sailors have been asking us about the effects of Tropical Storm Georgette.
Is it October already? It seems like yesterday that BMW Oracle Racing and USA gave Alinghi 5 a mighty thrashing.
"My name is Bob Schuler. I am a New York artist who, as part of the Tethys Project, has slowly been circumnavigating the globe and dropping sculpted granite cubes overboard every 100 miles along the way.