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Archive for October 2010

A Tale of Two Rescues

Bonvivant’s dinghy can be seen on deck, ready to launch if the mast punched a hole in the hull. © USCG PO1 Christopher Evanson Florida news outlets are reporting that Richard Steg, 73, was rescued 50 miles off Jacksonville Beach on Wednesday, two days after his 35-ft sloop Bonvivant was dismasted and her engine died. More »

Cal Maritime Takes Top-Five

After completing one race today, the Cal Maritime Keelhaulers have locked up fifth place overall in the ’10 Student Yachting World Cup in La Rochelle. Although the race committee took the spinnakers out of the sailors hands in the 20-knot, big wave conditions, the team was able to finish fifth in what would turn out to be the final race of the regatta. More »

High Times in Turtle Bay

Six hundred sailors aboard 155 boats set sail Monday, bound for sunnier latitudes. latitude/Andy
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC After enduring the coldest summer in recent memory, the 600+ sailors in the Baja Ha-Ha XVII rally fleet have now achieved a long-anticipated goal: They’ve found sunny skies! More »

Guide to Mexican Cruiser Nets

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. More »

Tsunami Strikes Indonesia

In the top left corner of this photo, survivors of the tsunami can be seen trudging through a scoured part of Pagai Utara. © Indonesian Vice Presidential Secretariat Mother Nature delivered a helluva 1-2 punch to Indonesia this week. More »

Bisbee Fisherman Shot During Robbery

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. More »

Jeanne Socrates Starts Circumnavigation

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. Jeanne had left the Canary Islands last October in an attempted nonstop circumnavigation, but unexpected engine troubles forced her into Cape Town — and kept her there for three months — before she could continue on. More »

And Away They Go

The Mothership, Profligate, led 154 boats out of San Diego this morning at the start of the 17th Annual Baja Ha-Ha. latitude/John A.
©2010 Latitude 38 Media, LLC Most members of the 196-boat Baja Ha-Ha fleet have been planning and preparing for years — if not decades — to throw off the docklines and cruise south to the sunny climes of Mexico. More »
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Racing for a Cause

Due to all this Baja Ha-Ha hoopla, we’re going to have save the weekend Racing Wrap-up for Wednesday. In the meantime, we wanted to give you a heads up on a couple worthy items. More »
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How to NOT Win Friends

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. More »