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Archive for November 2010

Blast to Start on Wednesday

Ideal tropical sailing conditions are on tap for Wednesday’s start of the Banderas Bay Blast, three days of socializing, fundraising and ‘nothing serious’ cruiser-style racing just outside of Puerto Vallarta. Co-organizer Mike Danielson reports that prior to this morning’s net, 17 boats had signed up, with a total of about 30 expected. More »
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Racing Outlook

There wasn’t much racing scheduled this weekend, given the holiday, so instead of wrapping-up what wasn’t, we’ll give you a heads-up on what’s coming. Before we get to the weekend, bear in mind that the Port Comission’s special meeting regarding the America’s Cup is, as far as we know, still on for tomorrow at its hearing room on the second floor of the Ferry Building at 9:30 a.m. More »

Another Host Family Needed

In July, we put out a call for a sailing host family for German exchange student Viviane Farke. She found one and we’ll bring you a full report on how she and her ‘family’ are doing in an upcoming issue of Latitude 38, but Cheryl Williams, the placement coordinator who contacted us about Vivi, reports that another young German sailor is hoping for a sailing host family as well. More »

A Sunny Thanksgiving

Patsy Verhoeven (right front) and friends are obviously pleased to be celebrating a barefoot Thanksgiving. Talion
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC You know you’ve officially made it into the cruising lifestyle when you can say you enjoyed Thanksgiving while wearing shorts and flip-flops — or better yet, bare feet. More »

Happy Thanksgiving from Us to You

Whether you love to gorge on turkey, you sail a turkey of a boat, or are a turkey yourself, the crew at Latitude 38 would like to thank all of you for not only reading our quasi-literary efforts, but also for inspiring us with your stories and photos. More »
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New Dates for AC Meeting

Apparently the revised budget figures that have been cropping up around the Host City Agreement negotiated between BMW Oracle Racing and San Francisco have delayed the approval process. Now the agreement will not come before the Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee until December 8 at 11 a.m. More »

Who Owns Minerva Reef?

Why is it that governments often argue over the ownership of tiny, inconsequential places. For example, hundreds of soldiers died in the early ’80s when Argentina claimed the Falklands. And for decades Chile and Argentina threatened to go to war over three tiny islands in the inhospitable Beagle Channel. More »

Support the Cup, Save the Dates

If you were one of the dozens of people who showed up October 4 for the Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee meeting to support San Francisco’s bid to host America’s Cup 34, then you know the impact your presence made on the tenor of the public comment. More »

The Cruisin’ Life Begins Anew

Profligate, floating in the mystic about half an hour before sunrise at Punta Mita, Banderas Bay. Sunrises and sunsets have been fantastic, and the days have featured cloudless blue skies and warm — but not hot — temperatures. More »

Cruisers Gather at Papas and Beer

Last week, in the aftermath of this year’s Baja Ha-Ha rally, some cruisers headed to Puerto Vallarta, others went to Mazatlan and still others sailed on to La Paz — encouraged to do so by the promise of an elaborate welcoming fiesta. More »