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Archive for November 2010

Annual ARC Rally Begins

The 25th running of the granddaddy of all cruiser rallies, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, got underway yesterday from the Canary Islands with a massive 233-boat fleet bound for Rodney Bay in St. More »

Big Sail a Big Show

Stanford’s varsity has Cal’s varsity hooked in the pre-start on Tuesday. © Sergei Zavarin Alumni, students, parents, spectators, and media converged on St. Francis YC Tuesday for the Big Sail — the annual match race between Cal and Stanford which takes place the same week as the storied ‘Big Game’ between the two schools. More »

Dekker and Socrates Keep on Truckin’

Laura Dekker really seems to feel at home on the sea, but a challenging Atlantic crossing is still in front of her. Guppy
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Dutch teen Laura Dekker, 14, finally left the Canary Islands last Wednesday aboard her 37-ft Jeanneau Gin Fizz Guppy on the next leg of her attempt to become the world’s youngest solo circumnavigator. More »

Cruising Season Heating up in Mexico

With the Ha-Ha having ended a couple of weeks ago and everyone having had a chance to recuperate, more events for cruisers are coming up in Mexico. For those in La Paz , the beach party at Papas & Beer Beach Club happened yesterday afternoon, featuring Mexican folk dancing, live rock music, food and drink, door prizes and more. More »

Route du Rhum Almost Over

Lionel Lemonchois’ Prince de Bretagne blazes into Guadeloupe for the Multi50 win. © Marcel Mochet With less than 100 miles to go, Thomas Ruyant looks poised to win the 44-boat Class 40 division in the ’10 Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale. More »

Aquila Lost Near New Caledonia

We sorry to report that another singlehanded cruiser has lost his boat. This one, in the South Pacific. Although full details are yet unknown, we received word this morning that retired school teacher Michael Rafferty recently lost his San Diego-based Islander Freeport 36 Aquila roughly 80 miles west of the New Caledonia island group. More »

Caribbean 1500 Tragedy

Laura Zekoll was an avid sailor and adventurer, even after losing the use of her right arm from a motorcycle accident at 16. Toni Ralston
©2010 Latitude 38 Media, LLC Laura Zekoll, 46, of Atlanta, Georgia, who had been a member of the Caribbean 1500 fleet aboard Rule 62, a Jeanneau 46DS, is presumed to have been lost at sea on November 13 or 14 after the liferaft she and the rest of the crew were in flipped, dumping them all into the water near Marsh Harbor in the Bahamas. More »

Latitude Delivery Men

One of our favorite things about living in the Bay Area is the opportunity to meet so many interesting southbound cruisers. Of course most folks heading south have already passed through the Bay by November, so we were happily surprised to receive a call from Capt. More »

Bliss on the Bay

Sailors took advantage of this weekend’s sublime weather to shake out the sails and dry out the boat. latitude/LaDonna
©2010 Latitude 38 Media, LLC While sailors in many parts of the country spent this weekend winterizing their boats, Bay Area sailors were treated to temps in the high 70s. More »
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British Sailors’ Somali Ordeal Ends

"We are happy to be alive, happy to be here, desperate to see our family," said British sailor Rachel Chandler at a news conference in Mogadishu. She and her husband Paul were finally released yesterday, after being held captive by Somali pirates for 388 days. More »