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Archive for March 2011

Racing Forecast

The Island YC’s Doublehanded Lightship gets going tomorrow, and although the weatherman is calling for rain, he’s also calling for 15 to 25 knots of breeze from the southwest! That should make for a romper-stomper of a race, especially with the 5.5-ft swing and the trip to the Light Bucket coinciding with the meat of the morning’s ebb. More »

The Greatest Spectacle in Sailing?

Drumbeg, a Dubois/Vitters 140 enters the harbor at Gustavia, giving a graphic depiction of the size of Bucket boats. By the way, those aren’t small boats in the background. For example, the big ketch in the upper left is the 154-ft Mari-Cha III, which like a lot of big yachts, just showed up to be part of the scene. More »

Ad: Doublehanded Farallones Race

BAMA’s Doublehanded Farallones Race is a simply challenging race course with only one mark to round. The deadline to enter is April 6! © BAMA Use this weekend to sign up, make plans, and prepare your crew and boat for BAMA’s 32nd Doublehanded Farallones Race on Saturday, April 9. More »

Cruising Kitties

"I really want a cat," writes San Jose’sTerry Lampthan. "Not a catamaran, because I’m a monohull person. I mean a feline. I want to know if it’s feasible to take a cat cruising with my partner and me. More »

The Floating Red Light District

From morning to night, top sailors are arriving from all over the world to get ready to — work! And play, at the Bucket. latitude/Richard
©2011 Latitude 38 Media, LLC When boats have masts over about 100 feet, they are required to show red lights at the top of their mast(s). More »

Ad: Guess the Sailmaker Contest

Bob Bechler is a familiar face to Latitude 38 readers. He has completed four Pacific Puddle Jumps and three Ha-Ha’s. Needless to say, Bob has learned what works on cruising boats and what doesn’t. More »

Cabo Race Fleet Mostly Home

Jack Taylor’s all-conquering SC 50 Horizon added yet another overall race win to her resumé. Horizon
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Almost the entire fleet — or what remains of it — has reached the finishe in the Newport Harbor YC’s Cabo Race. More »

Ad: Westwind Yacht Care

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"I was up at the boat yesterday and have to say it was immaculate. More »

Spring Storm Scours the Bay

More than 15 boats either sank or wound up on shore after Saturday night’s storm. © 2011 Tim Sell If you were anywhere near the Bay Area on Saturday, it probably didn’t escape your notice that we experienced some unsettled weather. More »

Father and Son Cruising

When we last crossed paths with the father-son crew of Eva, they were testing their strength the Polynesian way at the 2009 Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendezvous. As the smallest boat in that year’s fleet, their Nor’Sea 27 had served them well during the previous three years of cruising together — which included a crossing of more than 40 days from Hawaii where they faced day after day of headwinds. More »