Archive for May 2011
In May 20’s ‘Lectronic, we reported that Allen and Kate Barry, who have been cruising their San Francisco-based DownEast 38 Mendocino Queen all over the world for most of the last 18 years, are currently retired and cruising comfortably on just $1,500 a month in the Caribbean.
About five years ago, the Grand Poobah decided it was high time that there be new graphics on the Baja Ha-Ha and Some Like It Hot T-shirts.
Many sailors have seen the elusive green flash, but we wonder how many have seen an (apparently) even rarer event: the so-called “milk sea” or “milky sea” that emits an intense glow at night.
Sometimes a noose is just a noose. © Lifeline In the May 11 and May 13 ‘Lectronics, we ran pieces on the recent troubles between various cruiser factions, businesses, and Fonatur staff in Puerto Escondido.
Seems like every time we receive a note from longtime cruiser Kirk McGeorge of the USVI-based Tayana 42 Gallivanter it brings a chuckle.
Although they are anything but wealthy, Allen and Kate have managed, thanks to periodically working along the way, to cruise since ’93.
In May 2’s ‘Lectronic Latitude, reader Ron Taillon wondered if a device existed that would give a sailor approaching a bridge "a quick reading from the deck so you can have confidence in trusting the chart’s readings." We left it to you, our readers, to answer Ron’s question and boy did you.
Swedish Billionaire Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis Racing has taken over the reins as the new Challenger of Record for the 34th America’s Cup.
If you’re a regular Latitude reader you’ve probably noticed that many of the same names make headlines and show up in racing box scores again and again.
We’ve gotten considerable impassioned telephone and email response to our Wednesday ‘Lectronic titled ‘Is The Hangman’s Noose the New Symbol of Puerto Escondido?’ Puerto Escondido is the very popular cruiser center on the east coast of Baja that is also home to Loreto Fest, the largest cruiser gathering in the Sea of Cortez.
Around 11 a.m. GMT on May 6, Jeanne Socrates officially completed a full circuit around the globe aboard her Najad 380 Nereida.
The America’s Cup machine has been in high gear recently, with teams sailing their AC45s in the "test event" you can check out in the video below:  
  The test event must have been so encouraging that Samsara decided to knock things back to size, with a pretty demoralizing development.
When racing offshore, such as in the Oregon International Offshore Race from Astoria, OR to Victoria, BC, there are always plenty of safety concerns.
Although we’ve sailed along parts of the Southern California coast more times than we can count, we don’t claim to be experts on all aspects of cruising there.
On May 4, Washington governor Chris Gregoire sounded the death knell for copper-based bottom paint in her state by signing into law a ban on the use of the product on recreational boats under 65 feet — the first state to do so.
Renowned yacht designer and naval architect William ‘Bill’ Garden passed away on April 29 near Sydney, B.C.
Latitude 38 needs an Olson 30 boom in good condition ASAP. Contact Richard if you have one to spare.
"The pilots who steer the big ships in and out of the Bay have been green-lighted for a rate hike that could have them making upward of $432,000 a year by 2015," reported Phil Matier and Andrew Ross in the May 7 San Francisco Chronicle / S.F.
When was the last time you had your rig thoroughly surveyed? Brick House’s upper shroud chain plate was shiny on the outside, but thoroughly rusted between the two layers of steel.
Reader and Baja Ha-Ha vet Randy Garrett, who keeps his Beneteau First 42 R3 at Oxbow Marina in the Delta, called to let us know that a salmon barrier had been erected at the head of Georgiana Slough.
John Liebenberg crosses the finish line during the 58th annual Bullship Race. © RYC Photo John Liebenberg proved on Saturday that age and wisdom never miss an opportunity to beat up on youth, when he beat 31 other El Toros to win the 58th Annual Bullship Race.
If you’ve planning to do KFOG’s famous KaBoom, an annual synchronized concert and fireworks display on the Cityfront, you’re going to be sorely disappointed.
We were up in the Harbormaster’s Office at Marina Bay in Richmond last week, where we bumped into Phil Howe, an old friend and yacht broker.
Last week we reported on Laurie Chaikin’s successful trip under a 70-ft bridge on her Leopard 45 Charleette II, which sports a 71-ft mast.
Henk de Velde, the only person to have ever circumnavigated nonstop on a catamaran, is visiting the Bay Area through the weekend.
Paul Sutchek and Richard vonEhrenkrook have taken home a lot of hardware over the last few years.
“Are those people stuck together? Do you think they need help? latitude/Andy
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC If you happened to come across the human jumble above, you might be inspired to scream for a lifeguard — unless, of course, you were a veteran of the Baja Ha-Ha rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas.