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Archive for June 2011

Marvelous Mid-Pacific Rendezvous

While local drummers hail his arrival, Kristor Bowman of the San Francisco-based CS 36 Britannia crosses the finish line at the entrance to Opunohu Bay with the aid of his ‘borrowed’ adolescent crewman Harrison Mitgang off the F/P 48 catamaran Watcha Gonna Do. More »
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Pacific Offshore Academy

While the boats in this year’s TransPac are clawing away from the California Coast, the Pacific Cup YC will be hosting the first installment of its biennial seminar schedule — the "Pacific Offshore Academy" — with a revamped, more user-friendly format. More »

Determined to Ha-Ha

During the 17 previous Baja Ha-Ha rallies, entrants have come from all along the West Coast — including many from Alaska — and there have been a few dozen Australians, New Zealanders and Europeans who’ve participated after buying boats on the West Coast. More »
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Politics as Usual

In last month’s Sightings, we expanded on a May 11 ‘Lectronic Latitude report on Washington’s ban on copper bottom paint and that California was close to passing a similar law in SB 623. More »

Taj, Ha-Ha Entry #51

Peter Brown spent 10 years building Taj and he did a beautiful job. © Peter Brown As of this morning, the total number of paid entries for this fall’s Baja Ha-Ha, the 18th or ‘Barely Legal’ edition, had reached 91. More »

Hurricane Beatriz Fizzles

About to board our Alaskan Airlines flight yesterday morning from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta, where we would pick up Profligate for a Baja Bash, we got the news the flight was postponed indefinitely. More »

Our Ride on an AC 45

The proof, in case you needed any, that this editor got the short experience of sailing on an AC 45. latitude/Rob
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC After a week of non-stop media and VIP outreach, Oracle Racing turned its attention to race practice for the first AC World Series in August. More »

“Honey, I Think We Have a Problem”

An estimated 10,000 bees crammed themselves in and around Windsome Winch’s main last week. © Mary Kraybill It’s not uncommon for sailors to come down to their boat after a prolonged absence only to find a bird’s nest tucked into the main — usually after raising the sail. More »