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Archive for July 2011

Lasers Seize Control of the Bay

Laser 4.7s practice on the waterfront prior to the class’s worlds, which started yesterday. © 2011 Jessie Simonson The Laser 4.7 worlds got underway yesterday at St. Francis YC, marking the beginning of a two-week-plus stretch of some hardcore Laser racing on the Bay. More »

John Silverwood Sets Sail Again

When John Silverwood’s left leg was severed on June 25, 2005, he wasn’t sure he was going to live, much less ever sail again. Silverwood and his family — wife Jean, and kids Ben, Amelia, Jack and Camille — had been sailing in the South Pacific aboard their Lagoon 55 catamaran Emerald Jane when they ran up on Manuae Atoll, about 190 miles west of Raiatea. More »

And the Winner is . . .

On Monday we challenged readers to explain the photo below: 1) Why do these sailors have so many dinghies piled on their decks? 2) Where are they? 3) What is their profession? More »

Whidbey Island, Double Damned

The Santa Cruz 27s used Whidbey Island Race as their nationals. Their 12 boats were the largest one design class out of a 100-boat fleet. © 2011 Clear Ahead Marine Prodcutions The 29th Annual Whidbey Island Race Week attracted 109 keelboats from the West Coast over July 17-22 for what’s the last week-long "race week" in the U.S. More »

Mothball Fleet Revealed

A rare view of the Mothball Fleet stationed in Suisun Bay. © Scott Haefner For sailors who’ve ventured beyond the Benicia Bridge, the Mothball Fleet in Suisun Bay is part landmark, part history and part mystery. More »

Polynesian Fleet Due to Arrive Early

As reported earlier, a fleet of six double-hulled voyaging canoes are currently heading to San Francisco Bay from the Hawaiian Islands. Despite the fact that they are navigating by the stars, as their ancestors did, they’re way ahead of schedule — now expected to pass beneath the Golden Gate as early as July 30. More »
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Smithsonian Boat Usage Survey

Researchers at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and Portland State University are trying to determine how often recreational boats in California move, where they go and how often their bottoms are cleaned. More »

Swell Time at Cloudbreaks

Now that’s a niiiiiiiiice wave! Jon Roseman is at the helm of the red board. © 2011 Kurt Roll "We had a great seven-day passage from Opua, New Zealand, to Fiji aboard Dietmar Petutschnig and Suzanne Dubose’s Las Vegas-based Lagoon 440 Carinthia," reports Kurt Roll of San Diego. More »