Archive for August 2011
A couple anchored their big Hunter Maybe Tomorrow off Norfolk, Virginia, on Friday night when conditions on Chesapeake Bay worsened.
Although most passage-makers in this year’s Pacific Puddle Jump rally rated their crossing to French Polynesia as easier than expected, every offshore sailor gets occasional reminders that merely a few minutes of inattention or bad luck can lead to a ‘game-ending’ disaster.
On Wednesday, we challenged readers to supply a caption or explanation for this bizarre photo submitted by Bruce Adornato.
As you might imagine, a bizarre story goes along with this photo, but we’re going to make you wait for it.
As you read this, dozens of cruising boats are working their way down the coast toward San Diego, the starting venue for the 18th annual Baja Ha-Ha cruisers rally to Cabo San Lucas.
It’s been such a mellow hurricane season to date in both the Eastern Pacific (Mexico and Hawaii) and the Atlantic-Carribean, that we hadn’t given it much thought.
As reported Friday, the American sailing yacht Ri Ri was blown onto a reef last week at Palmerston Island, in the Cook Islands, and was unable to be refloated despite a massive effort from islanders and other visiting cruisers.
"Perhaps like many sailors in the Bay Area, I don’t get out on my Catalina 30 Hana Ho  as much as I’d like too," writes Berkeley’s Peter O’Connor.
For most North Americans summer is the prime time to escape from the rat race on a fun-filled vacation.
Late summer may curse us with seemingly endless fog and chill but it blesses us with the arrival of many southbound cruisers with whom we have the pleasure of visiting.
Although details are not yet clear, we’ve learned that the 42-ft American yacht Ri Ri was lost recently on a reef at Palmerston Island in the Cooks.
George David’s Juan K 100 Rambler may have been lost, but thankfully none of the crew were.
If you’re a regular visitor to this site, or are a regular reader of Latitude 38 magazine, you already know that our phenomenally successful Baja Ha-Ha rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas has grown into the second largest cruising rally in the world.
Every Bay sailor knows that commercial ships have right-of-way and that you never want to tempt fate by crossing their bows, right?
We love it when parents instill good taste in their kids, as Ventura’s Mark and Laurie Matthews have done with their newest crewmember.
Emirates Team New Zealand does a fly-by to celebrate winning a tricky final fleet race at the America’s Cup World Series Cascais.
Finally, some great news about Nature! While there are still a lot of fish in the Sea of Cortez, there are no longer the number or variety there was just 20 years ago, when the Sea was absolutely alive.
America’s Cup action in Cascais, up close and personal. The next stops are Plymouth, England, and in November, San Diego.
Like many boaters, our marina mate, Steve, loves to tinker on boat projects whenever he has a spare moment.
British Steel sailed back into Southampton 40 years ago today. © Chay Blyth Archive/PPL On this day 40 years ago, Scottish sailor Chay Blyth sailed back into Southampton aboard his Robert Clark-designed 59-ft ketch British Steel after a 292-day West-about nonstop circumnavigation, setting a world record.
On Monday we couldn’t resist sharing the astounding video of the sloop Atalanta trying to squeak past the bow of an 870-ft long supertanker during Cowe’s Week off the Isle of Wight.
It was more than 50 years ago that a young British immigrant to Canada named John Guzzwell made history by completing an unprecedented circumnavigation aboard Trekka, a 21-ft wooden yawl he’d built with his own hands.
Potato Slough was the favored stop for the Doo Dah’s three free days — about 30 boats made their way there.
The annual Cowes Week is a bit off our normal beat, but we couldn’t resist sharing this jaw-dropping video with you, which seems to illustrate an over-abundance of wishful thinking.
We’re not gentlemen, and we can prove it. For the second time in three years, we just completed a 1,000-mile Baja Bash.
Sailing north across the Pacific in ideal conditions – what better way for family members to bond?
The Delta Doo Dah fleet crammed into a new location on Bethel Island this year — The Sugar Barge Resort & Marina.
But who are those people? Dona de Mallorca and the Wanderer are currently on the last few miles of a sloppier-than-normal doublehanded Baja Bash aboard Latitude 38‘s 63-ft cat Profligate.