Archive for September 2011
Steve and Dorothy Darden, who lived in Tiburon for a number of years, aren’t kids, but that hasn’t stopped them from being very active cruisers in the 10 years since they had their Morelli & Melvin 52 cat built in New Zealand.
Emma Creighton and her Pocket Rocket (highlighted in red) are currently well-hedged in what’s turning out to be a very tricky start to the Mini Transat.
Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, as well as your favorite sailing magazine.
Thanks to Shirley and Frank, this longtime Argentine cruiser, who has sailed the world aboard her beautiful Trintella 53, was thrilled to find Latitudes at Shelter Bay Marina, as she’d become addicted to the magazine’s unique style during her days in Hawaii.
We’ve just been alerted to a fantastic hurricane tracking site called Stormpulse.com. Featuring beautiful graphics, the site tracks tropical storms and hurricanes in the Pacific and Atlantic, as well as severe weather across the U.S.
We want to remind you again about a series of upcoming performances by a charming family of sailor/acrobats who have just arrived in the Bay.
Here at Baja Ha-Ha World Headquarters, our attitude toward our Mexico rally has always been "the more the merrier." We think our 750-mile, San Diego-to-Cabo San Lucas cruise is so much fun, and provides such a great introduction to the cruising life, that we hate to turn away anyone simply because they missed the official entry deadline (which was September 10).
Though no one knows for sure what the long-term effects of the Cosco Busan oil spill on San Francisco Bay will be, it appears the recent $44.4 million civil settlement between local, state and federal officials and Fleet Management Ltd, the owners of the ill-fated oil tanker, has brought the legal wrangling to a close.
While moored at Catalina’s Cherry Cove a weekend ago, the crews of Miss Teak, Destiny and Serendipity — all of whom spent the last winter cruising Mexico as far south as Zihua and as far north as Puerto Escondido — got into a conversation with three gentlemen in a large inflatable who reported they were going to do this year’s FUBAR (Fleet Underway To Baja Rally).
Forecasters swear this is the week to work on your tan. And what better place to do so, than out on the Bay.
Going out with a bang, the second installment of the America’s Cup World Series wrapped up in Plymouth, England yesterday.
The Johanson family in better times. Ing
©2011 Latitude 38 Media, LLC In contrast to the sad news that French cruiser Christian Colombo of Tribal Kat was killed during a pirate attack last week in the Gulf of Aden, we are happy to report that all members of the Danish Johansen family, of the Dynamic 43 Ing, were recently released by their Somali captors in exchange for a large ransom, reportedly paid by their insurance company.
With the start of the 18th — ‘Barely Legal’ — Baja Ha-Ha less than six weeks away, we’re getting a few letters about clearing into Mexico.
The San Francisco Passport Agency is hosting a special ‘Passport Day in the U.S.A.’ event on September 17 from 10 a.m.
Franck and Delphine wowed the crowds at Seattle’s Elliot Bay Marina recently. © Derek du Nann As reported earlier, a unique troupe of sailing acrobats will arrive in San Francisco Bay any day now, and will perform their amazing aerial acts — suspended from their rigging of their 40-ft sloop — in a variety of Bay locations.
According to multiple international news sources, French cruiser Christian Colombo, 55, was killed and his body tossed overboard late last week during an altercation with pirates in the Gulf of Aden.
The western view from the Port of Toledo Boat Yard is breathtaking. latitude/LaDonna
©2011 Latitude 38 Media, LLC Latitude editors aren’t out every weekend enjoying their boats on the water, though it may seem like it by reading our reports on the Big Boat Series or weekending at China Camp or cruising Southern California.
Dee Smith and the crew of Team Premier smashing downwind yesterday afternoon. Smith said, “We didn’t get the boat here until Tuesday afternoon, we’ll be a little more organized tomorrow.” © 2011 Sharon Green After last year’s light, mellow event, the ’11 Rolex Big Boat Series got off to a banner start yesterday.
With the Ha-Ha entry deadline of the 18th annual Baja Ha-Ha rally rapidly approaching, the number of paid entries have recently surged to 150, with a bunch more expected to be processed in the next few days.
Dozens of boats had an extra long weekend by playing hooky on Friday afternoon.
Prior to the Crew List Party, Sal from Sal’s Inflatables will give a very informative live demo of what it’s like to get in a liferaft.
From time to time people ask us about the dates of the Baja Ha-Ha and whether or not they conflict with hurricane season in the Eastern Pacific — i.e., Mexico.
In case you forgot that yesterday was September 1, we’d like to remind you to head on over to your nearest Latitude 38 distribution point before you head out for the long Labor Day weekend.
Since its inception 18 years ago, sailors from greatly varied backgrounds have participated in our annual Baja Ha-Ha rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas.
We bring you this webcam snapshot of the Santa Cruz Harbor Beach not to show you the size of the waves, rather to show that the harbor’s webcams desperately need cleaning!