Archive for October 2011
After a decade of sitting idle in Suisun Bay, the USS Iowa is underway to become a museum — the last of her class to receive such an honor.
With the Pan American Games being hosted by Guadalajara — Mexico’s “second city” — the sailing events were based out of Nuevo Vallarta last week.
We’re embarrassed at having forgotten to post a reminder in Wednesday’s ‘Lectronic that the first seminar for the 2012 Singlehanded TransPac was held last night at Oakland YC.
The conditions couldn’t be any more perfect for the fleet of the Baja Ha-Ha 18, says the Grand Poobah.
The first class of the National Sailing Hall of Fame. latitude/John A.
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC If you’ve been racing for any length of time, and the above photo didn’t make you think "wow!", then chances are you might need medical attention.
With this morning’s start of Baja Ha-Ha XVIII — the ‘Barely Legal’ Ha-Ha — Saturday and Sunday were the Costco runs for much of the Ha-Ha fleet.
David Raison’s TeamWork Evolution may look anomalous, but it’s currently proving to be plenty quick.
With the Ha-Ha start just three days away, and the weather having been resolutely cold and gloomy in Southern California for a long time, we can’t wait to get out of town and head south.
You’re invited to escort more than 160 sailboats out San Diego Bay on Monday morning for the cruise of a lifetime, celebrating the 18th annual Baja Ha-Ha rally.
At first glance, Espresso’s bowsprit looks like any other. © Peter Petraitis In the October 3 edition of ‘Lectronic Latitude, we asked readers for some of the more ingenious modifications they’ve made to their boats.
As reported last Wednesday, Washington state-based sailor Phillip Johnson, 62, and two crewmen were rescued 600 miles off Hawaii by staff of the 815-ft cruise ship Celebrity Century.
Ask a dozen sailors about any subject within the realm of sailing and you’re likely to get a dozen different opinions — even about something as seemingly straightforward as clearance regulations.
Readers may remember that Latitude contributors Ed and Sue Kelly of the Iowa-based Catalac 37 Angel Louise were on hand when Hemisphere, the humungous new 145-ft by 54-ft catamaran designed by Marc Van Peteghem & Vincent Lauriot-Prevost which was started at the Derektor yard in the Northeast and was completed at Pendennis in England, had her private launching party in Plymouth, England a while back.
Leading Lady’s ignominious departure from the dance floor. © Neil Weinberg Back in mid-August, Leading Lady, the old Peterson 40 that Bob Klein owned in the early ’80s, gave her last performance.
Wednesday’s Photo Contest of the Day showed a burn hole in a vinyl cockpit cushion and we asked readers what unusual source they thought caused it.
If onboard fires aren’t every boater’s biggest fear, they probably should be. Fiberglass boats are made up primarily of accelerant so once a fire starts, it’s frighteningly tough to put out.
Longtime sailors Bill Finkelstein and Mary Mack of the Santa Rosa-based Valiant 50 Raptor Dance were a little embarassed to tell us they were making a passage to Hawaii, not aboard a sailboat but aboard a cruise ship.
What will perhaps be the only opportunity for the Bay’s sailing and recreational boating community to actually get on record over how the America’s Cup will affect us is coming up tonight.
Here’s something you’re not likely to see again anytime soon — a hurricane/slash tropical storm passing to the east of Puerto Vallarta.
In a posting here last week, we discussed the concerns some potential cruisers have about sailing in Mexican waters these days.
Abby, Jessica, Brad, Dale, Ivi and Herb proved they aren’t fair weather sailors by taking a jaunt to Ayala Cove, where they report they were the only boat.
One of the Bay’s truly special spectacles is back this weekend when the U.S.
Although it was a gray day on the Sound — maybe a little less gray than this black & white photo — spirits were high aboard Weatherly, as Ken Pimentel drove her into the lead during race two.
According to various hurricane forecasting services, Tropical Storms Jova and Irwin were expected to develop into hurricanes, then make beelines for Banderas Bay / Puerto Vallarta, making landfall on late Monday night and Thursday respectively.
After proving its efficiency at running other international sailing contests, the Vallarta YC, located at Nuevo Vallarta’s Paradise Village Resort, has been chosen to host the sailing portion of the prestigious Pan Am Games, October 16-22.
The first two America’s Cup World Series events are in the bag, and we thought it would be a good time to update the America’s Cup FAQ page on our website.
It’s just 2.5 weeks until the start of Baja Ha-Ha XVIII, and we are totally feeling the excitement of the upcoming season in Mexico — and the love of so many wonderful cruising friends!
In just the kind of news nobody wanted to hear on the eve of the start of the cruising season in Mexico, police in Zihua found the bodies of seven Mexican men at a downtown bus stop.
When you’ve owned your boat as long as Gary Vinyard has owned his Vallejo YC-based Catalina 30 Curtain Call — 20+ years — you’re likely to have customized it to suit your needs.