Archive for November 2011
We’re sad to report that a liveaboard boater in the Oakland-Alameda Estuary drowned Friday night, apparently having fallen into the 55-degree water and becoming tangled in docklines or other rigging.
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Over the holiday weekend, two of the three boats remaining in Leg One of the Volvo Ocean Race made port in Cape Town, South Africa.
Whether you’re in Mexico or Montana, have a terrific Thanksgiving! © 2011 Lynn Ringseis No doubt you’ll be spending tomorrow with family doing all the traditional Thanksgiving things — pigging out on turkey and pumpkin pie, watching football, sleeping .
As we’ve often written, we West Coast sailors generally have a much easier time getting to the tropics than do our sailing friends on the East Coast.
Emirates Team New Zealand once again reached the match racing semifinals. Although their run ended there, they still lead the AC World Series overall.
These two sailboats were rafted together in Richardson Bay…during a storm! © 2011 Tim Sell Though there was some wind associated with the low pressure system that passed through the Bay Area Saturday night and yesterday, the rain seemed to dominate.
Just when we thought things in the Volvo Ocean race had settled down, news came this morning that Puma Mar Mostro Powered by Berg had dropped its rig in the middle of the South Atlantic.
Who says you have to be old and gray – or have a $500,000 yacht – to go cruising?
If this weekend’s less-than-stellar Bay Area forecast already has you thinking twice about taking your boat out, just take a look at what Puget Sound sailors were actually eager to experience last weekend.
The French don’t call the Doldrums the “pot au noir” for nothing. Ken Read’s Puma has already left them behind.
As we often point out, you don’t need a million-dollar yacht to access the much-envied lifestyle of international cruising.
Rob and Jan Anderson Triple Stars
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC We’re sad to report that Baja Ha-Ha vet Jan Anderson, 59, of the formerly Sausalito-based Island Packet 380 Triple Stars was washed overboard on Friday afternoon about 185 miles northwest of Bermuda while participating in the North American Rally to the Caribbean (NARC).
"Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, is it ever great to be back in Mexico!" That’s all we and a lot of Mexico cruising vets have been saying in the last week as we moved on following the end of the Baja Ha-Ha rally.
YRA buoys are known for going on walkabout, so it wasn’t a surprise when the Blackaller buoy left its station last week.
The AC 45s are on their moorings, and the America’s Cup World Series is preparing for its North American debut tomorrow in San Diego.
San Francisco Bay has long been known as a top spot to capture fantastic sailing photographs, attracting some of the most famous photographers in the world since George Eastman invented roll film.
Gary adapted easily to the stress-free life in Tonga’s archipelagos. Not only do his bushy beard and pipe fit the laidback cruiser image, but his cap is definitely apropos.
This year’s most sensational smoochers were Bill and ShantiAna Bartlett of the Alameda-based Columbia 39 ShantiAna.
On November 5, the Coast Guard rescued a solo sailor from his 20-ft sloop Avalo about 160 miles southwest of San Diego after he phoned shoreside contacts for assistance.
Shortly before the start of the Ha-Ha, we mentioned that there are certain people who appear to be obsessed with hating the event and/or the Grand Poobah.
As we write this, most fleet members of the Baja Ha-Ha XVIII cruising rally have left Cabo San Lucas in their wakes, as the event ended with a raucous awards ceremony Saturday night (generously hosted by Marina Cabo San Lucas).
Disturbing news has come out of Pago Pago, American Samoa. According to the Samoa News, as well as independent cruiser reports, on October 27, Kimball Corson was savagely beaten aboard his Lake Pleasant, AZ-based Fair Weather Mariner 39 Altaira by two assailants.
Emma Creighton rode her 21-ft Pocket Rocket some 4,200 miles from France to Brazil .
As a vocal advocate of teaching kids how to sail, Kame Richards, owner of Alameda’s Pineapple Sails, knows that many children aren’t able to take advantage of learn to sail programs, even if they’re free.
Confirming a rumor that had been floating around for a week or so, the Luna Rossa sailing team has been announced as a challenger for the 34th America’s Cup.
The crew of Profligate, the mothership of the Baja Ha-Ha, are obviously having a terrific and care-free time during the ‘Barely Legal’ version of the 750-mile rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas.
Last month, we reported on the abandonment of Quantum Leap after her captain, delivery skipper Phillip Johnson, was severely injured.
Crime reporting isn’t typically Latitude‘s purview, but since the Baja Ha-Ha fleet is on their way to Cabo San Lucas, we wanted to ensure that readers and the families of Ha-Ha’ers had the actual facts — not hyped-up sensational stories — of this weekend’s incidents in the normally tranquil town.
Earlier this year, we told you of an effort by the Moore 24 community to assist the surviving family members of one the class’s most ardent supporters and multiple-time former class president Joel Verutti, who died of brain cancer last year.