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Archive for November 2011

High Wind Advisory

If it’s been awhile since you’ve checked on your boat’s mooring lines, your lunch break would be an excellent time to do it. The National Weather Service has issued high wind advisories along the central coast for this afternoon, with gusts predicted to hit upward of 40 knots or higher. More »

Mexican Navy Aids Beached Singlehander

The 34-ft sloop Waltzing Matilda was lost on the rocks at Punta Camarones, Mantanchen Bay, San Blas, yesterday morning in relatively calm conditions, report several cruisers on the scene. Waltzing Matilda on the beach at Punta Camarones. More »

Win a Ride on an AC 45

The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame is auctioning off the ride of a lifetime on Friday. BASHOF scored a sail for one person aboard an AC 45 with none other than Oracle Racing CEO Russell Coutts! More »

Latitude Drops Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the first day of December, and that means that the December issue of Latitude 38 will be making its way around the Bay Area and beyond. In it you’ll find a recap on the ‘Barely Legal’ edition of the Baja Ha-Ha, an interview with Rich and Sheri Crowe, the second installment on the Season Champs, the low-down on Kame Richards’ land sailer, Max Ebb’s gift-giving guide and more than Santa could carry in his sack. More »

Bits and Pieces from Mexico

14 to 1! The peso dropped to 14.2 to against the dollar last Friday. Cruisers were even getting a whopping 14 to 1 at ATM machines. In July, the peso was 11.5 to the dollar. More »

Giving Thanks for the Bay

Holiday, Silent Sun and Shrimp Louie rafted up over the weekend in Clipper Cove. latitude/LaDonna
©2011 Latitude 38 Media, LLC As has become our ‘family tradition’, this writer and her husband avoided holiday traffic and Black Friday crowds by organizing a mini-cruiseout over the weekend, inviting any number of sailing friends to join us when their schedules allowed. More »
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Volvo, Banque Populaire Update

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. Iker Martínez’ Telefónica cruised in on Saturday to take the leg win after 21d, 5h, 14m. More »

Latitude Gear for the Holidays

Need the perfect holiday gift for your favorite sailor? Check out our chandlery for T-shirts, tank tops, long-sleeve shirts, and hats — they make great stocking stuffers! Please place your order by December 12 for shipment in time for Christmas. More »

Do You Have a Water-Exit Plan?

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. Drinking is thought to have played a role in the tragic death. More »

Having a Blast on Banderas Bay

People often ask us if a certain type of boat is "good" or not. It’s hard to answer, because not only are different boats good for different uses, but they are often good or bad depending on who is trying to use them for a particular purpose. More »