Archive for December 2011
During the final inspection in the Econea bottom paint study, the superiority of the water-based test paint (right) couldn’t have been more clear.
Those who sail offshore know that you see seemingly inexplicable things at night.
The Stan Honey-navigated Investec Loyal stays between Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI and the finish on the Derwent River.
We were saddened to learn that circumnavigator and author Diana Jessie passed away on December 15 of congestive heart failure, following a series of strokes.
"When you ask a dozen cruisers about Mazatlan as a potential stop, the resounding sentiment is ‘skip it,’" writes Tucker Bradford, who’s cruising with his wife Victoria and two small children, Ruby and Miles, aboard their Emeryville-based Cal 43 Convivia.
Franck Cammas’ Groupama 4 is blasting north now, after a big detour south in Leg Two of the Volvo Ocean Race.
Nicole Ryan earned first place with this outstanding photo of Saturday’s San Rafael Canal Lighted Boat Parade.
On November 5, four days after leaving San Diego on what was to be a two-year circumnavigation, singlehander Dennis Howard was taken off his San Diego-based Flicka 20 Avalo by the crew of the 378-ft Coast Guard vessel Mellon, and his boat was left to drift.
The San Francisco Planning Commission adopted the environmental impact report for the 34th America’s Cup in a unanimous vote yesterday.
If you’re planning a trip to visit cruising or chartering friends in far-flung places this holiday season, we know how you can earn their undying admiration (at least until you break the head): Take down a bundle or two of the most recent Latitude 38s!
Like it or not, a huge part of celebrating Christmas — as well as Hanukkah and Kwanzaa — revolves around gift giving.
The six-boat fleet in the Volvo Ocean Race has already put in some heavy miles since starting Leg Two on Sunday.
If you read Monday’s ‘Lectronic item about this week’s America’s Cup meetings within a couple hours of its being posted, you may not have caught the correct time for the first one.
The adoption of the America’s Cup 34 environmental impact report is up for debate this week, and the America’s Cup Event Authority needs all the help it can get.
For many sailors, one of the highlights of sailing south off the west coast of Baja is fishing in its abundant waters.
You don’t have to be an entrant in next summer’s Singlehanded TransPac to attend the seminars offered by the Singlehanded Sailing Society in the months preceeding the 2,120-mile race from San Francisco Bay to Kauai.
The moon doesn’t disappear during a lunar eclipse but rather turns red thanks to sunlight refracting off Earth’s atmosphere.
Seventeen days into their attempt at the Julles Verne Trophy, the crew of the 131-ft trimaran Banque Populaire V are putting a beat down on the reference time of the current record.
British solo circumnavigator Jeanne Socrates was among dozens of adventurers invited to meet Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at a reception at Buckingham Palace last night.
Having ‘gone live’ yesterday with our online registration page for the 2012 Pacific Puddle Jump rally, we were excited to spread the word in today’s ‘Lectronic.
On Monday we reported that Harper’s Bazaar magazine identified cruiser favorite Punta Mita as the hottest destination in the world for celebrities.
If you were cruising the outside of Baja or the Sea of Cortez over the Thanksgiving weekend and found the last of your turkey sandwiches tasted a little grittier than normal, huge dust storms on November 27 could have been the reason.
Among the most interesting animals that cruisers encounter for the first time in the South Pacific is the coconut crab.
Stationary boats are much easier to photograph but you still need a motionless platform or you’ll end up with fuzzy pics.
Roger and Diana Frizzelle’s Catalina 470 Di’s Dream and John and Gilly Foy’s Catalina 42 Destiny, both from Alameda, battled it out in the last race of the Blast.
Yesterday’s second race of the Banderas Bay Blast was from La Cruz to Punta Mita.
After only 10d and 10h, Loick Peyron’s 131-ft trimaran Banque Populaire V has already opened up a 1000-mile lead over the reference time of the current Jules Verne Trophy holder, Franck Cammas’ Groupama 3.
There are few things in life that we enjoy more than sailing. And by contrast, there are few things we dislike more than battling crowds of over-amped shoppers during the holiday season, while struggling to find meaningful gifts for the people we love.
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 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.
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.
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.