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Archive for December 2011

Goodbye ’11, Hello ’12

The January edition of Latitude 38 hits all the usual spots starting today. And don’t forget to pick up a fresh copy of the 2012 Northern California Sailing Calendar & YRA Master Schedule while you’re at it! More »

Seeing Things at Sea

Those who sail offshore know that you see seemingly inexplicable things at night. It’s true with even the most experienced sailors. Take the report of Brit Brian Thompson, who a dozen or so years ago was stationed in Sausalito taking care of and crewing aboard Steve Fossett’s 60-ft trimaran Lakota, but who now has 220,000 ocean miles under his belt, and is currently crewing aboard the magnificent 131-ft French trimaran Banque Populaire V in pursuit of a new Jules Verne Around The World Record. More »

Bottom Paint Study Results

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. latitude/LaDonna
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC It’s hard to believe that four years have gone by since this writer and her husband joined a study to test the efficacy of bottom paints using the biocide Econea. More »

Holiday Racing Wrap-up

The Stan Honey-navigated Investec Loyal stays between Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI and the finish on the Derwent River. © Daniel Forester/Rolex The Bay’s Stan Honey may have added another impressive honor to his lengthy resume: elapsed-time honors in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. More »

Still Smiling in Mazatlan

"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. More »

Groupama Sends It, Banque Pop Slips

Iker Martinez’ Telefonica crashes through the Indian Ocean in pursuit of Franck Cammas’Groupama 4. © 2011 Diego Fructoso Telefonica/Volvo In Monday’s ‘Lectronic Latitude, we told you about Franck Cammas’ and Jean-Luc Nelias’ big gamble to get around the trough that plagued the Volvo Ocean Race fleet for the better part of three days. More »
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The reason this space has been filled for most of the year is that it works. A ‘Lectronic Latitude ad has the power to reach 5,000 people — a day! Advertisers tell us that their web traffic increases dramatically when they place ads in ‘Lectronic. More »

Diana Jessie Passes Away

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. Diana began sailing in ’74 and skippered an all-women sailing team on San Francisco Bay, sailing in the Big Boat Series, TransPac, and many other offshore races. More »

Sanya Dumped From VOR

Franck Cammas’ Groupama 4 is blasting north now, after a big detour south in Leg Two of the Volvo Ocean Race. © Yann Riou/Groupama/Volvo Despite only having a six-boat fleet, the Volvo Ocean Race isn’t lacking for excitement. More »

Photo Contest Winner

Nicole Ryan earned first place with this outstanding photo of Saturday’s San Rafael Canal Lighted Boat Parade. © Nicole Ryan Congratulations to Nicole Ryan for submitting the winning photo in the inaugural Latitude 38 Lighted Boat Parade Photo Contest! More »