Archive for March 2012
Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France, rounded Cape Horn at 12:55 UTC today, in first place, during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil.
Two sailors were rescued by the Coast Guard in the early morning hours yesterday after their 34-ft sailboat was rolled and dismasted near the entrance to Morro Bay.
We don’t normally report on medical issues, but notes from a couple of sailors currently traveling in Mexico have put whooping cough into the spotlight.
After many, many, many public meetings on the subject, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors finally — and unanimously — agreed yesterday to host the 34th running of the America’s Cup.
Charter a boat out of St. Martin for the next Bucket and you can see action like this, with the 141-ft Frer’s ketch Rebecca, on the left, battling it out with the 115-ft Hoek Firefly, center, and the the 140-ft Dubois Ganesha on the right, as seen in a gybing duel near the end of the third race.
"My wife Heather and I have recently been sorting through all our sailing memorabilia," writes Ted Taylor of the Canada-based Coast 34 Tether, "and one of the items was a series of articles from Latitude listing the ‘Some Like It Hot Rally’ participants who had registered at the Broken Surfboard Restaurant in Cabo between November ’94 and February ’95.
It will only be a few months before many members of the this year’s Mexico cruising class leave the mainland to head up to the spectacular cruising grounds of the Sea of Cortez.
After an evening of sailing, the Rogue Hump-Nighters rafted up just outside of Clipper Cove at Treasure Island.
Last weekend’s Butler Cup, the third regatta in the California Dreamin’ match race series, got blown out.
Midway for Clipper Fleet This week, the 10-boat Clipper Round the World Race fleet sailed backward in time one day and from winter into spring.
Ethan, one of the notorious Bunzini Brothers of St. Barth and Martha’s Vineyard, and son of Scotty, captain of the 65-ft wood schooner Juno, gives a facial expression that typifies the intensity of sailing and partying that goes on during the St.
Today’s Scuttlebutt has a terrific report on the equally terrific MEXORC: "Skipper-owner Wayne Zittel from J/World Hula Girl said it perfectly.
Johnny Depp may have made pirates seem downright hip with his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow, but real-life pirates are no joke, as evidenced by the horrors perpetrated by the current throng of Somali pirates terrorizing the Gulf of Aden.
The Department of Boating and Waterways — a.k.a. Cal Boating — is still on Governor Brown’s list of agencies to kill, so if you want to keep the Delta as weed-free as possible, or you use boat launches, or you ever use pump-out stations, or you like that a government agency has your back, or .
With a lot of Puddle Jumpers having left or getting ready to leave the West Coast of the America’s for French Polynesia, lots of cruisers are probably wondering whatever happened in the case of Stefan Ramin, the German cruiser with the 46-ft catamaran Bayu, who was found murdered last October.
The heck with ‘Where’s Waldo’, where’s La Gamelle? This already being late in the season, most boats aboard the Dockwise ship had been picked up in Florida or St.
"As we were headed to South Beach Harbor on Saturday morning, we saw two antique-looking tall ships leaving the City and heading toward Sausalito," writes Jan Wigle of the Brickyard Cove-based Ericson 38 Wiggle Room.
Since many long-term cruisers now have their own blogs — which tend to detail every tiny moment of every single day of their travels — sailors new to the cruising life may find themselves smothered under an avalanche of information, in contrast to a couple of decades ago when topical cruising info was relatively hard to find.
Doh! A boater trying to avoid paddleboarders at the entrance to Ballena Bay wound up high and dry last Saturday.
Every year between February and May roughly 400 cruising boats from all over the world head west from Panama to French Polynesia.
You don’t have to be racing to Hawaii this summer to attend Wednesday’s free ‘Communications’ seminar presented by Paul Elliott as part of the Singlehanded TransPac seminar series.
We’re at Latitude‘s cruising editor’s spring office aboard ‘ti Profligate at St. Barth in the Eastern Caribbean, where the busy youth sailing program starts at 7:30 a.m.
"There’s a whale out there," exclaimed an attendee at Wednesday’s Spring Crew List Party.
No experience is quite like hanging over the side of your boat as a pod of dolphin squirm and play and splash in your bow wake — the sheer joy they so clearly take in showing off can’t help but be contagious.
"I think the Hunter 54 might be the most maligned boat design ever," our old friend Warren Stryker of St.
Before you block vacation time or book flight reservations in order to watch the San Francisco edition of the America’s Cup World Series this summer, be aware that the tour dates are in a state of flux.
When we reported Monday on the results of the 32nd annual Heineken Regatta, we announced that Rick Wesslund of Tiburon had won his class with the J/120 El Ocaso.
If you were to set sail from the West Coast and voyage around the world via the tropics, the largest patch of open water you’d have to face would be the first: the 3,000-mile crossing from the Coast to French Polynesia.