Archive for April 2012
"The Yacht Racing Association (YRA) is taking a chickenshit position on the Coast Guard’s just-announced revocation of offshore racing permits," Matt Peterson of FastBottoms Hull Diving wrote on our Facebook page.
Caution: This is a curious story that involves classic yachts in the Caribbean, a Northern California owner, a mediocre finish in class, the top award presented by a rock ‘n roll star, and squabbling in the crew over a watch.
In an unprecedented move, Captain Cindy Stowe, USCG Captain of the Port for Sector San Francisco, has temporarily suspended all marine event permits for offshore races in the wake of April 14’s Full Crew Farallones Race tragedy in which five sailors perished.
Puma’s Mar Mostro had great reaching conditions right out of Itajaí. © 2012 Amory Ross / Volvo Ocean Race The Volvo Ocean Race grind continues with Leg 6  from Itajaí, Brazil, to Miami, a run north to trade winds and sunshine.
The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park has a new exhibit, ‘The Waterfront’, that explores the Cityfront’s past.
While Saturday’s weather conditions were as close to perfection as one could have hoped — as evidenced by day-long traffic jams as city-dwellers tried to make their escape to the beach — Sunday was a little brisker, with more typical summer-like winds.
Thanks to our recent Crew Party, Sylvia and Barry now have a deep pool of race crew to pull strings aboard Iolani.
As a way of honoring Marc Kasanin, Alexis Busch, Jordan Fromm, Elmer Morrissey, and Alan Cahill — the five crew of Low Speed Chase who perished in last weekend’s Full Crew Farallones Race — friends and fellow San Francisco YC members are organizing a memorial flotilla tomorrow evening (Saturday, April 19).
As if the cruise ship industry hasn’t taken enough of a public relations beating recently following the Costa Concordia tragedy off Italy and Carnival Splendor losing all power with 4,500 passengers off Mexico, there are now allegations that the crew and/or captain of Carnival’s Star Princess ignored three bird-watcher passengers who alerted them to the fact that three fishermen were desperately signalling for help after their boat broke down off the coast of Panama on March 10.
At 10:48 a.m. EDT this morning, Annapolis’s Matt Rutherford crossed his outbound track, closing the loop on his record-setting nonstop solo circumnavigation of North and South America.
The West Coast sailing community was dealt another blow on Saturday when Don Anderson was discovered dead aboard his Valiant 47 Summer Passage in Oxnard.
The Singlehanded TransPac prep seminar series continues on Wednesday at Oakland YC with a Medical & Provisioning seminar.
No one can argue that Ronnie Simpson isn’t a passionate man. At 27, the retired Marine has seen and done more in his life than the next 10 sailors combined.
Aboard a Coast Guard helicopter, an overhead camera captures the airlift of one of three sailors rescued from the grounding of Low Speed Chase yesterday afternoon.
An action-packed weekend is in store for racers on San Francisco Bay, Folsom Lake, and Lake Tahoe.
Never let it be said that this year’s edition of the Volvo Ocean Race has been dull.