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Archive for April 2012

Search for Missing Sailor Suspended

The crew of the Hunter 376 Aegean at Friday’s start to the Newport to Ensenada Race. © Susan HoffmanThe Coast Guard suspended their search for Theo Mavromatis, 49, yesterday afternoon after a 600-square mile grid search by the Coast Guard, the Mexican Navy and civilian volunteers found nothing but debris from the Hunter 376 Aegean aboard which Mavromatis was skipper. More »
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Fromm Found; Investigation Panel TBA

The body of a deceased sailor found floating offshore Thursday has been positively identified as that of Jordan Fromm, 25, of Kentfield. He was one of five fatalities during the Full Crew Farallones Race on April 14. More »
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Different Kind of Drug Murder in Mexico

There was a drug world-related murder last Friday night in Mexico that is notable for two reasons. First, it took place at a very unusual location: the Starbucks in Nuevo Vallarta, just a few hundred feet from Paradise Village Marina and just 100 yards from the entrance to the super family-friendly Paradise Village Resort, both of which have extensive security infrastructure. More »

New Latitude and Ha-Ha Sign-up Tomorrow

We don’t normally publish ‘Lectronic Latitude on Tuesdays, so we need to tell you today that the May edition of Latitude 38 will hit the streets tomorrow. . . The May issue will be available at marine businesses all along the West Coast tomorrow. More »
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Has the Coast Guard Gone Overboard?

"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. More »

Watch It! You Might Have Won

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. More »

Sudden Microburst Rattles El Salvador Fleet

All hell broke loose when a microburst touched down in Bahia del Sol, El Salvador, last Saturday night. © Zachary LoughThe tropical tranquility of El Salvador’s Bahia del Sol was dramatically interrupted Saturday when a lightning storm quickly accelerated, creating a microburst with Force 12 winds (73 to 84 knots). More »

SPECIAL REPORT: USCG Cancels Ocean Races

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. More »

Paying for the Privilege to Anchor

A growing — and to us disturbing — trend has been the increasing number of places that require cruising boats to pay to anchor. For instance, we recently took ‘ti Proflgiate to the Dutch side of Sint Martten, where upon checking in we were assessed a fee of $47. More »