Archive for May 2012
Though Hurricane Bud, the first of the Eastern Pacific (Mexico) region, has weakened as it nears shore, it’s still blowing at 100 knots and should make landfall tonight between Manzanillo and Banderas Bay (Puerto Vallarta).
The West Coast sailing community was saddened to learn of the tragic death of longtime cruiser Mark Barger, 64, in a diving accident last week at Isla Espiritu Santo.
As the June 30 start date draws near, the second to last Singlehanded TransPac prep seminar will be tomorrow (Thursday) night at Oakland YC in Alameda with race vets sharing how they got their boats home from Hawaii.
There may be hope on the horizon for cruisers wanting to take the easy way to the Med through the Gulf of Aden, an area that in recent years has been rife with pirates.
Earlier in the month, we wrote about a German exchange student looking for a sailing host family during his stay in the U.S.
Prada wins the day with a victory for both Italian boats. © Ellen Hoke "I’m surprised that the cheers of the Italian fans didn’t wake up every sailing fan in San Francisco," says roving reporter Ellen Hoke.
Celebrations for the South Bay Opening Day start tonight at Coyote Point YC with a dinner, but really get rolling tomorrow at 11 a.m.
San Francisco’s Robert Gurman invited toursits Ed and Rachel Federman and Alex Perez to join him on a paddle boat tour under the Golden Gate Bridge.
Consider this to be the official announcement of the first-ever SoCal Ha-Ha. The itinerary will be as follows: Sept 9 — Potluck on the Santa Barbara waterfront Sept 10 — Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz Island, 25 miles Sept 11 — Lay day, Santa Cruz Island, hike and socialize Sept 12 — Santa Cruz Island to Paradise Cove, 38 miles Sept 13 — Paradise Cove to King Harbor, Redondo Beach, 22 miles Sept 14 — King Harbor to Two Harbors, Catalina, 23 miles Sept 15 — Lay day, Two Harbors, Catalina Sept 16 — Adios from Two Harbors to your homeport The event will be open to no more than 50 boats over 27 feet in length that were designed, built and have been maintained for open ocean sailing.
"Tiki and I had a close call with narco violence La Paz on Mother’s Day," reports Michael Kehir of the Moss Landing-based Yorktown 35 Merilon, "as we were 10 minutes away from being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
As 32 boats were making their way around a challenging in-the-Bay course that took the place of the Singlehanded Sailing Society’s canceled Singlehanded Farallones Race (you’ll find the report on the Stand Down Race in Wednesday’s ‘Lectronic), a handful of sailors made the trek out to the Farallon Islands, possibly in protest of the temporary suspension of ocean races, to honor those who had perished in them, or to just enjoy a day of mild ocean sailing.
Boatloads of boaters worked on their tans during Opening Day. With any luck, tomorrow will bring similar conditions.
Anyone who says sailing is a young man’s — or young woman’s — game hasn’t met Cornelia Spanier, who turns 97 on July 26.
While some of us were enjoying a slow race to Vallejo last weekend, the 70-ft Volvo Ocean Race boats were mimicking the same conditions only on a much larger scale.
The fact that Kirk Patterson speaks and reads Japanese fluently will undoubtedly come in handy during his upcoming circumnavigation of that island nation.
The San Diego County coroner has identified a body found by Southern California fishermen on Sunday as that of Theo Mavromatis, the skipper of the doomed Hunter 376 Aegean.
At the Bay Model, Kame Richards uses Angel Island as his podium to help sailors understand how to use the Bay’s currents to their advantage.
Compared to other regions, such as the Pacific Northwest, there’s a dearth of quality cruising destinations on San Francisco Bay, so when one of them is threatened, boaters need to band together to save it.
Steve Rander’s Oregon-based Wylie 70 Rage corrected out to win the two-boat Tahiti Race last night over Karl Kwok’s Hong Kong-based Farr 80 Beau Geste, which had arrived two days earlier.
When Beau Geste arrives at Papeete late tonight or early tomorrow, her crew will undoubtedly receive a traditional Tahitian welcome – regardless of the hour.
Two years ago, Cheryl Williams, who works with Inter-Ed to place foreign students in California homes, contacted us to see if we could help find a host family for a 16-year-old German student who was passionate about sailing.
"I’m headed to Mexico this year," writes a Southbound cruiser who wants to remain anonymous because his employer doesn’t know he’s taking off, "and like all cruisers I’m very interested in the weather.
At least part of the mystery of how the Redondo Beach-based Hunter 376 Aegean was destroyed during last weekend’s Lexus Newport to Ensenada Race may have been solved.
Two-time Emmy recipient and Bay Area navigating legend Stan Honey helped LiveLine bring home a golden statue of its own this week.
At our annual Panama Puddle Jump party we meet a great diversity of cruisers, whose sailing backgrounds and personal narratives are as varied as the range of countries they hail from.
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.