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Archive for July 2012

Olympic Sailing Events Underway

Competition began yesterday (Sunday, July 29) in three of the 10 Olympic sailing classes, with finals in all classes scheduled for the week of August 5-11. “Who’s the big guy?” As if competing in the Olympics weren’t a big enough thrill, Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi got some face time with basketball superstar LeBron James at the Opening Ceremonies. More »

Nepotism in Lake County?

Well, this should help Lake County residents sleep well at night. Former deputy sheriff Russell Perdock was appointed to the Lake County Fire Protection District board of directors last week. Readers may recall that Perdock was racing his 385-hp Baja Outlaw powerboat at 50 mph across Clear Lake on the pitch black night of April 26, 2006, when he ran up and over the O’Day 28 Beats Workin’ II, mortally wounding Willows resident Lynn Thornton and injuring most of the crew aboard. More »

Doo Dah’ers Reach the Heat

The Delta Doo Dah fleet left yesterday en masse from Vallejo YC, which energized the fleet with tons and tons of excellent grub! latitude/LaDonna
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC The ‘Fab 4’ edition of the Delta Doo Dah officially started Saturday morning after a delightful kickoff party at Berkeley YC the night before. More »
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School Buses off the Coast

School buses? That’s right. While waiting for a friend pick us up some shaft bearings at an industrial supply house in San Diego last week, we struck up a conversation with a guy who was getting parts to try to get his refrigeration system going again on his 70-ft commercial fishing boat so he could head up to Oregon and Washington. More »

Ad: Sale Boat of the Day

2006 Beneteau 51Cyclades © 2012 Passage Yachts A very capable world cruiser, the current owners have sailed throughout the U.S. West Coast, Central America, Caribbean and South America. The Beneteau has a big boat interior yet handles as a smaller yacht. More »

Doo Dah Kickoff Party Tonight

The Delta Doo Dah kicks off tomorrow morning, with the fleet heading into some pretty warm weather. No doubt lots of swimming will occur. latitude/LaDonna
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC For the past three years, Latitude has led a horde of soggy sailors from San Francisco Bay to the sunny, warm Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in the Delta Doo Dah. More »

Publisher to Speak at Cal YC

Having published Latitude 38 for 35 years, having been the Grand Poobah of the Baja Ha-Ha for 18 years, and having sailed our personal boats everywhere from San Francisco to Turkey, the good folks at the Cal YC thought we might have a few interesting stories to tell. More »

Pac Cup Leaders 600 Miles from Hawaii

Double Trouble shaves the South Tower last Thursday on her way out the Gate. Now 2/3 of the way to the finish, she’s an oddsmaker’s favorite for top honors. latitude/Andy
©2012 Latitude 38 Media, LLC After a very slow start amidst an entirely confused weather pattern, the Pacific Cup Class of 2012 are now experiencing traditional racing conditions as they head toward Kaneohe Yacht Club on the island of Oahu’s lush windward side. More »

Boat Rides and Barbecue

The Cass Gidley Marina-Sausalito Community Boating Center will hold a free public event on the fourth Thursday of every month in an effort to raise funds (via donations) for the restoration of the facility as well as for various sailing programs. More »

Plastic Classic Initiation

Latitude 38 ‘ad guy’ Mike Zwiebach relates the tale of how he got involved with the first Plastic Classic race: "I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the spring of 1985 and went to work in a friend’s family’s Zodiac store in Oakland. More »