Archive for July 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
We rarely stray beyond sailing at Latitude, but today we lost our path thanks to a sometimes unintentionally funny and sometimes factually inaccurate story in the New York Times.
Late last week, the Sacramento Bee broke the news that the Department of Parks and Recreation — the same department that state legislators want to absorb the highly efficient and boater-funded Department of Boating and Waterways — has been sitting on a $54 million surplus that dates back as far as 12 years.
Now just a year away, ‘the big show’ — America’s Cup 34 — will be raced in San Francisco Bay on the most radical boats ever used in Cup combat.
“I’m almost free,” exults Justin Jenkins on the bow of Ichiban. It may be incongruous to have a boat with a Japanese name and Jamaican colors for trim, but why not be different?
Last November, the formerly Sausalito-based Island Packet 380 Triple Stars was abandoned by Rob Anderson during the North American Rally to the Caribbean (NARC) after his wife Jan, 59, was swept overboard when a massive wave broke on the boat.
Sailing and flying are normally considered to be two totally different modes of travel, but not in the case of the revolutionary l’Hydroptere DCNS, which is currently poised to challenge the L.A.
With the money you’ll save on diesel, you can buy matching shades for your entire crew.
  With the arrival of Randy Leasure’s Westsail 32 Tortuga, the 18th Singlehanded TransPac has come to a close.
If you’re looking for an excuse to ditch work this week, we suggest you sneak out the back door, head down to your boat and go witness the departure of the 2012 Pacific Cup fleet.
After Bela Bartok‘s unfortunate abandonment early yesterday morning, 22 boats remain in the Singlehanded TransPac fleet, the last five of which will be finishing the race in the next two days.
After crossing 3,000 miles of open ocean en route to French Polynesia, it’s only natural that sailors would want to get together and socialize.
Early this morning, Derk Wolmuth on the 31-ft Vindo 40 Bela Bartok, an entry in the Singlehanded TransPac, activated his EPIRB about 450 miles off the finish line at Hanalei Bay on Kauai, and broadcast on the SSB that he was requesting a medical evacuation.
It’s not unusual to see lovely ladies aboard sailboats. But nine of them?
Brian VanderZanden on TurboCamper will have finished the 2,120-mile solo race by the time you read this.
There was misfortune on the coast of Baja last month, as 81-year-old Bill Fox of San Francisco lost his Beneteau 42 Rocinante on the beach at Punta Redonda, which is about 9 miles down the Pacific Coast of Isla Margarita.
An army of top photographers participated in the Body Issue project. We have to assume Steven Lippman’s task – capturing Tunnicliffe’s winning form in rough waters – was one of the most challenging assignments.
The Vic-Maui race had a scenic start. © Andrew Madding / Bow Shot Productions As the Vic-Maui Race fleet are passing San Francisco Bay’s latitude (at 128 to 132 degrees longitude), they’re beginning to swoop south-southwest.
Within the southbound cruising community there’s been a lot of chatter lately about a new Mexican regulation which supposedly requires that "sea visas" be obtained in advance by all vessels heading south.
Truth at the start of the race just 8.5 days earlier. latitude/LaDonna
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC In an age when sailing records are ‘smashed’ by just a few hours — if not minutes — beating a 16-year-old transPacific record by nearly two and a half days is mind-blowing.
Groupama’s French skipper Franck Cammas lifts the Volvo Ocean Race trophy, claiming first place overall, at the final public prize-giving in Galway, Ireland.
A newly arrived American couple were brutally attacked aboard their boat in the south anchorage near Isla Colon in Panama’s Bocas del Toro region early on Sunday morning, reports Don Winner in his Panama Guide.
“Don’t give up the ship!” That famous quote from the War of 1812 is the credo Holger and Tracy have lived during more then five years of ‘captivity’.
Al Germain’s Wyliecat 30 Bandicoot leads the way for Brian Boschma’s Olson 34 RedSky and Whitall Stokes’ Tartan Ten Slacker during Saturday’s start of the Singlehanded TransPac Race.
The final event in the 2011-12 AC World Series Championship — raced in purpose-built AC45 catamarans — drew to a close yesterday at Newport, RI, with Jimmy Spithill’s Oracle Team USA campaign taking series honors in the fleet racing, and Sweden’s Artemis Racing winning the Match Racing Championship.
The Moonlight crew just after they tied up at Santa Barbara YC. Left to right: Matthew, 38, Nick, 17, Jonathan, 16, and Jim Gibbs (age not disclosed).