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Archive for July 2012

Kiwis Launch First AC72

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. And the first one of them has just come out of the box: Emirates Team New Zealand launched their first AC72 wingsail catamaran in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour on Saturday with a crowd estimated at 6,000 on hand to share in the celebration. More »
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State Parks Debacle

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. More »

l’Hydroptere Day Sail – Fast, Wet & Wild

“So, how’s my driving?” During a test sail over the weekend with Jacques Vincent at the helm, the edgy ‘flying fish’ hydroplanes off Long Beach Harbor. © 2012 Dave Cort Here in the Bay Area daysailors have been dazzled lately by the sight of AC 45 cats blasting past them at speeds normally achieved by cigarette boats. More »

Gold Coast Australia Wins Clipper Race

After 51 weeks of ocean racing Gold Coast Australia took first place on Sunday in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race. Visit Finland finished in second, while a battle towards the end saw Singapore beat Dutch entry De Lage Landen to the finish by a mere 20 seconds for the third and final podium position. More »

Triple Stars Recovered

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. More »

Fill ‘Er Up Please

With the money you’ll save on diesel, you can buy matching shades for your entire crew. latitude/Richard
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Do you think that diesel fuel for cruising boats has to be expensive? More »

SHTP Finishes Up

  With the arrival of Randy Leasure’s Westsail 32 Tortuga, the 18th Singlehanded TransPac has come to a close. The deadline for the race is this Saturday, but all boats — with the exception of Derk Wolmuth’s Vindo 40 Bela Bartok (more on that in a moment) — were in and swaying in the warm Hawaiian breeze by yesterday afternoon, giving racers plenty of time to rest up for Saturday’s awards party at Tahiti Nui’s new Luau Lounge. More »

Business Classies Rock!

"Just FYI, my little bitty Business Ad got me work from ORACLE RACING. That’s right! The guys from OR saw my ad in Latitude 38 when they were here in the Bay Area a few months ago, and they asked for some help with boat lettering for their AC45s. More »