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Archive for October 2012

Mustang HIT Safety Alert

Mustang has initiated a safety alert on some of their hydrostatic (HIT) inflatable PFDs. Mustang Survival Inflatables with the Hammar MA1 inflation system may not inflate without having their inflator assemblies replaced. More »

Taking Stock of AC World Series Success

Although the focus of America’s Cup enthusiasts has now shifted to the big show next summer — the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series begins in July — its worth taking stock of the impact that the recent America’s Cup World Series has had on the Bay Area. More »

Oops! AC72 Down

Owww! That wasn’t supposed to happen. But we’re not too surprised that it did. The power generated by the AC72’s massive wing is beyond anything we’ve seen in previous America’s Cup designs. More »

The Div Bar Welcomes Cruisers

For many years it was Josh Slocum’s, then Dennis ‘Sexual Chocolate’ Rodman took over — and built a bedroom upstairs — and now it’s the Div Bar. Despite the name, it’s also a smokehouse with great BBQ, wood-fired pizza, and the like. More »

A Modest Proposal

Thankfully no crewmembers were injured in yesterday’s capsize of Oracle Team USA 17. © 2012 Oracle Team USA / Guilain Grenier It took yesterday’s capsize — and recovery, such as it was — of the Oracle AC72 to make us fully appreciate just how gigantic and unwieldy these catamarans are. More »

Happy Birthday Mirene

Former schooner Mirene celebrated her centennial on Friday with a ‘family’ birthday party. © John Skoriak Few boats ever make it to their 100th birthday, and fewer still in as good a condition as the former Alaska cannery schooner turned tugboat/houseboat Mirene. More »

Time and Weather

While lying in our bunk this morning, using our iPad to check Hurricane Paul‘s path toward Baja, we were reminded how dramatically cruising has changed in the last 30 years. Our first race/cruise to Mexico was the early November Long Beach to Cabo and La Paz Race of ’81, which we did on our Freya 39. More »

Planning Meetings and Sail Seminars

Current tenants of Pete’s Harbor are fighting back against a developer’s plan to evict them. Pete’s Harbor
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Tenants of iconic Pete’s Harbor in Redwood City are hopping mad about plans to turn the property around the affordable liveaboard marina into a 411-unit housing complex and their imminent eviction from the premises. More »

“Conduct Unbecoming a Member of St. Francis YC”

We’ve gotten overwhelming reader response to the Wednesday ‘Lectronic report that San Francisco sailor Todd Tholke has had Energy Team’s AC 45 catamaran ‘arrested’ over a salvage claim. The catamaran apparently broke free of her mooring in San Francisco in the wee hours of the calm night of September 30. More »