Archive for November 2012
Longtime Bay Area racer Chris Corlett — seen here with his son Jesse at this summer’s Pacific Cup finish line — passed away last week.
Now celebrating its 27th year, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) got underway from the Canary Islands yesterday with a fleet of 192 boats from at least 29 countries.
With modern advances in science and technology, it seems that new things are always being discovered, be it a miracle drug, a cure for a disease or a previously unknown species.
© Vincent Riou / PRB / Vendee Globe There’s no denying that the Vendée Globe is a race of attrition.
A common question cruisers hear all too often is, "What do you do with all that free time?" Experienced cruisers laugh and try to explain that there’s never any shortage of tasks to complete, whether is schlepping miles to the nearest grocery store, repairing worn sails or giving the bottom a good scrub.
"On November 12, we had our dinghy — with outboard motor attached — stolen while at anchor at Isla de Piedra outside of Mazatlan," report John Gratton and Linda Hill of the San Francisco-based Hans Christian 33 Nakia.
Celestial anchored at peaceful Palmyra Atoll. © Scott Hansen If you’re planning a trip to the Republic of Kirbati anytime soon, you’d do well to heed the advice of circumnavigators Scott and Donna Hansen who just returned to Hawaii aboard their Tripp 47 Celestial.
A meme that’s been trending on Facebook over the last couple days shows a woman pushing a shopping cart with the caption, "Black Friday: Because only in America do people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have." We think it’s worth paying a few bucks more for Christmas gifts later to avoid the nightmare that is Black Friday and go sailing instead. The Bay Area forecast for Friday looks pleasant, with scattered clouds and a high of 68.
John Rice, a marine engineer, spent 18 years building Argonaut. She has a steel hull and deck, and an aluminum house.
Regular readers will recall our previous posts on the fate of the famous Sausalito-based schooner Lord Jim.
Frequent Changes in Latitudes contributor Wendy Hinman will be signing copies of her book Tightwads on the Loose: A Seven-Year Pacific Odyssey at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Sunday at 6 p.m.
Twenty IMOCA Open 60s started the Vendée Globe; 18 remain. © Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI The Vendée Globe, the nonstop solo race around the world, got off to a rough start this weekend.
Every boat ever built has had mysterious and strange modifications made to it by its many owners.
Scot Free and the rest of the fleet had smooth sailing down Baja.
The first Artemis Racing AC72 was christened in Alameda on Monday. © Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing If you thought the devastating loss of Team Oracle’s AC72 USA 17 meant you wouldn’t get to watch one of the monster cats plying the waters of San Francisco Bay for several months, then you obviously forgot about the Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing.
Some of the flotsam from USA 17 has been repurposed into a “flying” machine.
On the same weekend for 19 of the last 20 years, the Poobah has ventured into a San Diego Costco to provision Profligate, the Ha-Ha mothership.
"The Northern California Offshore Racing Council Safety Committee has posted a draft of the minimum equipment requirements for offshore races, and we’re seeking public comment," writes OYRA President and Safety Committee member Andy Newell.
Despite stacking the deck with dozens more women than men, somehow the hombres won the tug-of-war this year.
As the fleet motorsailed toward the starting line last Monday, fleet members got extra credit for wearing their costumes — the more elaborate the better.
Normally Latitude 38 is all about sailing, but since the late Steve Jobs was so local, and was certainly the greatest entreprenuer of the Baby Boomer generation, we present the first views of the 250-ft boat he was having built in The Netherlands.
Richmond YC’s Great Pumpkin Regatta was held last weekend, stealing the thunder, and most of the boats, from other sailing events on San Francisco Bay.
As we post this report (noon on Wednesday) via SailMail from the Baja Ha-Ha mothership Profligate, we’re about 60 miles from crossing the finish line of Leg One, just outside Bahia Tortugas (Turtle Bay), with the fleet spread out far and wide around us.
Most boats lose a little speed as they age. It might be older sails, but often times it’s the amount of stuff that collects onboard.