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Archive for November 2012

December Latitude is Out Today

Although you may have to wade through hip-deep water to get yours, the December edition of Latitude 38 is being distributed today in the Bay Area and beyond.latitude/Annie
© Latitude 38 Media, LLCInside, you’ll find our usual mix of racing news, cruising reports, chartering advice and news updates, plus an interview with Webb Chiles, a complete Baja Ha-Ha XIX Recap, and Max Ebb’s thoughts on holiday gift-giving. More »

La Buena Vida in Mexico

On days like this, we hope that the sailors back on San Francisco Bay are enjoying fine weather, too. latitude/Richard
© Latitude 38 Media, LLCHaving now spent a full month of the 2012-13 cruising season in Mexico, our verdict is not ‘todo es bien‘, but rather ‘todo es muy, muy bien‘. More »

27th ARC Rally Sails From the Canaries

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. Seen here shortly after yesterday’s start, crew of the British yacht Talulah RubyII was revved up and ready for the 2,700-mile crossing. More »

World Sailing Speed Record Smashed

Not generally known as a sailing mecca, Namibia seems to be the place to break world sailing speed records. Aussie Paul Larsen chose the country’s Walvis Bay on the Skeleton Coast for its flat water and strong winds to attempt to break the 500-meter outright sailings peed record — held by kiteboarders for the last three years — with his custom carbon fiber, wing-sail hydrofoiler Vestas Sailrocket 2. More »

Vendée Globe Loses Riou

© Vincent Riou / PRB / Vendee GlobeThere’s no denying that the Vendée Globe is a race of attrition. Twenty skippers started from Les Sables d’Olonne on November 10, and before the fleet was even 25% of the way around the course, 35% had retired from damage to their fragile boats, the latest being Vincent Riou on PRB. More »

Doing Good While Cruising

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. More »

Happy Thanksgiving!

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." More »

Kiribati Requiring U.S. Clearance Papers

Celestial anchored at peaceful Palmyra Atoll. © Scott HansenIf 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. More »