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Archive for November 2012

Vendée Drop-Outs & Drama

Gutek was forced to withdraw after Energa’s autopilots wouldn’t steer a consistent course. © Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendée GlobeThis morning brought the bad news that Zbigniew ‘Gutek’ Gutkowski on Energa has bowed out of the Vendée Globe. More »
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Hoisting Your Dinghy No Longer Enough?

"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. More »

Artemis’ Big Cat Tests Bay Waters

Artemis Racing’s big cat was looking awesome as she plied Bay waters last week. © Sander van der BorchIt’s a bird. . . It’s a plane. . . No, it’s Artemis Racing’s sleek new AC72 testing the waters of San Francisco Bay. More »

What Happened to Argonaut?

John Rice, a marine engineer, spent 18 years building Argonaut. She has a steel hull and deck, and an aluminum house. Argonaut
©2012 Latitude 38 Media, LLCOn August 10, John Rice’s family received the life-changing news that Rice, a 60-year-old Australian who had lived for many years in Long Beach, had been reported dead while sailing in the Flores Sea in Indonesia. More »

A Petition For Justice

Regular readers will recall our previous posts on the fate of the famous Sausalito-based schooner Lord Jim. Since hitting an unmarked rock off the coast of Brazil in 2007, she and her owners, Holger Kreuzhage and Tracy Brown, have endured an ordeal so complex and twisted that it sounds more like the plot for a novel than reality.  More »

Cruising Author at Book Passage

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. More »

Vendée Globe Down to 16

The normally cheerful Sam Davies was forced to abandon the Vendée Globe when she dismasted. © Sam Davies / SavéolMore carnage in the Vendée Globe over the past two days. More »

Who Says You Can’t Cruise the Bay?

Posting photos like this with the caption “I’m saaaaaiiiiiling!” on your Facebook page will garner you lots of ‘likes’. latitude/LaDonna
© Latitude 38 Media, LLCWho says you have to go somewhere tropical to cruise? More »

Latitude Photo Quiz

Every boat ever built has had mysterious and strange modifications made to it by its many owners. One couple we know, who bought their boat from a gentleman named Bob, calls them ‘Bob Jobs’. More »