Archive for December 2012
‘Tis the season for lighted boat parades, gatherings with friends, and catching up with all the latest sailing news in Latitude 38.
Cruisers in Mexico primarily use two ways to get internet access. One is wifi, which is great — assuming you have access to it.
The rain settled over the Bay last night, but not before at least one adventurous sailor took advantage of yesterday’s mild weather.
Sweeping new immigration laws took effect in Mexico on November 9. And then on December 6, a new administration from a new political party took over, which meant many of the old immigration officials were replaced with people who had no experience in that part of government.
If you’re stumped — or perhaps in a near-panic — over what to get your favorite sailors for Christmas, we’ve got a few suggestions.
Although Cyclone Evan passed on the opposite side of Fiji’s Viti Levu Island, its force was strong enough to ground the container ship Captain Tasman and another ship at the Suva harbor entrance.
The last time we checked in with circumnavigator Jeanne Socrates, she’d just left San Francisco Bay after a sanctioned pitstop to replace her lost liferaft.
As if the thrilling two-boat match race for the lead of the Vendée Globe isn’t enough, sailing fans are going to be absolutely spoiled this Christmas with not just one, but possibly two more races to follow this holiday season.  Down under, the annual Supermaxi showdown Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is surrounded by hype and anticipation.
As this NASA satellite image reveals the storm winds were very tightly packed as it slammed into Viti Levu yesterday.
Authorities in Washington are warning mariners of a massive dock that was spotted by a fishing boat on Friday about 16 miles northwest of Grays Harbor.
A little over two months ago, USA 17 — Oracle Team USA’s AC72 — pitchpoled on San Francisco Bay, severely damaging the boat and obliterating her massive $2 million wing sail.
The new owners of Kelpie are looking for stories of her history. Kelpie
©2012 Latitude 38 Media, LLC The 65-ft (82-ft LOA) schooner Kelpie of Falmouth, built in 1928 at the famous Harvey Gamage Shipyard in Maine and known as ‘the fastest schooner in the west’ during the many decades she was known simply as Kelpie in Southern California, arrived at Cornwall, England, in early December.
Patsy Verhoeven demonstrates the proper way to exit a crocodile’s mouth. latitude/Richard
©2012 Latitude 38 Media, LLC Today is the last day of the Banderas Bay Blast along the shores of the Riviera Nayarit.
It was bound to happen: The first — but presumably not the last — wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the owner of Low Speed Chase, the Sydney 38 that was lost at the Southeast Farallon on April 14 during the Full Crew Farallones Race.
Frank of the Canadian-flagged 46-ft sailing vessel Daybreak Oceane reports that he was also the victim of dinghy theft at Isla de Piedra/Stone Island near the Old Harbor in Mazatlan.
One more quick reminder: The deadline for Classy Classifieds has been moved to the 15th.
Fort Baker Boat Shed & Marina, situation inside Horseshoe Cove at the entrance to San Francisco Bay.
In case you missed the news in the December issue of Latitude 38, the deadline for the Classy Classifieds has been moved to the 15th of the month, even if it falls on a weekend — which it does this month.
Based on recent reports we’ve received from cruisers, there have been a couple of brazen dinghy/outboard thefts and attempted thefts at the south end of Mazatlan, meaning the Old Harbor and Stone Island.
It’s possible we had reason to believe we’d be put on Santa’s ‘Naughty List’ this year but, to our collective relief, he turned a blind eye after having such a festive time on this year’s Baja Ha-Ha.
Are you a new cruiser to Banderas Bay? If so, join us aboard Profligate — or another boat — tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.
The top five leaders in this year’s running of the Vendée Globe have been dancing back and forth, in and out of the lead position since the fleet passed the tip of South Africa.
The Santa Barbara Independent has published a fascinating piece on smuggling between Mexico and California that also offered more details in the death of USCG Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III on Sunday.
As Tahitian drummers pound out an ancient cadence, a Puddle Jumper arrives at Moorea’s Opunohu Bay during the annual Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendezvous.
Records have been breaking left and right over the last several days. First we reported that Paul Larsen broke his own on-the-water sailing speed record of a few days before — first with 59.37 knots over 500 meters on November 16, then again with 65.45 knots on November 24 sailing on Namibia’s Walvis Bay with his innovative Vestas Sailrocket 2.
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.
On days like this, we hope that the sailors back on San Francisco Bay are enjoying fine weather, too.
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.