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Archive for December 2012

And So Ends 2012

The new year is a time for reflection and fresh starts. Each January we reflect on the top stories of the previous year in our Year In Review feature. If you haven’t picked up your copy of January’s Latitude 38 yet — delivery started on Friday — they should be available at your favorite pick-up spot by now (or will be soon). More »

Hot News for a Cold Day

‘Tis the season for lighted boat parades, gatherings with friends, and catching up with all the latest sailing news in Latitude 38. latitude/Annie
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Here in the Bay Area it’s due to be cold, cold, cold for the next couple of days, so we assume only heavily dressed diehards will be out sailing. More »

‘Crew’ Needed for Sunken Ships

Volunteers are needed to transcribe the weather logs of ships such as Vicksburg. Click the link to find out how you can help. © 2012 Zooniverse Longtime Bay sailor and Latitude proofreader extraordinaire Jean Ouellette tipped us off to an interesting volunteer opportunity for those intrigued by old ships or old weather. More »

Enjoying the iPad Hot Spot

Cruisers in Mexico primarily use two ways to get internet access. One is wifi, which is great — assuming you have access to it. That’s often not the case on a boat, however, which is why we and others have, for several years, been using modems from TelCel for our computers. More »

Happy Holidays!

The rain settled over the Bay last night, but not before at least one adventurous sailor took advantage of yesterday’s mild weather. "I couldn’t resist going sailing during the break in the rain on Winter Solstice Eve," reports Paul Nielsen, who sailed his Olson 34 Culebra in the 2010 Singlehanded TransPac. More »

News from South of the Border

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. More »

Last-Minute Gift Solutions

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. First, take off your raincoat, set down your car keys and pour yourself a tall glass of egg nog (yeah, the spiked version). More »

Ocean Sailing for the Holidays

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.  More »

Assessing Evan’s Wrath

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. More »

Nereida Heads for Cape Horn

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. Socrates left Victoria, BC on October 22 on her third attempt at a nonstop circumnavigation, which would make her the first woman to do the trip starting from North America. More »