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Archive for January 2013

Racing in the Sunny Caribee

The racing never stops in the many islands of the Eastern Caribbean, but the major events — most of which are from Antigua north for English speakers — run from late January to early May. More »

The Bucket on ‘ti Profligate

St. Barth, the site of the spectacular St. Barth Bucket. © Webb Logg Want to watch the St. Barth Bucket, "the greatest sailing spectacle in the world," with the Wanderer and Doña de Mallorca from their Leopard 45 sailing cat ‘ti Profligate? More »

Three Bridge Fiasco Fun

By all accounts, this Saturday’s Three Bridge Fiasco was a hoot. In a normal year, the Singlehanded Sailing Society’s annual melee typically features boats drifting haplessly around the Bay en masse, but this year winds in the mid-20s delighted racers, allowing the great majority to finish. More »

Gabart & Le Cléac’h Finish Vendée

François Gabart became the fastest solo monohull circumnavigator when he crossed the line in under 80 days. © Jean Marie Liot / DPPI Vendée Globe rookie François Gabart sailed MACIF across the finish line at Les Sables d’Olonne on Sunday after just 78d, 2h, 16m, setting a new solo monohull circumnavigation record. More »

Proposed Security Zone in the Estuary

Many Estuary sailors are up in arms about a proposal to expand the security zone on the south side of Coast Guard Island. As it was explained to Alameda Marina Harbormaster Brock de Lappe in a meeting with the project’s lead engineers on Wednesday, the new security zone would encroach on the main 500-ft channel by 200 feet! More »

To Ha-Ha or Jump the Puddle?

If you’re planning to attend the first weekend of the Seattle Boat Show, which starts today and runs through February 3 at CenturyLink Field and South Lake Union, be sure you don’t miss the seminars by our very own ‘Banjo Andy’ Turpin tomorrow and Sunday. More »

First Vendée Finishers to Arrive Tomorrow

Barring any major breakages or accidents, the first two Vendée Globe racers are slated to cross the finish line in Les Sables d’Olonne, France, sometime tomorrow. The race’s ‘golden boy’, François Gabart (MACIF), is on track to not only cross the line first, but to also break the world record by solo circumnavigating — his first time, by the way — in just 78 days. More »