Archive for January 2013
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.
Around 3 p.m. on Saturday, in the midst of the Three Bridge Fiasco, an unidentified sailboat collided with a tug or its tow just outside the Golden Gate Bridge, sinking the sailboat.
Skillful navigating and a good measure of luck allowed the VOR 70 Maserati to approach and round Cape Horn with relative ease — at least in comparison to some such adventures.
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.
Talk about an unwelcome shipmate! This one was not only uninvited, but he bit the captain.
The day before the internationally renowned Mavericks surf contest was slated to start, surfers at Ocean Beach, just south of the entrance to San Francisco Bay, enjoyed some killer waves.
It may seem ironic that a mild-mannered Minnesotan would be considered one of the greatest ocean voyagers of our time, but Roger Swanson — who passed away late last month at the age of 81 — was precisely that.
Anti-social whale behavior on Banderas Bay. This wasn’t the whale that interfered with our race, but just one of many annoying yachties on the bay.
St. Francis YC’s Wednesday Yachting Luncheon Chair Kimball Livingston has a habit of drawing some very interesting and evocative speakers to the club’s weekly luncheon, and this week’s is no exception.
Starting in mid-January, government officials in La Paz started knocking on boat hulls in one marina asking to see copies of Temporary Import Permits.
For the last several years, the sight of a boat grounded at the entrance to Martinez Marina hasn’t been unusual.
According to a just-released report by the London-based International Maritime Bureau, incidents of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and elsewhere have fallen substantially this year — in fact, to the lowest level in five years.  While this is potentially excellent news for would-be circumnavigators, it’s our understanding that virtually no cruising yachts passed through the Gulf last year en route to the Red Sea.
Dinghies are often stolen in bunches. We can remember epidemics in Sausalito, San Diego Bay, and any number of islands in the Caribbean.
"I’m not an activist," writes Molly Pruyn of Richmond YC. "I’m just a 59-year-old nurse who has spent every summer in the Delta since I was born.
Lin and Larry Pardey are icons of the cruising community. Their tales of adventure aboard their 24-ft Serrafyn and then their 29-ft Taleisin have entertained and educated sailors for decades.
The owners of the vessel Oblivion — names, vessel type and hailing port unknown — reported to the Mazatlan net on January 12 that their dinghy had been stolen from them "at knifepoint" by two thieves.
In the summer of 2009, the crews of 30 or so Bay Area boats joined in the inaugural Delta Doo Dah, a laid-back Bay-to-Delta ‘rally’ we dreamed up over a bottle of champagne at the company Christmas party.
Meet the Race Chair: TYC’s Ian Matthew is pictured here at the wheel of his C&C 29 Siento el Viento.
If you’re a sailor in the northern hemisphere, you’re probably freezing your buns off.
For three long days, Bernard Stamm has been running his IMOCA 60 Cheminées Poujoulat on emergency energy rations after a UFO disabled both of his hydrogenerators.
Giovanni Soldini broke his first international sailing record at 23. But despite a lifetime of achievements he’s probably most famous for rescuing Isabelle Autissier in the Southern Ocean during the 1998-99 Around Alone race.
Jeanne Socrates left Victoria in October on a nonstop solo circumnavigation. She’s finding the Southern Ocean to be much tamer than her last time around.
Wonder if Mike Golding on Gamesa, currently in sixth place, found a pot of gold at the end of this Southern Ocean rainbow.
As you might imagine, Tucker Bradford of the San Francisco-based Convivia put a lot of thought into his shoulder tatt, which tells a story.
As we post today’s articles, the first reports are trickling in regarding a cargo vessel striking the Bay Bridge in foggy conditions sometime during the late morning.
Bernard Stamm says he will not stop reaching for his goal to finally finish the Vendée Globe, even after being disqualified earlier this week.
We’re thrilled to report that our Tahitian partners at the yacht agency CMA-CGM will again be offering a special bond exemption deal this season to all officially registered Pacific Puddle Jumpers.
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.