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Archive for February 2013

Johnson to Attempt NW Passage

For many years Mike Johnson has been cruising to far-flung corners of the Earth with little fanfare. Although his exploits could easily be the focus of a series of a National Geographic features, he travels aboard his 44-ft fiberglass schooner Gitana — and previously aboard his Westsail 32 Aissa — simply for adventure and the personal satisfaction of exploring remote destinations. More »

Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman Awards

The most amazing and exciting moment in yesterday’s US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards presentation came when Paralympic silver medalist Jennifer French stood up out of her wheelchair. More »

Was the Charm Blow Mayday a Hoax?

The Coast Guard risks their lives during SAR missions. © USCG Speculation is running rampant across the country that the distress calls received by the Coast Guard on Sunday, reporting that two adults and two children abandoned ship to a makeshift liferaft as their 29-ft sailboat Charm Blow sank out from under them, was a hoax. More »

Four Sailors Missing off Monterey

The Coast Guard are actively searching off Monterey for a family of four — a married couple, their four-year-old son, and his under-eight-year-old cousin — who reported their sailboat was sinking yesterday afternoon. More »

Lake Havasu Pocket Cruisers Convention

Chiquita leads Clarsa in a friendly Venture 23 match race. © Jeff D My sailing buddy Jack Foster flew out from Warrenton, VA to join me for the 600-mile tow from Napa to Lake Havasu, AZ, for the 6th Annual Havasu Pocket Cruisers Convention with my Venture of Newport 23 Clarsa, the first visit for both of us. More »

Looking for Bora Bora YC Burgee

"I sailed through Bora Bora in 1982 and stopped at the Bora Bora YC," writes Gig Harbor, WA’s Randy Mueller. "I had a very enjoyable few days there. I bought some BBYC burgees from Michelle, who owned the yacht club at the time. More »
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Catching Up with Stuff on the Bay

The Wanderer, having been traveling, just caught up with the February 20 ‘Lectronic, and was particularly enthralled by the 17 Takes Flight item. That’s the one with the video of the launching of the new, improved Oracle AC72, with footage of her sailing on the Bay. More »

Vendée Globe Concludes

Time flies when you’re watching some of the most talented solo racers sail around the world. It seems hardly any time has passed since the November start of the Vendée Globe, the notorious singlehanded nonstop race around the world. More »

Tholke v. Energy Team Deal

Remember back at the end of September when the French Energy Team’s AC45 cat broke loose from its mooring off the San Francisco waterfront and drifted onto the rocky western shore of Treasure Island? More »
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17 Takes Flight

Bay Area sailors have reported a number of sightings of Oracle Team USA’s AC72 17 since her relaunch on February 4. As the team makes up for time lost while waiting for their new wing sail, they’re not only honing their skills, but tweaking the boat in preparation for stiff summer winds and even stiffer competition. More »