Archive for February 2013
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.
The Wanderer, having been traveling, just caught up with the February 20 ‘Lectronic, and was particularly enthralled by the 17 Takes Flight item.
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.
Time flies when you’re watching some of the most talented solo racers sail around the world.
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?
Seen here heading south along the Baja Coast in 2009, Moontide is well known within both the Southern California and Mexico cruising communities.
Bay Area sailors have reported a number of sightings of Oracle Team USA’s AC72 17 since her relaunch on February 4.
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  © Join us February 23 and 24 at our Alameda location for the Northern California Debut of the Best from Beneteau.
This weekend’s collision between a ferry and a 22-ft powerboat in Raccoon Strait is a grim reminder for all mariners to keep a sharp lookout for commercial traffic.
Sailing’s more fun with friends!
Come to Latitude 38’s Spring Crew List Party
Wednesday, March 6, 6-9 pm
Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco. latitude/Chris
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Free Munchies  •  No-Host Bar  •  Door Prizes
Demonstrations • Slide Show • Guest Experts
No reservations • Come as you are!
This file shot approximate the conditions we imagine Maserati is currently experiencing on her route to the Golden Gate — annoyingly slow.
It’s a ditchbag! It’s a liferaft! It’s a scale model of the Pacific Garbage Patch!
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As the season’s midwinter racing wraps up, many sailors are gearing up for the typically more spirited conditions found during the spring and summer’s beer can racing.
Marc and Susan did an admirable job with their recreation of the iconic kissing scene.
For most sailors, 900 miles of offshore sailing is a substantial distance. But for legendary Italian ocean racer Giovanni Soldini and his international crew aboard the VOR 70 Maserati, that distance is merely the final sprint of their 14,000-mile Clipper Challenge Cup attempt.
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The felucca Nuovo Mondo and the Wettons’ Monterey will be on display — on Sausalito YC moorings — at the Sausalito Herring Festival tomorrow.
As reported previously, both here and in the pages of Latitude 38, the second phase of crew selections for September’s Red Bull Youth America’s Cup will take place this month — with Session 1 beginning tomorrow.
The race signal flags tell the story at January’s BYC Midwinters. © Bob Walden February will be the last (relatively) quiet month on the Bay Area sailing calendar before the big spring regattas of March start. RegattaPRO‘s
The Mexican coastal fishing town of Zihuatanejo is normally thought of by cruising sailors as a pretty sleepy place — especially when compared to busy tourism centers like Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.
Sad news reached us from the South Pacific late last week: The vintage Farallone Clipper Echo had to be abandoned in open water between Fiji and New Caledonia after she hit an unknown object on January 26.
In order to enter San Francisco-based ocean races in 2014, "At least 30% of those aboard, including the person in charge, shall have attended a US Sailing sanctioned Safety at Sea Seminar within the last five years, or other course accepted by the NCORC," per the NorCal Ocean Racing Council recommendations.
Out Standing in her field, the Olson 30 La Gamelle rests in the green grass below Fort Brimstone, St.
Leanne and John know how to make new friends wherever they go. (She’s seen here in Fiji, where they are currently cruising.)
If you’re one of the many sailors planning to participate in one of this weekend’s midwinter racers — or the sole non-midwinter race on Saturday: Coyote Point YC’s Double Up & Back — you’ll want to grab several copies of the February issue of Latitude 38 before you head out.
In Wednesday’s ‘Lectronic, we announced that the Wanderer and Doña de Mallorca had three double-cabins — heads ensuite — available for a charter aboard their Leopard 45 catamaran ‘ti Profligate for the the spectacular St.
We were in La Cruz last night with a bunch of other cruisers at a birthday party for Lionel Bass of the Perth, Australia-based M&M 52 cat Kiapa, when the subject of bargains in Mexico came up.
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Briny Dancer, Beneteau 36.7
  © The Beneteau First 36.7, designed by Bruce Farr, is an exciting one design class racer and a comfortable family cruiser.
"Hey, do you guys know what happened to" We’ve found this question by readers in our inbox over the last few days so we checked it out and, sure enough, the site is down.
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.