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Archive for March 2013

Bumping into Jim Jessie

Jim Jessie welcomed us aboard Nalu last weekend at Clipper Cove. latitude/LaDonna
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC In another installment of ‘You Never Know Who You’ll Bump into at Clipper Cove’, we ran into circumnavigator and Oakland YC Historian Jim Jessie on his classic wooden Grand Banks Alaskan 53 Nalu last weekend. More »

Smokin’ on the South Bay

In January, Mark Bettis bought sailing legend Don Trask’s old J/29, hull #233 Smokin’ J, and moved her to Coyote Point Marina in San Mateo. On Saturday, Smokin’ J sailed in the last race of Sequoia YC’s Winter Series. More »

Joyon Going for the ‘Grand Slam’

One of the complaints about the current America’s Cup boats is that very little of the technological advances will trickle down to regular boats. We suppose that’s mostly true, but then we learned that Frenchman Francis Joyon has equipped his 33-meter trimaran IDEC with foils such as those found on the AC boats. More »

Mariners Save Duct Tape

Duct tape comes to the rescue of mariners all the time. In this case, the mariners came to the rescue of Duct Tape. Julia Siudyla and her husband Josh quit their jobs in 2012 to spend a year cruising Mexico aboard their Columbia 36 Sweet Cherri. More »

Doin’ the Ditch

“Yikes, he’s bearing down on us!” Needless to say, you’d need more than a retractable boat hook to fend off a fully laden Panamax ship. © Rodney King As you may have heard, the shipping capacity of the Panama Canal will more than double two years from now when a brand new series of gigantic locks is completed alongside the original sets, which will celebrate 100 years of operation in 2014. More »

Youth AC Volunteer Needed

You just never know when an Red Bull Youth AC boat is going to charge across the Bay, as one did this weekend during practice. latitude/LaDonna
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Want to have a front row seat for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in September? More »

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

La Gamelle crosses the finish line at the end of the second circumnavigation. La Gamelle
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC A couple of years ago we came up with the idea of buying an Olson 30 and bringing her to St. More »

The Evolution of Sailboats

We’ve been in the sailing business for 40 years, and we’ve noticed two big in changes. The first is how much easier and safer it is to sail, thanks to modern electronics such as GPS, AIS, radar, EPIRBs and such. More »