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Archive for June 2013

Blind Sailor’s Boat Sunk

Hiro Iwamoto (left) tries to hold it together at a news conference. He and sighted crewmember Jiro Shinbou were rescued from a liferaft after their Bristol Channel Cutter hit a large piece of flotsam 800 miles off Japan and sank. More »

July Latitude Out Early

Hold on tight, you’re in for a wild ride this month! latitude/Annie
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC As a special weekend treat for our readers, we’re distributing the July issue of Latitude 38 today rather than wait until Monday, July 1. More »

Let’s Go to Croatia!

Sailor David Hammer has a predicament.  He’s set to do a week’s yacht charter in Croatia soon aboard a Leopard 40 cat. But a key crewman had to drop out — and that guy was the only crew that holds a ASA 104 certificate, a requirement of the charter company (unless someone has an ICC document). More »

Cayard Defends New AC Regs

Marin County’s Paul Cayard, CEO of Artemis Racing, shared some interesting opinions on the 34th America’s Cup with Tom FitzGerald in last Friday’s SF Chronicle. In case you missed it, here are some highlights: One of the most accomplished sailors ever produced by the Bay Area, Cayard spoke candidly about his frustrations with the AC72s. More »

Summer Sailstice Memories

Last weekend offered sailors a chance to warm up at Summer Sailstice before the rain started. latitude/John A.
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC The last three days of rain have really put a damper on the sailing spirit, but for those who participated in last weekend’s Summer Sailstice, their memories kept them warm and dry. More »

Yann Elies Wins the Figaro

Yann Elies sailed his Beneteau Figaro II Groupe Queguiner to his second consecutive victory in the Solitaire du Figaro. © 2013 Maxime Flipo Everyone loves a winner. Especially one who overcomes adversity repeatedly, only to triumph over one of the world’s greatest competition. More »

AYSF Team Attempt Rescue

A tragedy unfolded Friday afternoon when a woman’s minivan careened across Marina Green and into the frigid waters of San Francisco Bay. At Golden Gate YC, the American Youth Sailing Force — the local Red Bull Youth America’s Cup team — were getting ready for a fundraising mixer at the club when the accident occurred.  More »

Unresolved Issues for AC 34

Sadly, in the modern era of America’s Cup racing, contentiousness between competitors off the water has sometimes been more explosive than on the race course. America’s Cup 34 seems to be following that trend.  More »