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Archive for July 2013

Galilee Harbor Maritime Day Saturday

The site now called Galilee Harbor (named after a local ferryboat) has been involved in maritime trades since shortly after the Gold Rush. © 2013 Courtesy Galilee Harbor This Saturday’s Maritime Day celebration at Sausalito’s Galilee Harbor honors well over a century of boatbuilding and other ‘working waterfront’ activities on that site, at the foot of Napa Street. More »
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Distress Frequency Change This Week

Offshore sailors make note: Effective Wednesday, August 1, the US Coast Guard will no longer monitor voice frequency 2182 kHz for International distress and safety. They will also drop 2670 kHz for marine information and weather broadcasts, and they will discontinue monitoring the International Digital Selective Calling (DSC) distress frequency 2187.5 kHz . More »

20 Years Ago October

Big O is a great ocean-going boat, and was a terrific ‘Mothership’ for the inaugural Baja Ha-Ha. Big O
©2013 Latitude 38 Media, LLC A little more than 18 years and nine months ago, Latitude‘s Ocean 71 ketch Big O led an intrepid group of 39 boats south to Turtle Bay, Mag Bay and Cabo San Lucas in the first-ever Baja Ha-Ha cruisers’ rally. More »

Racing Notebook

Who are these sailors and what are they celebrating? To find out, see the first item of Race Notes on page 136 in the August issue of Latitude 38, due out tomorrow. More »
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Macklemore Promotes Lady Washington

Hip hop and sailing don’t often mix well — aside from The Lonely Island’s hilarious 2009 spoof hit I’m on a Boat, which was technically powerboating — but Seattle’s Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hit the sweet spot with his new music video for Can’t Hold Us. More »

Flossie Barrels Toward Hawaii

If forecasters are correct, heavy rain, high surf and strong winds should be hitting the western edges of the Hawaiian Islands about the time of this posting (noon Monday).   This fascinating NOAA satellite image (taken this morning) shows water vapor concentrated south of the eye of the storm. More »

Beer Can Check-in

A start in Encinal YC’s Summer Twilight Series on July 19. “The winds and tide were moderate with clear skies,” said photographer Fred Fago. “A perfect day for a sail on the Estuary.” More »

Joy Ride for Top Gun

Besides the big bucks that AC competitors get paid, they also garner a wide range of perks, such as getting to meet celebs like ‘Top Gun’ Cruise. © 2013 Gilles Martin-Raget / ACEA Adding to the sailing superstars who’ve earned nine straight wins for Emirates Team New Zealand in the Louis Vuitton Round Robin series, yesterday the team treated ‘Top Gun’ Tom Cruise and his son Conner to a high-speed cruise around the Bay aboard their AC72 Aotearoa — after another easy defeat of Luna Rossa Challenge. More »
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Errata With Regard to the African Diaspora Maritime Lawsuit

In the July 24th edition of ‘Lectronic Latitude we reported that a lawsuit brought by African Disapora Martime against the Golden Gate YC was being heard in New York City. The North Carolina organization claims that the Golden Gate YC illegally refused their application to be allowed to compete against Oracle to be the Defender in the 34th America’s Cup. More »

Lobsterman Saved by His Boots

No doubt John Aldridge’s family had just about given up hope that the Long Island lobsterman’s body would be found after he fell overboard 12 hours earlier, so when word that a Coast Guard helo crew had not only found Aldridge but that he was very much alive, they were ecstatic.  More »