Archive for July 2013
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.
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).
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.
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.
Emilio Castañeda’s Hatteras 85 Alexis sank when her shaft seals blew. Our Shangri-La
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC "Mayday, mayday, mayday!
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.  Aldridge’s family celebrated when they heard the news of his rescue.
Ricky and Robin Wright of Lousiana, the parents of Danielle Wright, 19, who has been missing for nearly two months after setting sail from Opua, New Zealand, for Newcastle, Australia, with six others aboard the 70-ft staysail schooner Niña, haven’t given up hope that their daughter and the others can be still be found alive.
While the inaugural running of the Mini 650 Pacific Challenge — a race for Mini 6.50s from Marina del Rey to Hawaii — may have gotten off to an inauspicious start, one sailor persevered and finished the course. Belmont’s Sean McGinn aboard the custom 21-ft Zero Daisy Cutter crossed the finish line at Diamond Head yesterday morning after 17d, 1h, 20m, 58s, and became the second person to ever singlehand a Mini to Hawaii.
In Monday’s ‘Lectronic we mistakenly reported that Emirates Team New Zealand, having given the Luna Rossa Italian team a big spanking on Sunday, had gained a spot in the Louis Vuitton Challenger Finals.
Earlier in the month, we reported on the sad news that Hayden and Fern Brown’s pirate-style 70-ft schooner Aldebaran smashed into the Richmond jetty on July 4.
While the New Zealand America’s Cup team is basking in the glory of an unbroken string of Louis Vuitton Cup wins, one of their countrymen has been making a very different sort of headline.
The Dorade crew are the big kahunas in this year’s TransPac. © Trans Pacific YC While a new elapsed-time record wasn’t set, the 47th TransPac has proven to be one of the more interesting and exciting races to Hawaii in years.
A New Zealander who is accused of making false distress calls may have thought he was perpetrating a harmless prank, but we doubt he’ll be laughing if he is convicted.
While the men on the American Youth Sailing Force, San Francisco’s ‘home team’ for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, undoubtedly want to win the event’s trophy so bad they can taste it, the award six of its team members received this week proves more about who they are as people than any sports trophy ever could.
“Beep! Beep! Hey, lady, get out of the passing lane!” © Adrienne Rogers You don’t need a steaming cup of Nespresso to wake up when you have ETNZ bearing down on you at top speed.
Artemis Racing is scheduled to race Emirates Team New Zealand tomorrow in Round Robin 3 of the Louis Vuitton Cup, then race Luna Rossa on Saturday.
Latitude gets the latest update from Tritium Lending Club’s Gino Morrelli. Tritium Lending Club
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Latitude just got off the phone with multihull designer/sailor Gino Morrelli of Newport Beach.
The final divisions of this year’s TransPac Race got underway on Saturday. © Peter Drasnin A brilliant new record has been set in the TransPac — ‘The Best 24-Hour Run for a Boat with a Built-In Pizza Oven That Is Starting a Circumnavigation’.
During the pre-start, Dean Barker skillfully maneuvered the Kiwi boat below his Italian rivals, giving Emirates Team New Zealand a clear advantage soon after, as they sped to the starting line.
Last night we were talking to some folks who reported that they cruised the Sea of Cortez while living on an average of about $300 a month, lobster dinners included.
The murder of four cruisers off Oman in 2011 aboard the sailing yacht Quest substantially raised the stakes for sailors wanting to access the Mediterranean.
If you’re one of the nearly 100 boats signed up for this year’s Delta Doo Dah DIY, you should know that the Sacramento Delta Bay Marina near Isleton is inviting you to a special Doo Dah BBQ on July 20 from 1-3 p.m.
While the crews of more than 150 cruising boats were celebrating their safe arrival in French Polynesia during recent weeks, the dreams of one adventurous West Coast couple was quashed off the Baja Coast, before they even reached the trade winds.
Sadly, the hottest action in this America’s Cup isn’t here. . . © Gilles Martin-Raget / ACEA It wasn’t too surprising that Emirates New Zealand won their second straight Louis Vuitton Series race yesterday, as for the second time in a row, theirs was the only boat on the course.
"Ah, Your Majesty, there is no second," is supposedly the response given to Queen Victoria on August 22, 1851, when the schooner America beat 15 other yachts around the Isle of Wight to claim the first America’s Cup.
Hayden Brown designed and built Aldebaran, starting her in 1971. Aldebaran
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Local sailors will be familiar with the sight of the beautiful 70-ft ‘pirate ship’ Aldebaran plying the waters of San Francisco Bay — she won last year’s Great San Francisco Schooner Race and is the official pirate boat of the Vallejo Pirate Festival — but the merry 4th of July fireworks cruise aboard the schooner came to a tragic end when she ran up on the Richmond Jetty.
And then there was one. Five Mini 6.50s were set to race to Hawaii from Marina del Rey in the inaugural Mini 650 Pacific Challenge on Saturday but shortly before the start, two — Charlie Calkins on C’s Folly and Luiz Eduardo on ARG 842 — failed to qualify while Przemyslaw Karwasiecki on Libra bowed out just after the start.
The schooner Niña in New Zealand prior to setting sail for Australia. © Steve Darden "My wife Dorothy and I are optimists," Steve Darden told Latitude in a telephone interview.
While most sailors are getting ready for casual Fourth of July fun on their boats, five Mini 6.50 sailors are amping up for the July 6 start of the Mini 650 Pacific Challenge.