Archive for September 2013
No one thought it would ever come down to the 19th race! © Gilles Martin-Raget / ACEA Thanks to an improbably spectacular America’s Cup, Oracle’s improbably exciting comeback from an 8 to 1 defecit, and the improbably dazzling AC72s, today’s final showdown between Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand is one for the ages of not just yacht racing, but all of sport.
As the 34th America’s Cup winds down to a thrilling finish, there’s another America’s Cup going on that is likely off your radar: the International C Class Catamaran Championship, also known as the ‘Little America’s Cup’ which is taking place right now in Falmouth, England.
Never before in yachting history has there been such drama surrounding a race as for the first race of today’s ongoing 34th America’s Cup battle between Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand.
Oracle has taken the gun for the last four races of the America’s Cup.
"I’m going to be driving down to La Paz next month with Bernard and Becky Robinson who live there on their San Diego-based powerboat Worth Waiting 4," writes Ginger Clark.
Since innovative multihulls are in the spotlight this summer, we thought we’d introduce you to another variation on the theme.
The fat lady didn’t sing yesterday, so Oracle fans Jen Edney of Nebraska, Nancy Cantrell of San Rafael, Bruna Shidler of San Francisco, and Doña de Mallorca of wherever she is at the moment, gather to brew up enthusiasm for a continued Oracle rally.
"Ouch, arghh, oof!" Such sounds were heard as a Baja Ha-Ha Rally Committee member’s arm was being twisted to extend the entry deadline a bit longer for this year’s San Diego-to-Cabo San Lucas cruisers’ rally.  Finding yourself headed south within a fleet of like-minded adventurers is a glorious feeling.
Thanks to two America’s Cup races being slated for today because there was too much wind yesterday, Oracle Team USA’s Larry Ellison has conflicting commitments.
As predicted would happen when the Department of Parks and Recreation absorbed the Department of Boating and Waterways last year, California state lawmakers tried to dig their fingers into the Harbor and Watercraft Revolving Fund for non-boating uses.
Everyone hoped that Tropical Storm Manuel would have fizzled completely when it made landfall near Manzanillo, as it brought a lot of rain but no wind to the Puerto Vallarta area.
Hundreds of boats crowd the Bay on race days. latitude/LaDonna
©2013 Latitude 38 Media, LLC We have to admit that everyone at Latitude has been thoroughly impressed by the America’s Cup Park at Pier 27 and the America’s Cup Village at Marina Green.
Blue Marble’s dreamy cruise across the South Pacific came to an abrupt halt this week when she broke loose from a mooring and gounded on a reef.
Sarah Kaplan of City Yachts reports that the man suspected of trying to set their Gashouse Cove fuel dock and brokerage building on fire Wednesday morning has been arrested by the SFPD.
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Kites, windsurfers, and Aussie 18s clustered together under the Golden Gate Bridge. Must be the start of the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge!
If there was a better argument for changing the Deed of Gift for the America’s Cup to specify one-design boats than the 34th America’s Cup, we don’t know what it would be.
Sarah Kaplan of City Yachts reports that a man apparently jumped the fence at their Gashouse Cove docks this morning and tried to start a fire next to their office.
Because most of Latitude 38‘s small staff have worked together for two decades, we think of each other almost as family.
If you watched the weekend’s America’s Cup action from the AC Park or from a boat on the water, you undoubtedly noticed a bevy of spectacular yachts that don’t normally grace the Bay.
Thanks to modern technology, we usually have good luck finding people and boats from the past.
The meaning is simple. The irreverent Andrew Vik of San Francisco did another summer cruise aboard his Islander 36 Geja in Croatia, and we’ll have a complete photo report in the October 1 Latitude.
Emirates Team New Zealand’s Dean Barker and Oracle Team USA’s Jimmy Spithill are ready to go head-to-head on Saturday.
So which team do you think will win the 34th America’s Cup? Write your prediction — including the final score — on a copy of today’s paper (yes, they still exist!) as proof of your guess.
As we look ahead to the start of America’s Cup 34 on Saturday, which will, of course, be raced in the most revolutionary multihulls ever seen on a Cup course, we pay tribute to one of the legendary innovators of the modern multihull movement: Dick Newick passed away on August 28.
Yesterday, as brilliant young sailors aboard AC45 catamarans were dazzling spectators during the Red Bull America’s Cup, an international sailing jury was concluding its investigation into cheating allegations within the same fleet during the 2012-2013 America’s Cup World Series events.
In the Wanderer’s story about Profligate‘s Baja Bash, he notes that he and Doña de Mallorca generally bring crew aboard for long passages.