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Archive for October 2013

Latitude’s Secret HQ?

We had no idea what we were looking at when we sailed into Clipper Cove on Labor Day weekend. latitude/LaDonna
©2013 Latitude 38 Media, LLC"Uh oh," writes reader Rod Williams, who keeps his Catalina 42 Azure at Marina Village in Alameda. More »

Baja Ha-Ha Update

The 20th annual Baja Ha-Ha has been like all the others that came before in that the conditions just keep getting better and better. The event started Monday morning in rainy conditions and, by the afternoon, the fleet were dealing with light headwinds. More »

A Warm Welcome for Gloria

Gloria steamed under the Golden Gate Bridge on Friday morning, her yards lined with cadets. © Alison HealyA large crowd of party-goers thronged the aft deck of the Buque Escuela ARC Gloria on Friday night to welcome the ship’s complement to San Francisco. More »

Baja Ha-Ha XX Sets Sail

This plate full of tacos were looking good, but their little chili pepper seemed less than thrilled with his costume. latitude/Andy
©2013 Latitude 38 Media, LLCThe 20th annual Baja Ha-Ha rally got off to a spectacular start yesterday with the traditional Costume Kickoff Party at the Shelter Island West Marine super store. More »

Losing Faith in Long-Range Forecasters?

In May of this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, citing unusually warm ocean temperatures, predicted that there would be 7 to 11 hurricanes in the Atlantic / Caribbean this season, and that three to six could become major hurricanes with winds of over 110 knots. More »

Jeanne Socrates to Speak at TYC

For the last several years, we’ve closely followed the exploits of one particularly spunky British granny, Jeanne Socrates. On July 8, Jeanne finished her third solo circumnavigation — this one nonstop — and, at 70, became the oldest woman to have achieved the feat. More »

Coville Ready and Waiting

Thomas Coville is ready and waiting to claim the title of fastest solo circumnavigator. © Vincent Curutchet / SodeboThe one thing you can say about French sailor Thomas Coville is that he’s as persistent as he is an accomplished ocean racer. More »

Halloween Edition Race Preview

Boo! It’s your spooky girlfriend here with a special Halloween edition of Weekend Racing Preview. Who among us will be haunting RYC this weekend? latitude/Chris
©2013 Latitude 38 Media, LLCSteampunk is the theme for Richmond YC’s Great Pumpkin Regatta. More »

Visit the Magnificent Gloria

Throughout the world, tall ships are divided into four classes, with the largest — longer than 131 feet — given the designation of ‘Class A’. We think it’s a fitting moniker, as it not only acknowledges the size of these vessels, but also hints at their nautical grandeur. More »

Bye Bye to Paper Charts

Paper is so passé — at least according to the federal government. NOAA announced earlier this week that the Federal Aviation Administration, the government agency that prints maritime charts, will cease printing them after April 13, 2014. More »