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Archive for November 2013

Jack van Ommen Update

Several readers have inquired if there is any way they can provide financial aid to Jack van Ommen who, as reported in the November 20 ‘Lectronic, recently lost his Nada 30 Fleetwood on Tago Mago, in Spain’s Balearic Islands, after three days of storms in the Med. More »

Once More, Dear Friends

The Gunboat 62 Zenyatta was the first to cross the start line of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers on Sunday. © 2013 James Mitchell / ARC Rally Two hundred and twenty-three sailboats, flying the flags of 23 countries, with 1,204 people aboard, set sail from Las Palmas in the Canary Islands for St. More »

Rambler Returns as Perpetual Loyal

Almost two years ago the 100-ft super maxi, Rambler, lost her entire canting keel while competing in the Rolex Fastnet Race. The frightening incident quickly sent the 21-crew members into the ocean where all were eventually rescued. More »

Small Business Saturday

You’re probably already tired of hearing about Black Friday, but did you know that the day after that will be Small Business Saturday? Businesses don’t get a whole lot smaller than Latitude 38, and you can support this small business on Saturday or any other day by doing your holiday shopping in our online Chandlery. More »

2014 Puddle Jump Registration Opens

Making landfall in the idyllic isles of French Polynesia is often a highlight of any sailor’s career. Seen here is Seattle-based Pico on approach to Moorea. latitude/Andy
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Given the legendary beauty of French Polynesia’s five archipelagos, its not surprising that the notion of cruising there is high on many sailors’ bucket lists. More »

Mid Ocean Assist

Patrick and Rebecca Childress had just dropped Brick House’s mainsail in preparation for an oncoming squall as they sailed among the remote southern Solomon Islands, when Patrick spotted something extraordinary and frightening. More »

Dehumidifiers Recalled for Fire Hazard

Kim Harrison was kind enough to pass along this recall notice. Gree, a major manufacturer of dehumidifiers, has recalled 12 brands of dehumidifiers. Over 2.2 million have been sold in the US and Canada under the brand names Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima. More »

MACIF Dismasts in TJV

Francois Gabart and Michel Desjoyeaux onboard MACIF — the dream team in this year’s Transat Jacques Vabre — dismasted yesterday less than 150 miles from Salavador de Bahia, Brazil while leading the IMOCA class. More »