Archive for November 2013
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.
latitude/Richard
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC While the fall and winter months north of the Tropic of Taurus herald cold, wet and dark weather, it’s just the opposite south of the Tropic of Taurus, where life is springing anew.
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.
Well-known East Bay woodworker Kyle Miller was found dead yesterday morning inside his 1989 Mercedes, which was partially submerged off the Sugar Dock facility on the south side of Richmond’s Santa Fe Channel.
We’re sad to report that Greg Stephanoff’s Catalina 42 C:Drive was found adrift in the Pacific with no sign of Stephanoff.
“Fleetwood is flotsam,” wrote van Ommen. The kit boat that took him most of the way around the world splintered into a zillion pieces after hitting the rocks.
It’s less a matter of luck that Wolfgang Stehr is alive today and more a matter of preparation — not that luck didn’t play a part in Saturday’s drama on San Francisco Bay.
Wind speeds registered as high as 120 knots. Clipper Round the World Race
©2013 Latitude 38 Media, LLC On the thirteenth day of the Clipper Round the Word Race’s fourth segment, sailors faced incredible weather conditions, with winds gusting well beyond 100 knots.
"Yesterday we had a big problem with our visas," report Marina and Myron Eisenzimmer, vets of numerous Baja Ha-Ha rallies with their San Francisco-based Swan 44 Mykonos.
When Pt. Richmond’s Kim Paternoster heard the news, she spoke the truth of many adoring Ben Ainslie fans when she posted the following to her Facebook page: "Nooooooooooooooooo!"  Yeah, we’d be smiling, too.
We don’t normally hype stand-up paddle boarding events in far-flung destinations, but this year the British Virgin Island’s annual Painkiller Cup definitely has a West Coast hook.
Once again, the holiday season is upon us. If your reaction to that statement was ‘Oh crap!’ instead of ‘Oh joy!’, maybe it’s time to clean out your dock box and lazarettes to earn a few extra bucks for shopping.
Electrical fires account for more than half of all boat fires. © 2013 Rob Murray It’s that time of year again, folks.
On Tuesday night, British co-skippers Ned Collier Wakefield and Sam Goodchild’s Class 40 Concise 8 suffered damage to its port rudder so the duo decided to retire from the 20th running of the Transat Jacques Vabre.
“Okay, okay, I’m on it. But let me catch my breath first.” latitude/Andy
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC The From Here to Eternity Kissing Contest is a much-loved tradition at the annual Baja Ha-Ha beach party in Cabo San Lucas.
"I think a young Coastie can be forgiven for not knowing where Hospital Cove is because s/he may never have heard the name before," writes Tony Johnson, who sails his Catalina 22 Whisper out of San Francisco.
The banking group Mirabaud is once again sponsoring this year’s Yacht Racing Image Contest, and it looks like some local shutterbugs are up for the grand prize.  San Francisco’s Abner Kingman has long been a star on the local sailing photography scene, and this year had the opportunity to work for the America’s Cup Event Authority, where he took one of the most iconic shots to come out of the event (you might recognize it as the cover to the October issue of Latitude).
I’m a delivery captain and recently underwent fire training again as part of my regular STCW refresher.
Half Moon Bay is a popular cruise-out spot for Bay sailors. latitude/LaDonna
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Frequent Half Moon Bay visitor Larry Blank alerted us yesterday to a change in the harbor’s fee schedule, noting a new anchoring fee. Indeed, the San Mateo County Harbor District’s site clearly states that "vessels anchoring in the outer harbor in excess of four hours will be subject to the daily rate" of 85¢ per foot per day.
"I’ve been writing to the New Zealand government about pet policies and received tons of paperwork," writes Vicky Plett from the Vancouver, BC-based Hans Christian 38 Inspiration at Sea.
Both the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Mini Transat ocean races were forced to delay their starts due to uncharacteristically bad weather in the Atlantic.  Originally scheduled to start from Le Havre, France, last Sunday, the Transat Jacques Vabre — with 43 boats in four divisions (Class40, Multi50, IMOCA and MOD70) chomping at the bit to start — was postponed thanks to models predicting winds between 35 and 50 knots.
Well, shucks. Hollywood has the chance to really represent sailing accurately — relatively speaking, of course — and it appears they dropped the ball .
Only months before his life was tragically taken in front of The Dakota apartments in Manhattan in 1980, John Lennon had been enjoying a remarkable time with his son, Sean, in idyllic Bermuda.
If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember that multiple Oscar winning actor Dustin Hoffman became famous for his role in the 1967 film The Graduate.
At the annual Turtle Bay baseball game, seven-year-old Beto Eichen off the Sausalito-based Farr 44 Compañera had one of the narrowest strike zones in the fleet, but he got several powerful hits.
With the Summer of Sailing now behind us, it’s time to grab a copy of the November issue of Latitude 38 at your favorite yacht club or chandlery.
We had no idea what we were looking at when we sailed into Clipper Cove on Labor Day weekend.
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.