Archive for December 2013
A source told us that of the 50 or so boats ‘impounded’ in this marina, only three didn’t have Temporary Import Permits or had other paperwork problems.
Old pal and former Latitude coworker Herb McCormick has spent the last few years working on a biography of ‘the first couple of cruising’, Lin and Larry Pardey, and the final product has just been released.
The holidays are almost in full swing, and since our January issue is off to the presses, it’s time for us to take a well-deserved break and enjoy some time with our families and friends.
We sure hope not, although thanks to the actions of a new sub-agency of Hacienda (the Mexican IRS) called AGACE, it appears the country is on the verge of doing just that — and even worse, perhaps setting the stage for possible problems with the United States government.
There are still a few opportunities to get some racing in before Christmas if you’ve gotten all of your holiday shopping done (see the next story if you haven’t).
One of the more dramatic moments on Esprit’s recent Atlantic crossing. Esprit
©2013 Latitude 38 Media, LLC Because Latitude is based on the West Coast, we usually feature sailing photographs from California, Mexico or the South Pacific.
While much of the sailing world is stuck in the dead of winter, things are just now heating up down under, with the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race now just about a week away.
We’ve got an update of a product we previously reported on, and a new product that may be of interest to many cruisers.
Is Bill Gates getting tired of the Seattle gloom? Who knows, but Cascade Investment, which he and Saudi businessman Alwaleed bin Talal own 95% of, just told the securities and exchange commission they are paying $200 million in cash for the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita, plus an adjacent 48-acre parcel of development land.
The inaugural Audi Melges 20 Worlds concluded Saturday in Key Largo, Florida after four days of intense racing and picture-perfect conditions.
In the November 11 ‘Lectronic, we noted that several local shutterbugs were competing for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image of the Year contest.
The Coasties from Station Bodega Bay will conduct a free public flare demo and training session tonight at 5 p.m.
Practical Sailor has a blog site where one contributor offered up the following on the subject of cruising rallies: "The big problem (with rallies) is the illusion of group security.
Racers are gearing up for the June 28 start of the Singlehanded TransPac, a 2,120-mile race from San Francisco Bay to Hanalei Bay on the idyllic Hawaiian island of Kauai.
The Wanderer needs a mainsail for his Olson 30 La Gamelle in St.
After recently apprehending two alleged smugglers in an open panga 90 miles southwest of San Diego, guardsmen aboard the Cutter Haddock faced the challenge of securing the 31 bales of pot that they seized.
"Everyone says Sausalito is a boating community, but I had no idea how much until the other day," said a librarian friend who was working at the Sausalito Library recently.
Ho! Ho! Ho! Get your holiday spirit by watching — or better yet, joining — one of the Bay Area’s many lighted boat parades!
The Mini Transat is all about history and broken records. From the classic races of the past to constant technical innovation to the heroes of today achieving their first victories, only one thing is for certain when the Transat starts: anything can happen.
Even though many bluewater voyagers think of themselves as loners rather than ‘joiners’, after completing a major passage most are eager to swap tales with like-minded adventurers and hoist a glass to their safe arrival.
Sailing conditions on Banderas Bay are ideal. latitude/Richard
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC The video here is of Katrina Liana demonstrating how to pump up an inflatable surfboard on Profligate last Christmas.
Midwinter racing spans the entire Bay Area and provides both experienced racers and newcomers to the competitive side of sailing ideal opportunities to get out on the water.
On Thanksgiving we attended a cruiser get-together out at Punta Mita, Mexico, where for some reason the conversation turned to engines and engine hours.
latitude/Annie
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC After an unseasonably warm Sunday, the cold bite of winter was definitely in the air early this morning.
One of the ways in which Mexico is culturally different from the United States is that for many years some laws seem to be enforced very loosely, if at all, then all of a sudden a government agency seems to go over the top with enforcement.
The Gunboat 62 Zenyatta was the first to cross the start line of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers on Sunday.
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.
You’re probably already tired of hearing about Black Friday, but did you know that the day after that will be Small Business Saturday?
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.