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Archive for December 2013

And Now for Something Different

One of the more dramatic moments on Esprit’s recent Atlantic crossing. Esprit
©2013 Latitude 38 Media, LLCBecause Latitude is based on the West Coast, we usually feature sailing photographs from California, Mexico or the South Pacific. More »

Bill Gates Invests Big in Mita

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. More »

Bond Exemptions for 2014 Puddle Jumpers

It’s not surprising that making landfall at a place like the Bay of Virgins becomes a cherished memory in the minds of westbound cruisers. Puerto Segura
© Latitude 38 Media, LLCWithout a doubt, the islands and atolls of French Polynesia comprise one of the most spectacularly beautiful cruising grounds in the world, making it high on the must-see lists of many cruising sailors. More »

Riviera Nayarit Splash & Blast

Capricorn Cat shuttles part of the Riviera Nayarit Splash group to Paradise Marina, having to dodge whales on the way. latitude/Richard
© Latitude 38 Media, LLCThe cruising season moved into higher gear on Friday the 13th, as the Riviera Nayarit Tourism Board, plus the Marina Riviera Nayarit and Latitude 38, threw a Riviera Nayarit Welcome Splash for veterans of the this year’s and previous Baja Ha-Ha’s — plus anybody else who happened to be around and likes sailing. More »

Audi Melges 20 World Championship

The inaugural Audi Melges 20 Worlds concluded Saturday in Key Largo, Florida after four days of intense racing and picture-perfect conditions. What’s more, the top two winners included a boat that had never won a race in the fleet and another that was fully corinthian-crewed. More »

Fun Ha-Ha Question

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. With regular radio contact there is some of that, but participants in the Baja Ha-Ha routinely report never seeing another boat in the rally for days on end. More »

America’s Cup News Already?

In the November 11 ‘Lectronic, we noted that several local shutterbugs were competing for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image of the Year contest. We’re excited to say that San Francisco’s Abner Kingman won the prestigious award for his stunning shot of ETNZ nearly capsizing in the America’s Cup, which also happened to grace the cover of our October issue. More »

Flare Demo Tonight

The Coasties from Station Bodega Bay will conduct a free public flare demo and training session tonight at 5 p.m. at mile marker 23 at the mouth of the Russian River in Jenner. More »