Archive for January 2014
AGACE agents not 10 feet from me are signing final documents that will make Riviera Nayarit Marina a Depositaria, which will immediately release the 53 boats that have been impounded here since late November.
Oracle Team USA’s CEO, Russell Coutts told the Associated Press last Saturday that sailing officials are still in talks with other venues about hosting the 35th America’s Cup in August, 2017.
What do winning America’s Cup racers do for fun? Take a well-deserved vacation in the British Virgin Islands, including some recreational kiteboarding — with foils, of course — and competing in a stand-up paddleboard race.
The last thing the sailing world needs is another messy story out of Mexico, but it’s hard to ignore this one, as it involves a longtime respected marine business in Mazatlan, one mostly owned by a Canadian, who apparently decided that it was in his best interest to flee the country on his boat.
We’re not sure why it took so long, but in the January 27 issue, Reforma, the much respected ‘New York Times of Mexico,’ took SAT/AGACE, the Mexican IRS, to task over the impounding of 338 foreign-owned boats, almost all of which remain impounded after two months.
They don’t call it a ‘Fiasco’ for nothing. This year’s race was perhaps one of the most challenging in memory.
Alas, the pig still looks like a pig. Before continuing, we want to remind everyone that Latitude loves Mexico and the people of Mexico, and far more than anyone else for the last 30 years has championed Mexico as one of the top three cruising grounds in the world.
If you look carefully at this photo from a previous year’s race, you’ll note that boats are sailing in opposite directions.
Some Alameda boat owners had an unwelcome holiday surprise: Thieves were back in action, stealing at least eight outboards and two boats from marinas and private property.
Fito Espinoza, Harbormaster at Marina Coral in Ensenada, one of the marinas most affected by AGACE’s impounding of more than 338 foreign owned boats, reports that there will be a meeting tonight in San Diego of SAT (Mexican IRS) officials and the mangers of at least seven Mexican marinas.
The schooner Wanderbird glides across San Francisco Bay. © 2014 Sausalito Historical Society The Sausalito Historical Society is hosting an evening full of sea stories told by some of Marin’s most experienced sailors.
We realize that many of you are sick and tired of reading about this issue, but it is critically important to many North Americans whose boats are in Mexico.
Retired cruisers, Roger (62) and Margaret (60) Pratt were attacked on their yacht January 18 while moored at the Caribbean island of St.
The Wanderer and Dona de Mallorca are heeding the advice ‘if you’ve got lemons, make lemonade.’ In our case, Latitude 38’s 63-ft catamaran Profligate remains impounded by AGACE, so we’re using the going-on-six-weeks-now impoundment to have a hard bimini made for the cockpit.
This heron found an unusual perch. It’s not exactly a tranquil spot surrounded by nature, but it is shady.
We are thrilled to report that a Federal lawsuit brought by sailor Bismarck Dinius, now 45, has been settled in his favor.  Regular readers will recall the bizarre case of sailor Lynn Thornton’s tragic death during a nighttime sail on Clear Lake on April 29, 2006.
From the visitor’s center at the Miraflores Locks, tourists observe the painfully slow process of ships transitting the original Panama Canal.
The first annual Progressive San Francisco Boat Show, brought to you by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, takes place January 23-26 at Pier 48 and AT&T Park’s McCovey Cove.
The California Department of Parks and Recreation will be holding a public meeting tomorrow (January 16) to discuss the best options for providing ferry service to and from Angel Island State Park — a cherished San Francisco Bay landmark.
Obviously, this boat (or what’s left of it) has seen better days. We recently invited you, the faithful Lectronic Latitude readers, to help explain how the boat’s bow-end found its way onto the curbside of a street.
Here’s the situation: The lock used to keep your outboard from being stolen has corroded over the years, so when you try to turn the key, it breaks off inside the lock.
The bi-annual Pacific Cup race to Hawaii now has over 70 entries in various divisions including: cruising, doublehanded, fully crewed and multihull.
Last Saturday’s well attended Manuel Fegundes Seaweed Soup Regatta hosted by the GGYC reminded everyone in attendance what midwinter racing is all about — patience with more than a dab of frustration.
In the aftermath of the abrupt closure of Nelson’s Marine last May, a wide variety of boats and marine equipment remained unclaimed on the boatyard’s property at 1500 Ferry Point, Alameda.
The Bay Area’s calm wintertime weather serves as a dramatic contrast to the wet and wild conditions experienced during the recent Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
For the sake of American and Canadian boat owners, the country of Mexico, marine businesses and workers in Mexico, and marine businesses and workers on the west coast of the United States, we beseech you to take a few minutes to send your thoughts to Mexican and US officials, as well as the US media.