Archive for February 2014
Now in its sixth year, the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s annual Caribbean 600 has become one of the darlings of the North Atlantic’s ocean racing calendar.
In our recent posting For Lack of a Kill Cord we told the story of a good Samaritan, John Spicher, who was badly injured in La Paz while helping out a fellow boater who had fallen out of his motorized dinghy.
Forestay fittings have failed among the fleet’s 12 boats causing race officials to divert the fleet to Hong Kong.
A horrific accident occurred near La Paz, Mexico late last month that could have been avoided by the use of a couple of simple pieces of plastic: an outboard kill switch key on a lanyard.
One look at this photo of Fatu Hiva  the first island many cruisers reach when they arrive in the Marquesas and you’ll know why these isles are often referred to as “dreamy.” Puerto Seguro
©2014 Latitude 38 Media, LLC Ever since Latitude 38 editors coined the phrase Pacific Puddle Jump nearly 20 years ago, we’ve done extensive reporting on this annual migration from the West Coast of the Americas to French Polynesia.
You may have heard about SailMail and you might have even used it the last time you were cruising or when you raced the PacCup two years ago.
We’ve never like crocs, the ugly-but-functional footwear that are sometimes referred to as "the fanny packs of the 2000s." For reasons we don’t understand, we’ve never liked the word ‘re-purposing’ either.
We received a load of photos on February 10, just in time to give you a pictorial overview of what this year’s Zihuatanejo Sailfest was like.
Robert Fulton of Vancouver, B.C. is preparing to take his Tayana 37, Tropical Dreams, south to Mexico this fall, followed by the Pacific Puddle Jump next spring.
Winter schminter! The cruising this long holiday weekend was fabulous. © 2014 LaDonna Bubak Who says you can’t cruise in the winter?
Tere Grossman, president of the Mexican Marina Owners Association, has provided us with a list, complements of the AGACE, of the boats that were ‘Reviewed’, ‘Embargoed’, and ‘Liberated’ in Mexico.
The modest base at BVI Yacht Charters. They’ve been our yacht management company for about six years, and we think they’ve done a great job for us.
Sea Gals during the ’70s on their 28th anniversary in Petaluma onboard Boog-a-loo.
Tere Grossman, owner of San Carlos Marina, reports that AGACE agents were back at San Carlos Marina on Tuesday, and that as a result she expected that most of the impounded boats in her marina would soon be "liberated." This would include 16 boats that had already been taken away by their owners.
The Hawaiian Chieftan and the Lady Washington © Ron Arel The tall ships Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftan are returning to the Bay Area this weekend for bay excursions and hands-on educational programs for K-12 students.
As you may have noticed, the current edition of Latitude 38 has a slightly new look, as we’ve changed printers.
Newport Beach’s Devan Mullins must have been going through old photos, because he recently sent us a photo of the Wanderer at the helm of Latitude’s Big O from back in 1996.
This past Saturday during the Berkeley YC Midwinters a distress call went out on VHF Channel 78 from a J/24’s skipper alerting racers of a man overboard.
Blasting along the Sir Francis Drake Channel with a bone in her teeth, the lovely Liberty Star, illustrates that along with modern racer-cruisers, bareboats and megayachts, you can still find traditional sailing craft in Eastern Caribbean waters.
On January 29th we reported that Russell Coutts, Oracle Team USA’s CEO, was frustrated that the city of San Francisco had not offered the same terms and conditions to the America’s Cup Event Authority for the 35th America’s Cup as they had for the 34th.
The mysterious, four-story Google barge, currently under construction at Treasure Island, must move.
Jonathan Cervantes, the very helpful harbormaster at Cruise Port Marina in Ensenada, reports that all but about "nine or 10" of the 42 mostly foreign-owned boats that were impounded at his marina since late November have now been "liberated." He is unclear why the remaining boats — which include one dinghy — have not been released.
In news that might be categorized as ‘miraculous,’ CNN and other news agencies cautiously report that a fisherman washed up on the 2.2-square-mile Ebon Atoll in the Marshall Islands after drifting at sea for 13 months.
We’ve done our best to help publicize the much-anticipated auction of boats and marine-related equipment at Nelson’s Marine, which was slated for February 8.
On January 26, the Napa Valley Register correctly broke the story that Latitude 38 is organizing the three-day BottleRock music festival at Napa Valley Expo to be held starting on May 30.
As reported in yesterday afternoon’s special ‘Lectronic Latitude, all 53 of the impounded boats at Riviera Nayarit Marina in La Cruz — including Latitude’s 63-ft catamaran Profligate — have been released.