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Archive for March 2014

Flyer Returns to Huge Reception

As Flyer, then Alaska Eagle, this famous S&S 65 has traveled far and wide - most recently, through the canals of Amsterdam. Flyer archives
©2014 Latitude 38 Media, LLC As noted here and in the April edition of Latitude 38, the famous S&S 65 Alaska Eagle left the West Coast recently after a 30-year stint as the flagship training vessel for the Orange Coast College School of Sailing and Seamanship. More »
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Sailing on Orion

If you haven’t heard yet, Tom Siebel’s MOD70 Orion smashed the San Diego-to-Puerto Vallarta race record, set in 1998 by Steve Fossett and crew aboard Lakota. Although there was concern before the start that a lack of wind wouldn’t make this possible, it seems that the new big, fast trimarans can do just about anything quickly. More »

Mix, Bake and Party

We’ve spent a lot of time sailing Caribbean waters, but we have to admit we’d never even heard of this annual March regatta before receiving this report from San Francisco Bay sailor Lynn Ringseis: "Here’s an ideal recipe for a fun-filled regatta: 1) Mix together 30 sailboats, a handful of competitive sailors, boatloads of cruisers looking for a party, and a cluster of ‘senior’ race committee members. More »
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Television at Anchor?

We know that most people go cruising to get away from television and its associated evils. But one prospective cruiser wrote in asking about the feasibility and cost of getting television reception on his boat while cruising between Mexico and Alaska. More »

What’s So Great About Cruising the Pac NW?

We’re not asking this in a derisive manner, but out of curiosity. We all have our preferences, and in case anyone hasn’t noticed, those of us at Latitude 38 are more inclined to like the tropics than cooler cruising areas. More »

Orion Breaks Lakota’s SD-PV Record

In this year’s 1,000-mile San Diego to Vallarta race two trimarans have each broken a long-standing speed record. It was back in 1998 when the late Steve Fossett skippered his 60-foot trimaran Lakota to a record finish in 2d, 14h, 20m, 17s. More »

Big Fun on Banderas Bay

Can anybody play? Yeah, pretty much. The long-established Banderas Bay Regatta is fun for boats of all shapes and sizes. That’s Miss Kitty in the foreground, sailed to a third in class by Randy Hough and crewman Norm who note that their ages (62 and 65) add up to a higher number than their handicap. More »
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Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show

Don’t miss this year’s Strictly Sail Pacific boat show. Once again, Oakland’s Jack London Square is where all your sailing friends will be this April 10-13. Of course there will be numerous new boats on site and dozens of new products to check out at the indoor and outdoor exhibitor spaces. More »

When Do Cruisers Become Racers?

It’s a fact that most cruising sailors never race. That’s partly because they feel they’d be ‘sailing their house’, which is too heavily laden to be competitive, and partly because many of them have little or no previous racing experience.  More »