Archive for May 2014
All hope of finding Cheeki Rafiki‘s crew alive was lost Friday, when US Navy divers confirmed that the life raft of the overturned Beneteau 40.7 was still aboard.
If you have a soft spot in your heart for vintage wooden sailing craft, you won’t want to miss the much-anticipated launch of the historic sloop Freda May 31 at Sausalito’s Spaulding Wooden Boat Center (located at the end of Gate Five Road).  Why should you care?
Amanda got off the 2014 Eastern Pacific hurricane season with a powerful start, as her winds to 135 knots made her one of the most powerful May hurricanes on record.
When Seaquel’s owner, John Berg, explained to a state agency that he didn’t have the means to salvage her, they organized contractors to pull her off the reef and destroy her yesterday © 2014 John Dour After the Ventura-based Nordic 40 Seaquel was driven onto the Kona coast late Sunday night, there was initial hope — at least among some observers — that she might be salvageable.
The U.S. Coast Guard search for the four Brit crew — Andrew Bridge 22, James Male 24, Steve Warren 52, and Paul Goslin 56, — of the Beneteau 40.7 Cheeki Rafiki, which apparently sank on a trip from Antigua to England, will be called off for a second time if nothing is found by tonight.
By Monday morning the big southern swells had lain down substantially along the Kona coast.
One of the best parts of cruising is meeting new people — or, as is often the case, reconnecting with old friends.
Hugo Boss‘ dismasting and subsequent repairs in Newport, Rhode Island may have grabbed the headlines, but there’s a lot more going on in the nation’s smallest state right now.
Some people like nothing better than to be alone on a vast ocean in a small boat.
Since registration began last Thursday, 19 boats have signed up for September’s reggae-themed SoCal Ta-Ta cruisers’ rally, meaning there are only 31 slots left until the max of 50 is reached.
In an NPR interview last Sunday, offshore rescue survivor Eric Kaufman of Rebel Heart explained that when his sat phone stopped functioning correctly while roughly 900 miles offshore, he and his wife Charlotte lost the ability to consult with US Coast Guard personnel about their emergency situation.
Some passagemakers make as few sail changes as possible. But aboard Skabenga they think nothing of dousing the main and spinnaker in order to catch and release a marlin.
After buying my first keelboat many years ago, I picked up a little book that gave an overview of all the issues boaters should be concerned with.
The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways is hosting a lifejacket trade-in program statewide this coming Saturday, May 17 from noon to 2 p.m.
The relief of being rescued was bittersweet for the Kaufman family, as that process meant having to scuttle their floating home.
Last week we posted a video of Red Bull Sailing t-boning Alinghi during the pre-start of racing on the final day of racing in Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao, China.
This file shot gives you an idea of Hugo Boss’ offshore speed. She was beating upwind when the partial dismasting occurred, apparently under shortened sail, as no sail damage was reported.
America’s Cup 34 has won an Emmy in the newly created "Outstanding New Approaches — Sports Events Coverage" category.
Here on the Left Coast today — aka Cinco de Mayo — is one of those holidays that gets marketers, restaurateurs and bar keepers revved up to a fever pitch of excitement.
  Although 53 years old, the 80-ft custom ketch Tatoosh was looking as sweet as the day she was first launched as she roared past Pt.
Last Tuesday and Wednesday weren’t the best days to sunbathe on the beach at Avalon, reports Kate Olsen, Administrative Assistant for the Avalon Harbor Patrol.
We think you’ll like the cover of the May Latitude 38. Perhaps best titled simply as “Smokin’,” it shows the West Coast-based Hotel California, Too roaring down a wave at the recent Voiles de St.
The brutally active sailboat racing season in the Northeast Caribbean — which we take to be between the British Virgins and Antigua — is not over, but the end is nigh.
As mentioned above, the 12th biennial Transat AG2R has come to a thrilling conclusion in Gustavia, St.