Archive for August 2014
With more than two months still to go in the Eastern Pacific — meaning the Pacific Coast of Mexico — hurricane season, it’s already been a pretty epic year.
"USGS shows the red dot right under our building," said Napa Valley Marina co-owner Tom Giovannoni of Sunday morning’s 6.0 earthquake that destroyed several buildings in downtown Napa.
 Linh Goben, with daughter Emma in the background, styling aboard Savannah. Savannah
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC Many owners don’t allow high heels on their boats.
We’ve always found it puzzling that in our highly regulated society you can buy a massively powered motorboat and drive it away without first passing so much as the most rudimentary safety course.
Sunset at Venice Island on the San Joaquin River. © 2014 Steve Andersen / Thetis Have you done the Doo yet?
We’re happy to report that Mike Johnson and crew are making good progress toward completing their transit of the Northwest Passage aboard Gitana.
With her flush decks and minimal interior space, circumnavigating aboard Gannet would be a nightmare for most sailors.
Although the autumnal equinox is still a month away, early warning signs of fall are upon us – schools are opening their doors to students, leaves are beginning to change color, and some weeknight race series are winding down.
The latest word from the weather experts at NOAA is that there will be a moderate El Niño this fall in the Pacific, which tends to alter the jet stream to bring more storms and rain to Southern California.
There’s good news for next month’s SoCal ‘Reggae ‘pon da Ocean’ Ta-Ta rally from Santa Barbara to Catalina, as Channel Islands Harbor is replacing Redondo Beach as one of the event’s three stops.
Pied-a-Mer found a sunny spot to berth, center stage in the wine country.  © Art Hartiger There’s no denying that Napa is a splendid city, and a wonderful place to visit during the summer months.
Greg Slyngstad, owner of the Seattle-based J/125 Hamachi that won her division in last month’s Pacific Cup, and was on the cover of this month’s Latitude 38, confirms that he’s having an all-carbon, Paul Bieker-designed 53-ft catamaran built at Gold Coast Yachts in St.
We can’t believe it, but Mexico’s ‘Nautical Stairway’ idea is back. About 30 years ago, a private marina company came up with the concept of a ‘stairway’ of harbors and marinas between California and the Pacific Coast of tropical Mexico.
Musandam-Oman Sail set a new world record by 16 minutes. © Mark Lloyd / Lloyd Images Sidney Gavignet and the crew of the MOD70 trimaran Musandam-Oman Sail, which included three relatively new sailors from Oman, finished the 1,956-mile Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Thursday in a record time of 3 days, 3 hours, 32 minutes, 36 seconds.
As the accompanying photo illustrates, a boat fire is one of the worst calamities a sailor or powerboater can experience — either at sea or when tied to a dock.
 Sidney Gavignet’s MOD70, Musandam-Oman Sail, at the start of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race © 2014 Rick Tomlinson / RORC With all of the pre-race hype about incoming hurricanes, potential course reversals and broken course records, it would have been easy for this year’s Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race to disappoint.
Looking like a ghost ship out of a Disney movie, Walkabout is seen here before she dismasted, but badly battered nonetheless.
With the entry deadline having passed, the Kiwis got off to an early lead in the 35th America’s Cup by being the first to formally announce they are in for another go at the Cup.
"We read an article in a recent Latitude about Iridium satellite phones," write Victor and Jo Ann Zarzhitsky of the Portland-based Whitby 42 Odessa Mama, "but got the feeling it was written by a salesperson for Iridium.
The unprecedented speeds of AC72s blasting across San Francisco Bay last summer made race viewing exhilarating even for non-sailing viewers.
Jetskis account for a disproportionately large number of watercraft injuries and deaths. Why?
One of the most impressive nonprofit sailing organizations in Northern California is the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors, whose staff works tirelessly to share the joys of sailing with folks who have a wide range of disabilities.  We’re spotlighting them here because their keelboat fleet is in dire need of some new — or at least better — sails.
Where is this seldom-visited cruising destination? And no, it’s not Morocco. © 2014 Archives If this place looks like an ideal place to cruise, it is.
We’re somewhat surprised that with more than five weeks to go to the start of the 21st Baja Ha-Ha rally — which will start on October 27 from San Diego — the number of paid entries has, with the entry of John Enders’ Anacortes, WA-based Pacific Seacraft 34 Victoria, reached 100.
This item is a bit off our normal beat, but it was so amusingly bizarre that we had to share it with you: As reported in the San Francisco Bay sailing blog www.pressure-drop.us, kiteboarder Erin Losocco was ripping across the Sacramento River near Sherman Island recently doing roughly 30 knots, when his foil hit an unknown object, and he was launched into the drink. As he organized his gear afterward, he discovered the culprit: a 19.5-lb, 36-inch-long salmon!
This month’s cover shows Greg Slyngstad’s J/125 Hamachi on her final sprint to the Pacific Cup finish line off Oahu.
Latitude 38 is looking for a racing editor. We don’t care if you just graduated from college or are over 55, just that you can express yourself clearly, sometimes under pressure, be able to take photos, and do computer page layouts.
Old mainsail looking for a new home. latitude/Richard
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC If you’re looking for a relatively hi-tech mainsail at a relatively low cost — as in free — we’ve got what you’re looking on the sidewalk in front of 15 Locust, Mill Valley, CA.