Archive for September 2014
A big surge in last-minute Baja Ha-Ha entries has brought the total to just shy of 170, making it the largest Ha-Ha in the last three years.
This is what the beach on the Pacific side of Cabo looked like the day AFTER hurricane Odile came through.
Mexican government sources confirmed over the weekend that the dead body of British sailor and scuba instructor Paul Whitehouse, 45, was found in the mangroves adjacent to La Paz Bay.
 Sometimes at this time of year, everything south of Mag Bay, as well as the entire Sea of Cortez, is the color of dried blood, indicating 85 degrees or more.
Current Overview of the Hurricane Odile Disaster: 1. The body of Guenter Trebbow was found Wednesday by Mexican navy divers aboard his sunken Fisher 30 ketch Princess in La Paz Bay.
If you’re in the market for a new boat, or you may be in the near future, be sure to check out Boat Fest this weekend in Alameda.  Boat Fest
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC If you’re in the market for a new or high-quality used boat — or you simply like poking around different boat designs in order to help you move closer to a buying decision — consider attending the (free) Annual Boat Fest at Alameda’s Marina Village Yacht Harbor, which runs today through Sunday, from 11 a.m.
The powerful storm blew over many dry-stored boats in La Paz.
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC As reported earlier, Hurricane Odile struck a devastating blow to Cabo San Lucas, although as far as we know, yachts in marinas there suffered only minimal damage.
The future is foiling for the fleet of one-design AC45s. © Guilain Grenier / Oracle Team USA The America’s Cup folks released an announcement early this morning stating that the fleet of AC45 catamarans will be modified to foil in the America’s Cup World Series.
What a rush! Tom Thayer’s J/70 Rampage was looking fast at the Rolex Big Boat Series, but Andy Costello and Paul Cayard on Double Trouble won the 13-boat class.
Shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday night, the leading edge of Hurricane Odile, then a Category 3 ‘major’ hurricane covering an unusually large area, hit Cabo San Lucas and the southern tip of the Baja peninsula.
More than 150 boats have paid up for the 21st running of the Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers’ Rally, from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, which starts October 27 with stops at Turtle Bay and Bahia Santa Maria.
 J/70 crews prepare their boats on Thursday morning. latitude/Chris
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Our laptop’s dictionary defines "fluky": "subject to chance, unpredictable: Sailing conditions are generally good but wind can be fluky." Day 1, yesterday, the Rolex Big Boat Series started out with just such conditions.
There has been plenty of sun — and great people — for the sundown parties aboard Profligate.
When a regatta event includes Le Mans starts, you can bet that the focus is on fun. Nearly 40 two-person crews competed in the Port Opua Hobie Cat Challenge, in which modified shallow-draft Hobie 16s raced in a single-elimination match-racing format.
The TP52s Vesper and Beecom in last year’s Rolex Big Boat Series. Jim Swartz’s Vesper won IRC A and the West Coast IRC championship.
All sorts of vessels transit the waters of San Francisco Bay, but none as unique as Russian gazillionaire Andrey Melnichenko’s 390-ft megayacht simply named A.
At the risk of being annoying, let us remind all you would-be and soon-to-be southbound cruisers yet again that our annual Mexico-Only Crew List Party and Baja Ha-Ha Reunion takes place tonight from 6 to 9 p.m.
Doña de Mallorca on her Punch Sailor 3 folding bike. What’s your ride?
There’s plenty of space to accommodate transient boats at Channel Islands Marina. We love it here so much, we’re coming back in October.