Archive for October 2014
A GoPro selfie from current VOR leader Team Brunel. © 2014 Stefan Coppers / Team Brunel/Volvo Ocean Race The great thing about one-design racing is that the competition is tight – once you’re in the lead you know that no other boat is physically faster.
It’s a rare Baja Ha-Ha start when San Diego doesn’t serve up the sun the Mexico-bound cruisers are seeking on their southern migration, and this year was no exception.
Day 3 of the 21st Baja Ha-Ha dawned with patchy clouds, as the 131-boat fleet approached Turtle Bay, 360 miles south of San Diego.
Costumed fleet members took over the parking lot of the Shelter Island West Marine, the fiesta’s co-sponsor.  © 2014 Kurt Roll For the skippers of 131 boats and 490 crew, today is the long-awaited day of the start of the 21st Annual Baja Ha-Ha cruising rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas with stops at Turtle Bay and Bahia Santa Maria.
Meet the replacement. May it shine long and bright — once we make the modifications necessary to the original installation.  latitude/Richard
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC One of the things that we find annoying is when the replacement part from one company has a different mounting pattern and perhaps a different electrical connection than the original.
Latitude 38 runs Calendar listings every month for events at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, an historical treasure on Hyde Street Pier at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf.
Long may she run? This wood beauty has been running in style for more than 100 years.
Crew positions are apparently still fluid on some Ha-Ha boats. latitude/Richard
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC After months of preparation and perhaps the expenditure of a few dollars, the skippers of Baja Ha-Ha XXI, the cruisers’ rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, have completed all preparations for the Monday-morning start, and will be spending Friday, Saturday and Sunday relaxing, making new friends, and seeing the sights of San Diego.
In 2007, four blue whales like these were killed by ship strikes in and around the Santa Barbara Channel.
The fun-loving crew of Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ Australian-flagged Transfusion switched sports from sailing to halyard-skurfing in response to Friday’s conditions.
"We may be geese, headed south for the winter, or the Ha-Ha may just be the first leg of a very, very long vacation," say Tom & Kelly Miller of the Alameda-based Panda 40 Stochastic.  We’re guessing that their 10-year-old daughter Sophie would prefer the latter option.
While right now cruising in Mexico may seem to be all about paperwork, this photo is more indicative of what it’s really like.
Looking for something unusual to do on the water this weekend? Why not take part in the annual Petaluma River Festival, today through Sunday.
We don’t care what anybody says, the Biblical Job didn’t suffer anywhere nearly as much as the Grand Poobah of the Baja Ha-Ha has in his endless attempts to make paperwork requirements understandable to normal human beings wanting to bring their boats to Mexico.
No, this image hasn’t been color-adjusted in Photoshop. The water in Tonga really is that blue, clear and inviting.  © Livia Gilstrap "I remember the sun rising over the peaks and the spicy floral smell of the island; the giddy feeling that we had actually sailed our home to the South Pacific." That’s Livia Gilstrap‘s recollection of making landfall in the Marquesas two and a half years ago aboard the Victoria, BC-based Wauquiez Pretorian 35 Estrellita.
Farr 40s Nightshift, Plenty, and Voodoo Chile racing on the Cityfront in September’s Rolex Big Boat Series.
An aerial view of Saturday’s race around the cans in Alicante. © David Ramos / Volvo Ocean Race Seven teams will start the 39,000-mile around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race tomorrow in Alicante, Spain, bound for Cape Town, South Africa.
Mexican officials at Huntington Beach yesterday tried to make sense of the often confusing and sometime contradictory aspects of applying for nautical tourist visas and Temporary Import Permits.  latitude/Richard
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After their budget-related 2013 hiatus, the Blue Angels and other aerial daredevils will be back this weekend.
Tomorrow the Baja Ha-Ha rally’s Grand Poobah and others will be attending an invitation-only meeting in Huntington Beach that will address the many problems with paperwork for boats and people going to Mexico this winter.
Talk about an unlikely life raft. Who would have thought this plastic container could deliver a wayward sailor to safety.  U-Fin
©2014Latitude 38 Media, LLC One reason mariners should always keep a sharp lookout is that they never know what might cross their track — an oncoming vessel, dangerous debris, or a fisherman riding in a green plastic crate.
There is more green on the baseball field in Turtle Bay than in the rest of Baja — minus the Cabo golf courses — combined.