Skip to content
Archive for November 2014

Will It Be San Diego?

The Port of San Diego’s new promotional video promises excellent AC 35 viewing potential within the harbor’s natural ‘sailing stadium’. Port of San Diego
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC With America’s Cup 35 organizers promising to announce the venue for 2017’s big show by the end of December, both final contenders — Bermuda and San Diego — are evidently pushing hard to seal the deal in their favor. More »

Mystery Photos Revisited

We received many responses to Friday’s Photo of the Day quiz. The most popular answer was Lake Powell, on the state line of Arizona and Utah. "I know it’s not exotic but sometimes you guys are pretty sneaky-sneaky," wrote David Gauny of Ventura. More »

Forward Cockpits Are All Wet

We can’t count the number of owners and skippers of catamarans with forward cockpits who have told us they never get wet in those cockpits, even when sailing to weather. It might have something to do with the fact that our catamaran Profligate doesn’t have a forward cockpit, but we’ve always been a little skeptical. More »

Sailor Arrested for Kidnapping Son

A father taking his son on a sailing trip to the South Pacific is a dream come true for many sailors, but when you don’t get permission from the boy’s other parent, it’s called kidnapping and will turn that dream voyage into a nightmare. More »

Ha-Ha Transcended All Obstacles

Profligate, about to sail off the edge of the world during the light air of Leg 1. latitude/Richard
©2014 Latitude 38 Media, LLC It’s a credit to the inherent adventurous and beautiful nature of the Baja Ha-Ha, and the perseverance of its more than 500 participants, that this year’s cruising rally was such a big success despite an unprecedented number of challenges. More »

Route du Rhum Record Falls

Loïck Peyron completed the Route du Rhum more than half a day ahead of his nearest competition, crossing the finish line just past midnight in Point-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. Despite the hour, the quay was crowded with locals, excited to greet the victorious skipper. More »

Dengue Fever in Baja

The media have done an outstanding job of getting the public worked into a lather over Ebola, even though it’s statistically more likely for an American to die in a bouncy house than from the deadly virus. More »

Spithill Named Sailor of the Year

Jimmy Spithill leads Oracle Team USA to victory in the 34th America’s Cup. © Guilain Grenier / Oracle Team USA Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill was presented with the 2014 ISAF male Rolex World Sailor of the Year award at a ceremony in Palma, Spain, yesterday evening. More »

Ocean Race Update

Loïck Peyron, age 54, on the Maxi Solo trimaran Banque Populaire VII, has stretched out his lead to 150 miles in the Route du Rhum from Saint-Malo, France, to Guadeloupe. © 2014 Thierry Martinez / BPCE It seems as if every time a press release from the Route du Rhum solo Atlantic race pops up in our inbox, it’s reporting some new disaster. More »