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Apster Adrift After Skipper Rescued

Somewhere off the Central Coast of California, the 31-ft wooden sloop Apster may still be adrift after her skipper was rescued on Christmas Day. After receiving faint radio calls for rescue from the vessel’s unnamed solo crewman, who gave his position as 75 miles southwest of Monterey, the Coast Guard launched a search-and-rescue helicopter, sent out the cutter Sockeye, and diverted both the 734-ft bulk carrier Medi Venezia and the towing vessel Vision to assist. The More »

World Race Begins New Year’s Eve

Many Barcelona World Race aficionados think Hugo Boss will be the boat to beat in the third edition of the doublehanded sprint around the world. Needless to say, though, with its route beneath the great capes, just getting to the finish line will be job #1.  More »

New Latitude on the Street Tomorrow

No, the January cover was not shot on the Bay. But hopefully it will remind you of sunnier sailing days. The new Sailing Calendar will bring you up to date on virtually every racing event scheduled in the Greater Bay Area this year — in addition to info on many in far-flung locations.  More »

Some Old Yachts Are Lucky, Some Aren’t

Finesse is one of the lucky grand old yachts because she’s owned by CF Kohler. latitude/Richard
©2014Latitude 38 Media, LLC When you’re talking about lucky wooden boats, Finesse, a 52-ft auxiliary centerboard ketch designed by S&S and built by Germany’s acclaimed Abeking & Rasmussen yard in Germany, is one of them. More »

Huge Fleet for Rolex Sydney Hobart

With it’s 70-year history, its no wonder huge crowds turn out on Boxing Day to watch the fleet exit Sydney Harbour.   Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
©2014Latitude 38 Media, LLC Offshore racing fans are getting a special gift this Christmas, as a massive fleet of international yachts is set to campaign the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. More »

Double Dose of Bad Luck

The beautiful Moody 54 Red Sky washed ashore on the east coast of Australia this week, but plans are coming together to refloat and repair her.    © 2014 Jamie Brown / Northern Star We’re sorry to report that the lovely Moody 54 Red Sky, a veteran of both the Baja Ha-Ha and Pacific Puddle Jump rallies, was abandoned at sea off eastern Australia early December 13 while taking on more water than her pumps could manage. More »

Gonzalo’s Nautical Scars Remain

A medium-sized cat ended up on the beach next to the dinghy dock next to the commercial port at St. Barth and just down from the St. Barth YC. Bartians are usually very quick to clean up after hurricane damage, so we’re surprised that the cat is still there. More »

The Splash/Blast/PFPSRFC

The cruising season officially opened on Banderas Bay on Friday, December 12, with the grand reception by Riviera Nayarit Tourism for cruisers at the chic Eva Mandarina beachfront restaurant and bar in La Cruz. More »

Sea Scouts Learn Safety at Sea

Sea Scouts practiced jumping into the water of San Francisco Bay in a lobster suit (aka Gumby suit) as part of a safety clinic held at Coast Guard Station Yerba Buena Island just south of the Bay Bridge. More »