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Archive for December 2014

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 »

Buying Yachts with Bitcoins?

When you’re in a business as highly competitive as selling top-tier yachts, it’s important to be creative. Perhaps that’s why Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Denison Yacht Sales announced recently that they will now accept the controversial cyber currency bitcoin for the purchase of both new and used yachts. More »

Breaking the Pink/Blue Color Divide

Debbie atop the mast of Yesterday’s Girl, doing what has been traditionally considered to be a ‘blue job’. © 2014 Terry Ray While it may not fit the progressive narrative about equality of the sexes, it appears there is something of a natural division of labor on sailboats. More »

Got Plans for Christmas?

The splendid schooner Eros transits Panama Canal locks in company with a massive container ship. Several days ago she arrived in St. Thomas, her base for the winter season. © 2014 Barbara Churchill / Eros Got plans for Christmas? More »

Where Is This?

Those 5,000-ft mountains in the background make it unlikely this is a photo of Florida.  latitude/Richard
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC If it weren’t for the mountains, the above photo would look a lot like Florida. More »

Sailor Found After Search Abandoned

The little Hawaiian sloop Malia is safely back in port today, nine days after the search for her was abandoned.  © US Coast Guard After receiving two mayday calls November 27 from Hawaiian sailor Ron Ingraham, 67, US Coast Guard aircraft flew 59 search sorties, scouring roughly 12,000 square miles of ocean, but no sign of the solo sailor’s 25-ft sloop Malia was ever found, and he was not heard from again — until yesterday, 12 days after the initial call for help.  More »

2015 Pacific Puddle Jump Revs Up

All sorts of sailors do the Pacific Puddle Jump each year, sailing aboard a wide variety of boats. Last year, roughly 20 nations were represented on the fleet roster. © Fred Jacq Based on the emails we’ve been receiving, adventure-hungry sailors all along the West Coast of the Americas are busily preparing to do the Pacific Puddle Jump — that is, the 3,000-mile crossing to French Polynesia. More »

New Info on Loss of Seven Sisters

Although the body of former Bay Area sailor Tom Kardos still has not been found, many more details have emerged regarding the lead-up to the capsize of his boat, Seven Sisters, in Mexico’s Gulf of Tehuantepec late last month. More »

Not One, but Two Boards

It sort of looks like the world’s first cruising catamaran with a canting daggerboard. Escapade
©2014Latitude 38 Media, LLC Judging from a quick glance, it looks as though this photo depicts Greg and Debbie Dorland’s Lake Tahoe-based Catana 52 Escapade making a bid to become the first multihull with canting daggerboards. More »

For the Love of Sail

This is what a Swan 90 looks like, although we’re not sure she’s the model owned by our mystery multiple boat owner.  Swan Yachts
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC If we’re not mistaken, we have a new and undisputed champion of sailboat boat ownership in Northern California — and for all we know, the world. More »