Archive for January 2015
The February Latitude — ahead of its time.  latitude/Annie
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC If your eyeballs are getting itchy to catch up on the latest sailing news, you’re in luck, as we’ve jumped the gun a wee bit and released the February issue of Latitude 38 today.
Just before we left San Diego for the start of the Baja Ha-Ha in late October of last year, we were treated to an unusual sight — a big multihull coming out of the water at Driscoll’s Boat Yard on Shelter Island without benefit of a Travelift.
One of the most ambitious boat-building projects in recent memory is currently taking place in Sausalito.
Last August, Sailor Cherry, an enthusiastic participant in last year’s Delta Doo Dah, walked through the shower deck hatch (a 7"x13" rectangle) of her Serendipity 43 Hooked and did some extensive damage to her right leg and knee.
Bequia in the Grenadines. We haven’t been there in years. Even with a drone we figure it would take us a couple of weeks to get the photos we needed.
In Friday’s story, Rock On!, about John Larsen’s Westsail 42 Danika striking a pinnacle rock near Punta Mita, we gave a latitude for the rock’s position but not a longitude (we have since added it to the original story).
If you’d like to wake up to brilliant sunrises like this one, consider sailing to the sunny latitudes of Mexico with the Baja Ha-Ha rally.
"Is a sailboat a yacht?" the young man asked. "I don’t know what Webster says, but by my definition, no, not usually.
What can happen when a boat in motion hits a stationary object such as a pinnacle rock.
Despite what you might think, copepods are not the latest, greatest racing dinghies.
Rio100 takes a wave in the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Rio 100
©2015Latitude 38 Media, LLC The early entry deadline for the 48th Los Angeles to Honolulu Transpacific Yacht Race is six weeks away — March 1 — and the late entry deadline is June 1.
Although our principal ‘beat’ is to report on sailing activities on the West Coast and beyond, we also do our best to keep track of news and trends in the wider watersports industry.
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Jardin del Pulpo, where the Wanderer goes to meditate. latitude/Richard
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC If you’re searching for extreme tranquility in Mexico, in our opinion you don’t have to look farther than the Jardin del Pulpo — the Octopus’ Garden — in La Cruz on Banderas Bay.
Hugo Boss was the most modern of eight IMOCA 60s making a mad dash around the globe in the Barcelona World Race, and the winner of the last edition.
"We had a passage from hell after leaving Panama for Hawaii," reports Randal Barnhart, 69, of the Alaska-based Yankee Clipper Westwind.
After the mishap, Sir Richard Branson showers the newlyweds and their rescuers with a bit of bubbly.  © 2015 Jack Brockway / If you think you’re too hot a sailor to ever get in trouble with your boat, think again.
The Bel-Aire Resort at Careyes, fronted by three bays. latitude/Aerial / Richard
©2015Latitude 38 Media, LLC "No photos," said the guard at Careyes, the remote high-end resort between Puerto Vallarta and Barra de Navidad on Mexico’s lightly-populated Gold Coast.
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Ever wonder why the incoming current runs faster in some parts of the Bay than others, or why you have such a hard time anchoring close to Alcatraz?
In 1936, Warwick ‘Commodore’ Tompkins sailed from Gloucester, MA, to San Francisco via Cape Horn aboard his family’s 85-ft 1896 Elbe River pilot schooner, Wander Bird.
"Hello. Please cancel: 30-ft Catalina. The ad has been very successful and I no longer need the boat listed. Your Classy Classifieds are great!" "Dear Lat 38: SOLD!
Thanks to Luci, the sun lights up the night. We first saw these lights used at dock parties at Marina Riviera Nayarit.
After capsizing in heavy seas last Saturday, the 75-ft ketch Hawaii Aloha lies grounded in the Kona surf with her cabin destroyed and her rig completely gone.
The uncrowded Tenacatita Bay on Mexico’s Gold Coast. © Karen Vaccaro For the last two years we at Latitude 38 had hoped to start a Tenacatita-Barra Sailing Festival, similar to the Banderas Bay Blast and Zihua Sail Fest.
If you’re planning a trip to visit cruising or chartering friends in far-flung places, we know how you can earn their undying admiration (at least until you break the head): Take down a bundle or two of the most recent Latitude 38s!
Seen here during a 2006 daysail on the Bay, the Lyle Hess-designed cutter Apster is a nautical work of art that rose from the ashes thanks to the exhaustive efforts of boatbuilder Dan Jones.  latitude/JR
©2015Latitude 38 Media, LLC In the aftermath of the Christmas-day helicopter evacuation of singlehander Jeff Weaver from his 32-ft Bristol Channel cutter Apster, Bay Area classic boat aficionados have been hoping against hope that she will be spotted and retrieved.
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A BYC Midwinter race start on the Berkeley Circle. (Neither Achates or Vivace is pictured.) latitude/Chris
©2015Latitude 38 Media, LLC On page 88 of the January Racing Sheet we reported that there was a collision during the December 13 Berkeley YC Midwinter race, with a very serious injury to a crewmember’s toe, between the Newport 30 Achates and the Islander 36 Vivace.
Bay Area sailor Tim Dick wrote in this morning about an unusual observation on the Bay yesterday: Looking a bit otherworldly, the 118-ft Wallypower turned heads on the Bay over the weekend, as did her 235-ft mothership Kogo.
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The teams had their work cut out to even see the turning marks through the murk on their way out of Abu Dhabi.