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Archive for March 2015

Dongfeng’s Mast Snaps

Dongfeng Race Team’s mast broke above the third spreader — the top section of the mast — during the night. © 2015 Yann Riou / Dongfeng Race Team Dongfeng Race Team’s crew was not injured when, in the middle of the night, the top section of the mast broke on their Volvo Ocean 65. More »

AC 35 Proposes Downsizing Catamarans

In an official statement last week from America’s Cup 35 organizers, it was announced that the 2017 competition will likely be sailed in much smaller boats than previously anticipated, in order to "dramatically reduce team operational costs, primarily by racing in a smaller boat." More »

New Boat Inspections In Mexico?

Hundreds of sailors are now making preparations for sailing south to Mexico this fall. Undoubtedly, some are nervous about properly complying with government regulations, but Mexican Tourism officials are working hard to minimize confusion about immigration and boat import regulations.  More »

A Trio of West Coast Races

Byron Chamberlain’s 1930 Burgess-designed 51-ft LOA Rose of Sharon in the America’s Schooner Cup. © Cynthia Sinclair In San Diego this weekend, Silver Gate Yacht Club’s America’s Schooner Cup will feature a fleet of 14 vessels ranging in size from two 30-footers to two 96-footers. More »

Lend a Hand, Will You?

Posters such as this have been put up all around the island. A large and festive crowd is expected.  latitude/Richard
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC We’ve never watched or participated in the group re-launching of a vessel from the beach. More »

Stamm & Le Cam Win Barcelona World Race

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” British writer W.E. Hickson’s well-known proverb surely resonates with hardcore ocean racers like Jean Le Cam and Bernard Stamm, who, after 84 days and 5 hours at sea, have crossed the finish line onboard the Farr-designed Cheminées Poujoulat and claimed victory in the third edition of the doublehanded Barcelona World Race. More »

Plan for Strictly Sail Pacific

Look for this handy 56-page Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show Guide bound into the April issue of Latitude 38. latitude/Annie
©2015Latitude 38 Media, LLC As usual, the boat show planner for Strictly Sail Pacific will be bound into the April issue of Latitude 38, which will hit the docks on April 1. More »
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Engine Colors Help Nab Thief

When we last reported on outboard motor thefts in Alameda in 2014, the Sightings article offered a popular deterrence tip from cruisers: paint your motor a distinctive color. Turned out that was pretty good advice. More »

Cheminées Poujoulat Wins BWR

After 83 days at sea, circumnavigating doublehanders Bernard Stamm of Switzerland and Frenchman Jean Le Cam still appear to be friends. And their grins are understandable, as they were almost 1,000 miles ahead of their nearest competitor, Neutrogena, when they took this selfie. More »

A Different Culture

No Passion Without Risk. They got that right. And this woman obviously likes a man who is willing to take risks. She’s a little dangerous, too. Notice how she’s holding the boat the way she’d hold a rifle. More »