Archive for April 2015
Randy and Dawn Ortiz in happier times. Randy Ortiz
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC As reported earlier, Pacific Puddle Jumpers Randy and Dawn Ortiz were forced by circumstance to abandon their Canadian-flagged S&S 42 Nirvana Now on April 8, after rescuers Bob and Mona Jankowski of the North Carolina-based Caliber 40 Continuum arrived on the scene, roughly 1,200 miles from the first possible landfall.
H.L. Enloe’s ORMA 60 trimaran Mighty Merloe slipped into Ensenada minutes before dawn on Saturday at 5:55:35 to secure Best Elapsed Time honors at the 68th annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race.
The 87-year old schooner was in the middle of her most successful charter season yet in the British Virgin Islands when she was rammed and nearly sunk by a landing craft.
Charlie and Cathy, back in St. Lucia where they started their circumnavigation 15 months ago.  Celebrate
©2015Latitude 38 Media, LLC Charlie and Cathy Simon of the Spokane- and Puerto Vallarta-based Taswell 58 Celebrate report they have completed the 2014-2015 ARC Round the World Rally.
A place as dreamy and stunningly beautiful as Tahiti gets plenty of press.
If you’re in the Sea of Cortez, why not plan to check out the all-new Loreto Fest on Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2?
A body found last summer has been identified via DNA as a missing sailor, but the cause of his death as well as the whereabouts of his sailboat and companion remain a mystery.
As we post this edition of ‘Lectronic Latitude, the once-again six-strong fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s is at sea and racing toward the United States.
Sailing at an average speed of 27 knots, the San Francisco-based CEO of Lending Club, Renaud Laplanche, with co-skipper Ryan Breymaier and the crew of the 105-ft trimaran Lending Club 2, set a new record for the 635-mile course from Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport, RI, to Kitchen Shoal Beacon in Bermuda.
The stylish and fast new Perini Navi Perseus 3 stretches her long legs.
Easter Sunday was especially festive at Jalisco, Mexico’s Tenacatita Beach, as federal officials finally removed fences that had blocked public access to this formerly popular beachfront for nearly five years.
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"The Aduana official at Puerto Chiapas in southern Mexico who said 10-Year TIPs have to be surrendered when a boat leaves Mexico has been corrected," reported Tere Grossman, president of the Mexican Marina Owners Association, in an email to Latitude 38.
After two years of cruising aboard their Caliber 40, Bob and Mona transited the Panama Canal and soon caught South Pacific fever.
Island Yacht Club’s 34th Doublehanded Lightship tomorrow has 16 boats signed up, mostly split into two monohull PHRF divisions.
Perhaps you were as horrified as we were when we read that on Tuesday 15 Jalisco state police officers were killed in an ambush by suspected narcos "near the popular beach resort of Puerto Vallarta." We know that there have been 100,000 people killed in clashes between Mexican authorities and narcos since 2007, but almost all of the killings have taken place in the mountains away from tourists.
Pictured here prior to their departure from their homeport, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Randy and Dawn Ortiz spent two years in Western Caribbean waters prior to setting sail recently for French Polynesia.
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC Having traveled nearly 3/4 of the distance from Panama to French Polynesia, the Canadian-flagged S&S 42 Nirvana Now became disabled early yesterday due to rudder and mast rigging problems that were reportedly caused by some sort of wave action.
Louis Jordan, 37, is the novice sailor who claims he spent 66 days at sea aboard his dismasted Alberg 35 before being spotted and rescued.
The 5o5 Worlds were held on Algoa Bay in South Africa last week.
For as long was we’ve been publishing Latitude 38, which is since almost the beginning of time, Puerto Madero, more recently known as Puerto Chiapas, has had a spotty reputation in the cruising community.
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Azzam enters Rio Itajai-açu, on the approach to the finish in the 5:00 hour, local time.
We’ve seen wider beams on boats in recent years, but just under 15 feet on a 45-footer?  latitude/Richard
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC The biggest change in boat design in the last 40 years?
This is what’s called lowering the boom on the boom. We’re hoping that nobody was hurt.  Peter Johnstone
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC For the last couple of seasons, we’ve stored our Olson 30 La Gamelle at the St.
The Race Notes in April’s Racing Sheet were squeezed out by results from gobs of Midwinter Series that wrapped up in March.
A photo from the good old days of America’s Cup racing, back in 2013.
With Strictly Sail Pacific only a week away, several new vessels have been, or are currently being, delivered to the Bay Area from distant ports.
The Strictly Sail Pacific planner is bound into the April issue. latitude/Annie
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC It ain’t heavy, it’s the April issue of Latitude 38.
A portrait of the artist. © Jim DeWitt Racer and artist extraordinaire Jim DeWitt will speak tonight at Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon.