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Archive for May 2015

Maserati Dodges Garbage on Shanghai Run

While hundreds of miles offshore, the Maserati crew were stunned by how much floating garbage they encountered. This shot was apparently taken by a crew member.  Maserati
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC Normally, one of the rewards of offshore sailing is the opportunity to savor the natural world around you, unspoiled by the influences of man. More »

Volvo Ocean Race in the USA

The crowd on land watching one of the Pro-Am Races. "There were hundreds of spectator boats and more than 20,000 people cheering from shore," said Cherie Sogsti of San Diego. "I’m so glad we flew across the country to feel the excitement." More »

Education Mixed With Family Fun

Future Coasties? Possibly. For kids and adults alike, spending time with search and rescue crews is both impressive and inspiring. © Lynn Ringseis Since we’re always looking for a reason to visit Sausalito, the idea of touring the Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat Station Golden Gate during their annual Safe Boating Expo seemed an excellent way to spend last Saturday morning. More »

Safe Boating Week Gives Food for Thought

Undoubtedly the attitude of some boaters toward safe boating precautions is, "Yeah, whatever." But first responders such as Coast Guard air rescue personnel consider basic boating safety to be a deadly serious matter: "All too often rescue crews are called out to look for lost and injured people whose problems could have been avoided with better knowledge, planning and safety equipment." More »

Kicking Off Delta Doo Dah 7

We’ll be kicking off the 2015 Delta Doo Dah this Saturday evening, May 16, with a party and Delta Cruising Seminar hosted by Richmond YC from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The bar will be open (cash only) and complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available. More »

Multiple Maydays from Atlantic Storm

A Portuguese rescue swimmer looks down on the disabled Swan 44 Kolibri, which reportedly suffered a capsize plus two additional knockdowns. Her four-man Norwegian crew were rescued successfully.   © 2015 Portuguese Air Force Having crossed the Atlantic himself aboard a 30-ft Beneteau, ex-San Francisco sailor Jean Vaury brought to our attention reports on an abnormally violent storm 500 miles south of the Azores late last Wednesday night, with conditions so severe — 50-knot winds and seas up to 45 feet high — that at least four private yachts called for rescue. More »

How Did You Spend Mother’s Day?

And now, for something completely different: a Mother’s Day cruise to the Farallones. Despite overcast along the coast, it was sunny out in the islands.  latitude/Andy
©2015Latitude 38 Media, LLC Quiet conversation over eggs Benedict and mimosas is always a fine way to celebrate Mother’s Day, but for a change of pace we, and roughly 30 other sailors, took a novel approach to honoring the moms in our lives: a full-day cruise out to the Farallon Islands and back aboard the Sausalito-based schooner Freda B. More »

China-Bound Maserati May Dodge Cyclone

Giovanni Soldini’s VOR 70 Maserati slips out the Golden Gate Saturday evening en route to Shanghai, China — a trek of more than 7,000 miles.  © 2015 Maserati / Jen Edney Before setting out to break an ocean-crossing record, it helps to have an ideal weather window. More »