Archive for June 2015
Virgin Gorda would make a nice stop on the way to Antigua.  BVI Tourism
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC After nine years, the Wanderer’s Leopard 45 catamaran ‘ti Profligate is exiting her yacht management program in the British Virgin Islands on July 27.
Given the location and the circumstance, it didn’t take much prodding to get fleet members to smile for this group photo, taken on the lawn of Club Bali Hai, in Cook’s Bay, Moorea.
Cruisers in La Cruz jury-rig their small craft with umbrellas and other cobbled-together ‘sails’ for a Summer Sailstice regatta.
Smokin’! L’Hydroptère sprints west in her attempt to break the outright L.A.-to-Honolulu record. LHydroptère/Scuttlebutt
©2015Latitude 38 Media, LLC One of the most prestigious passage records in the sport of sailing is being challenged this week: The 60-ft foiling trimaran L’Hydroptère sprinted west from San Pedro’s Point Fermin Monday in an attempt to break the 2,215-mile L.A.-to-Honolulu record, established in 2005 by Frenchman Olivier de Kersauson and crew aboard the 110-foot trimaran Geronimo, 04d, 19h, 31m, 37s.
Fujin snaps a selfie. Fujin
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC Two very successful West Coast racing sailors — Greg Slyngstad of Sammamish, WA, and Bill Gibbs of Ventura, have been experiencing different fates with their new, very fast all-carbon cruising cats.
Lending Club 2 prepares for a fun sail in San Francisco. © 2015 Ronnie Simpson With the America’s Cup packing up shop and moving to Bermuda, there’s been a distinct lack of big, fast multihulls sailing the Bay on a regular basis.
As of Monday, CalTrans had cleared the main channel of the old and new east spans of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge between piers G and H.
The reigning Rose Cup champs, Newport Beach-based locals, are defending their title in SoCal.
Rainmaker, still floating after five months in the nasty North Atlantic. We wonder how high she would float if someone got a couple of bilge pumps in her.
Although Hurricane Carlos is causing havoc south of the border — and other storms may follow — by the time the hurricane season ends in the fall, hundreds of sailors will be heading south, as always, to enjoy Mexico’s sunny latitudes during the winter months.
Smoke on the water: In this painting by Michel Felice Corne (1752-1845), USS Constitution (left) and HMS Guerriere pound each other in the opening days of the War of 1812.
Depending on what source you refer to, current/former Hurricane Carlos, currently paralleling the coast of mainland Mexico about 100 miles off Lazaro Cardenas with 70 knots of wind, is: 1) Going to head further out to sea and pretty much be a non-issue; 2) Gather more steam and head toward Cabo Corrientes and threaten Banderas Bay; 3) Going to be less of an issue all the time right where she is.
If you’ve ever thought that pilots aboard commercial vessels are too quick to toot their horns when pleasure craft cross their paths, the video below will help you understand their predicament.
Summer officially begins with next weekend’s summer solstice and, on San Francisco Bay and around the world, sailors will use the occasion to participate in the 15th annual Summer Sailstice.
Update: Team Elsie Piddock arrived in Ketchikan at 12:55 p.m. today to win the first R2AK, having sailed the 40 miles from Port Townsend, WA, to Victoria, BC, in 4 hours and 11 minutes, and the 710 miles from Victoria to Ketchikan, AK, in an amazing 5 days and 55 minutes.
What NOAA thinks Carlos will look like in the next few days.  NOAA
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC The National Hurricane Center reports that Tropical Storm Carlos, now well off the coast of Acapulco, is about to develop into a hurricane and head northwest.
As reported in the March 2013 issue of Latitude 38, a group of dedicated volunteers has been working tirelessly over the past few years restoring the historic ketch Golden Rule to better-than-new condition.
Onboard the SC52 Prevail, former Latitude 38 racing editor Rob Grant trims the A3 spinnaker while Hilary Walecka grinds, owner Bill Guilfoyle drives, and legendary Santa Cruz Sails — now Ullman Sails — sailmaker Dave Hodges trims main.
Unlike last fall’s devastating Hurricane Odile, former Hurricane Blanca did no significant damage to boating interests in Cabo San Lucas or La Paz when she passed by to the west on Sunday.
This stately and well-mannered parade of Moore 24s was not the norm in the 25th Delta Ditch Run on Saturday.  latitude/Chris
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC If you asked the question, "How was the Delta Ditch Run?" you got answers that ranged from, "There was so much carnage," to "The boat lit up and got on a plane for 5-10 minutes, with water shooting out.
Francis Joyon has held the solo round-the-world record since 2008, and now the 59-year-old Frenchman is about to attempt what would be a historic double in the history of ocean racing.
Should you stay or should you go? © 2015 NOAA While Hurricane Blanca forecasts have her making a direct hit on southern Baja, boating interests in Cabo and La Paz have reason for optimism.
Artemis Racing’s AC45 Turbo training in Bermuda. Artemis Racing
©2015Latitude 38 Media, LLC Artemis Racing confirmed yesterday that their America’s Cup team will move from one former naval base to another.
After the pounding that the Baja Peninsula took last fall thanks to Hurricane Odile, we can probably all agree that it’s somewhere else’s turn.
All the cool kids made the scene at TYC’s big birthday bash. © Jon Price The members of Tiburon Yacht Club, which is located on the east side of Marin County’s Tiburon Peninsula in the waterfront development of Paradise Cay, celebrated their 50th birthday on Saturday night.