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Archive for June 2015

Two New Cats, Two Different Fates

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. More »

Weekend Preview

The reigning Rose Cup champs, Newport Beach-based locals, are defending their title in SoCal. Left to right: Christophe Killian, Jack Martin and Harrison Vandervort. © Chris Love Productions Twelve young skippers are competing the U.S. More »

After Nine Years, a Shitty Welcome Back

A file photo of Capt. Greg King and Coco Kai owner Jennifer Sanders. Coco Kai
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC It would have been nice if Capt. Greg King of Jennifer Sanders’ 64-ft staysail schooner Coco Kai could have had a pleasant last leg from Cabo San Lucas to Long Beach to wrap up a circumnavigation that started with the 2006 Baja Ha-Ha. More »

Lane Shift Ahead

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. This is the main channel span closest to the east side of Yerba Buena Island. More »

Puddle Jumpers Flock to the Rendez-vous

A number of boats said goodbye to the dreamy lagoons of the Tuamotus this week, in order to arrive in Tahiti in time for Friday’s festivities. latitude/Andy
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC By all indications, this weekend’s Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendez-vous will draw the largest fleet in the event’s 10-year history. More More »

Gunboat 55 Hull #1 Found, Again

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. © 2015 Captain Reinhard Peer, aboard the Hapag-Lloyd containership Chicago Express Rainmaker, the first of the hot-selling Gunboat 55 catamarans, has been found again, this time five months after she was dismasted and abandoned by her crew off the East Coast. More »

Mexico Tourism Seminar Tomorrow

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. More »
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View from the Bridge

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. More »

Which Way for Hurricane Carlos?

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. More »