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Archive for July 2015

August Issue Out Today

On the cover: Seen in this Phil Uhl photo, the ultra-fast 105-ft tri Lending Club 2 passes the Diamond Head light at the end of a record run that shaved more than a day off the existing L.A.-to-Honolulu More »

Last Transpac Finisher Arrives

With yesterday’s arrival of the final finisher and today’s awards celebration, the 48th Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu slides into the history books. The Shunan, Yamaguchi-based Italian 30-footer Fortissimo II made it to Honolulu yesterday. More »

This Is No Urban Myth

When the scooper planes came within 100 meters of Geja, they were starting to get a little too close for comfort. Andrew Vik
©2015Latitude 38 Media, LLC Have you ever heard of the firefighting story in which a ‘scooper plane’ accidentally scoops up a scuba diver while taking on a load of water, then unknowingly dumps him on top of a fire? More »

Adventures in the Duxship

Not all the Santa Cruz 50s are in Hawaii this week. Here’s Craig Page’s Hana Ho, with Buzz Blackett’s Antrim 40 California Condor in the background, starting Saturday’s OYRA Duxbury-Lightship Race off St. More »

Rescue: The Right Gear at the Right Time

The sunken Pearson 40 as seen yesterday near the end of the Berkeley Pier. The sailor in distress obviously didn’t have time to stow his sails before being rescued. © 2015 Nathan Bossett A life-or-death situation Monday evening illustrated the importance of having basic safety gear on board, even when you’re simply making a short lap around the Central Bay.  More »

Pink Sail for Cancer Research

Why are these grown men and women all wearing pink? Read on and find out. © Martha Blanchfield The fourth annual Pink Sail and Pink Party ponied up the cash for cancer research. More »

Transpac Almost a Wrap

Manouch Moshayedi’s Corona del Mar-based Bakewell-White Rio100 sped toward the finish line on Saturday. © Sharon Green / Ultimate Sailing Almost all the finishers have now arrived at Waikiki in the 48th Transpac Race from Los Angeles, and we can safely say that James McDowell’s Santa Cruz 70 Grand Illusion has taken overall ORR honors on corrected time, followed by Chuck Nichols racing the Andrews 70 Pyewacket, with Craig Reynolds’s TP52 Bolt in third place. More »

Transpac Winners Soon to Be Clarified

Flying her massive masthead chute, Newport Beach-based Rio100 charges toward the finish line. © 2015 Jeremy Leonard / Sail Revolution As of this writing, the results from the 48th edition of the Transpac race from Los Angeles to Honolulu are beginning to come into focus, with more than half of the fleet now having reached the finish line off Diamond Head. More »

Very British AC World Series

Stereotypically variable English summer weather dampened — and shortened — the first regatta in the 35th America’s Cup cycle over the weekend. Held on the Solent in Portsmouth on England’s south coast, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series was sailed in one-design wingsail foiling AC45 catamarans. More »

Stuck on the Old Rockpile

As you can see, when you’re near the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor, it’s only a short distance between complete safety and dire dangers from the surf at Ala Moana. © 2015 Richard Langdon An otherwise unidentified 31-ft sailboat from the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor got stuck on a reef at the Rockpile surf spot just outside the marina on Saturday night around 9 p.m. More »