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Archive for September 2015

Sailboat Grounded, Skipper Busted

The grounding of a bright yellow Catalina 27 at Ocean Beach, was a minor news story Monday, but it serves as a painful reminder to all who plan to sail south this fall or winter to head several miles out past the Golden Gate before hanging a left.  More »

Racing Round-Up

Ron Kell’s Express 27 Abigail Morgan in light surf outside the Gate, on the return leg from Point Bonita Buoy. latitude/Chris
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC Corinthian YC served up some excellent racing in the the YRA Season Closer over the weekend. More »

Wayback Wednesday

A photo of a photo of Big O doing one of the Dickenson Bay races in the mid-1990s. It’s amazing how just one photo can unleash a torrent of spectacularly great memories. More »

Seeing an Old Friend

Our old Flying Scud may be more than 50 years old, but we think the Philip Rhodes design still looks great. In this photo she’s seen at the anchorage off Stearns Wharf with the Santa Barbara Riviera in the background.  More »

A Salute to Unsung Heroes

During an interview not long ago, we asked a Coast Guard rescue pilot how often mariners who’ve been rescued return to a Search and Rescue (SAR) base to personally thank their saviors. More »

Just a Month to Go to the Start of the Baja Ha-Ha

As you might imagine, there are always plenty of pirates and wenches at the KIck-off Costume Parties. That’s West Marine’s Captain Ron in the background — he lives for this! © 2015 Fin Beven With just a month to go to the start of the 22nd Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers’ Rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas — with stops at Turtle Bay and Bahia Santa Maria — there has been some confusion as to the location of the Kick-Off Party. More »

Cuba Here We Come

The Notice of Race for the Conch Republic Cup Key West Cuba Race Week was released earlier this month, and already at least one Bay Area boat is entered. Peter Krueger’s J/125 Double Trouble, fresh off a win at St. More »

Stay Gold Sails Again

Crossing the Pacific, garbage wasn’t the only thing Stay Gold picked up. Presumably, this flying fish was returned to the sea. Stay Gold
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC After the two long and demanding passages that they endured while crossing from Victoria, BC, to San Francisco and then on to Hawaii as volunteer researchers for The Ocean Cleanup project, we’re impressed that Canadian sailors Jason Frechette, Nicole Belleau and Wayana Emanuelle are preparing to set sail again after just three weeks in the Hawaiian Islands. More »
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More on Philippine Kidnappings

In our special report yesterday on a kidnapping incident at a Philippine marina, we presented all the details that were available to us at the time. One quoted source, Sherry McCampbell of the Florida-based CSY 44 Soggy Paws, wrote yesterday to correct several errors in our story: "Steve and Kaz [of Outstripp] didn’t jump in the water… They didn’t get away. More »