Archive for October 2015
Tom Wurfl and Helen Downs’ Lagoon 42 Catatude and scores of other sailboats paraded out of San Diego Bay on their way to the start of the 22nd Baja Ha-Ha on Monday morning.
The legendary ocean racer Merlin is coming home to Santa Cruz. Her designer, builder and original owner, Bill Lee, has bought her back.
"I’m on a boat!" sang this cadre of rappers, who were soon to abandon their flashy suits for shorts, T-shirts and flipflops.  Andy
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC Every year at this time great numbers of humpback whales and a wide variety of waterfowl migrate south for the winter along the West Coast.
The premiere of We Built a Ship (part 1 of 3) will be screened at the Lark Theater in downtown Larkspur this Wednesday evening.
A lot of fine boats in a disposition they shouldn’t be in. Dirt hardstand that is not that hard could be one of the problems.  Morpheus
©2015Latitude 38 Media, LLC “I don’t think Deb and I realized how lucky we were yesterday when a big blow came through Lávrion, Greece, where we have Morpheus on the hard,” writes Jim Gregory of Point Richmond.
Skipper Jean-Pierre Dick and co-skipper Fabien Delahaye’s IMOCA 60 St. Michel-Virbac trains for the Transat Jacques Vabre.
Artemis Racing celebrated their unlikely regatta win on Sunday in Bermuda. © Ricardo Pinto / ACEA In the final regatta of the 2015 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Bermuda over the weekend, Artemis Racing grabbed the spotlight with an epic comeback story on Sunday.
If you’re traveling to Mexico this season, there are several important issues you should be aware of concerning prescription meds.  La Paz-based sailors Dennis and Susan Ross recently alerted us that there have been changes in Mexican law regarding prescriptions for controlled medications.
The Auld Mug goes for a joy ride through through the colorful streets of Bermuda in advance of this weekend’s Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series competition.
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As in years past, San Diego is ‘cruiser central’ this month, as new boats trickle into the bay every day in advance of the October 26 start of the 22nd Baja Ha-Ha rally.
Hostages Robert Hall, John Ridsdel and Kjartan Sekkingstad, who were kidnapped from Ocean View Marina in the Philippines on September 21, are seen in a video just released by an unknown terrorist group.
The following is as funny as it is pathetic. Confirming that they are in need of an education, last month members of the Claremont, California, Pitzer College Student Senate voted to deny instating a yacht club at the school.
The McNeill family’s Stone-built gaff schooner Yankee was the top fundraiser in last year’s Leukemia Cup.
Our ‘mystery spot’ in Mexico. Back then the population was about 1,000. It’s now up to about 250,000, with another 150,000 in the general area.  latitude/Richard
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For most folks, next summer is a long way off, but not for the hundreds of West Coast sailors who intend to race to Hawaii in the Pacific Cup or Vic-Maui.
Due to the enormous fleet of spectators drawn to San Francisco Bay this weekend for Fleet Week activities, first responders undoubtedly had their hands full inside the Central Bay.
Where oh where can this be in old Mexico?  latitude/Richard
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There’s been longtime speculation within the sailing community that completion of the new "third lane" of the Panama Canal may lead to faster small-vessel transits between the Pacific and the Caribbean.
Even when the breeze goes light, it’s a great feeling to be cruising south in the company of like-minded sailors, having left your worries behind you.
This Moore 24 Eclipse earned a new nickname last weekend after suffering a destructive blow from a whale.  © 2015 Donn Carmody Dismastings during Northern California yacht races are a relatively common occurence, but we’ve never heard of one quite like this.
Although Bay waters are rarely more crowded, there’s always a fun and festive atmosphere in the Central Bay during the afternoon air shows.  © Eric Simonson / It will get a little noisy this weekend on the waters of San Francisco Bay, and we’re not just talking about the roar of westerly winds blasting through the Golden Gate.
After sailing in the recent J/70 North American Championship in San Diego, top Bay Area sailor and boatbuilder Campbell Rivers was dealt a cruel and unfair blow that will likely change his life forever.
This photo was taken at a small island tucked into a famous and scenic bay in the Pacific Ocean, a favorite of sailors from near and far.
Defending world champion John Kilroy’s Melges 20 Samba Pa Ti on Saturday. © Leslie Richter Samba Pa Ti managed to recover from this capsize for her worst (16th place) finish of the regatta, which Kilroy, sailing with Bill Hardesty and Jeff Reynolds, threw out to repeat as world champion.
Jeff Hartjoy is making final preparations aboard his and wife Debbie’s Baba 40 ketch Sailors Run for a Halloween departure from Ecuador on his approaching nonstop solo circumnavigation.
Remember our recent story (September Sightings, p.74) about the Coast Guard capturing a self-propelled semi-submersible on July 17, somewhere off the coast of Mexico, that was filled with bales of cocaine?
While the Valley Fire continued to rage in devastated Lake County, we checked in with our contacts at Konocti Bay Sailing Club to see how they were holding up, and to learn if the fire had altered their busy sailing schedule.