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Archive for December 2015

Science Lesson from the Bilge

Earlier this month we introduced ‘Lec Lat readers to the curious, perfectly square crystals that we found growing in our boat’s bilge. We assumed they were salt crystals, of course, as there’d been a pinhole leak down there around a through-hull fastening. More »
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Trade Fair Spotlights Maritime Careers

Opportunities for maritime careers in the Bay Area may be slowly diminishing, but apparently that’s not true everywhere on the West Coast. Need for marine industry employees in the Northwest has prompted the Northwest Marine Trade Association to host a free Marine Career Fair at the Seattle Boat Show on February 1, during which 25 local marine-related businesses will attempt to fill more than 75 full-time positions as well as many seasonal jobs.  More »

Keeping a Lookout

As every experienced sailor knows, bad things can happen when you don’t — or aren’t able to — keep a constant lookout while underway. Here’s a great example of that, pulled from our email box today.  More »

Hartjoy Solos the Horn – Again

A jubilant Jeff Hartjoy points to Cape Horn during his first solo rounding in 2009. He made it around safely again late last week, this time while attempting a complete nonstop solo circumnavigation — at the age of 69! More »

Lighting It Up for the Holidays

The docks of the San Rafael YC were enlivened by boatloads of colored lights Saturday night. Spectators there had a front-row seat for the parade. © 2015 Lynn Ringseis Apparently the weather gods were in a festive mood Saturday night, as a break in the rain was perfectly timed so that several dozen boats could show off their holiday spirit at the annual San Rafael Lighted Boat Parade. More »

New Race to Bermuda

Troy Sears’ 139-ft schooner America, a replica of the first winner of what would become called the America’s Cup, is already pre-registered for the 2017 Antigua Bermuda Race, the final event in her tour of North America and the Caribbean. More »

Peso to Dollar

We’re not saying the Chinese at Mega is any healthier than the Chinese at a typical place in the States, but for less than $4, you get enough food to last all day.  More »