Archive for December 2015
As every experienced sailor knows, bad things can happen when you don’t — or aren’t able to — keep a constant lookout while underway.
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.
For many Northern California sailors, the most jaw-dropping ‘WTF’ news story circulating this week is a Lake County Record-Bee report that Russell Perdock has been appointed — not elected, appointed — mayor of Clearlake, the tiny town on the shores of the North Bay lake with the same name.
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.  latitude/Richard
©2015Latitude 38 Media, LLC Despite the Fed’s having raised the interest rate by a quarter percent in the United States two days ago, the value of the dollar versus the peso still took a little dip yesterday to just 17.04 from 17.79.
Mike and Shelly on their totally restored Peterson 44 Avatar are to windward of Tom and Helen’s Lagoon 42 Catatude at the start of the Punta Mita Race.  latitude/Richard
©2015Latitude 38 Media, LLC Finishing first overall among the 21 boats that participated in the three-race ‘nothing that serious’ racing for cruisers that is the Banderas Bay Blast was Fred Roswold and Judy Jensens’s Serendipity 43 Wings.
US Sailing has teamed up with Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky to offer a newly conceived Maritime Heroes Award, aimed at recognizing "men and women who are making significant contributions to educate, volunteer, advocate or simply encourage participation in sailing within their community or beyond." We’re proud to report that longtime Latitude 38 staffer John Arndt is among the six finalists.
Even though the Annapolis YC fire was devastating, the situation might have been much worse if it had happened a few hours later, when the club would have packed with members viewing the annual Lighted Boat Parade.
We don’t usually get excited about things we find in the bilge. But during a haulout last summer we were astonished to discover a trove of ‘sparkling gemstones’ beneath the floorboards of our trimaran.
On Friday, we told the story of Francis Joyon’s IDEC Sport maxi trimaran setting a record for the Indian Ocean crossing from from Cape Agulhas in South Africa to Cape Leeuwin in southwest Australia.
Even now, in an age when film buffs can choose to view top-rated movies on their laptops, tablets, smartphones or elaborate home entertainment centers, there are some films that cry out to be viewed in a big-screen theater.
We hesitate to call it a trend — that poor word has been beaten to death by social media — but it is interesting to see how many sailing vessels have made their way back to where they started from in the last few decades.
As you can tell by this photo, there’s a great potential for kids to have fun while cruising — especially on the Baja Ha-Ha rally.  latitude/Andy
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC Although the majority of sailors entering the cruising lifestyle are retirees, there are also mid-career types who take self-imposed sabbaticals, and families with young kids who’ve chosen to step away from the mainstream for a time in order to give their children an enhanced perspective on the world, while building lasting family memories.
Lady Liberty has her torch; Jimmy Spithill has his cup. © Rob Tringali America’s Cup racing will return to New York for the first time since 1920 with a Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series regatta on May 7-8, 2016, preceded by a practice day on May 6.
"Wait for it. . . " If you ever get lucky enough to glimpse a green flash, it will appear immediately after the sun sinks over an exceptionally clear horizon — or just before sunrise.
The falling price of oil has apparently not dampened the Omani passion for sailing, nor their ability to host a grand (and pricey) regatta. The Sultanate of Oman will earn a page in sporting history when it becomes the first country in the Middle East to host America’s Cup racing on February 27-28, 2016.
Less than six days out of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, the great MOD70 Phaedo3 rushes to the finish line off Grenada in the West Indies.  © 2015 Rachel Jaspersen / Phaedo3 Lloyd Thornburg’s St.
If weather prognosticators are correct, there will be a lot of rainy days this winter when you probably won’t want to go out on the water.
With the first weekend in December comes the first batch of holiday lighted boat parades, the nautical contribution to brightening the year’s darkest month.
The ‘aires‘ might be bueno in the capital of Argentina, but the agua apparently isn’t.
The December issue of Latitude 38 hit the somewhat chilly docks of the San Francisco Bay Area yesterday, and has been shipped and mailed to ports beyond our horizon.
As we slip from November and the conspicuous consumption of turkey and fixin’s into December and the conspicuous consumption of consumer goods, it’s perhaps a good time to look ahead to the following month, when consumption turns to reflection.
On Sunday at 4:01:58 GMT, the trimaran Spindrift 2 crossed the start line that runs from Créac’h lighthouse (Ushant Island, France) to Lizard Point (Cornwall) for the start of her crewed nonstop circumnavigation.