Archive for January 2016
If you’re always looking for ‘silver linings’, you’ll be interested in recent discoveries made by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists thanks to diminishing sea ice in the Arctic.  Although artfully drawn, this artist’s rendering of the abandonment scene can’t begin to convey the grim prospect of surviving outside in such conditions, even for a brief period.
As every Pacific Northwest sailor undoubtedly knows, the massive Seattle Boat Show begins this week and runs through February 6 at CenturyLink Field (plus in-the-water boat viewing at South Lake Union).
Profligate on her own hook in the rather deep water of Yelapa. The dark color of the water indicates how deep it is.
We bought Olson 30 #66 in Richmond sight unseen about five years ago.She’s been a fabulous boat for us, both for Zen sailing on San Francisco Bay and for 15 singlehanded circumnavigations of St.
The Melges 24 Shaka shakes off her rig on Friday at Key West Race Week, in breeze building past 20 knots and monstrous seas.
Canadian cruisers George Juri and Grit Chiu had been battling strong winds and high seas for days when they chanced upon Thai barge worker Thar Hlaing, who’d been alone in the water for four days.  Escape
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLC The 94-year-old Cruising Club of America has announced the winners of its five major achievement awards for 2015.
This is some of what is believed to be a dolphin pen just outside the Punta Mita anchorage.  (unknown)
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLC Those who believe that marine mammals should not be confined — and we’re confident this would include most sailors — have been dismayed to learn that some organization is in the process of installing what looks to be the start of a dolphin pen just outside the Punta Mita anchorage.
Although Aussie Rules is a 34-ft Catalina designed for coastal cruising, Dave and Rose found that she was big enough for the crossing to Australia about 80% of the time.
In November, the introduction of preliminary plans to dramatically redevelop the Alameda Marina drew widespread concern and condemnation by many within the Oakland-Alameda sailing community.
Peter Krueger and the Bay Area-based Double Trouble crew racing on Monday at Quantum Key West Race Week.
Saturday’s Corinthian Midwinters racers converged at the penultimate mark of course 5, the R4 buoy designated as YRA 8 east of Angel Island’s Point Blunt.
About a year ago, when ex-America’s Cup employee Tom Ehman introduced his pipe dream of staging a 12-Meter racing renaissance on San Francisco Bay — in reaction to the astronomical costs of foiling-era A-Cup campaigning — the idea drew a mixed reaction.
Hawaii-bound sailors and hopefuls, take note: Saturday’s Alaska Airlines Pacific Offshore Academy at Richmond YC still has some space left. The POA on January 23 will begin at 1 p.m.
This well-worn sign is often in place at the Santa Cruz Harbor launch ramp, but this week its warning is particularly serious, as the harbor mouth is effectively closed to all traffic.
Say what you will about Americans’ over-the-top spending and celebrating habits during the holiday season, but there’s no denying that this reflective time of year also inspires many to be unusually generous.  One example is the impressive total of contributions received by West Marine’s nonprofit BlueFuture Fund, whose proceeds help maintain a variety of youth-based maritime organizations around the country — including the Alameda Community Sailing Center.
The kids from the orphanage on the lawn of the marina. That’s ‘house mom’ Veronica Gomez Garcia, who helped make it happen, in the top center.
Jim Hopp, guiding his J/88 White Shadow through Raccoon Strait in 2015’s SSS Round the Rocks Race.
With a blast from the shotgun, BYC’s Division A starts Saturday’s Midwinter race in the chilly drizzle.
On Friday afternoon, Spindrift 2 crossed the finish line between the Créac’h lighthouse, France, and the Lizard lighthouse, Cornwall.
In the December issue of Latitude 38 (pages 65-67) and in ‘Lectronic Latitude on November 20 and January 8, we told you about controversial plans to redevelop the Alameda Marina, on the Estuary side of the island.
The international sailing community has lost one of its best-loved father figures. On Sunday Australian billionaire Bob Oatley, 87, succumbed to a longtime illness.
Triple-overhead swell stacks up along the Sharp Park area in Pacifica. © 2016 Erik Simonson The pro surfers at Mavericks may have been delighted with yesterday’s 40-ft waves, but the huge surf that pounded the California coast in the wake of the most recent El Niño-enhanced storm prompted the closure of the Pacifica Pier, San Francisco’s Fort Point, and King Harbor Yacht Club in Redondo Beach, doubtless among other venues.
Following the recent march of storms and surging waters even inside San Francisco Bay, the National Marine Manufacturers Association last night made the tough decision to postpone the Progressive Insurance San Francisco Boat Show.
In November, when preliminary plans were proposed that would drastically change the layout and character of Alameda Marina, it created a furor of protest and outrage among many local boaters.
Peter Jones and Jim Koss (at the helm) sailed the 1936 English 6-tonner Philippa, a new MMBA member, in the Master Mariners’ New Year’s Day Race.
Doublehanded ‘soul sailors’ Jonathan and Rebecca of Serenity. If the couple look a little rough, it’s because the photo was taken with a cheeseball Android phone in dim light.
Throughout the Caribbean Basin, many businesses and tourism promoters lightheartedly capitalize on the region’s legacy of piracy.
REWRITE… SCIENCE How an MIT team created a warning system for rogue waves New research improves the ability to forecast rogue waves, also known as killer waves, which can rise without warning to tower over ships and rigs, with potentially catastrophic results.
Just one last record before 2015 expired. Phaedo3
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70 Phaedo3 broke one last record in 2015 by setting a new time of 1 hour and 5 minutes for rounding the Caribbean island of St.
The crew of this MacGregor 65 is defying the odds. © SailFuture What does society do with young people convicted of breaking the law?
Earlier this month we introduced ‘Lec Lat readers to the curious, perfectly square crystals that we found growing in our boat’s bilge.