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Archive for March 2016

All About the Fastnet

This Friday, March 25, Sequoia Yacht Club in Redwood City will host Bay Area sailor Mike Reed for his presentation on the 2015 Rolex Fastnet. Reed, who has more than 20,000 ocean miles and is a veteran of the Rolex Sydney Hobart, Pacific Cup and Chicago Mackinaw, will detail the challenges of sailing the Fastnet, which is considered to be one of the top three most difficult races in the world. More »

Weekend Racing Preview

This Saturday, the Doublehanded Farallones Race will kick off the local 2016 ocean racing season. The Bay Area Multihull Association organizes the race, but it’s open to monohulls as well as multihulls. More »

Big and Beautiful

The 186-ft Rosehearty took two out of three firsts in division with Paul Cayard calling tactics.  © 2016 Jeff Brown / Perini Navi Thirty-six megayachts and three J Class yachts showed up for St. More »

Happiest Big Boats Place in the World

The big Perini Navi Rosehearty hits the starting line, with Paul Cayard aboard again this year. Journalists aren’t supposed to identify who owns which boat, but everybody knows Rosehearty belongs to Rupert Murdoch — which doesn’t mean his new bride, Mick’s ex, or he was even aboard. More »

End of the Line for Rimas?

Mariners traveling in American territorial waters and beyond take great comfort in knowing that Coast Guard resources are always standing by to assist them if an emergency should occur. But when solo sailor Rimas Meleshyus had to be rescued by Guardsmen Wednesday and towed 30 miles into Monterey Harbor, we had to wonder if there is a limit to how many times an individual sailor can call for help before rescue authorities say, "Enough already." More »

Boss Sky Walk

Alex Thomson, skipper, stuntman and male model for Hugo Boss, is always nattily attired for his stunts. © 2016 Alex Thomson Racing / Lloyd Images Video of British round-the-world sailor and daredevil Alex Thomson’s latest stunt has been released. More »

Where’s Rimas?

Early last week, friends of 63-year-old Russian-born sailor Rimas Meleshyus became concerned, as no one seems to know what became of him or his vintage Rawson 30 Mimsy since departing a Schoonmaker Marina end-tie March 7 during a northerly rainstorm. More »

Rainmaker Not Down for the Count Yet

After two winters in the North Atlantic, the Gunboat 55 Rainmaker is awash and is reportedly being towed to shore.  Peter Johnstone
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLC Rainmaker, the first of the Gunboat 55 catamarans, is a little wet but still floating — more or less — after two unaided winters in the North Atlantic. More »