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Springtime sailing outside the Golden Gate. Sweet! latitude/Annie
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Captive Cruiser Beheaded in Philippines

Sixty-eight-year-old Canadian sailor John Ridsdel, who’d been held captive in the southern Philippines since September by Abu Sayyaf militants, was beheaded Monday after the deadline for his ransom had passed. Canada, like the US, has a policy of not giving in to ransom requests for its citizens. More »

Sailboat Abandoned off Año Nuevo

Alone offshore of the Central Coast was not a great place to be Monday morning. Due to incoming water and damage, the IOR one-tonner Kentucky Woman had to be abandoned.  © US Coast Guard Conditions off the Central California coast Monday morning were rough and rowdy, with 40- to 50-knot winds reported, accompanied by 15- to 20-ft waves. More »
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Cruisers to the Rescue with A- Blood

“My wife Donna is in the hospital in Puerto Vallarta,” reports Richard Pomeroy of the Oregon-based Polaris 43 Flying Carpet. “She got strep throat, and the antibiotics the doctors gave her ate a hole in her stomach, causing internal bleeding. More »

Records Trampled in Ensenada Race

Tom Siebel’s MOD70 Orion takes off for Ensenada — and a place in the record books. © 2016 Sharon Green / Ultimate Sailing Every yacht race has had that one special year when it blows like stink out of the right direction and an unprecedented level of race craft shows up to absolutely demolish all the records. More »

Spend Some Time with Jim Bender

What’s the connection between watermelons and young sailors? Find out tomorrow night at Spaulding’s.  © Jim Bender Plenty of West Coast mariners have colorful sailing résumés that include exotic travel on a variety of sailing craft. More »

Chiles Continues Solo Circ in 24-Footer

Gannet’s interior may not be big enough to hold a dinner party, but it works for Chiles. A place for everything, and everything in its place. © Webb Chiles After a southern-summer layover in New Zealand, irrepressible American circumnavigator and author Webb Chiles is poised to continue his latest solo lap around the planet aboard a remarkably small boat. More »

HMBYC’s Sail a Small Boat Day

Last weekend couldn’t have been finer for being on, in or near the water, even in often-chilly Half Moon Bay. The sailboats were wishing for a little more wind, however. © 2016 Kara Hugglestone Half Moon Bay Yacht Club’s second annual Sail a Small Boat Day on sunny Sunday, April 17, was as much a celebration of small boat sailing as a membership drive. More »