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Archive for June 2016

Lat 38 Readers on Offshore Readiness

Rogues’ Scholarship, as seen in ‘Lectronic Latitude on June 10. © 2016 US Coast Guard District 13One of the reasons we report on offshore emergencies is that there are usually lessons we and our readers can learn from both tragedies and near-tragedies. More »

Gannet to Begin the Big Stretch

Gannet’s bow slices through the water. © Steve Earley"I’m about to sail from Darwin for South Africa," writes solo adventurer Webb Chiles.  Tomorrow, which will be July 1 in Australia but June 30 in the US, Webb Chiles plans to continue his sixth circumnavigation, sailing from Darwin, Australia, bound for South Africa on Gannet, his ultralight Moore 24. More »

Drama Continues at Alameda Marina

Developer Bay West hasn’t submitted final plans to the City of Alameda for its vision for Alameda Marina, but has been discussing updated designs with community groups through community advisory meetings. More »

Biggest Tahiti Rendez-vous Ever

Winds were light and skies were cloudy for the crossing from Papeete to Moorea, but arrival at Cook’s Bay was dramatic nonetheless. Seen here is Neil and Jeanette Hay’s Freemantle, Australia-based Beneteau 47 Echo Echo. More »

Third Lane of Canal Opens Sunday

Sailboats will probably never be allowed to transit the Panama Canal’s so-called Third Set of Locks, which open for business Sunday, but we’re sure many sailors will find this massive maritime engineering feat to be a fascinating accomplishment. More »

Wonderful Woodies Alert

A greeting from the Sea Scouts on their open whaleboat, Viking. latitude/Andy
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLCLovers of classic yachts will want to set aside some time on Sunday to visit Corinthian Yacht Club, on Tiburon’s Main Street, for the Master Mariners Wooden Boat Show. From More »

Medical Drama in the Clipper Race

This morning’s breaking news from the Clipper Round the World Race concerns the successful medevac of a crew member from IchorCoal. The Canadian Defence Department carried out a challenging helicopter rescue. Chris Drummond, 62, from High Wycombe, UK, had complained of severe chest pains yesterday but was stabilized after receiving care from one of the team’s two onboard medics. More »

MAD Dogs Take R2AK Stage 1

Quite likely the craziest race in the sport of sailing — with hands down the most hilarious press releases — has officially started. Back for its second year, and with nearly double the entries at 65, is Northwest Maritime Center’s Race to Alaska. More »

Four-Bridge Fiasco

Sailors, how is your backstroke? Only one of 11 skippers didn’t spend some time swimming on June 18 during the 2016 Sir Francis Chichester Race, the Laser fleet’s periodic circumnavigation of the island nation of Alameda. More »