Archive for July 2016
What better way to start a Southern California group cruise than with dinner on the beach at the Santa Barbara YC?  latitude/Richard
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLC Due to a software glitch, the SoCal Ta-Ta website has been telling applicants that all 50 slots have been taken.
San Francisco Bay Area sailors have been thrilled by more than our fair share of humpback whale sightings this year, but Julia Smith, Marianne Armand and Debbie Fehr had a close cetacean encounter of another kind on July 23.
Skies were stormy and the troughs were deep over the weekend, as Rufus Sjoberg’s Melges 32 Rufless sailed to the finish line.
The 23 finishers of the Singlehanded Sailing Society’s Singlehanded TransPac gathered at Nawiliwili Yacht Club for their awards party on Saturday, July 23.
Rule, Britannia! Team Land Rover BAR celebrates their win in the latest Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event.
Have you ever considered reliving the experiences of history’s most famous trailblazers? You know, crossing the plains in a covered wagon; maybe sluicing down the Colorado River on rickety boats à la John Wesley Powell; or climbing Everest alongside the ghost of George Mallory — using only the tools and skills those intrepid pioneers had available back then?
Woohoo! We’re havin’ some fun now. Charles Devanneaux of the Beneteau First 30 Sailing For ALS (currently second in DH2) somehow found the time to upload a few photos to give his followers a hint of the wild ride he’s having: barefoot and blasting downwind with a rooster tail behind.
Mike Jefferson sails the biggest boat in the fleet, the Garcia Passoa 47 Mouton Noir, into the Hanalei Bay anchorage after completing the Singlehanded TransPac race from San Francisco Bay.
If you’d love to use your boat for something more ambitious than a Central Bay daysail but aren’t ready to enter the cruising lifestyle full-time, we’ve got the perfect solution: Join us on the fourth annual SoCal Ta-Ta rally, a weeklong, one-directional cruising rally from Santa Barbara to Catalina Island.
 Finishing in the rain, Jirí Šenkyrík circles his Olson 30 Kato around to meet the shore boat after finishing the Singlehanded TransPac.
"We’re all wondering when the sun is going to come out. It’s been cloudy and overcast for days and nights now," wrote the crew of the Allied Mistress 40 ketch — ironically named Shadowside — in their Pacific Cup blog this morning.
With today’s final starting sequence, the 2016 Pacific Cup shifts into high gear, as it features the fastest racing machines in the fleet: the maxis.
How secure is your outboard? This one was snatched in broad daylight at the Alameda Marina.  © Steve Waterloo Periodic outboard thefts have been a serious problem in the Oakland-Alameda Estuary for years.
Buzz Blackett’s Antrim-designed Class 40 California Condor (foreground) is currently smoking toward the finish line at around 10 knots.
As you can see via the magic of transponder tracking, the solo TransPac fleet will be converging on Hanalei during the next few days.
Yesterday, the South Pacific cruising community was stunned to learn that one of its own, singlehander Louis Schooler, 64, had been found dead aboard the San Diego-based Hylas 42 Entertainer, which had grounded on Takapoto Atoll in French Polynesia’s Tuamotu archipelago.
Even if you put Biobor or any other fuel stabilization product into a sailboat’s diesel tank, after a year or so the fuel loses its "caloric oomph." This according to George, the Canadian guy on the powerboat Black Magic 1 from Montreal, which is rafted up next to the Wanderer’s Majestic Dalat at the Arsenal Marina in Paris.
Photo quiz: If you’ve cruised the South Pacific you can probably recognize the mountain profile in the background of this shot.
According to the latest tracker data, the bulk of the 23-boat Singlehanded TransPac fleet is more than a third of the way across the Pacific Ocean between San Francisco and Hanalei bays.
Following Saturday’s start off Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon, singlehander Tom Burden exits Belvedere Cove on his Cal 40 Shaman.
Phaedo3 competing in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. © onEdition Powered by winds that gusted up to 40 knots, Phaedo3, the MOD70 trimaran owned by Lloyd Thornburg and co-skippered by Brian Thompson, crushed yet another iconic sailing record on July 2.
Charts, radar, GPS and depthsounders are all great for navigating, but sometimes there is nothing so helpful as a shot from a drone.
A huge congratulations to Randy Miller, Colin Dunphy and Ian Andrewes, who set a high bar for the Race to Alaska course record.
Who says water and fire do not mix? Water and pyrotechnics sure do, so if you’ve got a boat and want an unobstructed view of the celebrations, take a look at our list.
Making its way today into marine outlets and down gangplanks around the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, and many other places where sailors congregate is the July issue of Latitude 38.
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.
Rogues’ Scholarship, as seen in ‘Lectronic Latitude on June 10. © 2016 US Coast Guard District 13 One 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.