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Archive for July 2016

Comanche Crushes Atlantic Record

Seen here smokin’ across the Atlantic in a near-perfect weather window, Comanche has earned another prestigious spot in the record books.   © 2016 Yann Riou Just a week after Rio100 broke Mari Cha IV‘s Hawaii race record in the Pacific Cup race, another record formerly held by the famous 139-foot yacht has also fallen — this time in the Atlantic Ocean. More »

August Latitude Out Today

On the August cover, the super-maxi Rio100 blasts toward the Pac Cup finish at Kaneohe, Oahu, shaving nearly three days off the previous benchmark. This and several other awesome aerials that appear in our recap were shot by Hawaiian photographer Lauren Easley. More »
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A Dolphin Frolics with a Tuna

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. More »

Still Slots Open for the SoCal Ta-Ta

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. More »

Sending Out an SOS for Commodore’s Boat

Commodore Tompkins’ Wylie 38 Flashgirl in better times, anchored in the Moorea lagoon. latitude/Archives
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLC The sad news out of Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, is that irascible Mill Valley sailing legend Warwick ‘Commodore’ Tompkins’ Wylie 38+ Flashgirl was struck by lighting and partially sunk. More »

20th Solo TransPac a Wrap

The 23 finishers of the Singlehanded Sailing Society’s Singlehanded TransPac gathered at Nawiliwili Yacht Club for their awards party on Saturday, July 23. © Kristen Soetebier The 20th edition of the Singlehanded TransPac came to a close Saturday night with awards at Nawiliwili Yacht Club on Kauai Island, Hawaii. More »

Raucous Pac Cup Finish

Skies were stormy and the troughs were deep over the weekend, as Rufus Sjoberg’s Melges 32 Rufless sailed to the finish line. Despite riding winds stronger than what his "lake boat" was designed for, he said, "We had an awesome adventure the whole way through!" More »

Britannia Rules the Waves

Rule, Britannia! Team Land Rover BAR celebrates their win in the latest Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event. © 2016 Ricardo Pinto / ACEA The sun may have set on the glorious heyday of the British Empire, but the Brits still rule their own waters. It More »

Pac Cup Record Set as Storm Approaches

Doublehanders Melinda and Bill Erkelens blast toward Oahu aboard their MORC30 Wolfpack, securing first place in North Sails DH2. © 2016 Leslie Richter As the Pacific Cup’s early finishers celebrate their success and swap tales from this year’s abnormally fast passage from San Francisco to Oahu, a reenergized Tropical Storm Darby — now packing sustained winds of 60 mph — is undoubtedly making crews at the back of the pack a bit nervous. More »