Archive for November 2016
Because the Banderas Bay Blast is held in mid-December, the wind tends to be light and the air warm: mellow tropical sailing.
Leaving behind the sinking Noah, her crew drifts away. © Dr. Bramley Murton / National Oceanography Centre Four family members and their one crew were successfully rescued last weekend from the BH39 Noah in the Atlantic Ocean while participating in the 2,750-mile Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) from the Canary Islands to St.
The view from Nereida at sunset, off Southern California, last night. Nereida
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC Jeanne Socrates’ attempt to be the oldest person to circumnavigate the globe singlehanded without stopping is, unfortunately, making an unforeseen stop.
What possible connection could there be between holiday shopping and the opening of the Panama Canal’s ‘Third Set of Locks’ last summer?
Shot during a pre-start practice session, either a very large shark — or perhaps orca — is keeping pace with Alex Thomson’s sleek IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss, or we’re getting a look at the tip of his starboard foil, which is now broken.
We made it! El Gato owners Annie Gardner and Eric Witte, on the right, stand atop the cat’s house after making the 1,500-mile passage from Virginia to the British Virgins.  El Gato
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLC Do you know the three reasons that it’s much harder to get to the tropics from the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states than it is from California?
Having made the 4,000-mile crossing from Panama several weeks previously, a cruising cat arrives at the entrance to Cook’s Bay, Moorea, site of the annual Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendez-vous.
Four of the six teams racing in Fukuoka, left to right: Artemis Racing (SWE), BAR Land Rover (GBR), SoftBank Team Japan and Groupama Team France, sailing on Friday.
At the risk of drowning in the attempt, these kissing-contest challengers were determined to keep their lips locked despite being pummeled by the Cabo shore break.  © 2016 Fin Beven Unless you’re well over 60, you’ve probably never seen the 1953 black-and-white film From Here to Eternity — except perhaps via an oldies TV channel.
Summerlike and beautiful Ayala Cove, along the north shore of Angel Island, on Saturday, November 5.
A new Queen of the Women’s Circuit was crowned last night at the Yacht Racing Association’s awards party, which was hosted by Berkeley Yacht Club.
A fleet of West Wight Potters and similar craft approaches the Georgiana Slough bridge, as the bridgetender swings it open to allow the flotilla through.
Profligate, a sometimes sunny place for shady people sailing to Cabo San Lucas.  latitude/Richard
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLC Thanks to Internet and other issues in Cabo San Lucas, the Baja Ha-Ha photo wrap-up report we’d planned for today has been postponed, and may not even appear until Friday because of a mandatory 300-mile crossing to Puerto Vallarta.
Life on the Water, the Sausalito-based documentary company, will premiere their latest film, Jon Wilson, The Restorer’s Journey, on Wednesday, November 16, at the Rafael Film Center in downtown San Rafael.
The 48-year-old Frenchman Thomas Coville departed Brest, on the coast of Brittany, on Sunday, in hopes of a solo around-the-world record aboard Sodebo Ultim’.
Lewis got the ‘mermaid’, the restored cat, and here a whopper of a mahi.  Quixotic
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC Last fall Tropical Cyclone Winston nailed Fiji, and one of the unfortunate results was something like 21 holes being put in the hull of the Voyager 43 cat Quixote.
On Monday, the Associated Press reported that a German sailor who was kidnapped by Somali pirates eight years ago has apparently been captured again — this time by Islamic militants in the southern Philippines.
Frenchman Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII is leading the Vendée Globe as of Monday morning, having taken over the lead from Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss following the Brit’s jibe in toward the coast of Portugal.
The Baja Ha-Ha is a two-week event that, thanks to the nonstop activities, seems as though it’s at least a month long.
It’s now been nearly two weeks since Chinese singlehanded sailor Guo Chuan went missing off his 97-ft trimaran Qingdao China while en route from San Francisco to Shanghai on a solo record attempt.
Four years since the last contest and practically two years in the making, the big day is finally upon us.
The 350-mile San Diego-to-Turtle Bay first leg of the Baja Ha-Ha cruisers’ rally featured the strongest, most consistent leg-long winds in the 23-year history of the event. After a 2.5-hour rolling start — motoring allowed — out of San Diego on Monday morning, the wind filled in nicely to the 18- to 25-knot range, just south of the Coronado Islands. It was just as Commanders Weather had forecast, and blew all the way down to Cedros Island, if not to Turtle Bay itself.
Flashgirl is home after a decade in the South Pacific. It wasn’t what we’d call an ideal photo op, but somehow Nancy Tompkins’ camera managed to record this shot of Flashgirl returning through the Golden Gate to her Sausalito homeport on Wednesday night.
Here comes the sun. . . One of the coolest things about sailing in the 750-mile Ha-Ha rally is experiencing little ‘gifts’ from Mother Nature, such as splendid sunrises and sunsets — not to mention night skies salted with a gazillion brilliant stars.  latitude/Andy
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLC While sailing past Cedros Island this morning, the Baja Ha-Ha XIII Rally Committee checked in to report that conditions have been splendid since shortly after the Monday-morning start: steady winds of 15-22 knots from the NW or N, which drove the disparate fleet toward its first rest stop — at the fishing village of Bahia Tortugas — at an unusually fast pace.
Romayne and Cameron Riddell, in what the well-dressed cruising kids apparently wore back in the day.  © 2016 Emily Riddell We love the accompanying photos that were sent to us by Cameron Riddell of Los Angeles.
Guess what city in Baja is welcoming the Ha-Ha fleet once the event is over?  Cat ‘n About
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLC "On the evening of October 24, officials in La Paz unveiled the new ‘La Paz’ sign on the malecon," report Rob and Linda Jones, who left Puget Sound long ago aboard their Gemini 3000 catamaran.
The crew of the New Mexico-based Catana 471 Footloose was in high spirits as they paraded out to the starting line.  latitude/Andy
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLC At 10 a.m.
Jeanne Socrates in warmer climes. latitude/Richard
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC Having done more major things in his life during the past week than in any previous one-week period, the Wanderer/Grand Poobah was up at 3 a.m.
November is looming and thus so is the midwinter racing season. Blessed as we are on the West Coast, we just keep on sailing all year round, while boats in other parts of the country are already hauled out and shrink-wrapped for the winter.
The 1949 32-ft Winslow sloop Black Witch, lookin’ good sailing off Sausalito. © John Skoriak About this photo of Black Witch, Latitude contributor John ‘Woody’ Skoriak writes: "I took this photo from the deck of Seaward years ago.
As reported in ‘Lectronic Latitude on Wednesday, Chinese singlehander Guo Chuan went missing from his 97-ft trimaran Qingdao China west of Hawaii while attempting to set a San Francisco to Shanghai record.
After 10 days at sea, 74-year-old singlehander Jeanne Socrates was forced to suspend her latest nonstop circumnavigation attempt and return to her Victoria, BC, homeport yesterday after taking a beating from extreme weather.  The amazing Jeanne Socrates in happier times.