Archive for January 2017
Francis Joyon (far right) and his crew (left to right: Sébastien Audigane, Gwénolé Gahinet, Alex Pella, Clément Surtel and Bernard Stamm) celebrated their arrival in Brest yesterday.
"According to Wikipedia, it’s the largest sailboat race in the United States," Rick Elkins, the race chair of the Singlehanded Sailing Society, told the crowd gathered at Wednesday night’s Three Bridge Fiasco skippers’ meeting.
Boat shows are fun for the whole family. © Seattle Boat Show The Seattle Boat Show, which starts today on Lake Union and in the CenturyLink Center, will be the hub for a host of goings-on over the next week, starting with this evening’s Uncorked.
Peter Wagner’s Skeleton Key not only placed first in the J/111 division for the second consecutive year, but the crew was recognized on Thursday with the Marine Partners’ Day award.
From recent research we’ve learned that many longtime California sailors were introduced to the sport aboard small, simple-to-master boats such as Sunfish, El Toros and Lasers, which were launched off public beaches or launch ramps.  Today, though, there seems to be a general perception that public access to Bay and Delta waters is diminishing.
The Hughes 42 Feet, the object of the Wanderer’s boat lust.  Richard
©2017Latitude 38 Media, LLC Already the owner of 3.5 boats — the 63-ft cat Profligate in Mexico and California, the 45-ft Leopard 45 cat ‘ti Profligate in Antigua/St.
If at first you don’t succeed. . . Third time was the charm for Armel Le Cléac’h, who completed his lap around the world yesterday in record time.
It breaks our hearts every time a vintage wooden yacht is left to rot, or worse yet, is chopped into dumpster-sized pieces for lack of a better alternative.
We don’t know yet why the 48-ft sailboat Bobo Link sank Wednesday less than three miles off the Big Island of Hawaii — conditions on the scene appear to have been calm at the time — but the incident brings to light several important reminders for all offshore sailors.
In 1968, the first solo, non-stop race around the world set sail from the United Kingdom and into history.
J/Boats has come up with a brilliant marketing idea to build interest among future boat owners in its hot new sportboat class, the J/70.
Bang! The photo shows the first Oyster World fleet setting out from the Pillars of Hercules, Antigua, for their voyage around the world.
Beached boats are a nightmare for local authorities, and when owners don’t have the means to pay for their removal and associated shoreside damage, taxpayers end up footing the bill.
US Sailing announced yesterday that Olympic bronze medalist Caleb Paine of San Diego and IKA Formula Kite World Champion Daniela Moroz of Lafayette (in the East Bay) have been named 2016 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year.
While some West Coast racing fleets are shrinking, we’re thrilled to announce that a new breed of cutting-edge racing machines will soon be heading our way.  Frank Slootman’s brand-new Pac 52 Invisible Hand was lookin’ good during sea trials in New Zealand.  © 2017 Darren McManaway The latest boat to bear the name Invisible Hand is the first of three new Pac 52s to be launched in Auckland, New Zealand, where she recently completed two days of sea trials.
One of the most famous authors ever to emerge from the Bay Area, Jack London had a special reverence for small-boat sailors.
Perhaps the white shell on the ‘chisel’ of the Rocna anchor reduced the anchor’s holding power.  Quixotic
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC We got a laugh out of this photo by Lewis Allen of the Redwood City-based Voyager 43 catamaran Quixotic, which is currently in New Zealand.
Lia Ditton was the youngest skipper and the only female to complete the 2005 OSTAR (Original Singlehanded Transatlantic Race), in a 34-ft trimaran called Shockwave.  Lia Ditton
©2017Latitude 38 Media, LLC Tomorrow night (Thursday, January 12), the Corinthian Yacht Club Speaker Series will present 36-year-old British sailor Lia Ditton, who will talk about her upcoming attempt to row, solo and unsupported, the 5,000 miles from Japan to San Francisco, early next year. So far, only two people have successfully rowed solo across the North Pacific Ocean.
Just as there are many ways to enjoy sailing — daysailing, racing, cruising — there are also a variety of ways by which you can learn to sail.
Peter Johnstone, the founder and former owner of Gunboat Catamarans, reports that Rainmaker, hull #1 of the Gunboat 55 series, is getting a refit.
Jack van Ommen wants his family, friends and many fans not to be overly concerned about what looks like a perilous situation for him and his Gig Harbor, Washington-based Naja 30 Fleetwood.
As scenic a venue as any for a raft-up, Corinthian YC facilitates both competition and camaraderie during their popular Midwinter Series.
Perpetual LOYAL charges south toward Hobart in record-breaking time. © Rolex / Daniel Forster Like Thomas Coville breaking Francis Joyon’s solo ’round-the-world record after several failed attempts, today’s ‘Lectronic is about persistence and faith’s paying dividends.