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Archive for January 2017

Cruiser Attacked in South Pacific

Cruiser Jim Van Cleve of Kalokalo, type of boat and hailing port unknown, was attacked by two men while anchored off Suva, Fiji, at 11 p.m. on January 25. According to reports from people on boats near Kalokalo, two men armed with at least one cane knife confronted Van Cleve in the cockpit and then attacked him. More »

Three Bridges, One Big Fiasco

In Saturday’s Three Bridge Fiasco, a trio of counterclockwise boats rounds their first ‘bridge’ at Yerba Buena Island. On the left, the Cal 40 Azure might have been one of the first finishers — had it not run aground just short of the finish. More »

A Celebration of Both Sail and Power

All this writer wants for Christmas is a rowing/sailing gaffer from Gig Harbor Boat Works. Sweet!  latitude/Andy
©2017Latitude 38 Media, LLC With the recent announcement that Sail America’s annual Bay Area boat show will include powerboats this year, some sailors dissed the idea as an unwelcome dilution of what had always been an exclusively sail-focused event. More »

Seattle Boat Show Goings-on

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. More »

Joyon and Crew Crush Jules Verne

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. © 2017 Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI After Thomas Coville shattered the solo round-the-world record, and a Vendée Globe in which Armel Le Cléac’h and Alex Thomson both finished several days under the record for a solo monohull to circumnavigate the globe, it was with bated breath that we followed IDEC Sport’s attempt at the Trophée Jules Verne record. More »

Three Bridge Fiasco Outlook

"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. More »
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Noodle’s Notes Nocks It Out of the Park

Unlike Mexico, many of the anchorages in Hawaii are tricky. Aerial photos in Noodle’s Notes, such as this one at Haena, Kauai, can be helpful in avoiding disaster. © 2017 Noodle’s Notes If you’d like to have your expectations exceeded, we suggest you take a look at Bill Leary’s Noodle’s Notes, which is a free online cruising guide to the Hawaiian Islands. More »

Californians at Key West Race Week

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. © 2017 Martha Blanchfield It’s not only ICW (Intracoastal Waterway) sailors who swoop into Key West for its turquoise waters and competitive week of racing on January 15-20. More »

The Wanderer Battles Boat Lust

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. More »