Archive for February 2017
After 10 straight days of rain, Kerry, Shirley (pictured here), Ruthie and Terena took the 42-ft one-off cutter Cetacea out to soak up some sunshine.
Conrad Colman finished the Vendée Globe today under jury rig with two biscuits to spare.
"Yes!" reads the encouraging word on Conrad Colman’s ‘main’. © Conrad Colman Dismasted on Friday, February 10, off the coast of Portugal with more than 700 miles to go to finish the solo nonstop Vendée Globe in Les Sables d’Olonne, France, Kiwi-American Conrad Colman set up a jury rig and vowed to finish the 27,440-mile race around the planet.
For the third year in a row, Lloyd Thornburg’s St. Barth/Santa Fe/Newport Beach-based MOD70 trimaran Phaedo3 has taken elapsed-time honors in the grueling RORC Caribbean 600 race.
Recovery efforts for an Etchells oopsy. © Jillian Humphreys This Jimmy Warfield Etchells, owned by two board members of Stockton Sailing Club, looks as if it was knocked over in one of the storms that have been pummeling California, but actually what happened is that someone drove off with the hoist still attached to the boat’s lifting harness.
An outrigger sailing canoe glides across the Moorea lagoon. The island of Tahiti lies in the background, 12 miles away.  latitude/Andy
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC In ports all along the west coast of the Americas, several hundred adventurous sailors are preparing to set sail for the storied isles of French Polynesia — an annual migration we call the Pacific Puddle Jump.  As longtime readers know, for the past 20 years we’ve been reporting on the sailors from many nations who make this ambitious 3,000- to 4,000-mile passage, and we’ve always been fascinated by the diversity of their backgrounds and the boats they sail on.  Next month, we’ll meet a whole new batch of westbound cruisers at each of three free sendoff events held in key PPJ staging areas.
"Now that the days are starting to become a little longer and dare I say drier soon, we’ll be hopefully enjoying some late afternoon and early evening sailing once again," writes Chuck Bullett, vice commodore of Berkeley Yacht Club.
Over the weekend, docks in the Bay Area were bustling with activity, as we were blessed by two splendid, sunny days, after enduring weeks of almost nonstop rainstorms.
Wood from the Guayacan tree is perfect for both sailors and cops. Jack van Ommen
©2017Latitude 38 Media, LLC It looks as though Latitude’s great friend Jack van Ommen of the Gig Harbor, Washington-based Naja 30 Fleetwood will not make it “around the world in 80 years” as he had hoped.
When you have a trimaran such as Phaedo3 that can hit 40 knots, you can quickly cover a lot of ground between race venues.
The Pacific Cup Yacht Club has posted the official Notice of Race and registration is open for the 2018 Pacific Cup.
Our February Calendar listed an incorrect date for Corinthian YC’s Speaker Series event featuring Dirk Rosen of MARE.
Ex-president Barack Obama was all smiles after successfully learning to kiteboard in the BVI’s Gorda Sound — for which he scores big points in our book.
During Latitude 38’s early years one of the most challenging editorial efforts was reporting on the December 1982 storm that devastated the Cabo San Lucas anchorage.
In the January 18 ‘Lectronic Latitude, we asked the following quiz question: ‘What is the official maritime rule most often broken by sailors?’ Somewhat to our surprise, almost everyone who responded — and there must have been more than 100 — got it right.
During the years that we’ve been editing Latitude 38’s Calendar, we’ve noticed that a mustering of energy in preparation for the spring sailing season manifests itself as a spate of seminars during the break between the holidays and the beginning of evening beer can racing.
Boat fires can be devastating to life and property. This one, which occurred in upper Santa Cruz Harbor Tuesday, caused a half-million dollars worth of damage.
After 58 miles of racing, these two Express 27s and a Moore 24 converged on the 2015 DHF finish line off San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club at the same time.
The flip of the calendar from January to February brings with it the February issue of Latitude 38, making its way around Bay Area docks today in advance of the next swarm of rainstorms.
While revving up to celebrate Latitude 38 magazine‘s 40th anniversary this spring, we’ve been reflecting on many past adventures of West Coast sailors, as well as unique Latitude offerings such as our long-established Crew List — which aims to connect potential crew with skippers in need.
Defending skipper Jimmy Spithill and challengers Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy, Dean Barker, Franck Cammas and … um, someone’s missing.
In Saturday’s Three Bridge Fiasco, a trio of counterclockwise boats rounds their first ‘bridge’ at Yerba Buena Island.
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.