Archive for July 2017
There are lots of reasons for signing up for the September 10-16 SoCal Ta-Ta Rally from Santa Barbara to Catalina, starting with the fact that it’s the only ‘Reggae ‘Pon Da Ocean’ sailing event in the world.
A huge fire last week at a marina in Texas destroyed as many as 20 boats, but caused no injuries.  © 2017 KXAS-TV (NBC5) The Highport Marina in Pottsboro, Texas — sitting on Lake Texoma, straddling the Texas/Oklahoma state line and about an hour away from Dallas — was said to be the "largest facility of its kind .
The following comes to us from David James as part of our Reader Submission Series (if you have a good sea story or a great photo, please send it here):   "There are some traditions on the Bay that are deserving of resurrection.
This story [which has been updated as of 1 p.m.] comes courtesy of Anne Russell in response to our Cover Contest, where we were also soliciting general sailing news, stories and photos.
Tieman, aboard his really cool cat, at Turtle Bay shortly after she was launched in 2008.  latitude/Richard
©2017Latitude 38 Media, LLC You might be able to help Glenn Tieman, a Californian who is perhaps the most frugal cruiser in history.
The victorious locals of Team Killian celebrated their win at Balboa YC. © 2017 Longpre Photos Sailing for the host club, Balboa Yacht Club, 20-year-old Christophe Killian won the Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Racing Championship on July 17-22 in Newport Beach.
While prowling the Sausalito waterfront we came across this sleek new 50-footer recently delivered to a Bay Area owner.
Your caption here. latitude/File
©2017Latitude 38 Media, LLC We’ve had this photo on our Facebook page for about a week, and have gotten over 100 quippy entries.
Edward Marez’s Santa Cruz-based SC70 Buona Sera crossed the Diamond Head finish line of the Transpac on Saturday evening.
If you thought that Francis Joyon’s time for crossing the North Atlantic solo from New York to the UK was fast, wait until you hear this.
A majority of the 114 boats already signed up for the the 24th Baja Ha-Ha will be making the trip for the first time.
As the Wanderer pointed out to us, "Francis Joyon, without really trying, broke the Transatlantic record." Joyon was returning solo from The Bridge race, in which he had competed with crew.  And it was his own solo record that he beat, by 49 minutes.
During the latter stages of the recently completed 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda, the question wasn’t whether Emirates Team New Zealand was going to beat Oracle Team USA — they thrashed them 7-1 — but what boats and format the Kiwis would elect to use in the 36th Match.
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is looking for adventurous Washington State residents to take up the challenge in its next edition. The Clipper 2017-18 Race will feature a Visit Seattle team entry for the second consecutive race, and it’s not too late to sign up.
On Friday, we asked if you’ve ever sailed with a ‘Captain Bligh’, or a skipper who is calm and even charming on shore, but screams and belittles their crew once at sea — especially racing.
Last chance to fill out the Latitude 38 reader survey. The online survey will close down this Friday, July 14. After that you’ll have to keep your opinions to yourself! Of course we’re always listening, so, actually, after that you can still share your notes and letters.
Bill Lee’s 68-ft sled Merlin started the Transpac on Thursday. Pro sailor Morgan Larson drove the start.
According to sharks, rich people just taste better than poor people.  Somebody on Facebook
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC Here’s a photo to give a belly laugh to those who are envious of the obscenely wealthy crowd that owns mega-yachts.
Working together, the US Coast Guard, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, Vortex Marine Construction and the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District are planning for the removal of the sunken 112-ft freight barge Vengeance. The Vengeance capsized on April 7 south of the Bay Bridge.
In what we’re calling the Main Event of this year’s Transpac, Phaedo3 and Maserati crossed the starting line yesterday and are sprinting for Honolulu — and possibly into Transpac history.
It’s that time of year when hundreds of West Coast sailors are having to make decisions — some of them quite expensive — about how to outfit their boats for Mexico and perhaps the South Pacific and beyond.
Like a fun, loud and slightly annoying friend who’s overstayed their welcome, the America’s Cup just never seems to go away — even though it came to a decisive conclusion a week ago, which we analyzed at length in the July issue.
While on assignment in Toul, France, to investigate whether the Wanderer was being hyperbolic about the pleasures of canal boating, Latitude’s Mitch Perkins and a friend were ‘tooling’ through scenic waterways when they docked their boat Marjani near Lynn and Jack Robinson of Fort Collins, Colorado.
In one of the more bizarre races of the year, the Queen Mary 2 has beaten four maxi-trimarans in a race from France to New York.
In an April ‘Lectronic Latitude, we asked our readers to comment on a new Boater Identification law set to take effect in 2018, when California will begin to gradually roll out a requirement for certain motorized marine vessels — including sailboats with motors — to carry proof that they’ve taken a safety course.