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Archive for March 2018

Snickers, the Castaway Dog, Part 2

Today we bring you part 2 of the tale of Snickers, “The world’s most famous cocker spaniel.” After Snickers and Gulliver, a parrot, were abandoned by their owners — who had shipwrecked on Fanning Island, Kiribati, in December 2008 — cruisers Robby and Lorraine Coleman contacted Latitude to see if anyone could help. More »

Hawkfarm Knockdown Redux

"I raced against your mother." That’s what Dorian McKelvy told Gordie Nash at Golden Gate Yacht Club during the Seaweed Soup Regatta in San Francisco this winter. Currently the skipper of the J/111 MadMen, McKelvy used to sail the Hawkfarm Spitfire on San Francisco Bay back in the 1980s and raced against Jocelyn Nash, who owned El Gavilan. More »

Photo Quiz Solution

On Monday, we posted Jeff Berman’s photo of this tall ship and asked readers to guess her name, homeport and mission. The crew of a tall ship prepares her canvas for a day of sailing. More »

April Racing Preview

Because Easter falls on April 1 this year, the coming weekend is light on regattas, but women skippers can still sign up for Island Yacht Club’s Sadie Hawkins Race (full crews, coed OK, this Saturday, on the Estuary, $20 entry fee). More »

Volvo Ocean Race Sailor Lost at Sea

The sailing world was both shocked and deeply saddened on Monday with the development of a tragic man-overboard situation in the Volvo Ocean Race. While sailing downwind at speeds of more than 20 knots deep in the throes of a Southern Ocean gale, Hong Kong entry Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag lost crewmember John Fisher (UK) overboard in the early hours of Monday morning, local time. More »

America’s Cupdate

In America’s Cup news, the NYYC challenger team has released their branding. The team will be called American Magic. Philip Lotz, commodore of NYYC, said, "America was the first boat to win the Cup in 1851. More »

Photo Quiz

Today’s mystery ship. Click on the photo to enlarge it. Thanks to Jeff Berman for sharing it. © Jeffrey Berman This tall ship was spotted in the San Francisco Bay Area on Friday. More »

‘Balloon Fishing’ Challenge

As the California State Water Board knuckles down on copper loads in our waterways, the largest source and most toxic of pollutants seems to have escaped the government’s attention. Researchers have concluded that plastics are now one of the most common pollutants in our ocean waters worldwide. More »