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USA hunts down Alinghi 5 in the pre-start, drawing a penalty on the Swiss team shortly after this photo was taken.
Plastiki, a 60-ft catamaran made entirely of recycled — in the form of used irrigation pipes for the masts and old soda bottles for flotation — and recyclable materials, is nearly ready for an offshore shakedown cruise.
The Singlehanded TransPac — a 2,120-mile run from the Bay to Kauai — is really gaining a head of steam, with the entry list expanding and seminars out the wazoo.
Hang onto your hats. Here comes Rene. © Fiji Met Service As we go to press with this edition of ‘Lectronic, we’ve just been informed that a nasty category 2 cyclone, dubbed Rene, is bearing down on the Kingdom of Tonga and is expected to build in intensity.
“Say, Joanne,” says Randy, “why don’t you and I take this big guy out for a little sail while everybody is busy at the post-no race press conference?”
"We thought you’d like to know that the Super Bowl wasn’t the only thing happening on Sunday," write Pat and Carole McIntosh of the Alameda-based trawler Peregrine.
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On Friday, February 12, the Berkeley YC will host a free special presentation by noted marine architect Jim Antrim and boatbuilder Cree Partridge of the Berkeley Marine Center.
Like others in this year’s ever-enlarging fleet, Elisabeth and Rod Lambert of the Alameda-based Swan 41 Proximity can hardly wait to feel the gentle push of the South Pacific tradewinds.
Just five days after sailing into Cabo San Lucas to effect repairs to the charging system of her Open 40 Wild Eyes, Marina del Rey’s Abby Sunderland, 16, set off again on Saturday in her bid to become the world’s youngest non-stop solo circumnavigator.
"I’ve been invited to give a talk about my experience during last year’s Double-Handed Farallones Race," says Dave Wilhite, who, with Dave Servais, clung to the overturned hull of the J/80 Heat Wave after the boat’s keel fell off on the way back to the Bay.
The 48-ft Ocean Alexander Rubicon — which was tied up perpendicular to the slips on C dock — caught fire last night around 5:30.
Check out this photo of a woman, on the left, who looks a lot like Liz Clark, singing backup for Jimmy Buffett at Bora Bora.
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Please join us for the inaugural Ullman Sails Offshore Championship Series.  Three great races, three spectacular parties: March 12-13, 2010: The Islands Race
Newport Harbor YC to San Diego YC May 29-30, 2010: Around Catalina
Cabrillo Beach YC to Dana Point YC July 30-31, 2010: Santa Barbara to King Harbor
SBYC to KHYC What do these events have in common:  a) An overnight racing experience; b) a finish destination other than where you started; c) islands as marks; d) SPECTACULAR parties at the finish.
As the reports trickle in, it appears that the weather bomb that exploded over Central Mexico on Tuesday night wasn’t limited to Banderas Bay. 
The Mamas and the Papas had it wrong – you’d be safer and warmer at Grand Case than you would in L.A.
Just seven days after leaving Marina del Rey in a bid to become the youngest solo circumnavigator, Abby Sunderland announced on Saturday that she’s bound for Cabo San Lucas.
If you did last year’s Ha-Ha and happened to be around the Cabo fuel dock on Sunday morning, you may have noticed a big motoryacht.
John Foster of the Nonsuch 22 Blueberry reports that with a PHRF rating of 246, he gets one of the biggest handicaps of the 359 entries in tomorrow’s Three Bridge Fiasco, a San Francisco Bay classic.
Sausalito/San Rafael yacht brokers Clay and Teresa Prescott of ABC Yachts pleaded guilty yesterday to charges that they stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from their clients.
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Eric Willbur and Emmy Newbould are currently exploring New Zealand aboard their Brickyard Cove-based Flying Dutchman 37 Nataraja.
Jim and Julie Focha of the Stockton-based Westsail 32 Worldwind shared a story that illustrates one reason why Mexico is such a popular cruising ground.
The Coast Guard has been a hot topic in the Letters section of Latitude 38 in recent months, from praise for the dramatic rescue of the J World crew during last fall’s Baja Ha-Ha to criticism for not doing more to salvage the grounded JoJo.
Every longtime sailor has considered the ‘what ifs’ of falling overboard at sea.
If you haven’t done so already, and find yourself with an extra 10 minutes you don’t know what to do with, hop on over to our reader survey.
We’re full of good gossip this week. First it was Brad Pitt in Sausalito, now the word on the docks is that Paul Cayard’s Santa Cruz 50 Hula Girl may soon be sold into a very active local sailing school program for participation in events to Hawaii and Mexico.
Awards season isn’t just for movies, and while the ISAF and the Rolex US Sailing awards usually garner the lion’s share of the press, they aren’t the only ones out there.