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The Mexican coastal fishing town of Zihuatanejo is normally thought of by cruising sailors as a pretty sleepy place — especially when compared to busy tourism centers like Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.
Sad news reached us from the South Pacific late last week: The vintage Farallone Clipper Echo had to be abandoned in open water between Fiji and New Caledonia after she hit an unknown object on January 26.
Seen here just days before this morning’s launch, Oracle Team USA’s 72-ft speed machine is now back in action.
Javier Sansó was rescued last night after Acciona 100% Eco Powered capsized 400 miles south of the Azores.
In order to enter San Francisco-based ocean races in 2014, "At least 30% of those aboard, including the person in charge, shall have attended a US Sailing sanctioned Safety at Sea Seminar within the last five years, or other course accepted by the NCORC," per the NorCal Ocean Racing Council recommendations.
Out Standing in her field, the Olson 30 La Gamelle rests in the green grass below Fort Brimstone, St.
Leanne and John know how to make new friends wherever they go. (She’s seen here in Fiji, where they are currently cruising.)
If you’re one of the many sailors planning to participate in one of this weekend’s midwinter racers — or the sole non-midwinter race on Saturday: Coyote Point YC’s Double Up & Back — you’ll want to grab several copies of the February issue of Latitude 38 before you head out.
In Wednesday’s ‘Lectronic, we announced that the Wanderer and Doña de Mallorca had three double-cabins — heads ensuite — available for a charter aboard their Leopard 45 catamaran ‘ti Profligate for the the spectacular St.
We were in La Cruz last night with a bunch of other cruisers at a birthday party for Lionel Bass of the Perth, Australia-based M&M 52 cat Kiapa, when the subject of bargains in Mexico came up.
"Hey, do you guys know what happened to www.pinkboat.org?" We’ve found this question by readers in our inbox over the last few days so we checked it out and, sure enough, the site is down.
The racing never stops in the many islands of the Eastern Caribbean, but the major events — most of which are from Antigua north for English speakers — run from late January to early May.
St. Barth, the site of the spectacular St. Barth Bucket. © Webb Logg Want to watch the St.
By all accounts, this Saturday’s Three Bridge Fiasco was a hoot. In a normal year, the Singlehanded Sailing Society’s annual melee typically features boats drifting haplessly around the Bay en masse, but this year winds in the mid-20s delighted racers, allowing the great majority to finish.
Around 3 p.m. on Saturday, in the midst of the Three Bridge Fiasco, an unidentified sailboat collided with a tug or its tow just outside the Golden Gate Bridge, sinking the sailboat.
François Gabart became the fastest solo monohull circumnavigator when he crossed the line in under 80 days.
Skillful navigating and a good measure of luck allowed the VOR 70 Maserati to approach and round Cape Horn with relative ease — at least in comparison to some such adventures.
Sunrise may come early, but it’s the best time of day to snap shots like this.
Many Estuary sailors are up in arms about a proposal to expand the security zone on the south side of Coast Guard Island.
If you’re planning to attend the first weekend of the Seattle Boat Show, which starts today and runs through February 3 at CenturyLink Field and South Lake Union, be sure you don’t miss the seminars by our very own ‘Banjo Andy’ Turpin tomorrow and Sunday.
Barring any major breakages or accidents, the first two Vendée Globe racers are slated to cross the finish line in Les Sables d’Olonne, France, sometime tomorrow.
Talk about an unwelcome shipmate! This one was not only uninvited, but he bit the captain.
The day before the internationally renowned Mavericks surf contest was slated to start, surfers at Ocean Beach, just south of the entrance to San Francisco Bay, enjoyed some killer waves.
It may seem ironic that a mild-mannered Minnesotan would be considered one of the greatest ocean voyagers of our time, but Roger Swanson — who passed away late last month at the age of 81 — was precisely that.
Anti-social whale behavior on Banderas Bay. This wasn’t the whale that interfered with our race, but just one of many annoying yachties on the bay.
Since 2008, a Bay Area nonprofit called SailSFBay has been quietly working to unite the Bay Area sailing community behind the goal of growing participation in sailing.
St. Francis YC’s Wednesday Yachting Luncheon Chair Kimball Livingston has a habit of drawing some very interesting and evocative speakers to the club’s weekly luncheon, and this week’s is no exception.
Starting in mid-January, government officials in La Paz started knocking on boat hulls in one marina asking to see copies of Temporary Import Permits.
Having now traveled more than 6,000 miles in 18 days, Maserati is currently blasting toward Cape Horn.
Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Johnny Heineken, seen here with fellow Kiteboard Course Racing World Champion Erika Heineken, who happens to be his sister.
A couple of things that make us grouchy is poor interior lighting on sailboats and pissing away battery power.
For the last several years, the sight of a boat grounded at the entrance to Martinez Marina hasn’t been unusual.
According to a just-released report by the London-based International Maritime Bureau, incidents of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and elsewhere have fallen substantially this year — in fact, to the lowest level in five years.
Dinghies are often stolen in bunches. We can remember epidemics in Sausalito, San Diego Bay, and any number of islands in the Caribbean.