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© Latitude 38 Media, LLC After an unseasonably warm Sunday, the cold bite of winter was definitely in the air early this morning.
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One of the ways in which Mexico is culturally different from the United States is that for many years some laws seem to be enforced very loosely, if at all, then all of a sudden a government agency seems to go over the top with enforcement.
The Gunboat 62 Zenyatta was the first to cross the start line of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers on Sunday.
Several readers have inquired if there is any way they can provide financial aid to Jack van Ommen who, as reported in the November 20 ‘Lectronic, recently lost his Nada 30 Fleetwood on Tago Mago, in Spain’s Balearic Islands, after three days of storms in the Med.
You’re probably already tired of hearing about Black Friday, but did you know that the day after that will be Small Business Saturday?
Patrick and Rebecca Childress had just dropped Brick House’s mainsail in preparation for an oncoming squall as they sailed among the remote southern Solomon Islands, when Patrick spotted something extraordinary and frightening.
latitude/Richard
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC While the fall and winter months north of the Tropic of Taurus herald cold, wet and dark weather, it’s just the opposite south of the Tropic of Taurus, where life is springing anew. latitude/Richard
©2013 Latitude 38 Media, LLC We noticed, for example, that the 6 a.m.
Francois Gabart and Michel Desjoyeaux onboard MACIF — the dream team in this year’s Transat Jacques Vabre — dismasted yesterday less than 150 miles from Salavador de Bahia, Brazil while leading the IMOCA class.
Well-known East Bay woodworker Kyle Miller was found dead yesterday morning inside his 1989 Mercedes, which was partially submerged off the Sugar Dock facility on the south side of Richmond’s Santa Fe Channel.
We’re sad to report that Greg Stephanoff’s Catalina 42 C:Drive was found adrift in the Pacific with no sign of Stephanoff.
“Fleetwood is flotsam,” wrote van Ommen. The kit boat that took him most of the way around the world splintered into a zillion pieces after hitting the rocks.
It’s less a matter of luck that Wolfgang Stehr is alive today and more a matter of preparation — not that luck didn’t play a part in Saturday’s drama on San Francisco Bay.
Wind speeds registered as high as 120 knots. Clipper Round the World Race
©2013 Latitude 38 Media, LLC On the thirteenth day of the Clipper Round the Word Race’s fourth segment, sailors faced incredible weather conditions, with winds gusting well beyond 100 knots.
"Yesterday we had a big problem with our visas," report Marina and Myron Eisenzimmer, vets of numerous Baja Ha-Ha rallies with their San Francisco-based Swan 44 Mykonos.
When Pt. Richmond’s Kim Paternoster heard the news, she spoke the truth of many adoring Ben Ainslie fans when she posted the following to her Facebook page: "Nooooooooooooooooo!" 
We don’t normally hype stand-up paddle boarding events in far-flung destinations, but this year the British Virgin Island’s annual Painkiller Cup definitely has a West Coast hook.
Once again, the holiday season is upon us. If your reaction to that statement was ‘Oh crap!’
Electrical fires account for more than half of all boat fires. © 2013 Rob Murray It’s that time of year again, folks.
On Tuesday night, British co-skippers Ned Collier Wakefield and Sam Goodchild’s Class 40 Concise 8 suffered damage to its port rudder so the duo decided to retire from the 20th running of the Transat Jacques Vabre.
“Okay, okay, I’m on it. But let me catch my breath first.” latitude/Andy
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC The From Here to Eternity Kissing Contest is a much-loved tradition at the annual Baja Ha-Ha beach party in Cabo San Lucas.
"I think a young Coastie can be forgiven for not knowing where Hospital Cove is because s/he may never have heard the name before," writes Tony Johnson, who sails his Catalina 22 Whisper out of San Francisco.
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The banking group Mirabaud is once again sponsoring this year’s Yacht Racing Image Contest, and it looks like some local shutterbugs are up for the grand prize. 
I’m a delivery captain and recently underwent fire training again as part of my regular STCW refresher.