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Ho! Ho! Ho! Get your holiday spirit by watching — or better yet, joining — one of the Bay Area’s many lighted boat parades!latitude/Annie
The Mini Transat is all about history and broken records. From the classic races of the past to constant technical innovation to the heroes of today achieving their first victories, only one thing is for certain when the Transat starts: anything can happen.
Even though many bluewater voyagers think of themselves as loners rather than ‘joiners’, after completing a major passage most are eager to swap tales with like-minded adventurers and hoist a glass to their safe arrival.
Sailing conditions on Banderas Bay are ideal. latitude/Richard
© Latitude 38 Media, LLCThe video here is of Katrina Liana demonstrating how to pump up an inflatable surfboard on Profligate last Christmas.
Midwinter racing spans the entire Bay Area and provides both experienced racers and newcomers to the competitive side of sailing ideal opportunities to get out on the water.
On Thanksgiving we attended a cruiser get-together out at Punta Mita, Mexico, where for some reason the conversation turned to engines and engine hours.
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.
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© Latitude 38 Media, LLCWhile 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.
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, LLCOn 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!’
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.