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As regular readers know, various agencies of the Mexican government have been taking steps lately to streamline immigration and boat-import procedures.
With more than two months still to go in the Eastern Pacific — meaning the Pacific Coast of Mexico — hurricane season, it’s already been a pretty epic year.
"USGS shows the red dot right under our building," said Napa Valley Marina co-owner Tom Giovannoni of Sunday morning’s 6.0 earthquake that destroyed several buildings in downtown Napa.
 Linh Goben, with daughter Emma in the background, styling aboard Savannah. Savannah
©Latitude 38 Media, LLCMany owners don’t allow high heels on their boats.
We’ve always found it puzzling that in our highly regulated society you can buy a massively powered motorboat and drive it away without first passing so much as the most rudimentary safety course.
Sunset at Venice Island on the San Joaquin River. © 2014 Steve Andersen / ThetisHave you done the Doo yet?
We’re happy to report that Mike Johnson and crew are making good progress toward completing their transit of the Northwest Passage aboard Gitana.
With her flush decks and minimal interior space, circumnavigating aboard Gannet would be a nightmare for most sailors.
Although the autumnal equinox is still a month away, early warning signs of fall are upon us – schools are opening their doors to students, leaves are beginning to change color, and some weeknight race series are winding down.
The latest word from the weather experts at NOAA is that there will be a moderate El Niño this fall in the Pacific, which tends to alter the jet stream to bring more storms and rain to Southern California.
There’s good news for next month’s SoCal ‘Reggae ‘pon da Ocean’ Ta-Ta rally from Santa Barbara to Catalina, as Channel Islands Harbor is replacing Redondo Beach as one of the event’s three stops.
Greg Slyngstad, owner of the Seattle-based J/125 Hamachi that won her division in last month’s Pacific Cup, and was on the cover of this month’s Latitude 38, confirms that he’s having an all-carbon, Paul Bieker-designed 53-ft catamaran built at Gold Coast Yachts in St.
We can’t believe it, but Mexico’s ‘Nautical Stairway’ idea is back. About 30 years ago, a private marina company came up with the concept of a ‘stairway’ of harbors and marinas between California and the Pacific Coast of tropical Mexico.
Musandam-Oman Sail set a new world record by 16 minutes. © Mark Lloyd / Lloyd ImagesSidney Gavignet and the crew of the MOD70 trimaran Musandam-Oman Sail, which included three relatively new sailors from Oman, finished the 1,956-mile Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Thursday in a record time of 3 days, 3 hours, 32 minutes, 36 seconds.
As the accompanying photo illustrates, a boat fire is one of the worst calamities a sailor or powerboater can experience — either at sea or when tied to a dock.
 Sidney Gavignet’s MOD70, Musandam-Oman Sail, at the start of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race © 2014 Rick Tomlinson / RORCWith all of the pre-race hype about incoming hurricanes, potential course reversals and broken course records, it would have been easy for this year’s Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race to disappoint.
Looking like a ghost ship out of a Disney movie, Walkabout is seen here before she dismasted, but badly battered nonetheless.
With the entry deadline having passed, the Kiwis got off to an early lead in the 35th America’s Cup by being the first to formally announce they are in for another go at the Cup.