The 48-year-old Frenchman Thomas Coville departed Brest, on the coast of Brittany, on Sunday, in hopes of a solo around-the-world record aboard Sodebo Ultim’.
Lewis got the ‘mermaid’, the restored cat, and here a whopper of a mahi.  Quixotic
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC Last fall Tropical Cyclone Winston nailed Fiji, and one of the unfortunate results was something like 21 holes being put in the hull of the Voyager 43 cat Quixote.
On Monday, the Associated Press reported that a German sailor who was kidnapped by Somali pirates eight years ago has apparently been captured again — this time by Islamic militants in the southern Philippines.
Frenchman Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII is leading the Vendée Globe as of Monday morning, having taken over the lead from Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss following the Brit’s jibe in toward the coast of Portugal.
The Baja Ha-Ha is a two-week event that, thanks to the nonstop activities, seems as though it’s at least a month long.
It’s now been nearly two weeks since Chinese singlehanded sailor Guo Chuan went missing off his 97-ft trimaran Qingdao China while en route from San Francisco to Shanghai on a solo record attempt.
Four years since the last contest and practically two years in the making, the big day is finally upon us.
The 350-mile San Diego-to-Turtle Bay first leg of the Baja Ha-Ha cruisers’ rally featured the strongest, most consistent leg-long winds in the 23-year history of the event. After a 2.5-hour rolling start — motoring allowed — out of San Diego on Monday morning, the wind filled in nicely to the 18- to 25-knot range, just south of the Coronado Islands. It was just as Commanders Weather had forecast, and blew all the way down to Cedros Island, if not to Turtle Bay itself.
Flashgirl is home after a decade in the South Pacific. It wasn’t what we’d call an ideal photo op, but somehow Nancy Tompkins’ camera managed to record this shot of Flashgirl returning through the Golden Gate to her Sausalito homeport on Wednesday night.
Here comes the sun. . . One of the coolest things about sailing in the 750-mile Ha-Ha rally is experiencing little ‘gifts’ from Mother Nature, such as splendid sunrises and sunsets — not to mention night skies salted with a gazillion brilliant stars.  latitude/Andy
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLC While sailing past Cedros Island this morning, the Baja Ha-Ha XIII Rally Committee checked in to report that conditions have been splendid since shortly after the Monday-morning start: steady winds of 15-22 knots from the NW or N, which drove the disparate fleet toward its first rest stop — at the fishing village of Bahia Tortugas — at an unusually fast pace.
Romayne and Cameron Riddell, in what the well-dressed cruising kids apparently wore back in the day.  © 2016 Emily Riddell We love the accompanying photos that were sent to us by Cameron Riddell of Los Angeles.
Guess what city in Baja is welcoming the Ha-Ha fleet once the event is over?  Cat ‘n About
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLC "On the evening of October 24, officials in La Paz unveiled the new ‘La Paz’ sign on the malecon," report Rob and Linda Jones, who left Puget Sound long ago aboard their Gemini 3000 catamaran.
The crew of the New Mexico-based Catana 471 Footloose was in high spirits as they paraded out to the starting line.  latitude/Andy
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLC At 10 a.m.
Jeanne Socrates in warmer climes. latitude/Richard
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC Having done more major things in his life during the past week than in any previous one-week period, the Wanderer/Grand Poobah was up at 3 a.m.
November is looming and thus so is the midwinter racing season. Blessed as we are on the West Coast, we just keep on sailing all year round, while boats in other parts of the country are already hauled out and shrink-wrapped for the winter.
The 1949 32-ft Winslow sloop Black Witch, lookin’ good sailing off Sausalito. © John Skoriak About this photo of Black Witch, Latitude contributor John ‘Woody’ Skoriak writes: "I took this photo from the deck of Seaward years ago.
As reported in ‘Lectronic Latitude on Wednesday, Chinese singlehander Guo Chuan went missing from his 97-ft trimaran Qingdao China west of Hawaii while attempting to set a San Francisco to Shanghai record.
After 10 days at sea, 74-year-old singlehander Jeanne Socrates was forced to suspend her latest nonstop circumnavigation attempt and return to her Victoria, BC, homeport yesterday after taking a beating from extreme weather.  The amazing Jeanne Socrates in happier times.
Qingdao China sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge on Tuesday, October 18, bound for Shanghai, to begin a record attempt.
If you don’t know Jack — Jack van Ommen — you’re going to want to meet him at the Ha-Ha Kick-Off Party on Sunday.
The International Masters Regatta is sailed in J/105s in a round-robin format on windward/leeward courses in view of spectators along the San Diego waterfront.  © 2016 Cynthia Sinclair San Diego Yacht Club hosted the International Masters Regatta on October 21-23.
Saturday was Joan Storer’s granddaughter D’Arcy’s first time on a sailboat — ever (she’s the one holding the winch handle).
As this weather animation shot from Windyty shows, this is not the best time to try to sail south from Oregon and Washington.  © Windyty As the Grand Poobah, we’ve been closely watching the weather along the West Coast of the United States from early to late October for the last 23 years.
During the past two years, Mexican government agencies have worked hard to make it easier for recreational boat owners to visit Mexican waters — most notably, by the establishment of two new websites for obtaining visas and Temporary (boat) Import Permits online.
Charlie and Cathy Simon have their answer to the question, ‘What do you do after a circumnavigation?’  Celebration
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC Judging by the enthusiasm in their voices, you’d think Charlie and Cathy Simon are a couple of millennials about to take off on their first sailing adventure.
Writing about pumping out human waste from holding tanks is almost as uninspiring as actually performing that occasional chore.
A run on Saturday, the windiest day of the Express 27 Nationals. © Louis Benainous The 35th Express 27 National Championship was sailed on the Berkeley Circle during the first storms of the season on October 14-16.