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A Look Back at 2013

The new year is a time for reflection and fresh starts. Every January we reflect on the top stories of the previous year in our Year In Review feature, but we also like to tip our hats to a handful of the year’s top sailing stories here in ‘Lectronic. You’ll find those below.

As for fresh starts, it’s time for this writer to say goodbye. While this will be my last ‘regular’ ‘Lectronic story, you will undoubtedly see reports from me in the coming months and years as my husband and I continue the long-term cruise we put on hold eight years ago so I could take my ‘dream job’. And it has been a dream, the very best kind, thanks to everyone at Latitude 38 and all of our readers. You’ll soon be able to keep up with our exploits at (coming soon!) but in the meantime, feel free to drop me a line via email. Have a fabulous 2014 — hope to see you out there!

Giovanni Soldini and crew sprinted 14,000 miles from new York to San Francisco aboard the sleek VOR 70 Maserati to clobber the Clipper record.

© Bjoern Kils
San Diego sailor Craig Williams was lost when Uncontrollable Urge was wrecked on San Clemente Island during the Islands Race.

Williams Family
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC
Remember the strange tale of Darling’s theft from her slip in Sausalito?

© Tim Sell
Jeanne Socrates became the first woman starting from the West Coast of North America to solo circumnavigate nonstop as well as the oldest woman to perform the feat (unofficially) and will receive the Blue Water Medal and possibly the UK Yachtsman of the Year for her efforts.

© 2013 Jak Mang
Of course the biggest story of the year was the America’s Cup, which was a spectacle of the highest order.

© Abner Kingman / ACEA

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Whether your style of sailing finds you riding the rail or perched in a cozy corner of the cockpit, our January publications hold lots of great info for you.