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Posts by Andy Turpin
Tattooed Marquesan

Rose Says Hello

Rose and Frank Corser were both in their mid-30s in 1972 when they set sail from Newport Beach for the Marquesas Islands aboard their 35-ft Seagoer.

Tahiti Transpac in 2020

With a rhumbline distance of 3,570 miles, the Tahiti Transpac’s Los Angeles-to-Papeete course is more than half again the distance from L.A. to Honolulu, sailed biennially in the better-known Hawaii Transpac (2,240 miles). But that’s far from being the only factor that sets these two classic ocean races apart.

Why Iguanas Have Thick Skin

When you live on a boat in the tropics year-round, you adjust to the challenges of wind, rain and extreme heat every day as needs arise — protecting expensive gear from sun damage, attending to leaks, and keeping mold and mildew at bay. More »

2019 Puddle Jump Signups Next Week

What the heck is the Pacific Puddle Jump? It’s a long-established annual migration of cruising sailors from various ports along the West Coast of the Americas to French Polynesia — an ambitious bluewater crossing of 3,000 to 4,000 miles. More »

Salvage, Part 2

Picking up from Part 1 on Friday. After one of their Pearson 26s went missing (along with the skipper), the staff at Club Nautique eventually found the boat hard aground at Baker Beach, just outside the Golden Gate. More »

What Are Your Favorite Sailing Apps?

These days online app stores seem to be overflowing with games that encourage players to while away endless hours chasing bad guys and acquiring digital treasure. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll also find a wealth of extremely useful apps designed for mariners. More »

Vacation Memories Earn ‘Lat 38’ Swag

Have you vacationed lately aboard a bareboat or crewed yacht? If so, we’d love to hear a little bit about your experience. Cruising grounds of the Eastern Caribbean are chock full of relics from the colonial era, such as Antigua’s Nelson’s Dockyard.  More »

A Well-Earned SoPac Celebration

In recent weeks, roughly 200 Pacific Puddle Jumpers made landfall in the archipelagos of French Polynesia, having completed nonstop passages of 3,000 to 4,000 miles from jumping-off points in Mexico, Panama, and elsewhere along the West Coast of the Americas. More »