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The Plastic Plague, Part 2

What's the best solution to the plastic plague endemic to our modern lives? If we could wave a magic wand, should we pluck up every last piece of plastic from the ocean?

One of the Good Guys: Bill Trenkle

The America's Cup Hall of Fame recently announced the induction of William T. Trenkle of San Diego. The first class of inductees included Trenkle's longtime America's Cup skipper, Dennis Conner.
Two crews aboard Pyewacket

Transpac Sails in Both Directions

While many teams are arriving back to California with wounded boats, or in the case of one team, no boat at all, a trio of MOD70s at the front of the fleet is beginning to line up their approach.
Oaxaca in Monterey

Global Survey of Women in Sailing

The World Sailing Trust has launched a global survey on women in sailing, looking at trends within sailing and the wider industry around gender disparity.
OEX at the start

Boat Abandoned in Transpac

Like the smaller boats that started Wednesday, the later starters have been plagued by rudder problems that have sent multiple boats back to port. None is more surprising than…

The 50th Transpac Crosses the Line

The 50th running of the Transpac got underway on Wednesday afternoon in classic Southern California conditions, with light winds, flat water and sunny skies. Thirty-five yachts ranging from 33- to 67-ft, including two cruising catamarans, sailed across the starting line off Long Beach’s Point Fermin and began making their way across more than 2,000 miles of ocean to Oahu, Hawaii. More »
Hurricane Barry

When a Butterfly Flaps its Wings in China

In the 1990 film Havana, Robert Redford’s character says, “A butterfly can flutter its wings over a flower in China and cause a hurricane in the Caribbean . . .” While the sentiment is somewhat mythological, it’s not irrelevant to the upcoming 2019 hurricane season, or the arrival of tropical storm/hurricane Barry on the Louisiana coast. More »

The Plastic Plague, Part 1

In era of deeply polarized opinions over basic environmental truths, there’s one area of overwhelming consensus: People are unanimously appalled by plastic in the ocean. “In the last year, there’s been unprecedented media coverage and an increase in awareness in the challenge associated with plastic,” said a spokesperson for a major Bay Area recycling facility. More »
Foiling catamaran

Stars + Stripes Still in It

Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron required Stars + Stripes Team USA and DutchSail to confirm their ongoing commitment to the 36th America’s Cup by July 1. The first announcement came from Long Beach Yacht Club on June 29.
San Francisco Safety Zone

Fourth of July Safety Zones

The US Coast Guard reminds mariners to stay clear of fireworks-display barges and shoreside facilities during the upcoming holiday. Temporary safety zones have been established surrounding fireworks displays.