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SIGHTINGS run for the border — continued actually seized). What follows are excerpts from Hards’ account of his singlehand flight to the freedom on American soil. "I asked the Nuevo Vallarta port captain, 'Do I need a form to go to Opequimar for a short service trip?' Of course I knew the answer (no) and promptly set a course to Los Cabos. "The trip took two weeks and two days with little rest. Stop one was scheduled at Los Cabos to fuel, but required a second night waiting for a stronger person with 3/4-inch-drive socket tools to replace three of Pelican's 16 keel bolts and to locate a diesel fuel leak near the injector pump. Also, the navigation computer failed, so I moved to a backup rig with an old G48 from the ditch bag. "Stop two was not scheduled at Mag Bay, but the pounding around the Cape actually broke the bow navigation lamp, jammed the main halyards at the masthead, and caused the bilge pump to fail. I rewired the float switch and plumbed the shower sump pump as a backup

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how much do How much do professional yacht racers get paid? It's a question weekend sailors often ask, but is rarely answered. However, a recent Associated Press item gives us some insights into the question. It states that Oracle Team USA America's Cup 34 team member Dirk de Ridder is on the verge of being suspended by the International Sailing Federation from ISAF-sanctioned events for five years. It's been reported that "not only is de Ridder banned from the 2017 America's Cup, he'll be unable to accept a $500,000 contract to sail in the Volvo (around the world) Ocean Race, which starts later this year. De Ridder, 41, who is Dutch, was

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Latitude 38 May 2014  

The May 2014 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 May 2014  

The May 2014 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.