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As the wind propelled the Robert C. Seamans toward Santa Catalina Island, Rudy Vigil controlled the helm of the 135-foot, $8.1-million ship. Rudy is 17, with a ring in his eyebrow and a stud in his nose. The last thing the high school senior from Wilmington steered was a Honda Civic. Rudy was seasick for most of the 10 days he and 20 other students cruised the California coast with the Sea Education Assn.
April 25, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
Having already gone through the social media wringer when he was cast in the young-adult franchise "Divergent," Ansel Elgort thought he had a pretty good idea about how passionate and protective readers can be about their favorite books. Then he won the role of Augustus Waters, the love interest in the movie adaptation of John Green's bestselling romance "The Fault in Our Stars," and the 20-year-old actor realized he had crossed into an uncharted realm. For the first few hours after the news broke last May, Elgort's Twitter following mushroomed, and many of the newcomers weren't shy about sharing their opinion about his casting.
April 21, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
French yachtsman Bruno Peyron and a four-man crew crossed the finish line after sailing the world in a record-smashing 79-day voyage aboard the 86-foot catamaran, Commodore Explorer. The previous record was 109 days.
April 11, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Majestic tall ships will parade through L.A.'s harbor and dock for five days in August for the first time since 2008 during the Tall Ships Festival 2014. Visitors can spend a day sailing aboard one of the historic ships, take a tour while they're in port, and learn how to rig one during the festival. Tickets went on sale this week for the Aug. 20-24 event that will feature more than a dozen tall ships, including the Irving Johnson and the Exy Johnson, the city's official tall ships.
August 19, 2009 | Pete Thomas
A month after Zac Sunderland, at 17, became the youngest person to sail around the world by himself, his younger sister has announced plans to try to break that record. Abby Sunderland, who will turn 16 in October, is hoping to embark on a nonstop, unassisted voyage in November aboard a 40-foot cruising vessel, and complete the trip in about six months. First, however, she will have to land a sponsor to help cover the $350,000 cost of the odyssey. "I've been wanting to do this since I was 13, and when I was 13 there was nobody doing this," she told the Associated Press.
January 20, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Take to the seas for Valentine’s Day during a special sailing on a special ship. The Californian, the state 's official tall ship, will dock at the Maritime Museum of San Diego and offer a three-hour " Sweetheart Sail " on Feb. 13. Passengers aboard the Californian will have an opportunity to haul a line or staff the helm during the sailing, which will end with a cannon salute. The schooner, a replica of a Gold Rush-era vessel, was built in 1984. The Sweetheart Sail will start at 12:30 p.m. It includes a keepsake picture (taken between 10:30 a.m. and noon before the sailing)
April 10, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The Kaufmans are again defending their decision to attempt a round-the-world sailing venture with their two young children - a voyage that ended with the family being rescued hundreds of miles at sea when 1-year-old Lyra became sick. In Twitter messages Thursday, Charlotte Kaufman and her husband, Eric, said they "have been happy with the maritime life we have been able to share with our daughters.  ... Children have been sailing on boats for a long time and the modern cruising family dates back several decades.
April 8, 2014 | By Carla Hall
Maybe because I'm not a parent, I don't have a problem with the San Diego couple who decided to set sail across the South Pacific in a 36-foot boat from Mexico with their 1-year-old and 3-year-old daughters in tow. Even though things went seriously wrong. The 1-year-old, who had been treated for salmonella a couple of weeks before the start of the trip (and reportedly was cleared to go on the trip by a doctor), fell ill with a rash and fever. Meanwhile, the boat lost its steering and communication, and the family had to be rescued by a flotilla of personnel: the California Air National Guard, the U.S. Navy and the Coast Guard.
April 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
The parents of a sick baby who had to be rescued hundreds of miles off the Mexico coast Sunday are defending themselves against criticism that taking two small children on a year-long sailing trip around the world was not smart parenting. Eric and Charlotte Kaufman issued an email statement while aboard the Navy frigate Vandegrift, which took the parents, their ailing 1-year-old daughter and their 3-year-old daughter onboard at daybreak Sunday after their sailboat became disabled about 1,000 miles from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
March 30, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Director Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic “Noah” sailed at the weekend box office as the film opened at No. 1 with an estimated $44 million in ticket sales. The film, which cost about $130 million to make, solidly met expectations, according to Paramount Pictures, which  had initially forecast a $30-million opening weekend. "Noah" already has generated about $95 million overseas. “It was a fantastic result,” said Megan Colligan, Paramount's president of domestic marketing and distribution.
March 28, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises, pulled in $1.6 million in ticket sales in the United States and Canada from Thursday night showings, according to studio estimates. The $130-million Old Testament epic, starring Russell Crowe as the title character, debuted in about 3,000 theaters before launching its full 3,500-theater run on Friday.  A $1.6-million take is slightly more than the $1.4 million that Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" generated from its Thursday evening bow last October.
March 28, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting my cats a water fountain. The Skinny: I've started watching "Sons of Anarchy" on Netflix. While I am enjoying Season 1 I'm not sure  if I'm willing to commit to the series. I do want a vest though! Friday's roundup includes the box office preview, some big changes at ABC's "Nightline" and NBC News, and reviews of "Noah" and "Cesar Chavez. " Daily Dose: Charter Communications is refusing to throw in the towel in its efforts to acquire Time Warner Cable.
March 27, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
An Old Testament epic will storm theaters this weekend with hopes of attracting a boatload of moviegoers.  Director Darren Aronofsky's $130-million-budgeted "Noah" is expected to generate around $40 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Paramount Pictures, which is releasing the film, has predicted a softer gross of $30 million to $33 million. An opening in the projected range for the special effects-heavy, big-budget disaster film - starring Russell Crowe as the biblical boat-builder - will almost certainly make it the No. 1 movie at the domestic box office.
March 12, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Avast! The pirate ship that submerged in Big Bear Lake during a heavy winter storm will soon rise from its watery grave. The Big Bear Pirate Ship--a popular tourist draw in the mountain lake community about 100 miles east of downtown Los Angeles--sank during a storm Feb. 28 while it was tied off at Halloway's Marina. Crews plan to use inflatable lift bags Thursday morning to refloat the one-third scale replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon, also known as Time Bandit.
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