Latitudes & Attitudes, the popular magazine that celebrated the sailing lifestyle, recently ceased publishing.
The magazine launched by Bob Bitchin — whose birth name is Robert Lipkin — and his wife, Jody, in 1996 was sold to Sextant Publishing Inc., run by CEO Dennis “DJ” Doran, in January, according to an email Bitchin sent to Soundings Trade Only.
Most of the crew at Latitudes & Attitudes are prohibited from talking about specifics of the situation because of legal issues and non-compete clauses.
Capt. Woody Henderson, who was on the original staff of Latitudes & Attitudes, wrote June 20 in his Capt. Woody’s Blog: “Today, we find ourselves locked out of the office.”
Attempts to contact Sextant Publishing and Doran were unsuccessful. Sextant Publishing’s Web pages and bios have been taken down.
Despite the situation, Bitchin plans to launch a new publication.
“The original staff of Latitudes & Attitudes, including Capt. Woody Henderson, Tania Aebi, Sue Morgan, Zuzana Prochazka and I - as a columnist due to legal crap - have formed a new company, The Bitchin Group, and will be launching a new entity, a combination Web-based magazine, print magazine and interactive mobile app for cruisers, within a month,” Bitchin said.
— Reagan Haynes