Photo of the Day
August 31 - Greifswald, Germany
As you can plainly see, this amazing photo shows a Hanse sloop about to be enveloped by the eye of a hurricane.
Gloom and doom, or dynamic entertainment?
Photo Courtesy Hanse Yachts
Well, no, actually it's part of a spectacular laser light show staged earlier this month at Greifswald, Germany. The occasion was the launching of the new Hanse 315, 370 and 400 sloops. See www.hanseyachts.com for more.
September Latitudes Hit the Docks
August 31 - SF Bay Area
The Latitude 38 staff (and their printers) went to heroic efforts to get the September issue out on the street earlier than usual so that avid readers would be sure to get hold of a copy prior to the Labor Day Weekend. So pick up your copy at your favorite marine outlet this afternoon - read and enjoy!
To avoid the traffic of an afternoon Giants' game, the San Francisco/Peninsula route driver will deliver in a different order than usual - so you may get yours either earlier or later than usual, depending on where you fall on that route.
Aussie 18s Racing off the Cityfront
August 31 - San Francisco
All sorts of sailing craft make use of San Francisco Bay's great sailing conditions. For spectators, perhaps the most thrilling boats to watch are the so-called Aussie 18s (International 18 skiffs).
Fernside crew Ben Glass hangs on as skipper Patrick Whitmarsh and Kevin Richards right the boat in Day 1 action.
These feather-light, hydroplaning speed machines are back on the Bay in force this week, as part of their annual world circuit. Viewing is usually excellent from Crissy Field or the St. Francis YC, which administers the event.
On Day 2, Shark Kahn (left) romped into fourth place with a pair of third places.
While their not-so-typical buoy races are exhilarating to watch, a major highlight of the weeklong regatta is Thursday's 'Bridge to Bridge' event, an all-out drag race from the Golden Gate to the Bay Bridge, in which Aussie 18s, windsurfers and kiteboarders compete together. Trust us, you've never seen anything like it.
Fleet racing continues through Friday afternoon.
Baja Ha-Ha Deadline Looms
August 31 - Tiburon
Baja Ha-Ha head honcho Lauren Spindler reminds all potential entrants that the entry deadline for this year's event is September 10. If you've been procrastinating, time is running out. See www.baja-haha.com for details.
For the uninitiated, we should explain
that the Ha-Ha - now in its 12th year - is open to all. Here's
a sampling of some of this year's entries. (Excerpted from profiles
which appear in this month's edition of Latitude
- Yorktown 35