December 30, 2011

Goodbye ’11, Hello ’12

The January edition of Latitude 38 hits all the usual spots starting today. And don’t forget to pick up a fresh copy of the 2012 Northern California Sailing Calendar & YRA Master Schedule while you’re at it!

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A new year represents many things, among them that a fresh issue of Latitude 38 will be hitting your favorite pick-up spot at any moment, and that the 2012 Northern California Sailing Calendar & YRA Master Schedule is ready to help you plan your sailing schedule for the year. The Calendar includes much more than just dates and times of races. In it you’ll also find maps of race courses, current info, equipment requirements, signal flag guides and much more — all in one place and all for free! Seriously, every boat — not just race boats — should have a copy aboard. 

In the January issue of Latitude, you’ll find the final installment of the Season Champs, an interview with Bay Area Mini sailor Emma Creighton, reader reaction to Dennis Howard’s forced abandonment of his Flicka, a youthful perspective on ‘go small, go now’, and about a million other juicy tidbits for your long holiday weekend — including our annual Year in Review article. To get the wheels of nostalgia turning, you’ll find photos from a handful of the top sailing stories of the year below.

As 2011 comes to a close, our wish for our readers is for 2012 to be your best year ever.

Bay Area sailors rang in the New Year with the news that the America’s Cup would be held in San Francisco Bay.

America’s Cup
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The tsunami that devastated Japan in March also sent shockwaves along the West Coast.

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Participants in the Voiles de St. Barth awed spectators in April.

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In July, we were taught how to fish naked . . . or to make naked fish. Or something like that.

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August’s Delta Doo Dah was better than ever.

© 2011 Mitzi Carter
During the final inspection in the Econea bottom paint study, the superiority of the water-based test paint (right) couldn’t have been more clear.
Those who sail offshore know that you see seemingly inexplicable things at night.
The Stan Honey-navigated Investec Loyal stays between Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI and the finish on the Derwent River.