February 5, 2018

A(nother) Crew List Success Story

Scenes from the Golden Gate Yacht Club as sailors mix it up, trying to find the perfect ride or crew. 

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"Anyone can do it," said Ryan Waters in a YouTube video he made about jumping aboard a Cal 43 as an inexperienced crew. "All I did is I went on a website called Latitude 38, I built a listing under ‘crew list’, I had to answer a couple of questions like ‘what’s your sailing experience’ — for which I put zero —what’s your mechanical experience, and how much money would you be willing to put toward the trip?"

Waters said that within a week, he got a call from a boat going from San Diego to Maui. "This was, for sure, one of the most profound experiences I’ve ever had in my life," said Waters. "And what blows my mind is, I originally said no. I had a job that I hated. I worked in this little tiny cubicle, and for the first time, I started having panic attacks. It was such a horrible feeling, like I was stuck in my own skin and I couldn’t get out." 

Waters said that since ‘saying yes’ to a ride across the Pacific, he’s more open to saying yes to new experiences that present themselves. "That trip changed my life forever. I’m so very appreciative of the Crew List," Waters wrote us this morning.  

We here at Latitude are humbled that we can play a role in bringing people together. As always, we’re looking forward to having a cold one and meeting all of you at the Spring Crew Party on Wednesday, March 7. If you have a success story from the crew list, we’d like to hear about it.

And remember, the Crew List is always online.

UFO Puts on a Light Show

On Sunday in late January, twilight falls on a gorgeous stretch of San Francisco waterfront. Lights illuminate the Golden Gate Bridge, enhancing the stunning panorama. A few straggling sailboats waft past the windows of St. Francis Yacht Club’s Grill Room, where members have gathered to enjoy some lively conversation, select liquor and a good supper. Suddenly, one by one, the diners jump up and rush to the window, a glass wall really, that affords them the million-dollar view. Smartphones are raised with camera or video apps activated. What is it that has interrupted their meal and attracted so much attention?

Thanks to Bruce Adornato for shooting this video and sending it to us.

Surrounded by Cal 20s, Challengers, Islander Bahamas and the like in Gashouse Cove, the UFO rests up from its travels about the Bay.

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Over the last two weekends, Latitude 38 editors have spotted the Unidentified Floating Object — which is larger than it appears to be in the video — in a slip in the San Francisco Marina’s East Harbor in Gashouse Cove.

A closer view of the device.

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We welcome your creative solutions to the mystery of this vessel (Brant Adornato wrote, "It’s a Russian espionage vessel disguised as a crazy guy’s homemade boat parade entry. He’s dropping sonobuoys in every major seaport in North America."), but we’d also like to know the real story

Oops! The Waterfront Changed Again

One of our readers called the other day with a ‘hot tip’: He went by his favorite Latitude 38 pickup joint, Western Boat & Tackle on Third Street in San Rafael, where readers have been picking up Latitude for about 40 years, and found the magazines but not the business. He called to let us know so we could adjust our delivery to bring them to the new location across the Canal by San Rafael Yacht Harbor at 555 East Francisco, Suite 24. 

Sure enough the hot tip was correct. This pile of magazines was dropped off in the usual spot, though Western Boat & Tackle had already moved.

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We went to pick up the magazines and stopped by the sunny, warm and very busy docks at neighboring 101 Surf Sports. They too have some Latitude 38s available.

The scene in February looked as good as ever around 101 Surf Sports’ busy docks on the San Rafael Canal.

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With all the bathroom jokes around here it’s feeling like second grade, but we couldn’t help but notice the Latitudes in the head at 101 Surf Sports and the cool carbon-fiber toilet seat. Seeing this you might understand why there’s a wait at the door.

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On Saturday morning Western Boat & Tackle owner Scott Hill was still busy moving in and setting up the new store at 555 Francisco. Luckily he (and you) will still be getting Latitude 38 there. 

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Don’t blink or things are likely to change again. While waterfronts are changing everywhere, San Rafael also holds on to much of its great maritime legacy. Our March issue will include a short feature on this winding waterway where sailboats can cruise up and anchor right off Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads.

This boat is anchored a couple of hundred yards from the Central San Rafael exit off 101, a hundred yards from the San Rafael Yacht Club and 20 yards off Terrapin Crossroads.

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Responding to complaints from a bevy of Bay Area residents (especially sailors) about the impact the Salesforce tower has made on the San Francisco skyline, city officials have reduced the size of the colossal new building so that it’s never taller than existing skyscrapers.
Outgoing commodore James Kiriakis and incoming commodore Theresa Brandner at StFYC’s annual meeting in January.
Most regattas succeed with a few basic ingredients — a good venue, decent sailing conditions and good race committee work, but, as always, the most important ingredient is the people.