Latitude Nation, another weekend is upon us. For those of you who didn’t play hooky during the week, we hope you get to stretch your legs on the water over the next few days — and don’t forget to send us your stories and photos. Here’s a shot taken by local sailor Greg Clausen last Friday:
At least two boats found themselves aground in the Bay Area this past week. On Wednesday in San Pablo Bay, a 31-ft sailboat ran aground west of Mare Island.
The sailors eventually called the Coast Guard at approximately 4:30 p.m. Because of the shallow waters the boat was in, the Coast Guard sent a helicopter, and eventually lowered a rescue swimmer, who helped hoist the boaters to safety. They were flown to Napa County Airport.
"The boaters opted to call the Coast Guard early instead of potentially allowing the situation to worsen overnight," said Lt. Adam Frye, the pilot, in a press release. "This allowed us to execute the rescue during daytime under favorable conditions and get everyone home safely." The boat is anchored where it ran aground while the owner makes plans for salvage (one of our readers said they could see the mast from Highway 37).
In Point Reyes, we saw a sailboat high and dry on Limantour Beach yesterday — from the photos, our best guess is that the boat, Rosebud, is a Cal 2-27.
We made several attempts to reach Point Reyes National Seashore, but they didn’t get back to us by press time. We will keep you updated as we learn more. If you have any information on this vessel, please let us know.
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Yacht racing is everywhere in California, both inshore and offshore. You never know when you might run into (we hope not literally) a regatta underway. Latitude 38 contributing editor John Riise was "out sailing last Friday, on our way back from Santa Cruz Island to Oxnard, and we barged through the Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race (81 miles around Anacapa Island)."
"The view is looking WSW. The fleet was headed for Anacapa, just east of Santa Cruz Island." The course of the King Harbor Race takes Anacapa to port.
The Pacific Northwest sailing rag 48° North, based in Seattle, has been for sale for a while, as owners Richard Hazelton and Michael Collins want to retire. Yesterday, the editor, Joe Cline, announced that the magazine is being donated to the nonprofit Northwest Maritime Center, located in Port Townsend, WA. The editorial and advertising staff are staying on. The Maritime Center, you may recall, is the organizer of the Wooden Boat Festival in September and the one-of-a-kind Race to Alaska.