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June Latitude Hits the Docks

May 30, 2014 – The Left Coast


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Forget the yardwork, pick up a copy of the new Latitude 38 instead, and head for the hammock. Photo Latitude / Annie
© 2017 Latitude 38 Media, LLC

Arriving just in time so you can use it to procrastinate on doing your weekend chores, the June issue of Latitude 38 is being delivered throughout the Greater Bay Area. 


Why are these sailors decked out like naughty pirates? Pick up a June Latitude and find out. © 2017 Kerry Brown

Inside, you'll find our typical eclectic mix of local and international news about racing, cruising and recreational sailing. Highlights include coverage of the Great Vallejo Race, an overview of high-tech personal safety devices, mini-profiles of all Singlehanded TransPac participants, and cruising reports from all over the world.

In our news section, Sightings, we offer a mix of topics from the silly to the sad, from the upbeat to the downright depressing; notably, an Opening Day report from a merry band of piratical wannabes, a tragically injured cruiser's return to Mexico, the T-boning of a classic woodie, a blind sailor's shattered dreams on Kona, and an entrepreneurial sailing project that sells watermelons boat-to-boat for the benefit of disadvantaged children.


What's up with all the watermelons? Find out in this month's Sightings section. © 2017 Jim Bender

So pick up your free copy today at your favorite marine retailer or service center, put your feet up, and enjoy our editorial efforts. Alternately, the entire issue will be available sometime this afternoon on our website to read online or download for free. Have a happy — and edifying — weekend.

- latitude / andy

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Polynesian Canoe Begins Circumnavigation

May 30, 2014 – Radio Bay, Hawaii


Weather permitting, the Hokule'a will depart today from Hawaii to Tahiti, the first long leg on her around-the-world cruise. © 2017 Maui Tauotaha OIWI TV

No sailing craft has meant more to a people than the Hokule‘a. In 1976, the twin-hulled Polynesian voyaging canoe completed her maiden voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti using only Polynesian navigational techniques. In doing so, she not only proved merit for anthropological theory, but inspired a revival of Hawaiian culture. Nearly four very active decades later, the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s famous canoe is embarking on her most ambitious voyage yet; the Malama Honua ("to care for our earth") Worldwide Voyage.

Sailing alongside her sister canoe Hikianalla, the Hokule‘a departed Honolulu two weeks ago on what will be a three-year, 47,000-mile circumnavigation of the earth. The plan is for her to visit 85 ports in 26 countries, including a dozen UNESCO Marine World Heritage sites.


Hundreds of islanders turned out for the initial departure of the huge canoe, which is slated to visit many far-distant ports of call. © 2017 Polynesian Voyaging Society

Famed Hokule'a navigator and Polynesian Voyaging Society president Nainoa Thompson spoke at the departure: "As we embark on this voyage today, we are honored to join a global movement towards a more sustainable world. Malama Honua allows us the special opportunity to perpetuate the legacy of our ancestors and inspire stewardship of the earth, sharing our aloha for our environment while nurturing and learning from local solutions and relationships."

After departing Honolulu, Oahu, Hokule'a and Hikianalla sailed to Lahaina, Maui where they were honored at an awa ceremony before sailing to Hilo, Hawaii. After crossing the Alenuihaha Channel, the boats encountered rough conditions off the east coast of Hawaii before making port in Hilo’s Radio Bay. The two canoes plan to leave for French Polynesia as early as today. Track the voyage here.

- ronnie simpson

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Latitude 38 Logowear for Father's Day

May 30, 2014 – Mill Valley

Crissy Fields is giving her dad Latitude 38 shirts and hats for Father's Day. What's on your shopping list?


"My shopping's done!" said Crissy.
Photo Latitude / Annie
© 2017 Latitude 38 Media, LLC / www.latitude38.com

To get the goods in time for Father's Day (June 15), please place your order by 5:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, June 6, at www.latitude38.com/chandlery/chandlerycover.html.

- latitude / chris

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Weekend Racing Preview

May 30, 2014 – San Francisco Bay and Beyond

Racing kicks off this evening with the start of the Woodies Invitational Regatta hosted by St. Francis YC. Thirty-eight boats from the Bear, Bird, Folkboat, IOD and Knarr classes duke it out on the Cityfront over a total of five races ending Sunday afternoon.

Tonight also marks the Town of Tiburon's 50th birthday. The evening will be filled with live entertainment on Shoreline Park, lots of food and drink, capped off with a fireworks show. You can read about all the details here.

Hopefully big breeze will greet the 155 racers at the start of Stockton Sailing Club's annual Delta Ditch Run this Saturday. It will be interesting to see who wins line honors — sail fast everyone.

Ditch
Last year's Delta Ditch Run was remarkable for its wind and carnage. © 2017 Erik Simonson

Elsewhere on the Bay, there's Encinal YC's Small Boat Series #3, the YRA Spring #2, SFYC's Small Keelboat #2, Monterey Peninsula YC's Shields Racing Day, and on Lake Yosemite there's the Jack & Jill Race.

In other racing news, this year's Coastal Cup has been cancelled due to low registration numbers. Hopefully we'll see more interest nest year.

- latitude / ross

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