Always Ready
As the federal government shutdown enters its fourth week — and now has the dubious distinction of being the longest gap in US government funding ever — the Coast Guard is about to miss a paycheck tomorrow.
Wash me!
Here’s your January Caption Contest(!). The winner — who will be the owner of a new Latitude 38 T-shirt — will be published in the February issue’s Loose Lips. 
Solo Yachtsman
Missing solo sailor Robin Davie has turned up and is just fine, thanks. As we reported on Friday, he was overdue in his delivery from Les Sables-d'Olonne, France, to Cornwall.
Speaker Series
Max Ebb comes true. In the January issue of Latitude 38, Max Ebb and Lee Helm show up at a prestigious yacht club for a luncheon event promoting the proposed Sailing Science Center. That event really will happen, this Wednesday, at St. Francis YC in the San Francisco Marina.
Now Available

2019 Sailing Calendar

And YRA Master Schedule

The complete Northern California racing guide including currents, courses, contacts and PHRF application. Pick up your copy from a local distributor, read it online, or download the PDF.

Magazine Features: January 2019

Season Champions Part 3

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The end of the old year and the beginning of the new are a traditional time to look back at the past 12 months. In these pages, we're reflecting upon the 2018 season of racing, and the champions whose success might inspire the rest of us to strive for improvement in 2019.

Cruising Kids

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We meet a lot of cruising families every year, and we're happy to report that many of their kids are impressive.

Morning Star: The Unexpected

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Having left Morning Star at a marina in Alameda for a couple of weeks, I was back aboard for the unexpected fourth leg of my summer adventure.

More Catalina Stories

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Given its easy accessibility from the greater Los Angeles coast, Santa Catalina has seen generations of sailors come and go. In this installment, we hear about some of the idiosyncrasies of mooring in Avalon, where and what to drink, where to bike, and more.

Max Ebb: Upwind Intuition

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I'm not a regular at St. Francis, but they do put out a good lunch spread on Wednesdays, and the lecture series has sometimes been called "the TED talks of sailing."

Racing Sheet

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A sweep of Northern California midwinter races includes visits to Golden Gate YC, Sausalito YC, Richmond YC, Berkeley YC, Santa Cruz YC and RegattaPRO. Box Scores step out of NorCal and outside of the box. Our extensive Race Notes include an America's Cupdate and a Lipton Cupdate. And what the heck is the Berkeley Fan?