Meet the crew
Since the publication of our first issue in 1977, Latitude 38 has championed a way of life with a style unique among sailing magazines. Often imitated but never matched, we’ve gone from that funky regional publication to a laid-back California standard to an “alternative” authority for sailors across the nation and around the world.
Everyone at Latitude is dedicated to bringing you the most compelling read in sailing. People sail for escape, adventure, fun and just to get away from it all. Those are the same reasons to read the magazine each month. If you're not sailing and need an alternative, pick up the latest issue brought to you by the people below and the many sailors and contributors who help make sailing and reading Latitude an almost synonymous past time.
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John grew up sailing on the coast of Maine, sailed in college and taught sailing during college summers. He's raced and cruised the Atlantic, Caribbean and the Mediterranean and been sailing San Francisco Bay since 1984. He started at Latitude 38 in 1987. John has been on the board of the Northern California Marine Association, Sail America and currently the Corinthian Yacht Club. John founded the Summer Sailstice celebration of sailing in 2001 and races and daysails the family Ranger 33 'Summer Sailstice' with his wife and two daughters.
Annie came to work for Latitude 38 through her background in photography, starting when we were still taking black-and-white photos with film and developing and printing in our darkroom (which is now the kitchen!). Along the way, Annie learned Photoshop as we migrated to the digital world. Her fine art studies at the University of Florida have been put to good use working in the production department. And, growing up in Coral Gables, she got to take sailing lessons in her Jr College PE class, learning to sail on a Sunfish.
Penny moved to California in 2010 and was thrilled to become part of the Latitude 38 team as it introduced her to this vibrant sailing community and lifestyle. She learned to sail catamarans (Tornados and SolCats) as a teenager with her father on Lake Ontario. Born in Barbados, she grew up in Toronto and is now bi-coastal. Penny sailed the 2014 Baja Ha-Ha on s/v Iolani – still one of her favorite boats on the Bay!
Tim started sailing at the age of 8 in San Diego, when his parents forced him into a sabot — but it wasn't until his 20s when sailing really clicked, and he realized that you could sail as a job(!). Tim taught sailing at the Navy Sailing Center, San Diego Yacht Club, and his alma mater, Southwestern YC. He worked at Club Med in the Turks and Caicos Islands, was the 420 coach at Toms River Yacht Club in New Jersey, and worked at Winds Up! on Martha's Vineyard. After realizing that playing with boats would only get you so far, Tim went back to school to get his journalism degree. He graduated from San Francisco State in 2008, and worked at the Point Reyes Light, freelanced for the Potrero View, and worked as a copy editor at the Jakarta Globe in Indonesia.
Soren manages the production and distribution departments at Latitude 38. He previously worked for local newspapers and magazines. Soren studied Journalism at San Jose State University and lives in the East Bay.
Twenty Years Before The Masthead. When he’s not selling ads, Mitch is sailing aboard OPBs (other people's boats). This year he headed south on the 25th anniversary of the Baja Ha-Ha for just the second time. Mitch is also our de facto host for holiday and retirement parties.
Racing and monthly Calendar editor at Latitude 38. A California native, Christine learned to sail in El Toros at age 12; she has been racing and cruising avidly since 1992. She co-founded the Delta Doo Dah cruising rally in 2009 and still acts as rally organizer. She's a graduate of San Francisco State University.
Before coming to Latitude 38, Crissy worked long hours in the retail fashion industry. Once past the first blush of youth, however, she fell on hard times. (Latitude found her on Craigslist for $50.) She immediately took to the comfy and stylish Latitude logowear she was asked to model, and she made many friends among readers.