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Calendar listings are for marine-related events that are either free or don't cost much to attend. Email event listings here. The deadline is always the 10th of the month prior to publication.

Latitude 38 October Calendar


Readers — We've included here all of the events that we believe were still on each host's schedule as of September 18, but pandemic-related adjustments continue.
Event organizers — Please send updates to We'll post changes here. We're also posting periodic updates on 'Lectronic Latitude.

Oct. 1 — First full moon of October, on a Thursday.

Oct. 1-31 — The Lunar Farallones Challenge. Sail around the Farallones as many times as you can in one lunar cycle. Email proof to

Oct. 1, 1980 — From Letters in Vol. 40: "The International Folkboat Association cruised to Pillar Point Yacht Harbor. Upon our arrival we were greeted by a Welcoming Committee from Half Moon Bay Yacht Club.

Half Moon  Bay Yacht Club does not have any facilities at Pillar Point Harbor. The stigma of a "paper" yacht club is rapidly changing. We experienced a southwest wind of 25 knots, gusting to 30 knots, making it necessary to beat from the San Francisco entrance to Pillar Point. A six-member welcoming committee aboard a Victory-class sloop were just what weary sailors needed in relatively unfamiliar waters. Our hosts made a mooring buoy available adjacent to the wharf where we tied up Tahitian style. A dinghy was provided to ferry us between boat and shore.

The cruise was a success in part because of the outstanding hospitality extended to us by the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club. — Peter Walde, Cruise Chairman, San Jose.

Peter — The yacht harbor at Pillar Point is still a few years away, but it's nice to know a congenial Yacht Club will be ready as soon as the harbor is.

Oct. 4-13 — Fleet Week, San Francisco. Fleet Fest, Pier 30/32, with food truck jamboree, interactive displays, family activities and sunset concerts, free. Parade of Ships date TBA. K-9 Heroes, Duboce Park. Humanitarian Assistance Village and  STEM Education Center, Marina Green, 10/9-11.  Sorry; this year's Air Show has been canceled. Info,

Oct. 7-28 — Wednesday Yachting Luncheon Series, StFYC, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. All YCs' members welcome. Via YouTube during SIP. Info,

Oct. 18 — Alameda County Flare Collection Event, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For recreational boaters who berth or live in Alameda County. Handheld and aerial flares and smoke pots accepted. Make an appointment for location and time: (800) 606-6606 or Info,

Oct. 18, Nov. 15 — Haydn Voyages concerts with the Hausmann Quartet, aboard steam ferry Berkeley, San Diego Maritime Museum, 4 p.m. Pay what you wish; $5 minimum. Info,

Oct. 19 — Women's Storytelling Night, 'The Lighter Side', online via Zoom, 7 p.m. Hosted by Island YC's Northern California Women's Sailing Seminar. Free. Info,

Oct. 21-23 — Harbor Masters & Port Captains Training Conference & Trade Show, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Theme: Winds of Change: Safeguarding Today, Building for Tomorrow. $150-$395. Info,

Oct. 29 — Panama Posse Safety Seminar, Harbor Island (outdoors), San Diego. Hosted by Ullman Sails San Diego and Puerto Vallarta. Masks will be provided. Limited to 30 attendees. RSVP to

Oct. 31 — Blue Moon on Halloween — cue the theremin. And it's on a Saturday too.

Nov. 1 — Fall back one hour for Standard Time.

Nov. 2-14 — The Nada Ha-Ha, the 'There Is No Baja Ha-Ha' cruise from San Diego or Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas. Info,

Nov. 3 — Election Day, but if you're mailing your ballot, consider doing it early.

Nov. 11 — Veterans Day.

Please send your calendar items by the 10th of the month to If you’re totally old-school, mail them to Latitude 38 (Attn: Calendar), 15 Locust Avenue, Mill Valley, CA, 94941, or fax them to us at (415) 383-5816. But please, no phone-ins! Calendar listings are for marine-related events that are either free or don’t cost much to attend. The Calendar is not meant to support commercial enterprises.

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