Latitude 38 November Calendar
Readers — We've included here all of the events that we believe were still on each host's schedule as of October 20, but pandemic-related adjustments continue.
Event organizers — Please send updates to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll post changes here. We're also posting periodic updates on 'Lectronic Latitude.
Oct. 31 — Blue Moon on Halloween — cue the theremin. And it's on a Saturday too.
Nov. 1, 2 a.m. — Fall back one hour for Standard Time.
Nov. 1, 1980 — From vol. #41, a letter from solo sailor Dick Mitchell of the Pearson 36 Blythe Spirit: "During the recent TransPac and return, it was interesting to discover what other offshore folks undoubtedly learned long ago. There are certain frustrations that one can't possibly imagine until out there by himself learning them firsthand.
"1. Any headsail change usually requires a change back to the previous sail within 15 minutes.
"2. When becalmed, stop trying to make the boat go. Do something interesting, like fixing a gourmet meal or starting a good book. The wind will build to gale strength and the boat will be uncontrollable in no time at all.
"3. When winds are light at dusk, and with a fair sky, leave up a full main and large genoa. This guarantees heavy squalls during the night with gusts to 40 knots requiring a storm jib and triple reefed main — usually at 0230 hours.
"4. When planning a quick passage, don't put aboard much diesel fuel. This will guarantee at least one week of calm.
"5. When trying to get a much needed celestial shot, one of the following always happens: a. A wave will break over the boat, you and especially the sextant at the most critical moment. b. A sail will get in the way of the shot or some part of the boat or rigging will block the horizon. c. The boat will experience peculiar and uneven wave actions. d. The body sighted will be covered suddenly by clouds. e. If you desperately need the sun to appear for a shot, get disgusted and put the sextant away. The sun will appear the instant the sextant is in its box. f. The wind will try to blow the sextant out of your hands. g. Your sighting eye waters at the critical instant of horizon tangency."
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, www.patsysweb.com/NadaHa-Ha/2020/Nada/Nada-Ha-Ha.html.
Nov. 3 — Election Day.
Nov. 4-25 — Wednesday Yachting Luncheon Series, StFYC, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. All YCs' members welcome. Via YouTube during SIP. No YSL on 11/25. Info, www.stfyc.com.
Nov. 11 — Veterans Day.
Nov. 12 — Clean Boating Happy Hour Webinar for Southern California boaters. Quick and easy tips. Receive the CA Boater Kit and clean boating maps. Registration required. Free. Info, email@example.com.
Nov. 13-15 — IYC's Northern California Women's Sailing Seminar, all online. Basic skills, seamanship, racing, yoga, watercolor, raffle prizes. $80 until 11/1; $100 thereafer. Info, (510) 380-5322 or www.womenssailingseminar.com.
Nov. 15 — Haydn Voyages concerts with the Hausmann Quartet, now a "virtual experience," San Diego Maritime Museum, 4 p.m. Pay what you wish; $5 minimum. Info, www.sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/concert-series.
Nov. 19, 1938 — Ted Turner, winner of the America's Cup in 1977 and the notorious 1979 Fastnet Race, was born in Cincinnati, OH.
Nov. 26 — Thanksgiving Day.
Nov. 28 — Santa's Riverboat Arrival, Petaluma River Turning Basin, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Info, (707) 769-0429 or www.visitpetaluma.com.
Nov. 30 — Full moon on a Moonday.
Dec. 4 — Fourth annual Panama Posse Central American rally kicks off, Marina Puerto de la Navidad, Barra de Navidad, Mexico. In-person and virtual seminars. Seven-month 4,500-mile cruising rally connects California and Florida through the Panama Canal and expands to 13 countries. Info, www.panamaposse.com.
Dec. 5 — Lighted Boat Parade, Santa Cruz, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Info, www.santacruzharbor.org.
Dec. 5 — Lighted Boat Parade, Stockton, 4-6 p.m. Stockton YC, www.stocktonyc.clubexpress.com.
Dec. 10 — Hanukkah begins at sunset.
Dec. 12 — Lighted Boat Parade, Discovery Bay, 5-8:30 p.m. Carolyn, (925) 389-7072 or www.dbyc.com.
Dec. 13 — Jingle Shells Seaside Arts & Crafts Festival, online, noon-5:30 p.m. UC Santa Cruz, (831) 459-3800 or https://seymourcenter.ucsc.edu.
Dec. 13, 1944 — The first African-American women to enlist in the US Navy WAVES were sworn in.
Dec. 13, 20 — San Diego Parade of Lights, 5:30 p.m. Info, www.sdparadeoflights.org.
Please send your calendar items by the 10th of the month to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.