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Latitude 38 October Calendar


Oct. 1-29 — Live jazz with Don Prell every Tuesday night, BVBC, San Francisco, 7:30 p.m. Members of reciprocal clubs welcome. No cover. Info,

Oct. 2, 1965 — The first long-distance undersea radio conversation took place between aquanauts in Sealab 2 in the Pacific Ocean off California and divers in Conshelf 3 in the Mediterranean off France.

Oct. 2-30 — Wednesday Yachting Luncheon Series, StFYC, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch and a talk each week for about $25. All YCs' members welcome. Info,

Oct. 4-6 — Yacht Fest, Marina Village, Alameda, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Power & sailboats, boat rides, food, music, vendors, new products, seminars. Free admission. Info,

Yacht Fest

Oct. 4-6 — Northern California Westsail Rendezvous, Brisbane Marina. Info,

Oct. 5 — Port Fest, Redwood City, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Live music, maritime heritage, industrial working waterfront tours, carnival games, kids zone, food, drink, vendors, boat rides, live shark and sea life tank. Info,

Oct. 5 — Pacific Offshore Academy, Oakland YC, Alameda, All day; Pac Cup Party follows. $35 includes breakfast and lunch. Info,

Oct. 5, 6, 7, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10 — Afternoon Sailing Adventure on scow schooner Alma, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco, 12:30-4 p.m. $20-$40. NPS,

Oct. 5, 26 — Trekking the Model, Bay Model, Sausalito, 1-2 p.m. Guided tour. Free. Info, (415) 289-3007.

Oct. 5, Nov. 2 Chantey Sing aboard Eureka, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco, 8-10 p.m. Dress warmly and bring a mug for hot cider. Free, but RSVP to Peter, (415) 561-7171.

Oct. 5-26 — Small Boat Sailing, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. every Saturday with BAADS at South Beach Harbor in San Francisco. Free. Info, (415) 281-0212 or

Oct. 6 — The Heart of San Francisco. You're invited to join the Peace Navy to witness the Love Plane skywriting a heart over the Golden Gate Bridge. Chris,

Oct. 6 — Single Sailors Association Bi-annual Angel Island Picnic. Info,

Oct. 6-27 — Keelboat Sail, noon-4 p.m., every Sunday with BAADS at South Beach Harbor in San Francisco. Free. Info, (415) 281-0212 or

Oct. 7 — First Mondays, live jazz with Randy Craig, 7:30  p.m. Members of reciprocal YCs welcome. No cover. BVBC,

Oct. 7 — Part 2 of Rob Overton's Racing Rules Forum, Berkeley YC, 7 p.m. $30, YRA,

Oct. 7-14 — San Francisco Fleet Week. Air shows including the Blue Angels, parade of ships, ship tours, art, music, more. Info,

Oct. 10 — Single Sailors Association meeting and dinner, Ballena Bay YC, Alameda, 6:30 p.m. Guests welcome. Info,

Oct. 12 — String instrumental quartet, Spaulding Marine Center, Sausalito, 6-8 p.m. Pieces from Borodin and Dvorak. Beer & wine. Suggested donation $15-$20 (for the musicians). Info,

Oct. 12 — Float the Boat (Shop), The Club at Gig Harbor Marina, WA, 6 p.m. Heavy appetizers, drinks, raffle, giving. $40. Info,

Oct. 13 — Full moon on a Sunday.

Oct. 19 — Marine Electrical Workshop, Spaulding Marine Center, Sausalito, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. With Clark Beek. $50 includes coffee, lunch. Info,

Oct. 19 — Open House, Maritime Museum, San Francisco, 1-3 p.m. Talks & mini-tours. Free. Info,

Oct. 19 — John Reber, the Man with Grand Ideas, Bay Model, Sausalito, 1:30-2:30 p.m. With Ranger Linda. Free. Info, (415) 289-3007.

Oct. 19, 26 — Haunted Tales, Aboard the tall ship Star of India, San Diego Maritime Museum, 6-7:30 p.m. Living history event with lantern-led tours and ghost stories. Free with museum admission, $8-$18. Info,

Oct. 20 — Open House, Cal Sailing Club, Berkeley, 1-4 p.m. Free intro sailboat rides in keelboats and dinghies. Info,

Oct. 21-Nov. 1 — Cruising Seminars, Downwind Marine, San Diego, 6 p.m. 10/21: Capt. Pat Rains, Sea of Cortez: Winter Itinerary & Summer Hideouts. 10/22: Bruce Brown, Downwind Sailing Techniques & Safety Prep for Coastal Sailing. 10/23: Chef Melanie A. Cady, Eat Well at Sea — Improvisational Galley Provisioning & Techniques. 10/24: Cmdr. Terry Sparks, Offshore Communication Primer for Cruising Fun and Safety. 10/25: Capt. Ann Kinner, Best Online Resources for Cruising and Navigation. 10/28: Dick Markie, Cruising Mexico. 10/29: Capt. Dietmar Petutschnig, Meet the Panama Posse. 10/30: Chuck Skewes, Unlocking Offshore Sailing: Storm Sails, Sail Wear & Repair. 11/1: Tom Teevin, Maintaining Your Outboard Motor while Cruising in Mexico. $3/person/seminar. Info,

Oct. 22 — Marine Mammal Research in Malaysia & Vietnam, Bay Model, Sausalito, 7-9 p.m. With Dr. Ellen Hines. $5-$10 donation. Info, (415) 289-3007.

Oct. 24 — CYC Speaker Series resumes, Tiburon, 7 p.m. Preparing to Win an Ocean Race: Oaxaca Transpac 2019 with Michael Moradzadeh. All welcome; free. Info,

Oct. 25 — Live R&B with Tommy D' fourth Friday nights, BVBC, San Francisco, 7:30 p.m. Members of reciprocal clubs welcome. No cover. Info,

Oct. 25 — Offshore Communication Training: HF-SSB Radio, Point Loma Assembly Hall, San Diego, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Icom IC M802 with Cmdr. Terry Sparks. $48; 2nd crew from same vessel, $26. Info,

Oct. 26 — Sea Music Concert Series, aboard Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco, 8-10 p.m. With Chris Maden, a chanteyman from Mystic. $10-$20. Info, (415) 447-5000.

Oct. 26 — Welcome Cruisers Potluck BBQ, Downwind Marine, San Diego. Vendor fair, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; BBQ at noon. Bring a side dish to share. Info,

Oct. 26 — SUP Cup, 101 Surf Sports, San Rafael. SUP racing, kayaking, BBQ. Leukemia Cup fundraiser. $75 entry fee; $75 equipment rental. Info,

Oct. 28 — Offshore Communication Training: SailMail, Point Loma Assembly Hall, San Diego. With Jim & Sue Corenman and Shea Weston. Info,

Oct. 31, 1925 — Harry Pidgeon returned to Southern California in the 34-ft gaff yawl Islander, which he had built himself. His arrival in San Pedro marked the end of a singlehanded circumnavigation, the second ever to be successfully completed. He would go on to circle the globe solo again in 1932-37. Pidgeon was the first solo circumnavigator from the West Coast, and the first sailor to complete two solo circumnavigations.

Oct. 31 — Halloween.

Oct. 2009 — Ten Years After: Shirlee Smith and John Forbes of San Francisco wrote the following letter.

"While refueling this morning at St. Peter Port, Guernsey, I noticed a sailboat that appeared to have spent the night at the fuel dock. Her name was Nereida. As the dock was crowded, the surge significant, and the woman on deck apparently alone, I offered assistance casting off. When I asked if she was singlehanding, the woman said she was. She asked if we read Latitude 38. Since we're from San Francisco, we said that of course we do. Then she told us that she had been written about in Latitude several times.

"Now that we have internet access again, I've searched Latitude for Nereida references, found some, and am now confused. An article from June 30, 2008, has Nereida lost on the beach between Acapulco and Zihuatanejo. But an October 31, 2007, article had Nereida leaving Cocos-Keeling bound for South Africa. It's definitely the same boat and person — Jeanne Socrates. Both boat and person seemed undamaged in '09 when we saw them in the English Channel. How do you explain this?"

Latitude's editor responded: "The very simple explanation is that it's not the same Nereida. As reported in the August 2008 issue of Latitude, the original Nereida's autopilot failed, and drove her up on a beach just short of Zihua — and just 50 miles short of Socrates' completing a singlehanded circumnavigation. The boat was a total loss. Thanks to an insurance settlement, the irrepressible Jeanne was able to commission a new Nereida, this time a Najad 380 instead of a Najad 361."

Nov. 2 — Flare Collection Event, Pillar Point Harbor, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Oyster Point Marina, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For residents & berthers of San Mateo County only. Appointments/info: Wesley, (650) 655-6217 or

Nov. 2 — Pacific Puddle Jump Seminar, West Marine, San Diego, 5 p.m. Info,

Nov. 3, 2 a.m. — Fall back one hour to Standard Time.

Nov. 3 — Baja Ha-Ha Kick-Off Costume Party & BBQ, West Marine parking lot, San Diego, 1 p.m. Free for skippers & first mates; $12 for all others. Info,

Nov. 4 — Baja Ha-Ha Kick-Off Parade, Harbor Island, San Diego, 10 a.m. Info,

Nov. 4-16 — Baja Ha-Ha XXVI cruising rally, San Diego to Cabo San Lucas with stops in Turtle Bay and Bahia Santa Maria. Info,

Nov. 11 — Veterans Day.

Nov. 13-14 — Regional Training Conference, International Association of Marine Investigators, Fiesta Hotel, Henderson, NV. Topics: Marine Casualty and Accident Investigations, Accident Reconstruction. Info,

Nov. 14 — Annual Potluck Dinner, Single Sailors Association, Ballena Bay YC, Alameda, 6:30 p.m. Guests welcome. Info,

Open House

Nov. 16 — Open House, Oakland YC, Alameda, 4-6 p.m.  Info, (510) 522-6868 or

Nov. 16 — Sea Music Concert Series, aboard Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco, 8-10 p.m. Brass Farthing, a nine-member singing group. $10-$20. Info, (415) 447-5000.

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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