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The Delta: Northern California's Inland Cruising Destination

Stories and Tips for Cruising the California Delta

Delta Doo Dah

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The Latest Delta Cruising News

Coquelicot’s Debut Cruise in the Delta

Fig Island

Our first Delta trip was amazing. We had such a great time. Warm, fresh water; warm nights.

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Cruising the Delta in 1981


People have been cruising the Delta for longer than ‘Latitude’ has been around, and In many ways, nothing much has changed.

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Big Breeze, Small Boats and Foiling Boards

Opti racers, weather mark, whitecaps

Opti Heavy Weather Lives Up to Its Name; Friday Foiling Windsurf Fun at St. Francis; Kite Foil League’s Delta Pro Event.

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Delta Ditch Run Dished Out Some of This, Some of That

Heavy 1 start

A westerly filled in, with nice pressure but not too much. Until it was too much.

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Nelly Belle Tastes Saltwater in Time to Race to Fresh Water

Nelly Belle sailing in Santa Cruz Harbor

Alan Wirtanen relaunched his 24-ft boat, Nelly Belle, in Santa Cruz on May 29 almost 50 years since he built her.

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Delta Resources — Articles from the Latitude 38 Archives

Delta Dining

Visit Latitude 38's Boat-in Dining page for a comprehensive list of Delta and Bay Area dining destinations.

The Cruise of the Laundry Basket

Cruise of the Laundry Basket

In August 2002 we reprinted one of the original great stories of exploring the Delta on a small sailboat. A family cruises the Delta in 1948 aboard an 18-ft sailboat. It was great then and it's great now. A fun story to learn about the Delta and how times have changed.

Fitting Out: The Cruiser's Back Porch

A centuries-old adage claims, "You can tell a lot about a sailor by the cut of his jib." But when it comes to modern cruisers, nothing reveals more about their sailing style than the 'back porch' of their boat. That is, the stern section, which may house everything from solar panels to surfboards, and barbecues to radar domes.

Favorite Sailing Apps

One of the frustrating aspects of living in this 'app-happy' era of endless innovation is that is it seems almost impossible to keep up with the latest, greatest developments in technology — including smartphone, tablet and computer software related to boating.


Racing to Your Cruising - Delta Ditch Run 2009

So many Bay Area boats are 'racer/cruisers' and the annual Delta Ditch Run from San Francisco Bay to the Stockton Sailing Club is a perfect way to blend both of your boat's personalities. It's a great race that finishes in a great cruising area. 


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