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March 2020


I hope the magazine won't mind if this is not only a letter to Latitude but also a love letter to the people who support youth sailing.

50Loose Lips

Dive, dive, DIVE" was the seasonal flavor of this month's World Famous Latitude 38 Caption Contest(!)


We recently spoke with a lesser-known Bay Area program that offers access to sailing for children with disabilities. KEEN San Francisco, a nonprofit, has been providing free exercise and recreation to serve all levels of disabilities, including kids on the autistic spectrum, children with Down syndrome, and kids who use wheelchairs.

62Youth Sailing

We remember our junior sailing days with warm, fuzzy nostalgia. It was the smell of sun-baked wood, sunscreen and BBQs, and long summer days filled with sailing, swimming and friends.

68Yard Work

Joshua Slocum's Sailing Alone Around the World begins with the author rebuilding the Spray, an old pile of timber, into the first boat to be singlehanded around the world. Slocum had a general 'do it yourself' mentality.

72The Dumbest Thing I Did

Custom-built in New Zealand by the original owner, Aura is a round-bilge, 46-ft steel ketch. In the seven years we sailed around Central and South America, we found her responsive, safe, fast and comfortable to live aboard.

76Foggy Notions of Three Bridges

When vision is impaired, other senses become more acute. On January 25, a low, dense fog obscured San Francisco Bay, and the single- and doublehanders in the Three Bridge Fiasco found themselves tuning in to the sounds around them.

82Eye on the Bay

We would say that spring is on the verge of, well, springing, here in the Bay Area, but February felt more like summer. The only time it wasn't windy, as fate would have it, was during a few races.

86Max Ebb: Wake Art

I was studying a watercolor of a kayak paddling up a marina fairway. Looking closer at the kayak in the painting, I wondered if it could be the one that Lee Helm often borrows from the local outrigger club.

90The Racing Sheet

Bay Area sailors sweep US Sailing's 2019 Rolex Awards; a wealth of Midwinter reports include Corinthian, EYC's Jack Frost, Santa Cruz, SBYC's It Ain't Over Till It's Over, RegattaPRO's Winter One Design, and the Perry Cup for Mercurys at MPYC; four Sunday Midwinters get shut out by gale warnings; Mirthmakers ponder shorthanded racing.

98World of Chartering

The realm of yacht chartering encompasses many variations, from the pampering service of luxury crewed yachts to drive-it-yourself bareboats to hands-on sail training aboard 'adventure sailing' yachts. This month we'll spotlight the latter option.

102Changes in Latitudes

Emma did the Ha-Ha again this year. There was some confusion about a tropical depression heading for Cabo San Lucas around the same day as the scheduled end of the Ha-Ha. As such, my crew and I decided to rush through Cabo, staying just long enough to check everyone into Mexico.