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Archive for October 2011

Great Pumpkin Regatta Goes Vintage

Team Premier slides downwind during Saturday’s champagne conditions at the Richmond YC’s Great Pumpkin Regatta. © Erik Simonson If you missed the Richmond YC’s Great Pumpkin Regatta, you missed out on one of the most awesome weekends of racing this year. More »

November Latitude Out Tomorrow

Set your iToy to remind you that the November issue of Latitude 38 will be hitting the streets tomorrow. In it you’ll find Lee Helm’s discourse on converting PHRF ratings, a guide to keeping your diesel running smoothly, an interview with 84-year-old cruiser Tom Corogan, more Ha-Ha profiles than you can shake a spinnaker pole at, an introduction to the first batch of season race champs, and so much more. More »
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Help the Moore 24 Family Help Theirs

Earlier this year, we told you of an effort by the Moore 24 community to assist the surviving family members of one the class’s most ardent supporters and multiple-time former class president Joel Verutti, who died of brain cancer last year. More »

News Out of Cabo

Crime reporting isn’t typically Latitude‘s purview, but since the Baja Ha-Ha fleet is on their way to Cabo San Lucas, we wanted to ensure that readers and the families of Ha-Ha’ers had the actual facts — not hyped-up sensational stories — of this weekend’s incidents in the normally tranquil town. More »

U.S. Team Earns Six Medals in PV

With the Pan American Games being hosted by Guadalajara — Mexico’s “second city” — the sailing events were based out of Nuevo Vallarta last week. Team USA’s sailors wrapped up the regatta at the Vallarta Yacht Club on Sunday, grabbing six medals in nine classes on their way home: silvers in the J/24, Lightning, Snipe and Sunfish, and bronzes in the Laser Radial and women’s Windsurfing classes. More »

USS Iowa Leaves Ghost Fleet

After a decade of sitting idle in Suisun Bay, the USS Iowa is underway to become a museum — the last of her class to receive such an honor. © 2011 Goose Gossman For a decade, the USS Iowa has languished away as the largest and most prestigious member of the Navy’s "reserve fleet" — a.k.a, More »

Great Pumpkin Regatta Gets Going Tonight

What’s the most telling thing about the popularity of the Richmond YC’s Great Pumpkin Regatta? The fact that there’s nothing else on the schedule this weekend. With three buoy races tomorrow, followed by one of the best regatta parties of the year later that evening, and a relaxed choose-your-own-adventure pursuit race around Alcatraz and Angel Islands on Sunday, the Pumpkin is the perfect coda to the summer racing schedule. More »

Ha-Ha Fleet Relaxes in Turtle Bay

The Alameda-based Tayana 47 Oceanaire was looking good flying twin blue headsails on the approach to Turtle Bay. latitude/Andy
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Over the past two days, the Baja Ha-Ha XVIII fleet arrived at the small fishing town of Bahia Tortugas (Turtle Bay), where they received an exceedingly warm welcome from the local population, as is always the case. More »
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First Singlehanded TransPac Seminar

We’re embarrassed at having forgotten to post a reminder in Wednesday’s ‘Lectronic that the first seminar for the 2012 Singlehanded TransPac was held last night at Oakland YC. The discussion focused on a brief recap of the race rules, followed by five vets sharing their experiences sailing in the 2,120-mile race from San Francisco Bay to Hanalei Bay, Kauai. More »

Close Encounters of the AC Kind

You just never know what kind of experience you’re going to have when you’re out sailing on San Francisco Bay. Val and Greg Gillen enjoyed a very memorable one aboard their Cal 39 Grimsby on Friday, when they were buzzed by a couple of cats. More »