Archive for May 2015
Basil and Basil during a special moment on a family educational cruise of a lifetime.  latitude/Richard
©2015Latitude 38 Media, LLC The thing that we find so amusing about this photograph is the apparent reversal of parent-child roles.
Long, sleek and sexy, Sprindrift 2 is one mean sailing machine.  © 2015 Spindrift Racing The fastest sailboat that has ever sailed the oceans has just become faster, at least in theory.
Filmmaker Oleg Harencar and his production team had a brilliant idea a few years ago when they decided to make a series of short biographical films, dubbed Life on the Water. Each short film in the series spotlights the life and accomplishments of a legendary Bay Area sailor.
Dean Barker dons new team colors in Bermuda. © SoftBank Team Japan Kiwi Dean Barker, who was dumped as skipper for Emirates Team New Zealand in February, has been picked up by the America’s Cup Japanese challenger, SoftBank Team Japan.
A TP52 bowman earns his pay at Valencia Sailing Week, the first of five events in the re-energized 52 Super Series.  © 2015 Pedro Martinez/Martinez Studio As the global financial crisis wanes, top-tier international yacht racing seems to be booming, and nowhere is this positive trend more evident than in the 52 Super Series, a premier one-design event for TP52s, composed of five regattas in the Med between May and September.
Quite a few Latitude 38 readers have circumnavigated, but to the best of our knowledge, Charlie and Cathie Simon of Nuevo Vallarta and Spokane — but who got their sailing chops on San Francisco Bay —  are the first to have had their achievement announced on the big electronic billboard at New York City’s Times Square.
The ever-evolving Delta Doo Dah kicked off on Saturday night at Richmond Yacht Club.
The crowd on land watching one of the Pro-Am Races. "There were hundreds of spectator boats and more than 20,000 people cheering from shore," said Cherie Sogsti of San Diego.
Future Coasties? Possibly. For kids and adults alike, spending time with search and rescue crews is both impressive and inspiring.
Undoubtedly the attitude of some boaters toward safe boating precautions is, "Yeah, whatever." But first responders such as Coast Guard air rescue personnel consider basic boating safety to be a deadly serious matter: "All too often rescue crews are called out to look for lost and injured people whose problems could have been avoided with better knowledge, planning and safety equipment." says Rear Admiral Joseph Servidio, commander, 11th Coast Guard District (which includes the Bay Area).
We’ll be kicking off the 2015 Delta Doo Dah this Saturday evening, May 16, with a party and Delta Cruising Seminar hosted by Richmond YC from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Giovanni Soldini’s VOR 70 Maserati slips out the Golden Gate Saturday evening en route to Shanghai, China — a trek of more than 7,000 miles.  © 2015 Maserati / Jen Edney Before setting out to break an ocean-crossing record, it helps to have an ideal weather window.
With the America’s Cup situation in more chaos than ever, Tom Ehman, who is the vice commodore of Golden Gate Yacht Club and who has been part of the America’s Cup for, well, just about forever, is proposing something of an alternative to the America’s Cup.
Tahiti calls. Having received several inquiries from interested boat owners, the Transpac YC hopes to run their long-established Tahiti Race again next June.
If you ever wanted proof that a newspaper article can be mostly true, yet very misleading, you only need to visit this Daily Mail site.
Beautiful sailing conditions in last year’s SoCal Ta-Ta. latitude/Richard
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC Because of space limitations, there are only 50 slots available for SoCal Ta-Ta III, aka ‘Reggae ‘Pon Da Ocean’, the Baja Ha-Ha style cruising rally from Santa Barbara to Catalina with stops at Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands Harbor and Paradise Cove.
Racing up the San Joaquin River out of Isleton with ACYC. © 2015 Andreas Cove Yacht Club on the San Joaquin River is organizing a Delta Ironman Challenge.
Softbank Team Japan launches its Challenge for the 35th America’s Cup. Left to right: Kou Watanabe, commodore of Kansai Yacht Club, signs with Japan’s AC team leader, Kazuhiko Sofuku.
The May issue of Latitude 38 is making the rounds of docks and chandleries in the San Francisco Bay Area today.
If we had only tagged the photo with a GPS position.  latitude/Richard
©2015Latitude 38 Media, LLC We’ve always liked this photograph of Profligate in this unusual-looking anchorage.