Archive for May 2016
Lemme guess: Rip Van Winkle? Leon Russell? No, that’s actually solo circumnavigator Jeff Hartjoy looking rather wooly after spending 204 days alone at sea.
For reasons we’ll never understand, many people choose to take long road trips over the Memorial Day Weekend, and invariably end up spending long hours in ugly, mind-numbing traffic.
The West Coast is well represented on US Sailing Team Sperry. Californian Paris Henken and Washingtonian Helena Scutt, a Stanford grad, sail the 49erFX, the women’s version of the 49er skiff.
Baseball is popular with cruisers and locals alike in Turtle Bay, the small fishing village on the coast of Baja that warmly welcomes the Baja Ha-Ha fleet every year.
He did it! On the 204th day after setting sail from Ecuador’s Bahia Caraquez, Washington-based singlehander Jeff Hartjoy completed his nonstop lap around the planet Sunday aboard his Baba 40 ketch, Sailors Run.
If you are ever unlucky enough to fall into chilly Northern California waters, you’ll be damned glad you elected to wear your PFD.  Onyx
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC If you’re over 35, you may remember that during the 60s and 70s new cars were fitted with seat belts, but in California it wasn’t mandatory to wear them until the mid-80s — 1986 to be precise.
We’re thrilled to report that after more than 200 days at sea alone, Washington-based sailor Jeff Hartjoy — who’s a longtime friend of Latitude 38 — is about to make landfall at Ecuador’s Bahia Caraquez, thus completing the nonstop circumnavigation that began there last Halloween.  We’d imagine that Jeff — seen here goofing around while in Brazil with Debbie — might have a cocktail or two to celebrate his landfall.
Island Yacht Club in Alameda will host the Singlehanded Farallones awards meeting on Wednesday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m.
Gannet arrives at Bundaberg after a relatively easy crossing of the dreaded Tasman Sea.  © Patrick Grinter If you’re a fan of sailing literature, you’ve probably read harrowing accounts of crossing the Tasman Sea between New Zealand and Australia — a 1,000-mile-wide body of water that’s notorious for rough and rowdy conditions.  Many sailors dread the idea of making that crossing, while others, such as Webb Chiles, 74, simply take it in stride.
Can you identify the sailing club in today’s mystery photo? Here are a couple of hints: If you get the impression the club is on a river and is primarily for small boats, you’d be correct.
Sailing from Bethel Island to King Harbor on Old River. latitude/Chris
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC The Delta Doo Dah Kickoff Party will return to Berkeley Yacht Club this year, on Sunday, May 22, from 4 to 7 p.m.
The highly competitive Cat Fight spinnaker fleet had 19 boats on the start line for six races over two days.
It’s easy to tell that this photo was taken in the beautiful Sea of Cortez, but where in the Sea of Cortez?  © 2016 Robert Novak May is a great time to cruise the Sea of Cortez.
Navigating, particularly through inshore waters, can be a tricky business — especially when lights and other navigational aids can’t be found at the locations where your charts say they should be.
The injury to Robin Stout’s left eye shows why maritime agencies don’t allow weights to be put in monkey’s fists.
Lewis and Alyssa have not only gone over to the dark side buying a catamaran, they’ve gone over to the really dark side where they bought one damaged by a tropical cyclone.
If the name Manouch Moshayedi sounds familiar to our readers, it should. The Newport Beach-based sailor owns and skippers the Bakewell-White 100 Rio100.
Never seen a Santana 27 with a retractable sprit pole? Then you haven’t seen Gordie’s yellow Arcadia.  latitude/Andy
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLC If you’re in the habit of reading race results in Latitude 38, the name Gordie Nash should be familiar.
Co-skippers Brian Thompson and Lloyd Thornburg celebrate their record-smashing arrival in England. © Team Phaedo Lloyd Thornburg and his crew on the MOD70 trimaran Phaedo3 have smashed another world sailing record.
SoftBank Team Japan and Oracle Team USA sailing in front of the Manhattan skyline yesterday.
Vincent Riou’s PRB is ahead of the rest of the monohulls in the Transat Bakerly singlehanded race from England to New York.
An artist’s depiction of the HMS Endeavour in Australia in 1768. © 2016 National Library of Australia As marine archaeological finds go, this is a biggie: The remains of Captain Cook’s famous HMS Endeavour has been found by scientists at the bottom of Narragansett Bay, just off Newport, RI.
The 1D48 Bodacious+ on the beat to Vallejo Saturday. latitude/Chris
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC The great irony for which the YRA’s 2016 Great Vallejo Race will be remembered is the use of downwind ratings to score an all-upwind race.
Springtime sailing outside the Golden Gate. Sweet! latitude/Annie
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC One thing that keeps us motivated here at Latitude 38 World Headquarters is often hearing compliments from readers about how much they love our content.
Are you ready to Ha-Ha? Organizers of the West Coast’s largest cruising rally have come out of hibernation and are now gearing up for the 23rd annual San Diego-to-Cabo San Lucas rally, the Baja Ha-Ha.