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Archive for May 2016

Why Bother to Wear a Lifejacket?

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, LLCIf 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. More »

Secrets of the Farallones

Island Yacht Club in Alameda will host the Singlehanded Farallones awards meeting on Wednesday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m. But the meeting is not just for the racers who rounded the islands on May 14, as a guest speaker will reveal the ‘Secrets of the Farallon Islands’. More »

Hartjoy About to Make Landfall

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.  More »

Soloing Across the Tasman

Gannet arrives at Bundaberg after a relatively easy crossing of the dreaded Tasman Sea.  © Patrick GrinterIf 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.  More »

Take Me to the River

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. More »

Kicking Off Delta Doo Dah 8

Sailing from Bethel Island to King Harbor on Old River. latitude/Chris
©Latitude 38 Media, LLCThe Delta Doo Dah Kickoff Party will return to Berkeley Yacht Club this year, on Sunday, May 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. More »

Mystery Spot

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 NovakMay is a great time to cruise the Sea of Cortez. More »

Peyron Ends Historic Voyage

Unfortunately, Pen Duick II only made it about halfway across the North Atlantic this time. © Transat BakerlyLoick Peyron’s nostalgic voyage from Plymouth to New York ended yesterday following damage to the historic ketch, Pen Duick II. More »

San Diego Cat Fight

The highly competitive Cat Fight spinnaker fleet had 19 boats on the start line for six races over two days. Bill Hardesty, nominated by Rolex as World Yachtsman of the Year, and his wife Mandy took the pin. More »

When Monkey’s Fists Go Bad

The injury to Robin Stout’s left eye shows why maritime agencies don’t allow weights to be put in monkey’s fists. Robin says she’s been recovering nicely and that she and Mike will probably spend hurricane season in the San Blas Islands aboard their Aleutian 51 Mermaid. More »