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Archive for August 2016

The Importance of the ‘ABC’s

Boat fires are on our minds this week, not only because we reported on a horrible fire in San Diego’s La Playa Anchorage Monday, but because we just got the whole story on the loss of Sand Piper, an Island Packet 44 owned by Ed Staples and Annette Alexander. More »

The Customs and Border Patrol Follies

The San Diego Police Dock. Back in the day, the crew of a boat were prohibited from stepping off the boat. And if the skipper walked even a few feet up the gangway to say ‘hello’ to some old friend, an officer would be right there to bite his head off.  More »

Fresh from Rio

Gary Jobson, who served as commentator for NBC at the Olympics, is coming to St. Francis Yacht Club, and all Bay Area sailors are invited. "This Wednesday, fresh from Rio, Gary will come speak at our Wednesday Yachting Luncheon to talk about how our team performed and what’s next for US Sailing," advises StFYC’s Meredith Laitos. More »

Ever Seen a Moonbow?

Some offshore sailors dread getting up at all hours of the night to stand watch. But night watches sometimes yield unexpected rewards: brilliant stars and constellations to steer by, meteor showers and, if you’re lucky, perhaps even a nighttime rainbow, or ‘moonbow’.  More »

Anatomy of a Round-Down

Wild times on the Olympic Circle in SFYC’s Summer Keelboat Invitational. © Erik SimonsonSailing photographer Erik Simonson was on the spot to capture images of this round-down (followed by an accidental jibe turning the mishap into a round-up) complete with man overboard (who fortunately hung onto the boat). More »

New Site for Disposing of Flares

For many sailors finding a safe, legal way to dispose of expired flares is a minor dilemma. But we’ve got a temporary solution. © 2016Over the years, Latitude 38 readers have often complained that there wasn’t anywhere they could safely and legally dispose of outdated flares. More »

Delta Doo Dah Doin’s

It’s that season — you know, the one between midsummer and fall, ‘backtoschool’ — and the Delta Doo Dah’s summer vacation of sailing and playing in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is coasting toward the finish. More »

She’s a Guest on His Megayacht?

Ivanka Trump, cruising the waters of Croatia.  Daily Mail
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLC‘Yachting with the Enemy’ is the headline that the Daily Mail gave to their recent article about global movers and shakers enjoying some R&R on yachts in Croatia. More »

Olympic Sailing Medal Drought Ends

An ecstatic Caleb Paine won the Finn medal race to collect bronze for the US team. © 2016 Sailing Energy / World SailingThanks to Caleb Paine of San Diego, the American sailing team will not go home sans hardware from the 2016 Olympics as they did in 2012. More »