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Archive for October 2016

International Masters Regatta

The International Masters Regatta is sailed in J/105s in a round-robin format on windward/leeward courses in view of spectators along the San Diego waterfront.  © 2016 Cynthia Sinclair San Diego Yacht Club hosted the International Masters Regatta on October 21-23. More »

StFYC to Host Hall of Fame Induction

Located in Annapolis, MD, the Sailing Hall of Fame may seem to some West Coast sailors like an East-Coast-centric institution. But the class of 2016 includes four West Coast luminaries, and the induction itself will be held in San Francisco. More »

Keep a Lookout for Migrating Whales

Here on California’s North Coast, boaters who venture offshore have been reporting abnormally large numbers of whales in recent weeks. So many, in fact, that they pose a serious potential threat to small-boat operators, while their own safety is potentially threatened by ship strikes. More »

Blustery Joan Storer Regatta

Saturday was Joan Storer’s granddaughter D’Arcy’s first time on a sailboat — ever (she’s the one holding the winch handle). Susan (pictured left) and Bill Hoehler’s daughter Amanda is at the wheel of the Hoehers’ J/105 Joyride. More »

Best Solution for Canceling Old TIPs

During the past two years, Mexican government agencies have worked hard to make it easier for recreational boat owners to visit Mexican waters — most notably, by the establishment of two new websites for obtaining visas and Temporary (boat) Import Permits online. More »

What Is with the Southerly Winds?

As this weather animation shot from Windyty shows, this is not the best time to try to sail south from Oregon and Washington.  © Windyty As the Grand Poobah, we’ve been closely watching the weather along the West Coast of the United States from early to late October for the last 23 years. More »

The Northwest Fountain of Youth

Charlie and Cathy Simon have their answer to the question, ‘What do you do after a circumnavigation?’  Celebration
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC Judging by the enthusiasm in their voices, you’d think Charlie and Cathy Simon are a couple of millennials about to take off on their first sailing adventure. More »

Express 27s Take Berkeley by Storm

A run on Saturday, the windiest day of the Express 27 Nationals. © Louis Benainous The 35th Express 27 National Championship was sailed on the Berkeley Circle during the first storms of the season on October 14-16. More »

The Straight Poop on Pumpouts

Writing about pumping out human waste from holding tanks is almost as uninspiring as actually performing that occasional chore. But it’s a very important topic. First, let us remind you that you can be fined up to $2,000 for discharging untreated sewage into inshore waters or within three miles of the coast — this includes the entire San Francisco Bay and Delta. More »