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Archive for April 2017

The Racing Month Ahead

The 70th annual Newport to Ensenada Race starts today; 187 boats will have hit the start line by the time we post this. Among boats to watch are the MOD70 Phaedo3, with which ‘Lectronic readers are no doubt familiar; the R/P 63 Aszhou, defending her monohull record time of 9:35:34; 25-time N2E trophy-winner Bill Gibbs on the Schionning catamaran Wahoo; and America’s Cup legend Dennis Conner sailing the wooden sloop Splendor. More »

The Unthinkable Almost Happened

It was only a matter of a few feet in the last race of the 30th Annual Antigua Classic Regatta that kept the event from very possibly being the scene of the biggest megayacht collision and destruction dance in the history of recreational sailing. More »
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New California Boater Law Coming Soon

In 2018, California will slowly roll out a new law requiring boaters — including sailboats with motors — to carry proof they’ve taken a safety course. On January 1, the law will require boaters aged 20 or younger to carry an official California Boater Education Card. More »

Bullship Runs into the Lightship

The Bullship’s 25 adult El Toro sailors start their journey from Sausalito across the Bay to San Francisco under overcast skies on April 22. latitude/Chris
©2017Latitude 38 Media, LLC The Bullship Race on April 22 started promptly at 9:05 on Saturday morning with enough of a northeasterly breeze for the 25-boat fleet of 8-ft El Toros to make headway against a dying flood. More »

Sausalito Midweek Escape to the Bay

Sausalito Yacht Club’s every-other-week Sunset Series began last night with classic, breezy Knox-racing-area conditions. Sailing on San Francisco Bay is never better, and it makes for an ideal excuse to disentangle from your devices and take an early ‘hump day’. More »

Petaluma River Not So Bad

On April 14, we posted a story from ABC7 News about islands of silt in the Petaluma River, the cancelation of Petaluma Yacht Club’s Memorial Day event, the lack of yachts at the club and the general headaches boaters have been dealing with. More »

What’s That Olson 30 Costing?

Slaloming between all the anchored boats off Gustavia is the name of the La Gamelle sunset sailing game in St. Barth. In anything less than 15 knots, with a full main and #4 jib, the nimble George Olson design provides incredible sailing pleasure for the singlehander. More »

Clouds Clear for Opening Day

San Francisco Bay saw clear skies and a generous breeze for Opening Day 2017. Lengths of colorful, flapping signal flags and burgees decorated a line of boats snaking its way through the calm waters of Marin, waiting to be blessed by the Corinthian Yacht Club’s official Blessing Vessel.  More »