Archive for May 2017
With the Louis Vuitton Cup scheduled to kick off today — but postponed due to high winds — we thought we’d feature a Flashback Friday to 2013, as brought to us by Christine Smith.
With an extra day to frolic this weekend, we hope you’ll get your boat out or hop aboard someone else’s at some point over the next three days — you could even start your weekend early with a Friday night beer can race or sunset cruise.
A TP52 start at the 2017 Key West Race Week, which has offered tropical sailing underon turquoise water since 1988 for boats large… © 2017 …and small.
A day sailing the Bay is more than enough reason to smile.   latitude/John
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC Long summer sailing days mean that San Francisco Bay is dotted with numerous boats shaking off the winter rains.
Where do you go to find an ice-cold, locally brewed IPA, a hot, delicious meal or a fine bottle of wine within a short walk from a dock or anchorage?
Seven western teams match-raced in StFYC’s J/22s over the weekend on the Cityfront. "The race committee had their hands full keeping a square race course with the shifting currents," commented photographer Chris Ray.
On May 12, a Marin County kiteboarder was killed at Robert Crown State Beach in Alameda after a gust of wind picked him up and hurled him onto land, according to the East Bay Times.
With the sailing world turning its focus to the America’s Cup in Bermuda, racing yachts have begun their annual pilgrimage to the remote Atlantic island.
With questions like "How old is your 2-year-old?" and "Are you tall for your height?" you’ll find the 2017 Latitude 38 reader survey as enlightening as a Rorschach test.
Paul Kaplan and grandson Will Deuyour check out Sprite’s spiffy transom paint. Sprite
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC Last fall Scott Lamson tore a Classy Classified ad out of Latitude 38 and said to Paul Kaplan, "Here’s a Cal 20.
This Saturday, Call of the Sea is hosting a shipyard sale to benefit the continued construction of the 100-ft brigantine Matthew Turner.
Less than two years after the maxi-trimaran Lending Club 2 shocked the world with a 3-day,18-hour record run to Hawaii, that record has fallen.
Did you realize that Capistrano Beach in Pillar Point Harbor at the north corner of Half Moon Bay has been one of the most polluted beaches in California for more than 30 years?
Don’t Panic looks relaxed enough heading to weather in the 80° air and water of the BVI.  © 2017 Dean Barnes / STIR 2017 In the May issue, Michelle Slade highlighted Julian Mann’s very active race program with the Don’t Panic team’s recent participation in the BVI Spring Regatta.
You want exciting racing people can relate to? The Wanderer suggests big boats such as the 180-ft schooner Elena of London, built to a design from 1910, with lots of sails, lots of crew, and endless brightwork.  latitude/Richard
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC By the time the 35th America’s Cup Finals, June 24 to June 27, are concluded, the Wanderer predicts that the Cup will have been diminished even more.
In the 2013 Transpac John Sangmeister’s Long Beach-based ORMA 73 trimaran Tritium Lending Club came up just 2.5 hours short of besting the record after at least six collisions with debris in the ocean.
The Atlantic 57 Leopard was found off North Carolina five months after she flipped. © 2017 Cruisers Forum Leopard, the Atlantic 57 catamaran that flipped 400 miles north of the Dominican Republic on the evening of November 15 while on a passage from Annapolis to St.
Looking at any collection of aging sailboats tarnished by years of sailing, sun and salt, it would be easy to be dismayed by their loss from active sailing fleets.
As the fog rolls in on San Francisco Bay and the City’s temperature varies from a low of 55° to a high of 58°, we’re looking forward with eager anticipation to the toasty-warm Delta cruising season.
The most famous of all West Coast sailing races, the Transpac, is less than two months away.
Mel Ellison sent this shot with a note, "I managed to snap a photo of a humpback whale coming under the Golden Gate Bridge yesterday and thought your readers might be interested.
The crew of Daniel Thielman’s Melges 32 Kuai, seen here at the start, told us that they’d won PHRF overall in Saturday’s Great Vallejo Race, aka the YRA Season Opener.
Malcolm Leth of the Jeanneau 39 Dancia from Brisbane, Australia, is getting ready to join the Pacific Puddle Jump currently underway from the West Coast.
The New York Times recently reported that as ice continues to subside in the Arctic, cargo companies are considering using the Northwest Passage, "potentially a faster, more direct route between Asia and ports in Europe and eastern North America," according to the Times — as a regular shipping route in the next few decades.
The Tartan Ten Tartanic and Olson 911S Shanti sail under the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge bound for Vallejo in the 2015 YRA Season Opener.
After one of the longest, wettest winters in a hundred years, we can only imagine that the to-do lists for Bay Area sailors are miles long.
With Harbor Sand’s Nikki Beach-like palapas, Two Harbors is gentrifying.  Harbor Sands
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC For the last couple of years the Santa Catalina Island Company has put a lot of effort and money into updating the Avalon visitor experience.
The San Francisco Knarr fleet is one of the most active, most competitive, most beautiful and longest-lived fleets on the Bay.
All four of the new Pac 52 box-rule class boats are now in San Diego in preparation for the start of their first season, which will kick off with San Diego Yacht Club’s Yachting Cup on May 5-7.
Larry Ellison once told a story about his first sail aboard a Lido 14 that he naively took out the Gate.
For the second year in a row the first finishers in the 70th Newport to Ensenada Race, which started on Friday, completed the race before the race committee and media could drive from Newport Beach across the border to Ensenada.
Sailors have long followed the tradition of putting a message in a bottle and hurling it into the sea, sometimes as a call for help after being stranded on a deserted island, sometimes just to see where it goes. With the latter in mind, Latitude 38 decided to drop a message in a bottle (MIB) in a random copy of the April issue to see where it might show up.  John Schroeder went down to his local West Marine in Anacortes, WA and was lucky enough to get the next-to-last copy of Latitude 38.