Archive for June 2017
A potential reward for those who make the challenging passage from the West Coast to French Polynesia is the chance to participate in these outrigger canoe races — big fun in a jaw-dropping setting.  latitude/Andy
©2017Latitude 38 Media, LLC Ever since we coined the phrase Pacific Puddle Jump more than 20 years ago to describe the annual migration of sailors from the West Coast of the Americas to French Polynesia, we’ve hosted festive sendoff parties in Mexico, and, more recently, in Panama too.
One hundred years after American troops landed on French shores to come to the aid of the French during World War I, a new event has been created to honor this moment in history and the special relationship between our two countries.
July 2017 overflows with days off: five full weekends plus a holiday (and no doubt some folks will turn Independence Day into a four-day weekend).
Donald Mcllraith sent in this sweet shot of the crew of Blue Dream, a Melges 24, hiking out on during the Trans-Tahoe Race.
It’s all over. Peter Burling, the youngest helmsmen to ever win the Cup, hoists the Auld Mug.
In 2017 Yucca is celebrating both her 80th birthday and a new ‘caretaker’ to follow Hank Easom’s 53-year stewardship.
Glenn Tieman aboard the magnificent Manu Rere in Turtle Bay in 2008. latitude/Richard
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC “Oh God, my life is destroyed!” That was the reaction of Glenn Tieman, perhaps the world’s thriftiest long-term cruiser, upon hearing the news that his beloved cruising catamaran Manu Rere had been t-boned and severely damaged.
John and Doreen Abbott’s Catalina 30 Shellback approaches Pittsburg in the company of Express 27s and Moore 24s on their way upriver in the ‘Doo Dah Ditch Run’.
It’s fun in the sun and sailing on the rail.  Aaaaah, Friday. © 2017 Joel Krauska Joel Krauska sent in some shots of another magical evening sailing the South Beach Yacht Club Friday Night Series.
While in the Caribbean this spring, we spoke with friends about their plans for how to deal with the July-to-December tropical-cyclone season in the Eastern Caribbean.
Don’t let your marina look like this on Summer Sailstice weekend. Hoisting sails helps improve sail shape and your outlook on life.
John and Gena Egelston’s 1928 Lester Stone cutter Water Witch (right) prevails and handily earns a first in the Classic division at the 10th annual Great Schooner Race.
Forests and forests of wood will be on hand for the Master Mariners Benevolent Association Wooden Boat Show on June 25.  latitude/File
©2017Latitude 38 Media, LLC For our money, one of the best shows in town this month is the Master Mariners Benevolent Association’s Wooden Boat show, coming to the Corinthian Yacht Club on Summer Sailstice weekend, Sunday, June 25.  For $20 at the gate, you’ll be able to tour an assortment of classic yachts, from Birds to big yawls like Bounty.
Who’s heading out for a summer solstice sail? Were you out there yesterday?
Maserati waits for passengers on Raccoon Strait on Sunday.   latitude/John
©2017Latitude 38 Media, LLC You may have noticed a handful of young Italian men sporting Team Maserati shirts in Point Richmond over the past few months.
It’s starting to look a little familiar: Team Emirates New Zealand is walking away from Oracle Team USA, and seems to be in a league of its own, taking a 3-0 lead after winning the first four races handily (remember that the Kiwis started with a negative 1.
Yes, there was a giant something-or-other in the background, but what caught our eye was the nice-looking Island Packet Peppermint Patty enjoying a pleasant reach down the Sausalito waterfront.
Forget the Warriors and Cavaliers — tomorrow in Bermuda will see a rematch for the ages, as Oracle Team USA  squares off against Emirates Team New Zealand to contest the 35th America’s Cup.
If you want a photographic example of how life is different in the islands than in the States, check out the photo taken by Mike Stout of the Redondo Beach-based Aleutian 51 Mermaid.
Do it the easy way.  Go online to sign your dad up for a gift subscription to Latitude 38 magazine, then write a note expressing your love of him and sailing.
Just another sunny weekend on the Bay. latitude/John
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC We recently caught Randy and Jennifer Gridley out on their new-to-them Sabre 38 MkII Aegea.
This past weekend, Newport Harbor Yacht Club hosted its first annual One Design Offshore Championship in idyllic sailing conditions.
Chesapeake’s Yanmar diesel on the ground in San Diego. Chesapeake
©2017Latitude 38 Media, LLC Marine diesel mechanics have told us that most marine diesels go bad after about 4,000 hours.
How does the purveyor of the laid-back lifestyle remain so prolifically productive in such diverse and seemingly disparate activities as hotel development, songwriting, book writing, concert tours, opening restaurants, and even a new senior living development in Florida called ‘Latitude Margaritaville’ that is described as, ".
Wipe-out! Despite the Delta Ditch Run’s gnarly conditions — or perhaps because of them — the 28-boat Moore 24 fleet garnered 11 top-20 finish positions in PHRF Monohull.
After a slow morning of racing in Bermuda, several hundred clicks to refresh our browsers, and more than a little disgruntlement at the coverage of this year’s America’s Cup, it’s official: Team New Zealand just beat Artemis Racing 5 races to 2, and has realized a long awaited rematch with Oracle Team USA.  During the first (and ultimately abandoned) race of the morning, Artemis was over early at the start, and New Zealand was in the lead around the first mark for the first time in the Finals.
Some four dozen Alamedans took to their bikes on Sunday for a tour of separate proposed developments along the island’s North Waterfront designed to add housing, commercial space and public waterways access.
What a difference a few degrees of latitude can make. About a thousand miles to the north of Bermuda competitors in the OSTAR single- and doublehanded transatlantic race from Plymouth, UK, to Newport, RI, were clocked by heavy 60-knot winds and 45-foot seas 900 miles miles east of Newfoundland.
The Swedes are in and the Brits are out. Artemis came back to defeat SoftBank Team Japan 5 races to 3, while Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing was no match for the lightning-fast Kiwis.
Flying a big genoa in light morning breeze, Dave MacEwen’s SC52 Lucky Duck ducks in close to the Sausalito headlands after starting the Spinnaker Cup on May 27.
Are we fired up for tomorrow’s Delta Ditch Run? Heck yeah! latitude/Chris
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC The San Francisco Bay and Delta region heads into the weekend with unsettled weather.
The Half Moon Bay Yacht Club Women’s Sailing Program hosted its second Take the Tiller Workshop on June 3 to resounding acclaim.
A boat crew from Station Golden Gate assists a 32-ft sailing vessel that was taking on water near the Golden Gate Bridge.
Team Emirates New Zealand suffered a dramatic wipeout yesterday just before the start of a Semi-Final race against Land Rover BAR — all crew were accounted for and reported safe.
Is the sailboat-friendly Icom IC-M802 SSB an endangered species? © Icom Stan Honey, in addition to being probably the world’s best navigator, is the guy who created the incredible graphics that for the first time in history made sense of the America’s Cup and other races.
 Some of the best of the sailing life lies below the keel. © 2017 Tomorrow is World Oceans Day, which also aligns with this week’s UN Conference on the Oceans.
US Coast Guard station Oahu is seeking information on Sea Nymph, a Morgan 45 that had been sailing south from Oahu to the Marquesas, and is now considered long overdue.
If you’ve ever worn a wetsuit, then you know Jack O’Neill. Any surfer (or dinghy sailor) staying warm in frigid water owes their comfort to the pioneering O’Neill.
Pacific Ocean passagemakers are asked to be on the lookout for singlehander Richard Carr and his 36-ft Union cutter Celebration, which are missing.
A special Study Session of the Alameda City Council will take up the topic of development of Mixed Use sites, including Alameda Marina. A volunteer from Save Alameda’s Working Waterfront believes that "this is the meeting where we should be arguing for more dry-storage space.
How the magic happens on delivery day. latitude/John
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC The June issue of Latitude 38 was tucked into Bay Area delivery vans, postal service vehicles and FedEx trucks yesterday for distribution to all the usual places.
John Mott just emailed us with following questions: "My wife and I are departing the Pacific Northwest in September with a stop in Mexico and then direct for the Marquesas, two to three years in the South Pacific, then on to Australia, New Zealand and the Seychelles.