Archive for August 2017
The start of a Friday night race in front of Encinal YC. In the background, the construction of Oakland’s new Brooklyn Basin development can be seen.
"I’m looking for a slip."  latitude/Richard
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC There are all kinds of harbormasters in the world, but not many of them are as accommodating as Dick Markie of Paradise Marina in Nuevo Vallarta.
These days, when it seems like the washing machine you bought last week is already broken, it’s a little mind blowing that a 131-year-old sailing ship looks like she was launched yesterday.
Even with dinghy wheels, it was a bit of a struggle for John and Gilly of Destiny to get their dinghy up the gravel beach at Punta Mita.
Usually when we talk about "protests" in the context of yacht racing, we’re talking about disagreements over rules and right of way between competitors, not the kind of protests with speeches, chanting, sign waving and yelling. But in this instance, that’s exactly what we’re talking about.  Race protests are usually nonviolent; the other kind have the potential to disrupt traffic at best and to turn deadly violent at worst.
World Sailing is inviting nominations for the 2017 Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards. There are two categories — male and female — and sailors nominated may represent any discipline of the sport. Nominations can be made by anyone but the sailor him- or herself.
"What do you do when you cross paths with cruising friends in the middle of the ocean and you’re headed in different directions?” asked Lewis Allen and Alyssa Alexopulous of the Redwood City and Fiji-based Voyage 43 catamaran Quixotic.
In our occasional ode to the lone, brave soul who ventures to the pointy end of the boat to take care of business, we bring you a scene from spring time racing on the Bay.
The Matthew Turner is looking more and more like a ship. On Saturday — and with the ceremonial fanfare we’ve come to enjoy from Educational Tallships — the Turner’s fore and aft masts were lifted by crane, stepped and fastened into place.
We were walking down the dock at Schoonmaker Point Marina in Sausalito when Colin Cashmore of the Dickson 60 Avant Garde popped his head out of the fo’c’sle.
We still can’t believe this morning’s New York Times headline: Rescuers Seek 10 Missing Sailors After US Navy Ship and Tanker Collide. We first thought it was a follow-up about the recent collision of the USS Fitzgerald in June, but today’s Times story involved a completely different destroyer, the apparently ‘unguided’ guided-missile destroyer John S.
They won’t arrive on the West Coast of the US until April, but the 12 boats in the current edition of the Clipper Round the World Race started yesterday in Liverpool, England.
The list of best ‘sailing movies’ is familiar and dated. There’s only been a handful of films featuring sailboats, and a hint at the lifestyle that draws us.
"This summer the Delta was so hot…" "How hot was it?" "It was so hot we stayed in the Bay." Delta Doo Dah vets Gene and Cheryl Novak planned to take their 9-year-old granddaughter Madison on Doo Dah 9 to escape the Sacramento heat.
Last weekend’s Drake’s Bay Race, a two-day event that combined OYRA and Singlehanded Sailing Society fleets, saw more wind than in the past few years.
In a ‘Lectronic Reader Submission from earlier this month, Janet Baker asked what we thought was an improbable question: "Have you ever had glacial ice in your whiskey?" The gauntlet thusly thrown down, we had a quick response from David Eberhard and Deborah Connors of San Francisco.
Latitude reader and cruiser Lee Panza reminded us that Richardson Bay is one of the hidden gems of the Bay Area.
Volvo Ocean Race Team Dongfeng rounds Fastnet Rock. © Jeremie Lecaudey / Team Dongfeng Every two years the Volvo Ocean Race has proven itself the best at giving couch sailors a chance to see and hear what it’s like to race around the world.
There is no Internet at Santa Cruz Island. If there were, we can imagine the number of boats anchored there in the summer would dramatically increase.  latitude/Richard
©2017Latitude 38 Media, LLC Several entries for this year’s Baja Ha-Ha — there are currently 123 — have indicated they plan on spending some of the fall at the Channel Islands.
A man has died after a possible propane explosion and fire aboard a sailboat at Marina Coral in Ensenada yesterday afternoon, according to reports from witnesses in the marina.
The 14th District of the US Coast Guard has been commemorating the 100th anniversary of Oahu’s Diamond Head Lighthouse, "a cultural icon and landmark," this summer.
The schooner Alert was wending its way through the 200+ islands of Casco Bay. latitude/John
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC While San Francisco Bay boasts steady breezes, a 12-month season and spectacular scenery, most local sailors still want to explore much of the rest of the sailing world.
Merlin’s delivery crew pauses to pose for a photo before departing Honolulu. They are: Larry Radcliffe, El Cerrito; Kody Reed, Monterey; Jack Everett, Chattanooga, TN; Steve Burke, Santa Cruz; Jeff Bowler, Moss Landing; Genevie Drew, Santa Cruz; and delivery captain Don Radcliffe, Santa Cruz.
The crew of a Marina del Rey-based 11:Metre are the first Americans to be invited to the class’s Scandinavian Nationals since 2002. Jamie Myer acquired Wolfhound five years ago, and the team has scored trophies in Santa Barbara to King Harbor races, Del Rey Yacht Club’s Berger/Stein Series and the Sunset Series King of the Hill.
By now, the August 1 issue of Latitude 38 should have made its way to the usual waterfront venues, plotting its course into the soon-to-be-ink-stained hands of West Coast sailors.
Why didn’t I think of that?  © 2017 James Tantillo At some point in your boat owning career, it’s likely that you’ll have to tension the belt(s) on your engine.
THIS STORY WAS UPDATED AT 2:40 p.m. A sailboat sank off Treasure Island over the weekend, according to reports from the Coast Guard.  John Boggs, one of our readers, said he saw a sunken ketch off the east side of Treasure Island on Sunday.