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Archive for November 2017

40 Years of Mischief, Part 2

Back in the years BC — “before catamarans” — Latitude 38’s publisher owned a series of monohull sailboats. The biggest was Big O, an Ocean 71. One year, he decided to do San Francisco Yacht Club’s Midnight Moonlight Maritime Marathon, which starts in Raccoon Strait near the sponsoring SFYC in the afternoon, and finishes just outside the Strait whenever you get back from rounding the center tower of the Carquinez Bridge. More »

December Racing Preview

It’s all pros aboard for the final act of the Extreme Sailing Series, but with many of our readers still in Baja California Sur after finishing the Baja Ha-Ha, some may wish to get into the act as spectators. More »

Wanna Teach Sailing?

Three spots are open, wide open, for US Sailing Level 1 instructor training December 16-19 at Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda. With Northern California seeing shortages of certified Level 1 instructors (these are often college kids in summer jobs), your local clubs and community sailing leaders are trying to do something about it. More »

Clipper Race News

It’s been less than one month since the Clipper 70 Greenings ran aground on the opening day of the Clipper’s Race 3. While the remaining 11 boat-fleet has now completed the race into Fremantle, Western Australia, the salvage operation to remove the monohull from Cape Peninsula is also now close to completion. More »

The Best Holidays Are on Boats

Okay, fine — we lied. The occasion was Thanksgiving, which we spent at home with family this year. The conversation had turned to "your most memorable holiday ever," and the memories flowed as freely as the hot buttered rum — favorite gifts, the old country, unexpected snow, riding that new bike . More »

Thanksgiving on the Bay

"Thank you for the idea of going to Angel Island this holiday weekend. My girlfriend Jayle and I decided to skip the stress of family gatherings and spent a few days at the island," Greg Clausen wrote us. More »

East Bay Teen Wins Formula Kite Worlds

Blink and you’ll miss her. Bay Area kiteboarder phenom Daniela Moroz flies past the camera in Muscat, Oman, during the IKA Formula Kite Worlds. © 2017 Toby Bromwich For the second year in a row, Daniela Moroz of Lafayette has won the Women’s IKA Formula Kite World Championship, held in Muscat, Oman, on November 19-24. More »

Lighting Up for the Holidays

One thing you might guess about a person who owns a Melges 32 is that they like to be fast and first. We suspect that’s why Daniel Thielman, owner of the Melges 32 Kuai, who won his class in the 2017 Rolex Big Boat Series, was also first with the holiday spirit at Corinthian Yacht Club in downtown Tiburon. More »


With credit to REI for creating  a ‘new Black Friday tradition’ by closing the doors on all their stores on Black Friday to encourage everyone to #optoutdoors, we are getting onboard with #optsailing for Black Friday. More »