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Archive for November 2017


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 »

Crewmember Drowns in Clipper Race

While racing from South Africa to Fremantle, Australia, the Clipper Race entry GREAT Britain lost a crewmember overboard. On Saturday, November 18, Simon Speirs, from Bristol, UK, was on the bow helping with a headsail change when he was swept overboard. More »

40 Years of Mischief, Part 1

What happens in Vegas might stay in Vegas. But not at Latitude. Longtime readers will know we’ve been pretty forthcoming about mistakes, screw-ups and bloopers (which can be one and the same, but not always). More »

Sailing Shelter Island

One of the great things about Shelter Island on San Diego Bay is the sailing vibe. Take a stroll down Shelter Island Drive and you’re totally immersed in sailing. The main drag is surrounded by marine businesses, and you can easily walk from sailmakers to riggers to boat yards. More »

When the Mood Strikes

Sailing is one of the great escapes, and it’s nice to have a boat that’s ready to go when the mood strikes and the weather is right. It would be easy to forget during the past two rainy, gray days that Tuesday was sunny and beautiful. More »

Soldini and ‘Maserati’ Try for a Record

One of our favorite sailors — and one of our favorite boats — has announced plans to attempt a world record. In January, Giovanni Soldini and Maserati will attempt to break the 13,000-mile ‘Tea Route’ record from Hong Kong to London by way of the Cape of Good Hope. More »

Sailing and Dredging in Santa Cruz

Ramp launching a Catalina 22 in Santa Cruz’s East Harbor. © Vikas Kapur Seeking a change of pace from daysailing on San Francisco Bay, reader Vikas Kapur headed to Santa Cruz last weekend for a sail on Monterey Bay in a Catalina 22. More »

ARC+ Rally Departs

The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, the granddaddy of all cruising rallies, got underway on Wednesday with the first of two fleets. Seventy ARC+ ralliers departed the Cape Verdes Islands with 15 knots of breeze under blue skies. More »

College Life on the Water

One great thing about college and college sailing is time on the water during the school year. Once out of college it’s much harder to find the time. Cal and Stanford squared off in light breeze at the annual Big Sail on Tuesday.  More »
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Are You Watching the Volvo Ocean Race?

We first started watching the Volvo Ocean Race in 1997/98. It was the last year it was called the Whitbread, and Bay Area sailor Paul Cayard — along with John Kostecki, Mark Rudiger and Kimo Worthington — would go on to win the ‘regatta’ on board the Swedish-flagged EF Language.  More »