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Westpoint Harbor Woes, Again

On Thursday, January 18 Mark Sanders and Westpoint Harbor once again squared off against the Enforcement Committee of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). Although the Enforcement Committee voted 5-0 in November 2017 to refer their Cease and Desist Order (CDO) for consideration by the full Commission at the January 18 meeting, that order was withdrawn and replaced with a revised CDO on January 8, 2018. More »

Lia Ditton Is Set to Persevere

Last week, sailor and ocean rower Lia Ditton posted the following on her website, announcing her intent to continue training to become the first female to row solo across the North Pacific (we featured Ditton in the September issue of Latitude). More »

Watch the VOR Finishes Today

The Volvo Ocean Race has armchair sailors on the edge of their, well, armchairs today. More than half of the fleet was in stealth mode yesterday, but all should be arriving in Hong Kong today, completing Leg 4 from Melbourne, Australia. More »

SSS Three Bridge Fiasco Preview

A snapshot in time of the starting area of the 2017 Three Bridge Fiasco. Last year, 360 boats were entered to race. latitude/Chris
©2018Latitude 38 Media, LLC As of this morning, 237 boats were signed up to race in the Three Bridge Fiasco on January 27. More »

Tragedy on ‘YachtCruz’

We’re saddened to report that YachtCruz has likely met a tragic end. The Coast Guard confirmed in a phone call with Latitude yesterday that they’ve identified the remains of Patrick Wolfgang, who was found just offshore and about 10 miles south of Ensenada. More »

Movie Night!

It was a packed house at Spaulding Marine Center last Friday, as droves of movie fans piled under the heat lamps to watch a screening of Captains Courageous, one of our readers’ favorite sailing films. More »

The Baja Ha-Ha’s Silver Anniversary

For many, the 25th Baja Ha-Ha will start at 48 degrees north. Lani Schroeder, who says he’s been reading Latitude 38 since 1984, wrote in from Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle to say now it’s his turn to enjoy the Baja Ha-Ha aboard his Endeavour 43 CC ketch Balance. More »

MOB in the VOR

Big speeds and lots of water over the deck on Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag today in the VOR during the Melbourne to Hong Kong leg. © Konrad Frost / Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race is drawing to a close with the fleet of seven one-design Volvo 65s fully ‘sending it’ on approach to the finish in Hong Kong. More »

Dismasting in Jules Verne Attempt

Not every round-the-world record attempt goes as planned. Earlier in the season we saw François Gabart achieve what many thought to be nearly impossible when he sailed his maxi-trimaran Macif around the world in just 42 days, with an absolute minimum of drama, to record the fastest solo circumnavigation on record and secure — incredibly — the second-fastest lap of the globe ever recorded — solo or fully crewed. More »

BCDC Continues Westpoint Assault

The  BCDC’s recent loss of their case against John Sweeney’s Point Buckler Island has only caused them to modify their strategy regarding Westpoint Harbor in Redwood City. Despite numerous local citizen supporters and an award-winning environmental design, the BCDC is going out of its way to shut down the facility. More »