Archive for February 2018
The weather gods have been kind to San Francisco Bay this winter. Besides a few blustery days and the odd raindrop or two it’s been pretty pleasant sailing all winter when there’s been enough wind to sail.
"I’m feeling lucky that I won a shirt! Headed from Santa Rosa to Aptos we stopped in at St.
Checking out the weekend events in our annual Northern California YRA racing calendar, we that noticed this Sunday has just three events on the schedule and all three are at Berkeley Yacht Club!  On the busy BYC Sunday schedule is the Midwinter Winners Race, which will pit the top finishers from the winter series in an end-of-season match-up.
It’s been a wild ride this week in the RORC Caribbean 600. Seattle’s Greg Slyngstad was racing his Bieker 53 Fujin in the complex 600-mile tour of 11 islands when his catamaran capsized on Monday night close to Saba Island.
The Ocean Cleanup Project, founded by Boyan Slat in the Netherlands in 2013, started as an idea to remove plastic from the world’s oceans and is now becoming a reality on the shores of Alameda.
Schoolchildren of Zihuatanejo gather on the trampoline of Tony and Clare Piazza’s catamaran Picante. © 2018 Margaret Reid The 17th Annual Zihua SailFest on February 5-11 was a spectacular success.
"We’ve reached our goal." That’s what Pat McIntosh wrote to tell us after fundraising efforts in Barra de Navidad were completed in last night’s meeting to match up boats and passengers for the boat parade and sail underway this morning.  Seventy-three people donated $36,500 pesos (more than $1,800) to rewire the local elementary school in Bario.
Most of the people enjoying sailing on the coast of Mexico probably don’t know how nice the sailing has been here over the past several weeks.
Hey, it’s February 14. Maybe you heard, or maybe you’re reading this and going, ‘oh shit’, I’d better go buy some damn roses and make reservations.
Edward Stancil, port captain for Peninsula Yacht Club and a resident of the endangered Docktown Marina since 1996, shared the following photo and letter, which he had sent to the city attorney and city council of Redwood City on February 11.
Residents of Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tonga, are now recovering from Cyclone Gita, which blew through on Monday.
Baja Ha-Ha vet and Mexico cruising aficionado Pat McIntosh of Sacramento wrote us on Friday: "Good morning, at 8 a.m.
Saturday was as pleasant as could be but Sunday was breeze-on. Barry Demak was out captaining a boat for Passage Nautical and crossed paths with one of the casualties.
Saturday’s racing on the Berkeley Circle was held in the beautiful, moderately warm, light-air conditions that have been the trend in the Bay Area for more than a month.
When settlers first arrived on the shores of New England a few hundred years ago, they said lobsters were so plentiful they’d just wash up on the beach after a storm.
In the wake of the Volvo Ocean Race’s tragic entrance into Hong Kong, the fleet has now been temporarily reduced to just six yachts, with Danish/American entry Vestas/11th Hour Racing having been shipped to New Zealand for repairs.
It’s been a terrible winter for skiing but pretty sweet for sailing. Driving out of San Francisco on Wednesday we noticed a few boats were ‘playing hooky’ and snagging a little hump-day sailing.
On January 23, a 7.9 earthquake pulsed from the Gulf of Alaska, and triggered a tsunami warning in San Francisco Bay in the middle of the night.
Scenes from the Golden Gate Yacht Club as sailors mix it up, trying to find the perfect ride or crew.  latitude/Chris
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC "Anyone can do it," said Ryan Waters in a YouTube video he made about jumping aboard a Cal 43 as an inexperienced crew.
One of our readers called the other day with a ‘hot tip’: He went by his favorite Latitude 38 pickup joint, Western Boat & Tackle on Third Street in San Rafael, where readers have been picking up Latitude for about 40 years, and found the magazines but not the business.
Responding to complaints from a bevy of Bay Area residents (especially sailors) about the impact the Salesforce tower has made on the San Francisco skyline, city officials have reduced the size of the colossal new building so that it’s never taller than existing skyscrapers.
Outgoing commodore James Kiriakis and incoming commodore Theresa Brandner at StFYC’s annual meeting in January.
Most regattas succeed with a few basic ingredients — a good venue, decent sailing conditions and good race committee work, but, as always, the most important ingredient is the people.
After yet another collision with an Unidentified Floating Object and losing one of her rudders, Maserati is flying through the Indian Ocean, about to round the Cape of Good Hope, and over 500 nautical miles ahead of Gitana 13’s reference time for the ‘Tea Route’ from Hong Kong to London.
PG&E made a long-shot — and ill-recieved — proposal that the city of San Francisco consider getting rid of East Harbor, also known as Gashouse Cove, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle.  ‘Fat chance’, said city officials (although that is not a direct quote).
Glenn Isaacson and Liz Baylis try to keep Q moving in very light breeze and strong current during Saturday’s Three Bridge Fiasco.
"Do you have old Dacron, nylon and laminate (as long as they aren’t completely delaminated) sails that you’d like to see re-purposed rather than just taking up your storage space or bring hauled off to the dump?" writes Cam Tuttle of Tiburon Yacht Club.