Archive for March 2018
The sailing world was both shocked and deeply saddened on Monday with the development of a tragic man-overboard situation in the Volvo Ocean Race.
In America’s Cup news, the NYYC challenger team has released their branding. The team will be called American Magic. Philip Lotz, commodore of NYYC, said, "America was the first boat to win the Cup in 1851.
Because Easter falls on April 1 this year, the coming weekend is light on regattas, but women skippers can still sign up for Island Yacht Club’s Sadie Hawkins Race (full crews, coed OK, this Saturday, on the Estuary, $20 entry fee).
Today’s mystery ship. Click on the photo to enlarge it. Thanks to Jeff Berman for sharing it.
Almost exactly 10 years ago, we told you about a couple named Jerry and Darla Merrow who spent 95 days adrift in the Pacific on their 48-ft motorsailer Darla Jean before it washed up on Fanning Island after leaving Moss Landing.
After suffering brutal Southern-Ocean conditions that led to a slew of damage, Randall Reeves has made a pit stop in Tasmania, and is assessing his options for continuing the Figure 8 Voyage. "Regarding next steps, my wife Joanna arrived yesterday with some much-needed affection and a suitcase full of spare parts (don’t ask me to rank those, please), and we are talking through options over the next few days.
As the California State Water Board knuckles down on copper loads in our waterways, the largest source and most toxic of pollutants seems to have escaped the government’s attention. Researchers have concluded that plastics are now one of the most common pollutants in our ocean waters worldwide.
On Sunday, March 18, the San Francisco J/24 Fleet 17 hosted the first in a series of race clinics.
Years ago, when we gave our two boys and their male cousins permission to explore this cove in BC’s Desolation Sound, we had no idea they would scare the wits out of us by jumping off a 50-ft cliff.
Did you know that tomorrow is World Water Day? In fact, it’s the 25th anniversary of an event designated by the United Nations to draw attention to the importance of water.
Last call in this case is March 30, and the ‘bars’ in question are the harbor entrance bars to Crescent City Harbor, Humboldt Bay, Noyo River and Morro Bay.
A damp moment for the Vestas/11th Hour crew, sailing in the Southern Ocean during Leg 3, Cape Town to Melbourne, of the Volvo Ocean Race.
A team of medical students is conducting a survey to review the illnesses and injuries that sailors encounter while on the water, anchored or moored, and they’re asking for your help.
The 2018 edition of the Mexican Ocean Racing Championships (MEXORC) has just drawn to a close, capping off a few solid weeks of sailing for many of the West Coast’s finest sailors and programs.
How do we know? Besides all of the allergy sneezing, a quick look at the Northern California Racing Calendar shows nine separate events scheduled for Saturday and five more on Sunday.
What’s the only thing better than the waters of San Rafael? The hills of San Rafael, which reveal an amazing, awe-inspiring view of said water.
A few weeks ago we reported on an unfortunate incident near the entrance to the Oakland Estuary.
Foggy Friday at the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup Regatta for 10 collegiate teams sailing matched Catalina 37s.
Aaaaaannnnnnnd here’s your March Caption Contest(!), which will be published in Loose Lips in the April Issue, and will earn the winner a brand-new Latitude 38 T-shirt.
Latitude 38 reader and Westpoint Harbor supporter Bob Wilson wrote to remind us about the next BCDC meeting concerning West Point Harbor.
These are good days to own a sailboat. Adding to concerns that sea level rise will inundate much of the shoreline, there is mounting concern that, at the same time, the shoreline is sinking into the sea.
The Santa Cruz 50 Adrenalin and the 1D48 Bodacious+, seen here in the first leg of 2016’s Great Vallejo Race, would be among the boats invited to compete for the YRA’s new Jumbo Cup.
San Francisco Bay and the Gulf of the Farallones offer spectacular and exciting sailing.
In Monday’s ‘Lectronic Latitude, we showed you pictures of a boat that we saw anchored just outside the channel from San Rafael Creek last weekend.
All kinds of boats produced all kinds of smiles as everyone got a ride at Sail a Small Boat Day — for many it was their first sail ever.  latitude/Monique
©2018Latitude 38 Media, LLC Despite the hail, rain and gray skies, Richmond Yacht Club’s Sail a Small Boat Day was a complete success.
A man identified by the San Francisco Chronicle as Bryan Pennington has anchored his 30-something-ft trimaran at Aquatic Park Cove for over 100 days, overstaying his welcome and triggering action by law enforcement.
One thing experienced cruisers know is that once you reach port your mobility can be limited to walking, public transit or cab services.
We want you to come to our Crew List Party tonight! latitude/Chris
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC Golden Gate Yacht Club on the San Francisco Marina has once again offered their beautiful clubhouse for Latitude 38’s Spring Crew List Party, tonight from 6 to 9 p.m.
As we were motoring out of the San Rafael Creek yesterday, we noticed a boat — maybe 35- to 40-ft — anchored just outside the channel markers.
Six weeks after crashing into a fishing boat and killing one fisherman in the crowded waters of Hong Kong, the Vestas/11th Hour Racing Volvo 65 is repaired and back in the water. The boat had been shipped to New Zealand for repairs following the collision just prior to the finish of Leg 4, at 1 a.m.
We first met Carter Cassel — the skipper of San Francisco’s National Historic Landmark ship Alma — at Summer Sailstice last June.
Actually, since they’re sailing their Atlantic 57 Nogal, you won’t likely catch them. Since they left the Bay Area in spring 2016, Frank, Marilia, Julia and Sophia have sailed thousands of miles across the Pacific, had first-hand lessons on sailing the world’s oceans, kept up with some book learning, and are now are enjoying Southeast Asia.