Archive for May 2018
Local Development
Attention Alameda residents, and anyone concerned about marine services, access, and the Bay Area’s working waterfront.
Stuck in the mud
We could see how well the mud held the small sailboat which anchored out overnight east of His Lordships restaurant, just south of Berkeley Marina
On the Bay
It’s been a gray, cool week but things are looking to get brighter, warmer and more colorful for a much better Memorial Day sailing weekend.
oops
Last Saturday was crazy windy (again). While some battled their way to the Farallones and back singlehanded, others fought it out on the Berkeley Circle in San Francisco Yacht Club’s Elite Keel Regatta.
Climate
After last year’s hurricane season, we all might be paying a little more attention as this year’s season begins on June 1.
Leave the fog
Surrounded by race boats like Moore 24s and Santa Cruz and Express 27s, Larry Samson’s Catalina 30 Summerwind cruises back to her homeport of Stockton Sailing Club in the ‘Doo Dah Ditch Run’.
Out on the Bay
In the 8 a.m. hour it was already breeze-on for the competitors in the Singlehanded Farallones Race on Saturday.
Did you get it?
Last week, Ernest Galvan sent us this photo, promoting a pop DIY quiz: "This is a combination DIY," wrote Ernest Galvan.
Schwag
Avid Bay Area racer, Helmut ‘Willi’ Zarth is this month’s winner of Latitude 38 logowear.
Gale Force Winds
On Monday’s ‘Lectronic Latitude, we asked the West Coast about their weekend. Last Saturday in San Francisco, we had gnarly, gale-force winds offering both glory and carnage for sailors.
The Victoria-Maui race finishes in beautiful Lahaina, Maui. With a bustling town and harbor, perfect weather, fun surf and crystal-clear waters, Lahaina is the perfect place to rest and relax after a long and strenuous yacht race from Canada.
Richmond Yacht Club will host the new and improved Lipton Cup on June 15-17. RYC Staff Commodore Dick Loomis explains how the regatta was reimagined: In the fall of 2016, a small group of commodores got together for lunch at Encinal Yacht Club.
While sailing, there are many good reasons to call for a tack. One is when you’re about to sail between a large LPG tanker and a USCG patrol boat with an attentive-looking gunner at the battle station.
Following last week’s two-part DIY ‘Lectronic series, we got the following from Ernest Galvan: "This is a combination DIY.
The yacht club originally scheduled to run the OYRA Duxship Race on May 12 was unable to do so.
We’ve all seen them. Wandering the waterfront, it’s fairly common to come across forlorn-looking vessels sorely in need of TLC.
We’d like to welcome two new sailors to our West Coast Circumnavigators’ List: Jack van Ommen and Julie Spencer.
When you’re a boat owner, it’s inevitable that at some point (and usually when you least expect it) your DIY skills will be put to the test.   "I was unsure what the future would hold for Sarah, my C&C 34, when the mast came crashing down in the bay of Cartagena, Colombia, in February of 2016," wrote Fred Reynolds.
The eighth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race has drawn to a dramatic close in Newport, Rhode Island, with Team MAPFRE capping off a stunning comeback that saw them move up from fifth to first place in the final 24 hours.
Is it because it’s the 25th annual, or is it, as always, just a great idea to set a date to sail south in the fall that 82 boats signed up in the first 48 hours since the Baja Ha-Ha registration opened at noon on Wednesday?
Way back in December 2017, we asked, "What’s your best temporary fix," or something that you MacGyvered while underway, far from the comfort of a boatyard, chandlery or docks full of sailors’ brains to pick?
An event coming up this week escaped inclusion our May Calendar, but we hope this mention will get to you in time to attend a special event at Spaulding Marine Center in Sausalito this Thursday, May 10, 7-9 p.m.
There’s so much crap on my boat that taking it all out, piling it on deck, then shoving it below again reminds me of a posse of clowns getting out of a VW Bug at the circus.
There’s often a lot of bluster about growing sailing, so it’s a welcome sight to see a new community program join the Bay Area’s collection of dedicated sailing programs.
Over the past 24 hours the 11-boat fleet of Clipper Round the World racers has been slowly making its way south outside the Golden Gate in the 4,100-mile leg from Seattle to Panama.
The IC37 was designed purposely for the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, sailed in odd years in Newport, Rhode Island.
On a recent trip back East, San Francisco Bay Area racer and Latitude 38 advertiser Chris Boome, who is well versed at rounding marks in the Bay’s notoriously tricky currents, noticed one mark in strong currents that no one should ever attempt to round.
As we cracked open the pages of the just-delivered May issue of Latitude 38 we were concurrently reminded that the question posed in Sightings regarding the possibility of running the 7th annual SoCal Ta-Ta had already been answered.
We now bring you photos from Saturday’s downwind leg of the Great Vallejo Race, as seen from a healthy distance aboard a 24-ft cruising boat under sail trying to get as close to the action as possible without getting in the way.  Our unique photo boat afforded us some different angles of the race (and terrifying moments of thinking we were going to get in the way).
They’re off! Again. The 11 boats in the current Clipper Around the World Race, the most accessible circumnavigation race to the average sailor, started off Seattle yesterday under partly cloudy skies and light winds.
C420s raced in the Elvstrom Zellerbach Regatta out of StFYC over the weekend.