Archive for June 2018
In recent weeks, roughly 200 Pacific Puddle Jumpers made landfall in the archipelagos of French Polynesia, having completed nonstop passages of 3,000 to 4,000 miles from jumping-off points in Mexico, Panama, and elsewhere along the West Coast of the Americas.
This past weekend saw full-on sailing with plenty of options for everyone. Despite the Bay Area’s notorious reputation for heavy summer winds and fog, last weekend presented a full spectrum of conditions.
We take our hats off to the many readers who manage to get down to the waterfront to pick up the latest issue of Latitude 38.
In the age of insanely tall skyscrapers and self-driving cars it’s nice to know that a San Francisco tradition is still around and unchanged since 1978.
French skipper Charles Caudrelier hoists the trophy after claiming victory. His first win was six years earlier while sailing with Franck Cammas’ Groupama team.
And the winners are… First Federal’s Team Sail Like a Girl! Team Sail Like a Girl finished the Race to Alaska yesterday just after midnight.
With 32 responses — and counting — a family ‘mystery’ of over half a century has finally been solved.
It’s like a seven-game series in the NBA finals. Dongfeng has the slimmest of leads over MAPFRE with about 24 hours of racing left.
Finally. A fresh, new copy of the First Timer’s Guide to Mexico has been written, and the first 112 welcome packages have been put in the mail to those already signed up for the 25th annual Baja Ha-Ha.  Latitude’s Monique took the first big batch of Baja Ha-Ha welcome packages off to the post office on the summer solstice, getting southbound participants ready for the fall!
"Wow, it looks like a spaceship!" So said the tiny voice from the tiny boat as the FX skiff blew past on day three of Olympic Development camp, which also was day two of this week’s Treasure Island Sailing Center summer camp for pee-wees.
Lake Tahoe’s biggest regatta hits the water this weekend for two days of alpine racing. The Trans-Tahoe regatta will feature several PHRF divisions "starting Friday, June 22 with afternoon buoy races followed by the long-distance race on Saturday, June 23 with a new competitive race course," the Tahoe Yacht Club said.
Anyone know what boat this might be? A mystery boat in need of an expert eye to identify her.
"I’ve been intrigued with singlehanded distance races since reading about Chichester winning the first modern-day Transatlantic race in 1960," says John Colby of Portland, Oregon.
Tomorrow’s summer solstice (June 21) marks the official start to summer and, for most people around the world, the start of the most active sailing season.
Friday’s Lipton Cup race finished at the RYC breakwater. An extra bit of south in the stiff breeze made the spinnaker drop particularly challenging.
Two days into the wild and crazy Race to Alaska, Russell Brown’s Gougeon 32 PT Watercraft is already looking like the boat to beat.
The Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay’s series of seminars and socials will continue on Thursday, June 28, when Kame Richards and Seadon Wijsen will facilitate a roundtable discussion on Racing Tactics.
Another stunning performance by Bouwe Bekking’s Team Brunel has seen the Dutch entry now pull dead even with perennial race leaders MAPFRE and Dongfeng atop the leaderboard of the Volvo Ocean Race, with just one more leg to be sailed.
Having a ‘Bud’ on Friday is a common American ritual, but this Bud was poised to pack a different punch.
Reader Mark Werder sent us the first in a series (or dare we say essay) of photos back in April: The April issue of Latitude, on the left — and used here as a type of water-level gauge — shows a full-ish Folsom Lake, with the January issue, on the right, for comparison.
In this month’s Sightings, we posed the following question: Have the winds been getting lighter in California? This is not an uncommon query we’ve heard from some of our readers, and a seemingly relevant question to ask given the planet’s changing climate.
Remember that one time we went sailing with Giovanni Soldini aboard Maserati? It’s been almost exactly a year, but for a while, it was all we could talk about (it’s amazing what a ride on a next-level boat will do to your perception of sailing).
The Atlantic Cup, an event designed for the box-rule Class 40s, wrapped up in Portland, Maine, over the weekend, with Bay Area sailmaker Sylvain Barrielle sailing aboard Oakcliff Racing.
This spring, an innovative experiment proved successful in opening up sailing on the South Bay to more people.
Thirty-seven teams are poised in Port Townsend for the start of the fourth annual Race to Alaska (R2AK), which kicks off on Thursday.
Bay Area sailor Terry Betts picked up a copy of the May issue of Latitude 38 at the Marina Bay harbormaster building in Richmond, only to find a loose card falling out with a photo of Crissy Fields stating, ‘Your Lucky Day.’ That’s right, by picking up a fortuitous copy of Latitude, Terry’s got a ‘Tude hat headed his way.
If you’re wondering what that colorful speed blur is on the Cityfront, it’s fifty of the world’s fastest kiteboarders racing in the Hydrofoil World Tour, hosted by the St.
This item will be of particular interest to sailors who use gas-powered outboards as their primary source of auxiliary power or for their dinghy.
Happy World Oceans Day, everyone. Now in its 26th year, World Oceans Day started as an annual event to embolden "the voice of ocean" and coastal communities around the world.
Delta Ditch Run fleet members were looking good sailing past the Brothers Islands north of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge on Saturday, June 2.
Last weekend, Roger Briggs wrote in saying that he was about to do the first race of the season with the San Luis Yacht Club, which sails out of Avila Beach.
This week, the first Olympic-related event is being held at Treasure Island Sailing Center’s newly envisioned high-performance training facility.
In Friday’s ‘Lectronic Latitude we slipped this line into our first story about the delivery of the new issue: "The first person to send us a photo of themselves with the new June copy of Latitude 38 wins a hat.
Randall Reeves is about a month away from San Francisco. The Bay Area native is returning home, and plans to make another attempt at the Figure 8 Voyage in the fall.
Thanks to Lia Ditton for sharing Michael Chammout’s account of the Singlehanded Farallones race with us. The following is an edited excerpt from his Facebook page.
What makes for the most popular sailing channel on YouTube? Just do your thing and follow you heart, said Sailing SV Delos, the most popular sailing channel on YouTube. Last week, Brady Trautman told us that Delos’ relatability and authenticity have made their show well liked among a broad audience of sailors and non-sailors alike.
The new issue of Latitude 38 was put on the trucks this morning and is being delivered around the Bay Area and up and down the West Coast to our ‘exclusive’ list of distributors.
Are you looking to sail in the serene beauty of a lake? Here’s a note from Patrick Nolan: Shallow water?
The following call to action came to us by way of the Richmond Yacht Club Sailing Advisory Committee and Board of Directors: "PICYA [Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association] and RBOC [Recreational Boaters of California] have called on their member clubs to contact their congressional representatives to oppose proposed elimination of judicial review of the California WaterFix (‘Twin Tunnels’) project.
In the March edition of Latitude, writer Greg Winters explored the phenomenon of so-called ‘YouTube Sailors’, a group of cruisers and amateur (but increasingly professional) videographers who have highly successful, highly viewed ‘channels’ showcasing their sailing exploits — in rare cases, some of these cruisers are making a living from their videos.  As always, we want to know what you think about this trend in sailing.