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Archive for June 2018

Surprise Delivery Day

For 41 years, Latitude 38 has religiously delivered our monthly magazine on the first of each month. Except when we don’t. This is one of those months. Through no fault of our own, the first is on a Sunday, so we’d rather be sailing than driving magazines all over the place. More »

Week 1 in the Singlehanded TransPac

"The slow exit from the Gate was costly," remarked Lee Johnson of Morning Star, sailing in the 21st Singlehanded TransPac. "Saturday night and a good part of Sunday were spent wallowing in a wind hole and drifting north." More »

A Strange Rescue at Berkeley Marina

Last Sunday evening at Berkeley Marina, sailors, liveaboards and pedestrians enjoying the long summer day suddenly heard tires screeching. That’s not unusual at the south end of the marina, where people often do ‘donuts’ in the Hs Lordships parking lot. More »

A Return to the Golden Globe, Part 1

On July 1, the Golden Globe Race will start from Les Sables d’Olonne, France, and sail nonstop and unassisted around the world. Seventeen skippers from 12 countries will take to the high seas in a race that’s purposefully low-tech and steeped in tradition. More »

A Full Weekend of Sailing

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. More »

A Well-Earned SoPac Celebration

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. More »

Hats Off to Readers

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. We’ve also been sending some hats (or T-shirts) to lucky readers who’ve come across our ‘Lucky Day’ flyer, which — like a Golden Ticket — we occasionally tuck into a few copies of the magazine. More »

Mystery Boat No More

With 32 responses — and counting — a family ‘mystery’ of over half a century has finally been solved. I thank all of you who wrote. A photo of a photo of a former mystery boat (you can just make out the silhouette of the author, snapping the shot). More »

Singlehanders on Their Way to Hanalei

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. On Saturday the start of the Singlehanded Sailing Society’s Singlehanded TransPac was off and running with 19 diverse boats heading to Hanalei, Kauai.  More »

A Flyer Clinches Volvo Ocean Race

French skipper Charles Caudrelier hoists the trophy after claiming victory. His first win was six years earlier while sailing with Franck Cammas’ Groupama team. © Eloi Stichelbaut / Dongfeng Race Team The Volvo Ocean Race has arrived at its closest finish in the race’s long and storied history. More »