Archive for July 2018
Happy Friday, West Coast. We hope everyone has a good night of racing.
On July 1, four singlehanded sailors departed Marina del Rey bound for Honolulu in the Pacific Singlehanded Sailing Association’s inaugural Shaka Challenge.
While we seek results we applaud progress. Even with our best intentions and awareness of things like the Texas-sized Pacific garbage patch it remains hard to eliminate our single-use plastic water bottle habit.
Women Sailing of Half Moon Bay Yacht Club offers their first-ever Take the Tiller Women Sailing Regatta this Saturday, July 28.
It’s been a busy weekend in the Pacific Cup with much of the fleet in the barn at Kaneohe Yacht Club, including most division winners.
As adults, it’s easy to forget how awesome summer is for kids. For three months, there’s no school, and kids live at the beach or the docks in a near-constant state of play.
We want to put another call out to any and everyone with a good sea story (or picture).
Seven brave sailors and three support volunteers showed up at Richmond Yacht Club Sunday morning, July 1, to tackle the Second Annual RYC to Benicia Run.
If yours was one of the 356 entries that did not finish this year’s Three Bridge Fiasco, besides scanning the horizon for breeze and tweaking sails, you had some time to contemplate the challenges and opportunities of clean energy.
The first of the Pacific Cup finishers has arrived, as Charles Devanneaux and crew Matthieu Damerval aboard the foiling Beneteau Figaro 3 A Fond le Girafon sailed across the finish line at 15:59 PDT.
Latitude Nation — We were looking forward to reviewing a sailing movie in ‘real time’, but alas, Adrift came and went before we managed to get ourselves to the theater.
Matthew Landry of the Mills 68 Prospector took this great drone shot of the big mini-maxi blasting to Hawaii with the A2 spinnaker up in moderate trade winds.
Readers, there’s another mystery boat out there. We got the following letter from Steve Fisher.
If you’re heading south with the Baja Ha-Ha this fall, you may have questions about provisioning for a longer stay in Mexico. All medium to large cities in Mexico have US-style big box stores: Costco, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Soriano, Mega, and others.
"Reed boat does not take you where you want to go. Reed boat takes you where you should go, accompanied by the nature." Jin Ishikawa, in the reeds.
When describing summer sailing on San Francisco Bay, sailing instructors often compare it to ski areas with the ‘black diamond’ trails along the windy Cityfront, the ‘blue squares’ perhaps over between Angel Island and Belvedere and Sausalito, and the ‘Green Circles’ in the Oakland estuary or in the lee of Angel Island or Tiburon.
The Sausalito Yacht Club, in association with Latitude 38, hosted a meet Robert Perry event on Sunday afternoon to raise funds for the SYC junior program.
He’s back. After nine months and 27,000 miles, Randall Reeves and Moli have returned to the Bay Area.
Pulling the short straw, the Pacific Cup’s big-boat BMW of San Rafael E division is set to start today in the least favorable conditions of this week’s four starting days.
Something big happened last Saturday. There was a regional qualifier for the Sears Cup junior national championship, and Area G showed up.
The four divisions of Pacific Cup Monday starters scored a beautiful day for a sail on the Bay, but made sure it was short-lived by dashing for the Gate and pointing southwest as they latched onto the reaching conditions to propel them west.
We just got this letter from reader Glenn Shinn in Santa Cruz (who recently restored Grendel, a prototype for the Moore 24): "One of the first things I do when I go sailing is stow the docklines and fenders.
After much anticipation and preparation — by both organizers and competitors — the 20th Pacific Cup yacht race officially gets underway today, with the first four starts off the San Francisco Cityfront, including three racing divisions and one cruising.
Birders might have what they call a ‘Big Year‘; the Singlehanded Sailing Society had a Big Day when seven boats out of a 16-boat fleet finished the Singlehanded TransPac yesterday, Sunday, July 8.
It’s a busy time of year for the Pacific. With so many sailing events leaving the West Coast, the sea life might be sensing an invasion from their landbound descendants.   The Pacific Puddle Jumpers left the West Coast earlier in the spring, while the Singlehanded TransPac racers are beginning to arrive in Hanalei Bay.
Reader Dana Dupar sent us a few images from last weekend, as smoke from what has now become the 88,000-acre County Fire crept into the Bay, casting a bizarre, ghostly light.
In the light of early morning, Singlehanded TransPac vets Rob MacFarlane and Synthia Petroka take newly minted vet Philippe Jamotte off Double Espresso (sailboat anchored on the right) and to the beach.
The 2018 hurricane season has just begun, and there already appears to be a significant hurricane heading to the West Indies.
On Sunday, the 18-boat Golden Globe fleet set sail from Les Sables d’Olonne, France, with their bows pointed south for the Cape of Good Hope.
The Silver Anniversary Baja Ha-Ha looks as though it’s going to be a big one for multihulls.  Of the 113 paid entries as of June 28, 13 of them are multihulls.
The start of the new Shaka Challenge, the third of four races to Hawaii to depart the West Coast this summer.
If one of your favorite sailing ditties is "What do you do with a drunken sailor…" you should know the Coast Guard has an answer.
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