Archive for August 2018
"I just have to say I’m sorry. My participation in the Golden Globe Race has suddenly come to an end," wrote Norwegian skipper Are Wiig following a capsize and dismasting on Monday, according to a Golden Globe press release.
The Safe Boating Campaign sent us the following important safety tips to share with our readers for a successful Labor Day Weekend on the water: Take a boating safety course.
The most photographed boat at the recently completed International 14 Worlds was not the winning skiff, nor one of the many that capsized.
  This is the time of year when the Bay Area gets visited by many sailors heading north to south.
The Hawaiian Islands were spared a direct hit from Hurricane Lane — which at one point was a Category 5 event before it weakened to a tropical storm and veered southwest, brushing against the archipelago.
The big-name, big-boat regattas this weekend will be the 76th Windjammers (Friday, San Francisco to Santa Cruz Yacht Club) and the 26-mile Jazz Cup (Saturday, Treasure Island to Benicia).
For sailors and residents of Hawaii, the declining wind speeds and projected westerly turn of Hurricane Lane may spell some relief from dire direct-hit warnings, but Lane will still leave scars across the state.
World Sailing will award three new honors for 2018. Nominations are now open for Rolex World Sailor of the Year, but also for the following: The Racing Sailboat of the Year Award for "outstanding boat design, innovative concepts and ground-breaking technological advancements that are changing the face of sailing, pioneering change across the world," will be presented to a boat that has been scored in an international race for the first time between January 1, 2017, and September 1, 2018.
There’s trouble brewing in paradise. Hurricane Lane is traveling outside the ‘normal’ lanes of travel for Pacific hurricanes, which generally stay south of the Hawaiian Islands.
The 2018 Golden Globe Race is nearing the first of the Great Capes, and the fleet is sitting in every different type of weather imaginable, from placid wind to the first hints of the Roaring 40s.
Tom Lueck’s Stockton-based Sir Leansalot is a heavily raced Hunter 40. latitude/Chris
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Latitude 38 readers are no doubt familiar with the Delta Ditch Run, a usually/mostly downwind race from Richmond to Stockton.
Chris Lewis’s Catalina 42 Carmelita disappears in a trough on the Potato Patch while racing up to Drake’s Bay on Saturday.
Has anyone ever heard of the Treasure Island-class sailboat? The design was a hard-chined and possibly plywood 21- to 23-footer.
On Wednesday, a sneak peek of the documentary We the Voyagers will be screened at the San Francisco Yacht Club.
The practice race fleet at the I-14 Worlds approaches the weather mark. © 2018 Richmond Yacht Club The motto of the International 14 Worlds is "When you were little, did you run with scissors?
Welcome to Bradford Island! © Rob Sesar The Delta Doo Dah X cruising rally’s last official event of the season was held on August 11 at Bradford Island.
Our recent story of the simple pleasures of sailing our 22-ft 1964 Ensign, Solvogn, on the coast of Maine inspired Chris Maher to write in about his ‘new’ Ensign, Rubicon, which he and wife Sheila now have ‘berthed’ in their driveway in Walnut Creek.
Last night, we received the following letter from Greg Clark, who keeps his Cal 25 Lucky Duck at Brandy Creek Marina on Whiskeytown Lake, near Redding, California. "The National Park Service allowed boat owners to access Oak Bottom and Brandy Creek marinas for two hours on Tuesday night — the first time since the Carr Fire began.
Jillian Cripps and her mom, Gig Kerr, paddled an inflatable Sea Eagle kayak in Owl Harbor’s Dinghy Poker Run.
Since its inception, San Francisco has been a destination for people in search of gold.
If you’ve followed the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge over the last 20 years, you know you can make it from Vista Point in Sausalito to Yerba Buena Island faster than the fastest Uber driver.
On Wednesday, a request by a bipartisan coalition of state legislators to audit the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) was approved.
We received the following letter from Bob Adams: "You can recycle paint, car batteries and prescription drugs at the point of sale, so why can’t we do the same with expired flares?
There was a big splash in the Pacific Northwest at the end of July, as the new 65-ft O’Neill Sea Odyssey catamaran was launched at Schooner Creek Boat Works.
In July, the California Department of Water Resources sent out the following press release: "The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released a Draft
Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for California WaterFix.
Twenty-six women on seven Cal 20 keelboats with sails of varying colors like yellow, red, turquoise and orange raced with determination, warrior-like skill, and competitive spirit on July 28 in the first-ever Take the Tiller Women Sailing Regatta sponsored by the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club.
Don’t get us wrong, we love the Bay Area. When we moved here years ago, we knew that we were going to get some serious heavy-weather sailing experience.
On Friday, the Kauai Channel Race saw 14 boats sail some 100 miles downwind from the Kaneohe Yacht Club on the east shore of Oahu to the Nawiliwili Yacht Club on Kauai. Taking first place in class A was Dawson Jones’ Melges 32 Rufless, which beat out (among other boats) the Antrim 27 Intuition and the TP52 Locomotion II in 35-knot conditions.
The following dispatches come from J/World’s Paul Martson, who was reminded why the Atlantic is not the Pacific, and why the Pacific is so darn appealing.
Latitude Nation, another weekend is upon us. For those of you who didn’t play hooky during the week, we hope you get to stretch your legs on the water over the next few days — and don’t forget to send us your stories and photos.
The Pacific Northwest sailing rag 48° North, based in Seattle, has been for sale for a while, as owners Richard Hazelton and Michael Collins want to retire.