Archive for October 2018
Sailing News
Halloween Mist on San Francisco Bay “No fog machine needed for this event!” wrote Greg Clausen of the Great Pumpkin Regatta.
Wind poster
sailing trivia
There’s a whole lot of racing going on at Richmond Yacht Club’s Great Pumpkin on the last weekend in October, but it’s also one of the busiest regattas we can think of in terms of extracurricular fun.
Express 27 Midwinters start
Yacht racing
Midwinters Don’t be afraid, but here comes ‘winter. Not the actual calendar season — the winter solstice is still 53 days away — but the midwinter racing season.
Here are a few news nuggets for your Friday: Coastal Mexico Escapes the Worst from Hurricane Willa Despite its strength and ominous portents, Hurricane Willa seems to have spared Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.
Lochan Ora
Yacht racing
Frances Larose reports: On Saturday, October 20, the seventh annual Red Bra Regatta — sponsored for the first time by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau — was a celebration of women’s sailing on San Francisco Bay.
Estuary Park graphic
Estuary Park
The City of Oakland is soliciting public comment for their plans to expand and renovate Estuary Park, a lobe of landfill that juts out into the Oakland-Alameda Estuary east of Jack London Square.
On Monday, the almost 170 boats signed up for the 2018 Baja Ha-Ha fleet will officially kick off the Mexico cruising season as they gather off Shelter Island for start of the 25th annual Baja Ha-Ha.
Pirates
Costumes, light air and sun defined Del Rey Yacht Club’s 2018 Halloween Monster Mash Regatta.
Hurricane Willa underwent an expected weakening as it approached the Pacific Coast of Mainland Mexico yesterday, but made landfall packing 120 mile-an-hour winds, and forcing the evacuation of approximately 4,000 people from coastal towns, according to CBS News.
  Sailors should know better than to expect wind just because they’ve planned a big weekend of racing.
This year’s 23rd Pacific tropical storm has become a Category 5 hurricane, and is expected to make landfall between Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta tomorrow afternoon.
One hundred eight Cal 40s were built since they were introduced in 1963 and finished production in 1971, and, at the time, they were considered a radical design.
Just a few hours after we published a story on Monday about our love for the low-tech autopilot, we were at San Pablo Yacht Club when we met a gentleman who had just read the piece.
Alinghi
Alinghi flies a hull in San Diego during this week’s Extreme Sailing Series stopover.© 2018 Lloyd Images Like last year, the GC32 catamarans of the Extreme Sailing Series have come to San Diego for some high-level stadium-style racing.
The week is only half over but it’s already been a newsy one in the Golden Globe nonstop solo around-the-world race.
Jacqueline in Hanalei
Singlehanded TransPac
Mike Cunningham anchors his Freedom 30 Jacqueline in Hanalei Bay, Hawaii, after finishing the 2018 Singlehanded TransPacific Yacht Race on July 8.© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris Mike Cunningham reports: No, I don’t want to look at that chart.
  Good things often emerge in the face of adversity. We have been reporting on the aggressive tactics of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, or BCDC, regarding Westpoint Harbor in Redwood City, and against John Sweeney at Point Buckler in Suisuin Bay.
While this year’s East Coast hurricanes have wrought horrendous damage in Florida and the Carolinas, Hurricane Sergio flew under the radar, though it already has its own Wikipedia page. 
This month’s Caption Contest(!) is a real doozy. Last summer on the Chesapeake, these two boats got all up close and personal.
Nothing brings me greater pleasure than tying off the tiller during a singlehanded sail, sitting back, and watching the boat work.
Picking up from Part 1 on Friday. After one of their Pearson 26s went missing (along with the skipper), the staff at Club Nautique eventually found the boat hard aground at Baker Beach, just outside the Golden Gate.
What a difference a Bay makes. This past weekend we joined our friends, Randy and Jennifer Gridley, for a weekend ‘sail’ up to Drake’s Bay aboard their Sabre 38 Aegea.
Sailors, don’t forget that on Sunday, October 21, the Corinthian Yacht Club will be hosting the 13th Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta.
A 17-year-old girl kiteboarder from the Bay Area is up against an international field that includes winners of around-the-world races.
These days online app stores seem to be overflowing with games that encourage players to while away endless hours chasing bad guys and acquiring digital treasure.
The following is Part 1 of a real-life story submitted by longtime reader Charles Thrasher.
Hurricane Michael has gradually ramped up in strength to a Category 4 storm over the last few days, as it ascended the Gulf of Mexico and veered toward Florida’s Panhandle.
On July 10, Morning Star prepares to anchor in Hanalei Bay.  latitude/Chris
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Singlehanded TransPacific Yacht Race rookie Lee Johnson sailed a Valiant 32, Morning Star, in the race from Tiburon to Hanalei, Kauai, in July, and he departed from Nawiliwili Harbor, bound for San Francisco, on July 20, rather later than his fellow Transbackers.
These days, everything seems to be droning on. What with your self-driving cars, boats, and not far on the horizon .
A perfectly symmetrical, swooping trail of smoke hung over Angel Island and Tiburon on Sunday, and, driving across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, it took us a moment to figure out what was going on.
The Golden Rule, a storied sailboat with a long history of antiwar protesting, is preparing for an epic and historic voyage around the Pacific.
El Toro Juniors and Seniors finish the last race of the Stampede at the mouth of the RYC turning basin.
Surprise. After the 2013 America’s Cup on San Francisco Bay and local disappointment over moving the 2017 Cup to Bermuda, it felt like we’d never see Larry Ellison, Russell Coutts and their foiling spectacle on the Bay again.
Nothing to report here, except that Baja Ha-Ha and Mexico cruising veterans Carole and Pat McIntosh headed out to visit the famed sailing site and found it glassy calm.
Sailing in his first Singlehanded Transpacific Yacht Race this summer, Greg Ashby was faced with the dilemma of what to do with his boat once he finished.
We got the following message from National Park officials at Aquatic Park: Aquatic Park Cove anchor permits for Fleet Week are sold out.
Many RVers proudly adorn their rigs with stickers from all the states they’ve visited.
Another West Coast circumnavigating attempt is about to leave the dock. Just a few minutes ago, long-time Latitude favorite Jeanne Socrates wrote: "Off and away now; no more FB until next May! Bye!" on her Facebook page.
The way forward. Will one of these graduates of Island YC’s Women’s Sailing Seminar compete in any of the women’s races coming up this month and next?