We’ve seen wild winter weather all over the West Coast in the last few weeks.
This isn’t a new story. It’s an old story that is evolving before our very eyes.
Spaulding Marine Center invites you to a free screening of Master and Commander.
Schedule of Regattas
Many Midwinter Series will sail their final races in March. You can find a pretty darn comprehensive list in our Calendar. At least one Beer Can Series will begin in March. Wednesday night racing in Santa Cruz resumes as soon as Daylight Saving Time begins.
When the schooners expected for the America’s Schooner Cup cross the startline, they will represent centuries of sea time and a living snapshot of the West Coast’s sailing heritage.
Bay Area Waterfront
On Monday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m., the City of Alameda will continue to discuss the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a boatyard operator at the new Alameda Marina.
Spring is for Sea of Cortez Charters & Lessons
Sail a Small Boat Day
On Saturday, February 23, Richmond Yacht Club is inviting anyone interested in trying out sailing on small boats to their well-rehearsed Sail a Small Boat Day. This successful format has introduced thousands of non-sailors to sailing the Bay. We should mention — it's free.
Where skippers meet crew
Is your fondest dream to sail the seven seas in a life of adventure and exploration? To demolish the competition on the race course, freeing the fierce warrior within?
Nonstop Around the Islands
It was the Multi70 Maserati in a duel against the MOD70 Argo. The two combatants ripped up the islands tour, hitting speeds of 30 knots. Maserati led at Guadeloupe by 12 miles.
Shooting the Breeze
Jeanne Socrates Is Out of Africa About two weeks ago (on February 4), we got an email from Jeanne Socrates.
Sailing San Francisco Bay
This winter has been pretty wet and wild. The forecast for the Corinthian Midwinters on February 16-17 was a little shaky. Right during the 13-division starting sequence on Saturday, a squall burst through the starting area.
Started by the California Division of Boating and Waterways in 1999, the Dockwalker Program encourages people to get trained as certified partners who “inspire and educate boaters to be safe and environmentally sound.
As we puttered along, the call suddenly went out to "Pull the sheet." In fact, along with the many large logs and other debris being washed into the Bay, was a large sheet of plastic that needed rescuing.
Drain the Swamp
Over the last few years, we’ve been reporting on the issue of privatizing weather forecasting.
Offshore Racing Rule
This Wednesday evening, the St. Francis Yacht Club will offer a free seminar, Understanding ORR & ORR-EZ Rating Rules.
Come to Latitude 38's Spring Crew List Party, Thursday, March 7, 6-9 p.m. at Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco.
Race to Hawaii
The 50th Transpac Race to Honolulu will start from Los Angeles this July, but the 100th entry came from the San Francisco Bay Area. Chris Welsh's classic Spencer 65 Ragtime…
If you are one of the many sailors making plans to participate in this fall’s Baja Ha-Ha XXVI — more than 10,000 sailors on over 3,000 boats have preceded you in the last 25 years — please note that the event will start a week later than in recent years.
SailGP racing on six foiling F50 catamarans is off and running. The event ran three races yesterday afternoon (February 15 in Australia). Three more races are on the schedule for today.
Always the 15th
The ad deadline for the March Classy Classifieds is today, February 15, at 5 p.m.
On Friday, Keefe Kaplan Maritime, Inc., or KKMI, will face off against the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) in federal court at a settlement hearing to resolve allegations made by CSPA that KKMI is violating the federal Clean Water Act and its discharge permit with the San Francisco Regional Water Control Board.
The Twenty Year Club
My wife recently said, “You’ve cheated on me!" Knowing that wasn’t the case, I asked if possibly she could run down some of the highlights to jog my memory.
Rescue in San Diego
On Sunday, the Coast Guard rescued three people from a capsized 30-ft catamaran just north of San Diego.
Race to the South Pacific
With a rhumbline distance of 3,570 miles, the Tahiti Transpac’s Los Angeles-to-Papeete course is more than half again the distance from L.A. to Honolulu, sailed biennially in the better-known Hawaii Transpac (2,240 miles). But that’s far from being the only factor that sets these two classic ocean races apart.
West Coast Deep Freeze
Cold, rainy and even snowy. That pretty much sums up the West Coast weekend (including Hawaii!), and is also a fairly accurate forecast for the coming week.
Changes in Latitude
What’s on your sailing bucket list? If Gallup took those sorts of polls, we’d expect to see high numbers for America’s Cup skipper, round the world racer, Olympic sailing and world championships in various classes.
That's a Wrap
Here’s your February Caption Contest(!) We know that this photo was taken by a reader at last year’s Jazz Cup, but we have, unfortunately, lost the reader’s name.
Treasure Island Sailing Center
We've always been tremendous fans of Carisa Harris-Adamson. She's worked tirelessly to expand sailing opportunities for Bay Area youth through the creation and development of the Treasure Island Sailing Center.
Catch me if you can
As liquid-hot magma boils and cascades beneath the surface of the Earth, the magnetic North Pole seems to be following the whims of subterranean flows. This has potential implications for sailors, or for anyone who uses GPS on their phones, and is a head-scratcher for the scientific community.
Bay Area History
The trimaran that broke away and washed up on the east shore of Richardson Bay in Tiburon got me to wondering how many readers know Richardson Bay’s history. For instance, why 'Richardson?
The Latitude Movie Club
Captain Blood is one of those movies that is so much of a classic, you feel like you've already seen it. But alas, we had not, and on a chilly night in early November at Spaulding Marine Center, we finally sat down to watch the 1935 swashbuckling classic.
The California Advantage
One of our readers, a Bay Area racer and sailing instructor, sent us photos from his three-week winter trip to Oslo, Norway.
On Boats and Tillers
Latitude Nation — Two things: Mystery (Boat) Solved! On the mystery boat ID, the consensus seems to be that it’s a Lyle Hess-designed Balboa 20.
While the Stars & Stripes America's Cup 36 Team is actively recruiting American sailors, the team's helmsman has signed on with SailGP's American team. Taylor Canfield…
If anyone needed another reason to pick up the 500th issue of Latitude 38, consider this: There are a few Golden Tickets out there, the recipients of which will be the proud owners of brand-new Latitude hats.
US Coast Guard
A series of Coast Guard search and rescues two weeks ago and a washed-up vessel now appear to be related.
Trophée Jules Verne
As we mentioned in Friday’s ‘Lectronic Latitude, Yann Guichard, the French skipper of the Swiss maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2, contacted his technical team ashore to report damage to the structure of the starboard rudder.
Spaulding Marine Center in Sausalito invites you to a free screening of Master and Commander, starring Russell Crowe, on March 1.
Let's Have a Discussion
We want to re-rig our 30,000 lb. Kelly Peterson 46-ft sloop Esprit with synthetic — yes, plastic — standing rigging, but almost everyone we talk to (except ‘young sailors’ and ‘old sailors’ who have it already) are telling us not to!
Racing Around the World
Mark Slats, 41, took second place in the nonstop, round-the-world, solo Golden Globe Race last night aboard his Rustler 36 Ophen Maverick.
Where will you pick up your copy of the 500th issue of Latitude 38? The weekend weather looks pretty awful for sailing, but just about perfect for reading about sailing in the new issue of Latitude. Yes, you can read the entire issue online but, as they say…
Grand Prix Racing
SailGP is embarking on this, its inaugural season. The tour will come to San Francisco on the weekend of May 4-5. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, February 21, at SailGP.com/SanFrancisco.
Do It Yourself-ing
The problem is not severe. It can barely be called a problem at all. But if you're sitting down and helming on a long, slow run on my boat, you'll find that you have to hunch over — almost imperceptibly — to steer. You might even notice a little cramping creeping into your shoulders and back. The tiller seems as if it's just a little too low.
Rich Boren of the Hudson Force 50 Third Day and La Paz Cruisers Supply wrote us with an update on the loss of Bob Smith and his catmaran Pantera.
We Have a Winner
After almost 30,000 miles, 12 dropouts, something like four rescues at sea (are we forgetting one?), and the most grueling singlehanded racing in recent memory, the 50th Anniversary Golden Globe has a winner.
Southern California fleets get busy in February. Twenty-five clubs are gearing up to host the SCYA Midwinter Regatta on February 9-10 and 16-17.
Latitude 38 is searching for a Marketing/Administrative Assistant who loves sailing.