Archive for September 2019
Boat of the Day
Harpoen first crossed our editorial desk in 2003, when her owner, Ron Witzel, a staff commodore at Marin Yacht Club in San Rafael, proposed her as a Latitude 38 Boat of the Month.
Americans in France
The American-led 11th Hour Racing Team has claimed a podium finish in the ultra-competitive Défi Azimut off the coast of France. A 48-hour pre-Transat Jacques Vabre tune-up, the Défi Azimut…
Weekend Weather Forecast
Bay Area — wow! Yesterday was, in the parlance of sophisticated sailors everywhere, a super-gnarly day on the water.
First Responders Answer the Call
Long Beach Lifeguards made a splash out of the gate, winning Race 1 by just inches, hoping to defend their Heroes Regatta title of 2018. But after three races around the buoys, it was LBFD Station…
Class Championship Regatta
Race 3 got underway late in the day, with the wind still holding around 10 knots. As the fleet reached the midway point on the run, the wind completely shut off. As the fleet bunched, everyone who was first became everyone who was last.
Sponsored Post
Owl Harbor Marina was voted Best in the Delta in 2019.
Aussies Win Yacht Race
On Friday, the French press release called SailGP Marseille "Grandiose." The full headline translates to: "Grand. There's no other word to describe the spectacle delivered by the six SailGP teams in front of the Marseille seawall."
Musing on the Philosophy
“I’ve gotten into some trouble by likening landfalls to orgasms, and I think that’s a very apt comparison in the sense that it’s fulfilling and it’s temporal and it comes and it goes quickly.
Parting Ways
"US Sailing and Malcolm Page announced that they have agreed to part ways. Page will be leaving US Sailing and returning to his home in Australia."
Light-Air Antics
St. Francis Yacht Club's Rolex Big Boat Series is famous for its nuking, gear-busting conditions. It's an ideal race for muscle-bound grinders, adrenaline junkies and thrill-seekers.
Fiji Week Regatta
Fiji Regatta Week — Fiji’s largest annual regatta — has drawn to a close after six days of yacht racing, parties, seminars and more. One of the largest regattas in the South Pacific, 2019's edition attracted just over 100 yachts and 380 sailors.
North American Championships
Flying to the Bahamas next week to compete in what he says is his most important regatta to date, Tor Svendsen has been killing it on the Opti circuit this past year. He blazed the recent…
Don't be complacent
It’s easy to get complacent about things like a Category 1 hurricane when you’ve recently witnessed, at a distance, the impact of a Category 5.
Let's Check the Weather
Following Monday’s story on the amazing escape of Josh and Christina from Hurricane Dorian, we find ourselves in the peak of hurricane season with other threats looming.
Series Finale
The SailGP season will wrap up this weekend in scenic (that's an understatement) port of Marseille on the French Riviera. Can't be there? Neither can we. But your options, like ours, abound.
Scenes from the Regatta
San Francisco's ocean breeze air conditioning system turned on, complete with the return of Karl the Fog and wind gusts of up to 30 knots. On Saturday, the heavy weather precipitated a gravity storm…
The Seminal Cruiser's Rally
It could be you. We’re now up to entry 148, and with the addition of the Hunter Passage 42 Dakota, have two more boys, 11 and 7, in the fleet. 
Shootin' the Breeze
Here are a few happenings — ranging from the newsy to the slightly ancient — from around the Latitude Nation: Labor Day Sub Sighting Sinking In .
By the skin of their teeth
Josh and Christina are OK! Along with the usual conversations and questions at our Crew List Party on September 11 came an unusual one from a number of people: “How are Josh and Christina on Tish?” The reference was to Josh Longbottom and Christina Jeschke.
San Francisco Bay Regatta
A light morning breeze from the east presaged a postponement, but the race committee sent the boats out on time so that they would be ready as soon as a proper San Francisco summer westerly appeared.
The World Famous L38
Here’s your September Caption Contest(!). Please be sure to check the October issue’s Loose Lips for the winner.
Sponsored Post
Brand new docks in Marina del Rey at Wayfarer Marina.
Round the World Race
The 70-ft monohulls handled conditions from a tough beat upwind to surfing downwind during an ocean-sprint thrill-ride on an exhilarating sea swell of over 13 feet.
A Question for the Nation
All signs were pointing to a windy day. It was Friday, August, 23, and the fog in Marin gushed over the foothills of Mount Tam, the trees shook furiously, and the air was chilly and bit at the skin. 
On Saturday, hundreds of people welcomed Jeanne Socrates and Nereida as she coasted across the finish line into Victoria, British Columbia, to become the oldest person to sail alone, nonstop and unassisted around the world.
Ships in the Night
Nation — As always, Latitude’s newest (and managing-est) editor will be wearing his blue and gold Latitude long sleeve T-shirt — with the number 38 on the back — on Wednesday at the Crew List Party at the Bay Model in Sausalito.
. . . Almost . . . There . . .
“Checking Weather to see if Friday afternoon is possible,” Jeanne Socrates wrote on her blog about the possible finish to her now 338-day circumnavigation.
Sponsored Post
Save the date: October 4-6, for the Northern California Yacht Fest at Marina Village Yacht Harbor.
MV 'Conception'
Thirty-four people are presumed dead after a fire broke out on the 75-ft diving vessel Conception on Monday off the Channel Islands.
A week on the hook
The water was wonderful for swimming. We did a lot of otter and bird watching, along with star viewing. It was great to see big fish jumping at sunset, not to mention the swallows doing their bug-catching thing.
Recovery Exercise
We tried several different methods of approaching the crewmember in the water, either by motor or with sails. All three methods were successful, recovering the overboard crew…
Hot Off the Presses
Is it September already? Well, no, not till Sunday, but guess what? The new issue of Latitude 38 is out today, and, spoiler alert, it’s one of our favorite issues ever.
John Kostecki on the Podium
The 2019 TP52 World Championships have come to a thrilling conclusion in Puerto Portals, Spain, with Harm Müller-Spreer’s German-flagged Platoon team just managing to squeak out a two-point victory after nine races.
Two Boats with different missions
Maiden Sails Out the Gate for L.A. A crowd of well-wishers gathered this morning to wish farewell to Maiden and her crew as they departed for the next leg of their world tour.
Bay Cruising
With a long weekend of pleasant sailing weather ahead, you might be wondering where, exactly, you should sail.