Archive for November 2019
Successful Solo Adventure
Francis Joyon has just beaten his own record, set 10 years ago. This stretch of the Route to the Indies is called the Mauritius Route. Joyon covered the course in…
What do you use?
Where do you get your weather information for coastal cruising? My partner and I recently took a two-week cruise from Berkeley to the Channel Islands and back on our Kelly Peterson 46 Esprit.
A good answer to a bad question
In this month’s Sightings, Webb Chiles attempts to answer the answerable. Don’t forget that Chiles still regularly posts on his website, which can be found here.
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It’s been difficult these past few weeks to remain upbeat. Between the unprecedented fires, unprecedented winds and unprecedented power outages, October in California seems more like a preview of the End of Days than the month of plenty.
Short Days and Cold Water
Over the weekend, we said goodbye to post-workday sunlight when we set our clocks back one hour. Autumn is exactly half over.
Cruiser's Rally
Aaaaaannnnnnnnd they’re off. A herd of happy cruisers sailed out of San Diego Bay this morning to the sound of a mariachi band, the blasting of starter-shotguns, and the bursting of fire hoses.
Atlantic Racing Update
More than eight days into this 14th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre, the leaders are now over halfway from Le Havre, France, to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. At the head of the premier IMOCA division are…
Beta-testing a Small Boat Rally
They raid in France, Sweden and Great Britain, so why not here? A raid is an organized rally in small boats that can paddle, sail or row in shallow water with overnights in towns, beaches or campgrounds.
I need a new Latitude
What do Randall Reeves, the Red Bra, Berkeley Marina, Mexico cruising, Webb Chiles, the Transpac Tahiti 2020, sailing books, Max Ebb and the Season Champs all have in common?
Three Sheets to the Wind
Word from a local boatyard operator is that, after 15 years of running the social media giant Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg — who it turns out is a local sailor — has decided to take up cruising just “to get away from it all.” Reportedly, the goal is to keep things simple.
Rally to the South Pacific
The dream of cruising the South Pacific is high on the ‘must-do-someday’ list of sailors all over the world. For well over two decades the annual Pacific Puddle Jump rally has helped fulfill those dreams.
We Have the Solution
Wait! Stop! Spoiler Alert! Before you read more of this post, did you have the chance to take Richmond Yacht Club's Great Pumpkin Regatta Nautical Trivia Quiz we posted on Wednesday?
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West Coast Fire Season
As we reported on Monday, the Golden State is at the bitter, ugly end of its now-endemic fire season, and grappling with the realities of its “new normal.” As of yesterday, California was still under states of emergency as rumors of another “wind event” echoed through the news and a nervous Bay Area population.
Nautical Trivia
Fortunately, the power stayed on at Richmond Yacht Club, and scores of sailors there for the weekend gathered there Sunday morning to enjoy breakfast and a Nautical Trivia Quiz.
The Mill Valley office of Latitude 38 is among the hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses without power in Northern California, but we recognize this is trivial compared to the impact from the fires people, homes and businesses are feeling to the north of us.
A Spectacle of Foiling Cats
SailGP will return to the US of A in 2020, with Season 2 grand prix events set for San Francisco and New York. The spectacle will return to San Francisco Bay on May 2-3.
Whale Migration
Crews heading south to Mexico this winter who’ve upgraded their nav stations with AIS and digital radar will probably feel safer than ever. But there’s one type of offshore obstacle that doesn’t subscribe to AIS and rarely if ever shows up on radar.
Get Rid of Expired Flares
A one-day pilot collection event to get rid of expired or unwanted marine flares will be held in Alameda County on Sunday, November 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Licence to Sail
Earlier this month, we asked the Latitude Nation to share their sailing license plates.
Racing News from the Southland
News from latitudes a bit farther south crossed the Racing Desk at Latitude 38 this week.
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Sailing Trends
St. Francis Yacht Club has a long-held tradition of hosting weekly Yachting Luncheon speakers on Wednesdays. You can enjoy a buffet lunch overlooking the Bay while listening to a wide variety of speakers.
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Sailing for a Good Cause
Sunday on San Francisco Bay was as sunny as Saturday was foggy. It was a magical day for sailing and a magical day to sail for the cause of curing blood cancers. Everyone who came out felt lucky to be alive.
Semper Paratus
The Baja Ha-Ha’s Grand Poobah — who also happens to be the founder of Latitude 38, in case you didn’t know — took a moment to remind this year’s flock of southbound cruisers that the US Coast Guard has your back, and will hold a lecture  to let you know how they can best serve you.
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Co-Founder of Harken
Olaf Theodore Harken passed away on Monday, October 21, at the age of 80. Olaf and his older brother, Peter, created the hugely successful rope-handling business that bears their name.
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Because Records Were Made to Be Broken
Francis Joyon took advantage of a weather window this weekend to embark on his Asian Tour record attempts. The Frenchman set off Saturday morning at 9:11 UTC on his attempt at the 8,800-mile Mauritius Route record.
Youth Sailing
Yesterday marked the official opening of the Siebel Center — a sailing program that aims to increase diversity and opportunity for youth in the sport of sailing — at Treasure Island Sailing Center, or TISC.
Expired Explosives
If you live or berth your boat in San Mateo County, mark your calendars. You're invited to dispose of unwanted or expired marine flares on Saturday, November 2.
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Tiburon 2 Bed/1 Bath Condo for Sale: $759,000. A bright, beautiful condo in an amazing location. Open House This Sunday, 2-4 p.m.: 10 Andrew Drive #60.
Quirky Racing in 8-footers
A mellow Stampede ran through the Richmond Yacht Club on Sunday. The Stampede is the El Toro regatta that started it all in 1947. It's the oldest annual race at RYC.
The World Famous L 38
Here’s your October autumn pumpkin-spiced Caption Contest(!). As (almost) always, the winner will be announced in Loose Lips. 
Bay Area Waterfront
After reporting on regulatory issues over the past few years, we feel like we’ve developed an existential difference in opinion with certain policy makers who often tout waterfront trails — as opposed to ramps and marinas — as the be all end all of access to the Bay.
2020 Sailing Schedule
As the big fall regattas wind down this month and midwinter series begin next month, it’s time to look ahead to 2020. Laura Paul at the Yacht Racing Association is hard at work assembling the YRA Master Schedule.
Singlehanded Transatlantic race
The first boats finishing Leg 1 of the Mini Transat La Boulangère began trickling into Las Palmas in the wee hours on Sunday. Light air dominated during the last day, allowing…
Bay Area History
Today, we’d like to celebrate an ancient mariner who is often credited with ‘discovering’ a great land.