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July 6, 2020

Boat in to Outside Dining

Who managed to combine sailing with outside dining this weekend? Way back in 2011 Latitude writer LaDonna Bubak put together a list of ‘Boat-In Dining’ locations around the Bay Area. And recently we added a long list of Delta locations to the list. With COVID the ‘boat-in’ has become ‘boat-in, but dine outside.’ Finding a guest slip near a local restaurant remains one of the many great ways to use your boat and now, in pandemic times, it’s one of a few ways to use your boat and snatch some semblance of ‘normal life.’

In our July issue, writer Tom Burden put together some ideas and reader input to create an update of some of the Bay Area’s favorite destinations. We couldn’t and can’t include them all but we’re going to add more in Part II in August and wanted to give you another opportunity to share some of your favorite places. You can read the story in the current issue here.

Sam's in Tiburon, known for Boat-In dining.
These docks were busy on a recent spring weekend — Sam’s Anchor Café in Tiburon remains one of the best-known boat-in dining spots in the Bay Area. But there are many more.
© 2020 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John

The Bay is ringed with boat-in dining locations near marinas in Berkeley, Jack London Square, Pier 39, South Beach Marina and Pier 1 1/2 in the city, and others down on the Peninsula. Many have set up outside, waterfront tables and taken other precautions to help keep you both safe and well fed. But with the pandemic changing every day, we’d always advise calling any dining destination before assuming they’ll be open.

Surely you’ve been to some great ‘boat-in, but dine outside’ locations that we and others should know about.

Add your comments below or, especially if you have photos, email us at [email protected] with your photos and stories.

National Hurricane Center Hosts Webinars for Mariners

On July 9 and 10, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) will be hosting their inaugural, live webinars on weather forecasting geared toward bluewater mariners. Participation is free and there is space for up to 250 attendees. The webinars will be conducted through GoToMeeting video conferencing. Register for each event using the links below.

NHC Webinar flyer
Sign up online for a free webinar on hurricane forecasting.
© 2020 National Hurricane Center

1-2 PM EDT, Thursday, July 9th

Register at:

“Hurricane Analysis and Prediction.”

Hosted by Dr. Mike Brennan, Chief, Hurricane Specialist Unit, National Hurricane Center.

The Hurricane Specialist Unit (HSU) of the National Hurricane Center maintains a continuous watch on tropical cyclones and areas of disturbed weather within the North Atlantic and eastern North Pacific basins. The HSU prepares and issues analyses and forecasts in the form of text advisories and graphical products, issues coastal tropical cyclone watches and warnings for the United States and its Caribbean territories, and provides impact-based decision support services for federal, state, and local government partners. HSU also coordinates with and provides watch and warning recommendations to other World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Region IV meteorological services. The HSU also conducts an extensive outreach and education program, training US emergency managers, the media, and representatives from many other countries affected by tropical cyclones.

1-2 PM EDT, Friday, July 10th

“Wind and Wave Prediction for the Blue Water Mariner”

Register at:

Hosted by Dr. Chris Landsea, Chief, Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch, Hurricane Specialist Unit, National Hurricane Center.

The Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch (TAFB) within the National Hurricane Center makes forecasts of wind speeds/wave heights and issues wind Warnings year-round for 10,000,000 square nautical miles over the Atlantic Ocean north of the equator to 31°N and west of 35°W (including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea) as well as the eastern North Pacific Ocean north of the equator to 30°N. These wind Warnings include tropical storms and hurricanes as well as winter storms, trade-wind gales, and severe gap-wind events (for example, the “Tehuantepecers” south of Mexico). TAFB provides these forecasts under the auspices of both the US National Weather Service and the International Maritime Organization. This presentation will review the analyses and forecasts that are currently provided 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, as well as impact-based decision support services for the US Coast Guard, which relies upon the National Weather Service for weather forecasts and briefing support.

As sailors, we almost always have at least one eye on the weather. These webinars are an opportunity to learn more about hurricanes and their prediction. Registration is required, so follow the link to sign up for each webinar.

Hurrican Dorian satellite image
Hurricane Dorian, which swept the East Coast last September, was said to be the strongest hurricane on record.
© 2020 NOAA

“The eyewall itself can be seen . . . nearly touching the sea surface . . . The pancake-shaped white patches are places where the wind is literally scooping water from the sea . . . This is a place of unmitigated violence, where bubble-filled water gradually gives way to spray- and cloud-filled air, with no definite interface that one could call the ocean surface. It is arguably the worst place in the world for a ship.”
Divine Wind – The History and Science of Hurricanes, Kerry Emanuel, 2005.

National Sailing Hall of Fame’s 2020 Inductees

The Class of 2020

The National Sailing Hall of Fame will honor the following inductees in 2020:

  • James E. Buttersworth, the renowned 19th-century maritime painter.
  • Sandy Douglass, designer of the Thistle, Highlander and Flying Scot one-design boats. (You’ll find wooden Thistles still sailing at Richmond Yacht Club and on lakes around the region; you’ll find fiberglass Flying Scots at Inverness YC.)
  • Robbie Haines Jr., Olympic gold medalist and world champion. Robbie Haines is from San Diego.
  • Bill Mattison, national and world champion sailor and iceboater.
  • Dave Perry, leading racer, coach, judge and author.
  • John Rousmaniere, celebrated writer, sailor, historian and authority on seamanship and boating safety.
  • Hoyle and Diane Schweitzer, whose efforts made windsurfing a worldwide pastime. The Schweitzers are from California and Lahaina, Maui.
  • The 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award winner is Briggs Cunningham Jr., champion car racer, yachtsman and benefactor to many sailing endeavors. If you’ve ever tugged on a little line to tighten the luff on your mainsail, thank Cunningham.
Robbie Haines at KKMI
Robbie Haines, seen here last year supervising the commissioning of Roy P. Disney’s Volvo 70 Pyewacket at KKMI.
© 2020

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 class will be celebrated virtually on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The Hall of Fame is planning a traditional induction ceremony for September 2021 to celebrate the classes of 2020 and 2021.

Make a Nomination

Nominations are accepted year-round at The deadline for Class of 2021 nominees is January 31.

Nominees must be American citizens, 55 years of age or older, who have made significant impact on the growth and development of the sport in the US at a national or international level in the following categories:

  • Sailing – Recognizing achievements made on the water as a sailboat racer, cruiser or offshore sailor.
  • Technical – Recognizing those who have significantly contributed to the technical aspects of sailing. Examples include designers, boat builders, sailmakers, etc.
  • Contributor – Recognizing those who have made other significant contributions to the American sailing experience. Examples include teachers, coaches, administrators, media (including authored works, TV, film, etc.), artists, musicians, promoters and organizers.

Nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award must be American citizens, 55 years of age or older, who have achieved success in sailing and outside of sailing and have given back to the sport in some significant manner. The NSHOF Board of Directors selects Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.

Checking in from Puerto Vallarta

While this is the quiet season in Puerto Vallarta, it doesn’t mean Paul Martson of J/World hasn’t been busy. Paul and his wife Jennifer took on a pandemic project for their 2014 Wharram Tiki 30, Oleaje. He sent the following photo saying “Ramses of Shaper La Cruz built us a great new canopy/dodger for Oleaje de Santa Barbara.”

Wharram Tiki 30 Oleaje
How could anyone (or pet) not enjoy this purpose-built canopy? Paul’s wife, the photographer Jennifer London, enjoys the shade.
© 2020 Paul Martson

Paul sent us this shot of Jennifer resting in the shade of their new hard dodger, which looks comfortable for both people and pets. And as Oleaje is moored at Paradise Village Marina, Paul updated us on the current circumstances around Banderas Bay.

“We all share the same bay, but in La Cruz (Nayarit) the beaches are closed and they have twice enacted la ley seca (dry law, no alcohol sales). Whereas in Vallarta (Jalisco) the beaches are open, the hotels are open and the airport is open.”

Like in Florida, crowds showing up at the beaches appear to be bringing new cases of COVID.

“Our [the Mexican] government is grappling with the same forward/backward word on stay-at-home as in the States.”

“The harbormasters are flying red flags, which don’t mean small craft advisory, rather, ‘port closed.’ But pleasure sailing and fishing are happening out of the marinas, and in Jalisco the official word is charters and tours are allowed to operate but there are few customers at this point.”

Although business is light during the slow season, J/World and other sailing schools are open in both San Diego and San Francisco.

Paul Martson
We had a pre-pandemic visit with Paul at the office at Paradise Village Marina.
© 2020 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John

J/World head honcho Wayne Zittel left Puerto Vallarta on Wednesday morning aboard J/World’s DK46 Cazan, for a solo, nonstop return to San Diego. As local shutdowns started in the middle of MexORC, Cazan and her crew had been sheltering in paradise since then.

On the positive side, Jennifer reminded Paul that he has never spent a July in Mexico as he’s always been heading to or from Hawaii in the Transpac or Pacific Cup. They’re now both relaxing-in-place in nearby Conchas Chinas — “which is like the Hollywood Hills of Vallarta” — and enjoying “the daily cumulonimbus show and the evening pressure washes!”

Sail Safely on July Fourth
We wish all our readers, and sailors across the country a safe and relaxing weekend. This year more than ever we need to take time out to reflect and relax.