Drowning Incident
US Sailing has released a report detailing the results of their investigation into the death of Rick Srigley. Srigley, 77, fell off his Moore 24 Morpheus during Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club's first Wednesday night race of the season on March 13.
Regatta Schedule
Labor Day Weekend offers a veritable cornucopia of racing options on the West Coast. Surely, there is something (and maybe more than one thing) for every sailor.
Photos of the Day
Inverness Yacht Club on West Marin's Tomales Bay hosted the International 110 Nationals on July 29-August 2. We received an abundance of good images to go with a report…
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The World Famous L 38
Here’s your August Caption Contest(!) We have changed our Caption Contest(!) winning swag from a Latitude T-shirt to a hat.
2020 Race to Tahiti
Back in April, Dorade owners and St. Francis Yacht Club members Matt Brooks and Pam Levy submitted the first entry to the upcoming 2020 Tahiti Race. Since then, the entry list continues to grow, now numbering 10 boats.
US Sailing
The Chubb US Junior regatta is kind of a big deal. Lots of hardware is up for grabs, including the Smythe and Bemis trophies and the Sears Cup — accolades that even we here at Latitude remember from our junior sailing days.
Championship Regatta
Chris Kostanecki, hailing from the San Francisco Yacht Club in Belvedere, took his saltwater sailing skills to the freshwater lakes of Michigan to challenge 35 other competitors in the J/70 Corinthian National Championship.
Latitude's Nature Friday
A recent TED talk on climate change by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden thrust her into the international spotlight. She will set sail aboard 'Malizia II', an IMOCA 60, to attend the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.
That Elusive Moment
Those of us on the West Coast have also been known to gaze at the horizon in hopes of catching a green flash as the sun sets behind the Pacific Ocean.
Is Recycling a Panacea?
“When you think of recycling, you probably think of a magical process where you throw your plastic in the blue bin, and a unicorn takes it away, and nine months later you get a beautiful baby water bottle.” — The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah.
SailGP and Fastnet
Dylan Fletcher’s Great Britain SailGP Team achieved what no other sail racing team in the world has done: they broke the elusive 50-knot speed barrier.
Women's Match Racing Worlds
Bruce Stone of San Francisco wrote on Tuesday to check in from Lysekil, Sweden. His wife, Nicole Breault, is competing in the Women's Match Racing Worlds.
Job Opportunity
The perfect sailor's job: 29 days off every month! This is a one-day-per-month position to deliver Latitude 38 magazines to our East Bay route.
From Around Latitude Nation
Every time we manage to get our Columbia Challenger out on the Bay, we find ourselves echoing those famous lines by Bob Wiley, Bill Murray's character in 'What About Bob?'
Resourceful Sailor Series
Sampaguita, my Flicka 20 sailboat, was built in 1985. When I bought the boat in 2013, it had already experienced some wear and tear.
Washing Waxing Varnishing
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Short Sightings
They reported that the humpback was in poor condition, with multiple lines wrapping around it. After several hours of working to free the entangled whale, the rescuers…
Six Metre Racing
An 89-year-old lady recently won New York Yacht Club's Annual Regatta in Newport, RI. The lady in question, the Classic Six Metre Lucie, was skippered by Craig Healy.
50th Transpac
"Here's how we ended our Transpac this year: Less than 188 miles to Diamond Head, we were forced to retire," says Don Ford, trimmer aboard the Beneteau First 40.7 Onde Amo.
A Delivery up the Coast
Recently I was given the opportunity to sail from Santa Cruz to Sausalito aboard Call of the Sea’s schooner Seaward. Was I excited? You bet. I had never sailed outside the Gate.
The Latitude Movie Club
As the curtains drew back and the theater went dark, Maiden opened with footage of meaty Southern Ocean waves, old boats with archaic Kevlar sails, dramatic, crescendoing music, and the movie’s protagonist, Tracy Edwards, whom we caught silent glimpses of in the many countenances that defined her groundbreaking roles throughout the movie: determined, joyous, fierce, deeply stressed, and, occasionally, in tears.
Hot Off the Presses
Here are a few morsels from the soon-to-hit-a-newsstand-or-digital-device-near-you August issue of Latitude 38.
Solo Circumnavigators
Late Monday, we got an email from Jeanne Socrates, who’s been aboard her Najad 380 Nereida for over nine months in an attempt to become the oldest person to sail alone, nonstop and unassisted, around the world.
Accident on the Bay
On Saturday, the Coast Guard rescued three people near the Carquinez Bridge in Vallejo after their 36-foot motorboat collided with the eastern jetty near the entrance of the Napa River.
Anniversary Celebration
Huge savings are just around the corner. August 2-4, 10% off your regular price, anything in the store (restrictions apply).
So many races…
This month, a fleet of California El Toros sailed across the Pacific (aboard a container ship), headed for Kaneohe, on the east coast of Oahu, for their Nationals on August 1-4.
Wooden Boats in SoCal
Santa Monica Bay is known for advocating RRS number 1 ("the wind shall quit immediately after the start of the race"). No such rule applied on the July 20th running of the wooden hull One More Time Regatta.
50th Transpac
Photographers covering the Transpac Race to Honolulu often capture a scene that includes a finishing boat, a red buoy, and, in the distance and looking remarkably small, a lighthouse perched on a low ridge below the looming peak of Diamond Head.
What's in a Nombre?
Is there an unspoken tradition that some boat names have a certain amount of “punny-ness” to them?