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…
Cruiser's Rally
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.
Spectator-Friendly Sailing
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.
Environmental Politics
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.
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.
Taylor Canfield
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…
Free Stuff
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.
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.
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.
500th Issue
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.
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. 
Regatta Calendar
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.
Help Wanted
Latitude 38 is searching for a Marketing/Administrative Assistant who loves sailing.
Shorthanded Pursuit Race
This year's Three Bridge Fiasco, sailed on San Francisco Bay on Saturday, January 26, was nowhere near the Fiasco it could have been. For instance, during last year's race a raging ebb sucked most boats out the Gate, and only four entries out of 317 starters were able to finish.
News Nuggets
Jean-Luc Van Den Heede Nears Golden Globe Finish After leading the entire Golden Globe fleet around the planet pretty much since day one, Jean-Luc Van Den Heede is within 450 miles of the finish line.
San Diego Boat Show
Despite all the connections you can make and all you can learn through the digital world, there's nothing like actually being there. With that in mind we jumped on a Southwest plane yesterday morning at the Oakland airport for a day trip to the San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show.
San Francisco Bay Racing
"What the heck is the Berkeley Fan?" you might ask.