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The Tall-Ship Circuit
Krista Swedberg caught the sailing bug early. Starting out as a little girl aboard her parents’ Santa Cruz-based Islander 40, she remembers trips every summer south to Monterey and north into the Delta.
The Call of the Sea
The annual West Coast Mexico migration covered in the pages and pixels of Latitude 38 has been on people’s sailing calendar for decades or even a lifetime.
One-Design Regatta in Miami
Although the California climate offers plenty of opportunities for winter sailing, many West Coast cruisers flee south to the warmer environs of Mexico and beyond. Another option is to head east.
Ron Holland Design
In the mid-'70s legendary yacht designer Ron Holland drew up a 40-footer for Belvedere sailor Dave Allen. Holland's then-brother-in-law Gary Carlin built her in 1976 in Florida.
Marketing Assistant Wanted
Latitude 38 is currently looking for an enthusiastic sailor to work with us full-time in our Mill Valley office as an assistant in marketing, communications and events.
Photos of the Day
Be careful what you wish for. After our praying — and in some cases begging — for rain in California this fall, the gods have answered. And they're still answering.
Sailing Records and Racing
Less than 24 hours after crossing the starting line, maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 had to abandon her fourth attempt at breaking the Trophée Jules Verne record for fastest outright circumnavigation of the globe.
The Calm Between Storms
Taking advantage of what was literally the calm between the storms, 38 sailors on five boats from various harbors around San Francisco Bay converged on Clipper Cove.
Cruising to Mexico
We wanted to say one last word about the 26th Baja Ha-Ha, and to share a few unpublished photos and anecdotes.
Setting Records and Winning Races
The maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 is less than 24 hours into its fourth attempt at tackling the Trophée Jules Verne record for the fastest boat to sail around the globe. It's a lofty record that now stands at an incredible…
High School Sailing
Could anyone blame me for being so excited over a fast, new, two-person dinghy with an asymmetrical spinnaker and an open back? This excitement only built when…
A West Coast Present
Happy holidays, Latitude Nation. And for all of you on the West Coast, the current deluge of rain marks the unofficial but totally welcome end of fire and power-outage season.
Away Games
A team of young people from San Francisco and Annapolis YCs and a team from Cal Maritime Academy dominated the competition. The two were tied on points…
An Adventure Story
Here’s a dispatch from sailor-turned-ocean-rower Lia Ditton‘s human-powered trek from Washington state. She rowed more than 700 nautical miles in 24 days, down the Oregon and California coasts to the Bay Area.
Meritorious Service Award
On the evening of July 19, around 2145 hours, a resident of Coast Guard Station Rio Vista housing, along the Sacramento River, was lying in bed and heard cries for help.
Waterfront Celebrations
On the slopes, Santa arrives on skis. So it's fitting that at the shore, Santa arrives by water. Lighted boat parades proliferate in December. We keep collecting more events to add to the list.
December Issue Sneak Peek
Stacy the bow gal on the Express 37 'Bullet' wrangles the spinnaker at the very-light-air downwind start of Golden Gate Yacht Club's Seaweed Soup Midwinters. We'll cover that and much more in the December issue of Latitude 38, coming out on Monday, December 2.
The Happiest Day?
How does the saying go? “The best days of a boatowner’s life are the day you buy the boat, and the day you sell it.” But how do you know when it’s time to sell the boat?
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Young Sailors Write
Are you a sailor and still in grade school or high school? Do you get back to the dock and all you can do is talk about what happened out there?
Racing Preview
Regular readers of 'Lectronic may notice that our racing preview for December is a bit shorter than other months, but we do have a few events to share.
Ocean Racing and Records
"It should take us 16 and a half days of sailing to get to Ho Chi Minh City. It’s a great pleasure for me to set off on this adventure towards places our Western racing boats rarely go."
Do It Yourself
If you pride yourself on doing much of your own boat maintenance, you probably spend more hours than you’d like to with your head and shoulders squashed into narrow lockers and bilge compartments.
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Uninvited Guests
In modern times it’s extremely rare for human travelers to stow away aboard sailboats. But over the years we’ve reported on all shorts of freeloading creatures found aboard cruising boats.