Sailing or motorsailing up the Napa River is always fun — unless, of course, you get stuck on a sandbar for hours waiting for the tide to rise.
You might consider Jack van Ommen, one of Latitude’s heroes. Readers might remember that after going bankrupt in his early 60s, van Ommen had almost nothing left to his name but Fleetwood, a Nadja 29 he completed from a kit and had sailed in the Singlehanded TransPac many years before.
“Where’s my cape?”  That’s what this writer said after assisting in the rescue of a starving sea lion pup earlier this month at the Channel Islands Harbor Marina in Oxnard.
Although California is still operating under drought-induced water restrictions, this season’s El Niño has brought so much relief to lakes and reservoirs that some have been able to release water into formerly parched creeks and rivers.
The catamaran Beach House and two monohulls transit the Pedro Miguel Locks in Panama.  Scott Stolnitz
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLC Scott Stolnitz of the Marina del Rey-based Switch 51 Beach House wanted an aerial shot when locking through the Pedro Miguel Locks of the Panama Canal.
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This Friday, March 25, Sequoia Yacht Club in Redwood City will host Bay Area sailor Mike Reed for his presentation on the 2015 Rolex Fastnet.
Even on a mellow day such as this, surfing has been great lately at the Santa Cruz Harbor entrance — but that’s about the only good thing we can report about the abnormally heavy shoaling there.  latitude/Chris
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLC On Friday, the US Coast Guard mandated that Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor is now closed to all vessel traffic due to shoaling at the harbor mouth.
The 186-ft Rosehearty took two out of three firsts in division with Paul Cayard calling tactics.  © 2016 Jeff Brown / Perini Navi Thirty-six megayachts and three J Class yachts showed up for St.
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This Saturday, the Doublehanded Farallones Race will kick off the local 2016 ocean racing season.
Mariners traveling in American territorial waters and beyond take great comfort in knowing that Coast Guard resources are always standing by to assist them if an emergency should occur.
Alex Thomson, skipper, stuntman and male model for Hugo Boss, is always nattily attired for his stunts.
After two winters in the North Atlantic, the Gunboat 55 Rainmaker is awash and is reportedly being towed to shore.  Peter Johnstone
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLC Rainmaker, the first of the Gunboat 55 catamarans, is a little wet but still floating — more or less — after two unaided winters in the North Atlantic.
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There’s plenty of time to make plans and prepare your crew and boat for BAMA’s 37th Doublehanded Farallones Race on Saturday, March 26, to the (MORC friendly!) requirements defined in the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions including online, no fee education for both crew.
Early last week, friends of 63-year-old Russian-born sailor Rimas Meleshyus became concerned, as no one seems to know what became of him or his vintage Rawson 30 Mimsy since departing a Schoonmaker Marina end-tie March 7 during a northerly rainstorm.
Jim Clark’s J Class Hanuman, racing in the Caribbean. latitude/Richard
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLC The battle for Owner of the Longest Cumulative Total Feet of Epic Sailing Yachts (OLCTFESY) is, to the best of Latitude’s knowledge, between two men who soared from rags — or at least moderate circumstances — to vast riches thanks to enterprises founded in the Bay Area.
Patsy ‘La Reina de la Mer’ Verhoeven’s Gulfstar 50 Talion will be one of at least eight yachts leaving La Paz for the South Pacific this spring.  latitude/Richard
©2016Latitude 38 Media, LLC Patsy ‘Le Reina de la Mer’ Verhoeven, the nine-time veteran of the Baja Ha-Ha, reports than an unusual number of boats in La Paz are getting ready to Puddle Jump to the South Pacific this year.
"US Sailing has created an online version of their Coastal Safety at Sea course which allows sailors to take the course without attending an in-person seminar," writes Chuck Hawley, US Sailing’s committee chair for Safety at Sea.
Aussie cruisers John and Leanne Hembrow strike a pose off the entrance to Moorea’s Opunohu Bay during the 2012 Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendez-vous.
Strictly Sail Pacific, the biggest all-sail boat show on the West Coast, will open in less than four weeks: Dates are Thursday, April 7 – Sunday, April 10.
PHOTO It only takes 12 seconds to appreciate the difference in speed between an all-out racing multihull such as Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70 Phaedo3 and a fast cruising cat such as Greg Slyngstad’s Seattle-based Bieker 53 Fujin, which is the gray-colored boat in the foreground.
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Forty-six boatloads of westbound cruisers attended the free Tahiti Bon Voyage seminar and party Sunday at Panama’s Shelter Bay Marina, which lies near the Caribbean entrance to the world-famous Canal.
As you’ve been reading on ‘Lectronic Latitude and in the pages of Latitude 38 magazine, recent developments have put the future of the Alameda Marina at serious risk.