Looking at any collection of aging sailboats tarnished by years of sailing, sun and salt, it would be easy to be dismayed by their loss from active sailing fleets.
As the fog rolls in on San Francisco Bay and the City’s temperature varies from a low of 55° to a high of 58°, we’re looking forward with eager anticipation to the toasty-warm Delta cruising season.
The most famous of all West Coast sailing races, the Transpac, is less than two months away.
Mel Ellison sent this shot with a note, "I managed to snap a photo of a humpback whale coming under the Golden Gate Bridge yesterday and thought your readers might be interested.
The crew of Daniel Thielman’s Melges 32 Kuai, seen here at the start, told us that they’d won PHRF overall in Saturday’s Great Vallejo Race, aka the YRA Season Opener.
Malcolm Leth of the Jeanneau 39 Dancia from Brisbane, Australia, is getting ready to join the Pacific Puddle Jump currently underway from the West Coast.
The New York Times recently reported that as ice continues to subside in the Arctic, cargo companies are considering using the Northwest Passage, "potentially a faster, more direct route between Asia and ports in Europe and eastern North America," according to the Times — as a regular shipping route in the next few decades.
The Tartan Ten Tartanic and Olson 911S Shanti sail under the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge bound for Vallejo in the 2015 YRA Season Opener.
After one of the longest, wettest winters in a hundred years, we can only imagine that the to-do lists for Bay Area sailors are miles long.
With Harbor Sand’s Nikki Beach-like palapas, Two Harbors is gentrifying.  Harbor Sands
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC For the last couple of years the Santa Catalina Island Company has put a lot of effort and money into updating the Avalon visitor experience.
The San Francisco Knarr fleet is one of the most active, most competitive, most beautiful and longest-lived fleets on the Bay.
All four of the new Pac 52 box-rule class boats are now in San Diego in preparation for the start of their first season, which will kick off with San Diego Yacht Club’s Yachting Cup on May 5-7.
Larry Ellison once told a story about his first sail aboard a Lido 14 that he naively took out the Gate.
For the second year in a row the first finishers in the 70th Newport to Ensenada Race, which started on Friday, completed the race before the race committee and media could drive from Newport Beach across the border to Ensenada.
Sailors have long followed the tradition of putting a message in a bottle and hurling it into the sea, sometimes as a call for help after being stranded on a deserted island, sometimes just to see where it goes. With the latter in mind, Latitude 38 decided to drop a message in a bottle (MIB) in a random copy of the April issue to see where it might show up.  John Schroeder went down to his local West Marine in Anacortes, WA and was lucky enough to get the next-to-last copy of Latitude 38.
It was only a matter of a few feet in the last race of the 30th Annual Antigua Classic Regatta that kept the event from very possibly being the scene of the biggest megayacht collision and destruction dance in the history of recreational sailing.
In 2018, California will slowly roll out a new law requiring boaters — including sailboats with motors — to carry proof they’ve taken a safety course.
Roger Ruud, our 2016 King of the Beer Cans, stopped by the booth during the Pacific Boat Show while shopping for gear for his new-to-him 1987 Nordic 40 hull #26, now named Mystic.  The boat — sold on San Francisco Bay by KKMI and previously named Standby — was famously caught by photographer Peter Lyons as she accidentally tacked and t-boned Tom Perkins’ 289-ft Maltese Falcon in 2008 while on a casual afternoon sail on the Bay.
The 70th annual Newport to Ensenada Race starts today; 187 boats will have hit the start line by the time we post this.
The Bullship’s 25 adult El Toro sailors start their journey from Sausalito across the Bay to San Francisco under overcast skies on April 22.
Chris and Monica Glubka of the California-based Hylas 46 Sea Glub have been writing a blog about their cruise down into Mexico, and some lines from a recent posting got our attention.
On April 14, we posted a story from ABC7 News about islands of silt in the Petaluma River, the cancelation of Petaluma Yacht Club’s Memorial Day event, the lack of yachts at the club and the general headaches boaters have been dealing with.
During much of Webb Chiles’ trip up the South Atlantic weather conditions were mild — sometimes so mild, in fact, that tiny Gannet could sail with her hatches open.  © 2017 Webb Chiles "The Moore 24 ‘Southern Hemisphere Fleet’ went out of existence at 12:35 p.m.
There is federal money available to dredge silted-up Bay Area waterways, but boaters will have to act fast, before April 28!
If you’re in the vicinity of the San Francisco Cityfront this afternoon around 2 p.m., on land or sea, you might want to take a moment to witness some legendary sailors doing their thing.
With all sails flying, the 1979 10-ft LOD Pacifier was seen sailing in the America’s Schooner Cup on April 1 in San Diego.
While adjusting the dials on the ‘wayback’ machine as we dug into the archives for stories and anecdotes for Latitude 38’s 40th-anniversary features, we discovered we’re sharing our decade anniversary with a good number of other businesses and organizations that also started in years ending in the lucky number ‘7’.
The Vallejo Summer Beer Cans are in full swing!  Last Wednesday, about 10 boats slugged it out under steady breeze and ominous skies that threatened rain (but never delivered).