As Houston starts to slowly recover from the devastating floods of Hurricane Harvey, the Eastern Caribbean is hunkering down in preparation for Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm packing winds up to 185 mph.
We assume that sailors working in the industry have a passion for sailing, but there are details within that love that create rich stories, experiences and community.
During the month of August, we checked in with a couple of women skippers’ regattas that took place on San Francisco Bay.
Oddly, one of the biggest Bay Area headaches is trying to get away for a holiday weekend.
The moment you’ve all been waiting for has arrived! The September issue of Latitude 38 is hitting the newsstands as we speak.
Yesterday, the Santa Cruz 50 Bay Wolf — a charter boat operated by Captain Kirk San Francisco Sailing — was returning to Sausalito from San Francisco after dropping off their guests at Pier 40, when they heard a call on Channel 16.
It seems that Harvey is not the only storm of note in the Northern Hemisphere at the moment. We’re receiving early reports that a tropical storm is headed for La Paz in Baja California, Mexico.  Multiple storms making (or threatening to make) landfall in North America.
As we look forward to Labor Day Weekend, we see that the Folkboat International Regatta continues at Corinthian YC through Friday; the 75th Windjammers Race from San Francisco to Santa Cruz will start on Friday.
Editor’s Note: A picture has been removed from this posting because it was brought to our attention that it was either a fake, or from a different storm entirely.
The start of a Friday night race in front of Encinal YC. In the background, the construction of Oakland’s new Brooklyn Basin development can be seen.
"I’m looking for a slip."  latitude/Richard
©Latitude 38 Media, LLC There are all kinds of harbormasters in the world, but not many of them are as accommodating as Dick Markie of Paradise Marina in Nuevo Vallarta.
These days, when it seems like the washing machine you bought last week is already broken, it’s a little mind blowing that a 131-year-old sailing ship looks like she was launched yesterday.
Even with dinghy wheels, it was a bit of a struggle for John and Gilly of Destiny to get their dinghy up the gravel beach at Punta Mita.
Usually when we talk about "protests" in the context of yacht racing, we’re talking about disagreements over rules and right of way between competitors, not the kind of protests with speeches, chanting, sign waving and yelling. But in this instance, that’s exactly what we’re talking about.  Race protests are usually nonviolent; the other kind have the potential to disrupt traffic at best and to turn deadly violent at worst.
World Sailing is inviting nominations for the 2017 Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards. There are two categories — male and female — and sailors nominated may represent any discipline of the sport. Nominations can be made by anyone but the sailor him- or herself.
"What do you do when you cross paths with cruising friends in the middle of the ocean and you’re headed in different directions?” asked Lewis Allen and Alyssa Alexopulous of the Redwood City and Fiji-based Voyage 43 catamaran Quixotic.
In our occasional ode to the lone, brave soul who ventures to the pointy end of the boat to take care of business, we bring you a scene from spring time racing on the Bay.
The Matthew Turner is looking more and more like a ship. On Saturday — and with the ceremonial fanfare we’ve come to enjoy from Educational Tallships — the Turner’s fore and aft masts were lifted by crane, stepped and fastened into place.
We were walking down the dock at Schoonmaker Point Marina in Sausalito when Colin Cashmore of the Dickson 60 Avant Garde popped his head out of the fo’c’sle.
We still can’t believe this morning’s New York Times headline: Rescuers Seek 10 Missing Sailors After US Navy Ship and Tanker Collide. We first thought it was a follow-up about the recent collision of the USS Fitzgerald in June, but today’s Times story involved a completely different destroyer, the apparently ‘unguided’ guided-missile destroyer John S.
They won’t arrive on the West Coast of the US until April, but the 12 boats in the current edition of the Clipper Round the World Race started yesterday in Liverpool, England.
The list of best ‘sailing movies’ is familiar and dated. There’s only been a handful of films featuring sailboats, and a hint at the lifestyle that draws us.
"This summer the Delta was so hot…" "How hot was it?" "It was so hot we stayed in the Bay." Delta Doo Dah vets Gene and Cheryl Novak planned to take their 9-year-old granddaughter Madison on Doo Dah 9 to escape the Sacramento heat.
Last weekend’s Drake’s Bay Race, a two-day event that combined OYRA and Singlehanded Sailing Society fleets, saw more wind than in the past few years.
In a ‘Lectronic Reader Submission from earlier this month, Janet Baker asked what we thought was an improbable question: "Have you ever had glacial ice in your whiskey?" The gauntlet thusly thrown down, we had a quick response from David Eberhard and Deborah Connors of San Francisco.
Latitude reader and cruiser Lee Panza reminded us that Richardson Bay is one of the hidden gems of the Bay Area.
Volvo Ocean Race Team Dongfeng rounds Fastnet Rock. © Jeremie Lecaudey / Team Dongfeng Every two years the Volvo Ocean Race has proven itself the best at giving couch sailors a chance to see and hear what it’s like to race around the world.