Here’s your 2017 Baja Ha-Ha recap: the fleet did a roughly three-day leg from San Diego to Turtle Bay (about halfway down the Baja peninsula), then Turtle Bay to Bahia Santa Maria, then on to Cabo San Lucas for the finish, which was officially last night at El Squid Roe, where the Poobah could be seen in all his fluorescent orange T-shirt glory.
Before the first Bay Bridge, the way to get your car to San Francisco from the East Bay was via car ferry from the end of the Berkeley Pier.
The recent New York City marathon may have a lesson for sailboat racing and those seeking the ever-elusive ‘fair’ rating rule.
We’d like to introduce a few films that wouldn’t necessarily be considered ‘sailing movies’, but have references to, or underlying hints of sailing and/ or seamanship. Back in August, when we first solicited readers for their favorite sailing films, Lee Johnson wrote:   "My favorite sailing movie is Cast Away, a Robert Zemeckis film starring Tom Hanks, which doesn’t have much actual sailing in it, other than the one scene where Hanks’ character, Chuck Noland, tops the breakers to escape the island with his raft using a broken outhouse [portable toilet] shell for a sail.
Who was the greatest American singlehanded round-the-world sailor? Do Americans even compete in races like the Vendée Globe or the Velux 5 Oceans Race (formerly known as the BOC Challenge)? While participation in those events seems more or less limited to the French, the Kiwis and the English — and before Bay Area local Bruce Schwab hit the scene in the mid 2000s — there was an American sailing around the planet with the best of them.
The world of offshore yacht racing just got a shot in the arm over the weekend with four major events getting underway, all in Europe.
Gray, light air remained for the first couple of days of the 24th Baja Ha-Ha, as the Navy seemed to escort the fleet out of San Diego Bay.  latitude/Tim
©2017Latitude 38 Media, LLC Everyone likes a nice breeze for a sail, but when you’re cruising, it’s just not as critical.
I love the Baja Ha-Ha. Love, love, love it! Sure, there wasn’t much wind in the 360-mile first leg, although lots of boats got in a day or so of light-air sailing.
Unfortunately for the crew of CV24 Greenings, that entry is out for the remainder of the Clipper 2017-18 Race.
The following is Part 2 of a dispatch of John Tysell’s sail from San Diego to San Francisco in 1979 (Click here for Part I):   The biggest challenge of my trip from San Diego to San Francisco with my girlfriend Gwynne Crouse was rounding Point Conception, known for strong wind and nasty seas.
Reader Craig Dahl spotted this 30-ft ketch on the rocks in Drake’s Bay between Chimney Rock and the Lifeboat Station over the weekend.
After being delayed from his original early-October departure date, Randall Reeves has sailed through the Golden Gate and begun the first-ever "Figure 8 Voyage," a solo circumnavigation which will take him from San Francisco, around Antarctica, then up across the Northwest Passage and back to the Bay.
If you need a break from putting away all the Halloween decorations and cleaning up the smashed pumpkins, we’ve got just the thing.
The bizarre story of the Sea Nymph — a Morgan 45 that had left Hawaii in May and was reportedly adrift for five months — is getting weirder by the day.
In Monday’s ‘Lectronic Latitude, we posted the trivia quiz questions posed to the racers in Sunday’s Great Pumpkin Regatta, hosted by Richmond Yacht Club.
The 750-mile Baja Ha-Ha cruising rally kicked off on Sunday, October 29, under sunny skies in the parking lot of the San Diego West Marine store located near the heart of Shelter Island.
The following is a dispatch from John Tysell.  It was June of 1979, and I had just completed my first long-distance race on my Cal 3-30 Soufriere, a 30-ft sloop I purchased in November 1975 to race on the Bay, and then, in the ocean.
November has California in its sights like a low-pressure system barreling down from the Aleutian Islands.
Here’s what we know about two people — and two dogs — who were lost at sea for over five months:  Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiaba set sail from Honolulu in early May, headed for Tahiti in what appears to be a Morgan 45 that we believe is the Sea Nymph, a vessel we reported on in June, something that one of our readers brought to our attention.
The Mexican government will be giving all members of the Baja Ha-Ha fleet a special burgee like this, as well as a letter alerting officials to how important the event is to Mexico.
Co-skippers Wendy Corzine and Lisa Meier of Long Beach Yacht Club won the 26th annual Linda Elias Memorial Women’s One-Design Challenge on October 14-15, breaking a 14-year dry spell — the hosting LBYC team last won this regatta in 2003.
"Come on in, the water’s fine!" The waters of Croatia are every bit as lovely as those in Turkey.  Geja
©2017Latitude 38 Media, LLC Now that the squabble between the United States and Turkey has escalated to the point of denying visas to citizens of the respective countries, you may want to rethink plans for a sailing charter in Turkey next summer.
Casual club racing brings an alternative style to the normally very competitive and very challenging high-profile sailing events found on San Francisco Bay.
It was a do-good, feel-good, sail-good kind of day. San Francisco Yacht Club’s 12th annual Pacific Union Leukemia Cup Regatta made for a stunning day on the water, as well as another stunning result on the fundraising mission.  Regatta chair Chris Kostanecki — who has been living with leukemia for 20 years — topped the fundraising board by raising a whopping $150,000 to help cure blood cancers, while also taking second in class aboard his J/70 Jennifer on Sunday.
What would you do if you wanted to amp up the drama surrounding the America’s Cup?
There are lots of treasures scattered among our monthly Classy Classifieds. As you look through the boats, you find each has a story and heritage, as well as a future waiting to happen.
When Rimas Meleshyus didn’t show up anywhere in the South Pacific after he departed Hawaii in June, we feared the worst.