When would you set sail for the South Pacific Islands? If you’re one of the more than 80 boats already signed up for the 2018 Pacific Puddle Jump the answer would be this January to April, meaning there’s a slim chance there will be any close maneuvering on the ‘starting line’ which stretches almost 4,000 miles from Southern California to Panama.
Back in the ’90s, I was working at the Navy Sailing Center in Point Loma on an especially windy weekend, keeping an eye on the renters (15 knots being a really big deal in San Diego).
In a decision that could set a powerful precedent for the dispute between Westpoint Harbor and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), a Solano County Superior Court Judge overturned $3.6 million in fines levied by the BCDC and the California Regional Water Quality Control Board against John Sweeney, the owner of a 39-acre island in the Suisun Marsh.
Yesterday in Hawaiian waters, the Coast Guard rescued a strange-looking boat. The Kehaar Darwin — apparently a junk-rigged, homemade vessel that we’re guessing is between 26 and 30 feet — flagged down another boat to ask for assistance.
The 2018 YRA calendar just hit the stands and is filled with almost 1,000 races happening in Northern California, most of them on the weekends.
With the fourth leg starting today, we recap the brutal third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race which drew to a close with all seven teams sailing into Melbourne, Australia over the Christmas holiday.
Happy New Year’s Bay. The year on the Bay looks to be starting much as it ended.
How easily we forget. Last winter our drivers doing the monthly delivery of each new issue of Latitude 38 had to brave some pretty horrific rains to get the magazine out.
The clever race organizers at Corinthian Yacht Club have already written this story for us: "East Coast Freezes .
The 73rd edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart race is drawing to a close as the remaining yachts are currently sailing down the coast of Tasmania and making their final approaches to Hobart.
There are times when you’ve just had enough of the news and traffic that you think, "I’m outta here." What if you really wanted to pack up and sail away today?
On Friday we’ll close out 2017 with the delivery of the January issue of Latitude 38.
All these months of fabulous sailing mean lots of time in the sun.
Most of the entries in our Lighted Boat Parade Photo Contest were taken at the Lighted Yacht Parade on the Oakland-Alameda Estuary December 2, including these three favorites: Shantung got second place to Ketch 22 in the Sailing Division, but Fred Fago’s image of her is tops in our esteem. The theme was ‘A Winter Wonderland’.
After suffering a knockdown in the high southern latitudes, enduring days of gale force winds, and losing not one but two of his autopilots, Randall Reeves has been forced to head for port so that he can make repairs, and continue the Figure 8 Voyage.  "The list of broken things got to a point today where a different approach was needed — specifically poor Monte [Reeves’ nickname for his Monitor windvane] broke this time .
Now entering its 73rd edition, there’s as much anticipation as ever for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
One of the rewards of having a sailboat on San Francisco Bay is a hike to the top of Angel Island any time you want.
Jim Quanci — known to many local sailors as the owner of Green Buffalo (which was featured on our June cover) — sent us this picture from a trip he did about a year ago aboard the Pelagic Australis.
Last week’s Banderas Bay Blast generated almost 40,000 pesos in donations for school lunches and supplies for kids who need assistance.
It’s a well-used comment but still so appropriate. Like most single-use plastic items (water bottles, etc.) straws literally and truly suck.
François Gabart finishes a speedy solo lap of the planet. © 2017 Macif Course au Large Yesterday afternoon, after 42 days, 16 hours and 40 minutes at sea, 34-year-old sailor François Gabart shattered the solo round-the-world record, knocking nearly six and a half days off countryman Thomas Coville’s already impressive record from last year aboard Sodebo Ultim’.
Well, since you asked for readers’ observations about this windy weekend, here’s one sailor’s perspective: Saturday approached its boisterous expectations, although the wind wasn’t particularly noteworthy for SF Bay; its strength was less than on a typical summer afternoon.
While much of the sailing world has been focused on François Gabart and his incredible round-the-world record attempt, it’s been easy to overlook fellow French multihull sailor Yves le Blevec.
After weeks and weeks of placid 5- to 10-knot conditions, the Bay is about to do its best impression of summer, only colder.
In honor of the release of Star Wars, Episode VIII today, we wanted to share a story from Howard Macken of Sutter Sails, who wrote the following for the September 1983 (Vol.
The following is a December 11 blog post from Captain TEEM, a group of sailors we made contact with as they were passing through Sausalito in October.
What’s your longest-lasting ‘temporary fix’? With the best of intentions we’ve solved some minor inconveniences while underway, swearing we’d create a more permanent and reliable solution once we hit the dock.