We’re saddened to report that YachtCruz has likely met a tragic end. The Coast Guard confirmed in a phone call with Latitude yesterday that they’ve identified the remains of Patrick Wolfgang, who was found just offshore and about 10 miles south of Ensenada.
Last week, sailor and ocean rower Lia Ditton posted the following on her website, announcing her intent to continue training to become the first female to row solo across the North Pacific (we featured Ditton in the September issue of Latitude).
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A snapshot in time of the starting area of the 2017 Three Bridge Fiasco.
The Volvo Ocean Race has armchair sailors on the edge of their, well, armchairs today.
Big speeds and lots of water over the deck on Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag today in the VOR during the Melbourne to Hong Kong leg.
For many, the 25th Baja Ha-Ha will start at 48 degrees north. Lani Schroeder, who says he’s been reading Latitude 38 since 1984, wrote in from Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle to say now it’s his turn to enjoy the Baja Ha-Ha aboard his Endeavour 43 CC ketch Balance.
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Not every round-the-world record attempt goes as planned. Earlier in the season we saw François Gabart achieve what many thought to be nearly impossible when he sailed his maxi-trimaran Macif around the world in just 42 days, with an absolute minimum of drama, to record the fastest solo circumnavigation on record and secure — incredibly — the second-fastest lap of the globe ever recorded — solo or fully crewed.
It was a packed house at Spaulding Marine Center last Friday, as droves of movie fans piled under the heat lamps to watch a screening of Captains Courageous, one of our readers’ favorite sailing films.
A sailboat traveling from Cabo San Lucas to San Diego has gone missing, and debris and an EPIRB have been found, according to people familiar with the incident.
The BCDC’s recent loss of their case against John Sweeney’s Point Buckler Island has only caused them to modify their strategy regarding Westpoint Harbor in Redwood City.
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Besides being one of the world’s great sailing meccas, the Bay Area is also a world-renowned food and beverage destination.
Picking up where we left off on Friday’s ‘Lectronic Latitude post… Corinthian Yacht Club invites racers to sail or drive in to the CYC on the Friday night before the Corinthian Midwinters on January 20-21.
This past Monday we posted a story about Karen Swezey who, after winning a T-shirt from Latitude 38, let us know she’d started her sailing life while young aboard a family Sunfish in the South Bay.
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I jolted wide awake, just before dawn, and made my way on deck to heed nature’s call.
The winter months of January and February are so replete with seminars on virtually all aspects of sailing that we won’t have room to list them all in one post.
Saturday was a stunning day to be cruising the Bay. Though, this time, we did it from about 1500 feet.
As a movie buff who spent endless hours of adolescence watching movies from the ’30s and ’40s on TV channels with high numbers (like 36, 40 and 44), usually worn-out prints badly chopped up by do-it-yourself used-car-dealer ads, this editor can only wonder how she managed to miss seeing Captains Courageous.
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The National Sailing Hall of Fame accepts nominations any time, but only those received by midnight (Pacific Time) on March 30 will be considered for this year’s class of Inductees.
Last Wednesday in ‘Lectronic Latitude, we reported on a "Strange Boat Rescued off Maui." One reader commented: "Every man and woman who owns a boat, loves their boat above others.
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"’Option one,’ I said to my wife, Joanna, ‘is to sell the boat, return home and grow cabbages.’" In his last blog post, Randall Reeves contemplated — if only for a moment (and in jest) — canceling the Figure 8 Voyage.
The US Coast Guard is conducting a study of navigation needs in the Pacific Seacoast System and wants help from sailors in the region.
A one-hour documentary, called Sense the Wind, which follows the journey of four blind sailors, has been released to the general public.
For the past several months, we’ve tucked a couple of flyers in the magazine before they got distributed about — and some attentive readers have discovered them.
Reader Lee Panza snapped two amazing photos off Oyster Point on New Year’s Day.
The Express 27 class fields a healthy fleet for around-the-cans in-the-Bay racing. But a one-design division for a Hawaii race?
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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).
Here’s what 200 years of Cal 40s looks like, anchored in front of Treasure Island.
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.
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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 .
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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?
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