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After much anticipation and preparation — by both organizers and competitors — the 20th Pacific Cup yacht race officially gets underway today, with the first four starts off the San Francisco Cityfront, including three racing divisions and one cruising.
Birders might have what they call a ‘Big Year‘; the Singlehanded Sailing Society had a Big Day when seven boats out of a 16-boat fleet finished the Singlehanded TransPac yesterday, Sunday, July 8.
It’s a busy time of year for the Pacific. With so many sailing events leaving the West Coast, the sea life might be sensing an invasion from their landbound descendants.  
Reader Dana Dupar sent us a few images from last weekend, as smoke from what has now become the 88,000-acre County Fire crept into the Bay, casting a bizarre, ghostly light.
In the light of early morning, Singlehanded TransPac vets Rob MacFarlane and Synthia Petroka take newly minted vet Philippe Jamotte off Double Espresso (sailboat anchored on the right) and to the beach.
The 2018 hurricane season has just begun, and there already appears to be a significant hurricane heading to the West Indies.
On Sunday, the 18-boat Golden Globe fleet set sail from Les Sables d’Olonne, France, with their bows pointed south for the Cape of Good Hope.
The Silver Anniversary Baja Ha-Ha looks as though it’s going to be a big one for multihulls. 
The start of the new Shaka Challenge, the third of four races to Hawaii to depart the West Coast this summer.
If one of your favorite sailing ditties is "What do you do with a drunken sailor…" you should know the Coast Guard has an answer.
For 41 years, Latitude 38 has religiously delivered our monthly magazine on the first of each month.
In recent weeks, roughly 200 Pacific Puddle Jumpers made landfall in the archipelagos of French Polynesia, having completed nonstop passages of 3,000 to 4,000 miles from jumping-off points in Mexico, Panama, and elsewhere along the West Coast of the Americas.
This past weekend saw full-on sailing with plenty of options for everyone. Despite the Bay Area’s notorious reputation for heavy summer winds and fog, last weekend presented a full spectrum of conditions.
We take our hats off to the many readers who manage to get down to the waterfront to pick up the latest issue of Latitude 38.
In the age of insanely tall skyscrapers and self-driving cars it’s nice to know that a San Francisco tradition is still around and unchanged since 1978.
French skipper Charles Caudrelier hoists the trophy after claiming victory. His first win was six years earlier while sailing with Franck Cammas’ Groupama team.
And the winners are… First Federal’s Team Sail Like a Girl! Team Sail Like a Girl finished the Race to Alaska yesterday just after midnight.
With 32 responses — and counting — a family ‘mystery’ of over half a century has finally been solved.
It’s like a seven-game series in the NBA finals. Dongfeng has the slimmest of leads over MAPFRE with about 24 hours of racing left.
Finally. A fresh, new copy of the First Timer’s Guide to Mexico has been written, and the first 112 welcome packages have been put in the mail to those already signed up for the 25th annual Baja Ha-Ha. 
"Wow, it looks like a spaceship!" So said the tiny voice from the tiny boat as the FX skiff blew past on day three of Olympic Development camp, which also was day two of this week’s Treasure Island Sailing Center summer camp for pee-wees.
Anyone know what boat this might be? A mystery boat in need of an expert eye to identify her.
"I’ve been intrigued with singlehanded distance races since reading about Chichester winning the first modern-day Transatlantic race in 1960," says John Colby of Portland, Oregon.
Tomorrow’s summer solstice (June 21) marks the official start to summer and, for most people around the world, the start of the most active sailing season.
Friday’s Lipton Cup race finished at the RYC breakwater. An extra bit of south in the stiff breeze made the spinnaker drop particularly challenging.
Two days into the wild and crazy Race to Alaska, Russell Brown’s Gougeon 32 PT Watercraft is already looking like the boat to beat.
The Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay’s series of seminars and socials will continue on Thursday, June 28, when Kame Richards and Seadon Wijsen will facilitate a roundtable discussion on Racing Tactics.
Another stunning performance by Bouwe Bekking’s Team Brunel has seen the Dutch entry now pull dead even with perennial race leaders MAPFRE and Dongfeng atop the leaderboard of the Volvo Ocean Race, with just one more leg to be sailed.
Having a ‘Bud’ on Friday is a common American ritual, but this Bud was poised to pack a different punch.
Reader Mark Werder sent us the first in a series (or dare we say essay) of photos back in April: The April issue of Latitude, on the left — and used here as a type of water-level gauge — shows a full-ish Folsom Lake, with the January issue, on the right, for comparison.