When you live on a boat in the tropics year-round, you adjust to the challenges of wind, rain and extreme heat every day as needs arise — protecting expensive gear from sun damage, attending to leaks, and keeping mold and mildew at bay.
Still eight months out, the 2019 Transpac is already primed to be one of the biggest and best ever.
Yachtspeople of the Year
US Sailing has opened nominations for 2018’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year.
Late tomorrow, there may be some relief from the deadly Camp Fire, and the hundreds-of-miles-long blanket of dense, smoky smog that’s been choking the Bay Area for well over a week.
The Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay held their annual awards party at Berkeley Yacht Club yesterday afternoon.
We’ve been praying for rain, and it looks like we’re finally going to get it.
San Francisco Bay Racing
We were browsing sailing photos from photographer and tireless race committee volunteer Roxanne Fairbairn when we noticed that something must be wrong with Folkboat skippers.
Drama in Solo Race
Hugo Boss Runs Aground The 11th edition of the Route du Rhum solo transatlantic race has continued to deliver thrilling surprises and heartbreaking blown leads, this time in the premier IMOCA 60 monohull fleet.
We now bring you part 2 of Mitchell and Quincey’s Truly Cruising (part 1 ran a week ago today).
Paperwork and Helicopters
The US Coast Guard motto is Semper Paratus — Always Ready. Time and again, we’ve seen that that’s true when it comes to rescuing mariners in distress at sea.
Hi From the Upside Down
Readers, we just received this email from Joanna Bloor, Randall Reeves’ wife. Hello, and greetings to all at latitude 38 north from Randall, Mo and Monte of the Figure 8 Voyage 2.0 at latitude 38 south.
“It’s time for prize-giving for skippers and crew who sailed their boats well in a fairly windy year.
Always the 15th
Solo Transatlantic Race
The 11th edition of the Route du Rhum solo transatlantic race has been a barn-burner since the get-go, with just two boats in contention to finish first since the early stages.
The World Famous L 38
Latitude Nation, here’s your November Caption Contest(!). This is our first-ever photo from the Facebook Yacht Club, so we cannot attribute this shot to any one person — but thanks to reader Jere Visalli for sending it in.
In the ‘old days’, a lot of deals were formed in secretive, smoke-filled rooms.
One More From the Road
Readers — after having light wind and an even lighter Internet connection, the Grand Poobah has sent this 25th Anniversary Baja Ha-Ha postgame analysis: A quarter century of Baja Ha-Ha’s — the 750-mile cruisers’ rally between San Diego and Cabo San Lucas with R&R stops at Turtle Bay and Bahia Santa Maria — is now part of sailing history.
Into the Sunset
Recently spotted off the coast of Baja California, Mexico: a flock of boats heading south, stopping on occasion to drink, be merry and maybe play a game of softball, then taking to the high seas again.
Westpoint and BCDC Closer to Settlement Westpoint Harbor and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission are one step closer to reaching a settlement.
Women Skipper Regattas
The past few weeks have seen a flurry of women’s regattas in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Southland.
It’s not often that we get to write about local cruising, but it’s nice to be reminded that you can.
Mystery at Sea
Back in September, we noted the strange case of Lewis Bennett, his wife of just three months, Isabella Hellman, and their honeymoon-gone-wrong aboard their 37-ft catamaran.
Solo Transatlantic Race
This 11th edition of the Route du Rhum solo transatlantic race has been a challenging one for the competitors and their boats.
A bond measure passed yesterday that will put over $400 million into repairing the Embarcadero seawall in San Francisco.
West Marine issued a brief statement on Tuesday saying CEO Doug Robinson has left the company after less than a year in the post.
San Francisco Bay sailing
Although there were 16 separate racing events in our 2018 calendar for this past weekend, we decided to go ‘cruising’ instead.
golden globe race
Just as we were finishing up this morning’s ‘Lectronic Latitude, we received a “Stop Presses” email from the Golden Globe solo around-the-world race.
There’s a new club coming to the Bay Area’s newest piece of waterfront, and it will have yachts.
Mark from Rubicon Yachts said a customer came in and told him that the October issue was the last month for the printed edition of Latitude 38, and that Latitude was going entirely online.
Singlehanded Transatlantic race
Perhaps the biggest race most Americans have never heard of is about to get underway in France.
Coast Guard Rescue Website Stuff and Records
Here are some news nuggets for your Friday: Coast Guard Comes to Aid of Diabetic Sailor off Eureka On Wednesday, the Coast Guard came to the assistance of a sailor onboard a 29-ft sailboat off Patrick’s Point, near Trinidad, California, just north of Eureka.
On Monday we challenged you to test your nautical knowledge by playing along with Richmond Yacht Club’s Great Pumpkin Regatta trivia quiz.
Each October, as Halloween approaches, the Great Pumpkin visits San Francisco Bay.
After decades of passionate debate, the fate of Marin County’s most contentious piece of water seems poised to change, at least in Sausalito waters.
Delta Doo Dah DIY
Max Perez of the Pearson 303 Olive filed this report on his solo Delta Doo Dah cruise this summer: I had far too brief a trip to the western part of the Delta this year in late June.
Cruising sailors know that if you stay close to the water, you’ll regularly cross tacks in harbors anywhere in the world.