Offshore Yacht Racing
As of this writing, just 10 yachts have completed the 74th running of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.
“What in the world is that thing?” Max Ebb asked Lee Helm. “Upwind Intuition,” Lee Helm grinned.
So Long to 2018
With the 12 months of 2018 nearly complete, this is a great moment for a look back at the 12 covers of Latitude 38 in 2018. It's easy to see why this was a great year for sailors.
Next Month's Regattas
Molto bene Midwinter racing continues in January.
Mexico Cruising Events
On the weekend of December 15-16, the last of the Banderas Bay Blast races concluded with the Pirates for Pupils Spinnaker Run, which raised over $2,000 for the children of Punta de Mita.
Daysailing S.F. Bay
The Ham Jam is a two-hour sail with the destination determined by mother nature — and a few ideas thrown out by the skippers and crew who show up.
Aaannd the Winner Is . . .
Thanks to everyone for making another year of the World Famous Latitude 38 Caption Contest(!)
West Coast Circumnavigators
On Wednesday, solo circumnavigating guru Jeanne Socrates made a late-night rounding of Cape Horn.
Long before the North American Fun Tourism Agreement sailors have known Mexico to offer a warm welcome. Over the years it's only gotten better.
Regular readers of 'Lectronic Latitude may recall that we reported on the capsize of Greg Slyngstad's catamaran Fujin back in February. The Seattle sailor's Bieker 53 was racing in the wild RORC Caribbean 600 when she flipped.
Today is one of those glass-half-full-or-half-empty moments. It's the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. Do you lament the darkness?
The wreckage of Canadian Bob Smith’s Pantera, a 44-ft homebuilt catamaran that was reported missing on Monday, was found in the Sea of Cortez.
“I was thumbing through AIS, and found the Dar Młodzieży is coming to town,” reader John Dukat wrote.
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West Coast Winter
After a massive purple blob enveloped the West Coast this weekend, things are finally calming down.
Offshore Yacht Racing
Close to 90 yachts will take on the 74th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Beginning on December 26, the 628-mile 'Boxing Day classic' to Hobart, Tasmania, has become one of the most famous sailing races on Earth.
Missing in Mexico
Cruiser Bob Smith, of the home-built 44-ft catamaran Pantera, hasn't been heard from in three months. His daughter has become concerned.
An educational nonprofit in Redwood City is the latest organization to be locked in an inexplicable struggle with the Bay Conservation and Development Commission’s permitting process.
Back in the Day . . .
Long before Merlin and Imp, Blondie and Condor — and Charley, The Wizard, Morning Cloud, Santa Cruz 27s/50s/70s, Regardless, Fast Is Fun, Mirabella V, the Chicken Coop, half the Swan lineup in the ’80s and ’90s and, well, everything else — Ron Holland and Bill Lee were just two young guys having fun and hoping to make a career in the marine industry.
around the world race
The old Volvo has been tossed out and is on its way to the wreckers. That is, the old format for the Volvo Ocean Race is history, along with its title sponsor and the Volvo Ocean boats.
Formerly News Nuggets
"S/V Golden Rule, a project of Veterans For Peace, needs a captain/skipper who can prepare the boat and crew, then skipper the gaffe-rigged ketch to and around Hawaii in spring 2019," read a press release from Jan Passion, who's been involved with the storied Golden Rule for a number of years.
America's Cup News
They're in! On Wednesday, we floated the well-founded rumor that Taylor Canfield would head up a Long Beach Yacht Club-flagged America's Cup team. Now it's official.
Sailors and the general public can participate in the California King Tides Project. The project asks Californians to observe the ultra-high tides and share their photographs.
The deadline to advertise in January's Classy Classifieds is Saturday, December 15.
In the December issue, we featured local artist, sailor, fisherman and merchant marine Martin Machado.
Do You Like to DIY?
Latitude Nation — It’s been a while since we’ve asked any DIY questions, and with the weather going all gray and wintry, we’re wondering if anyone out there is working on a rainy-day project or projects.
Rumor has it that a new proposed America's Cup team hails from Long Beach Yacht Club. The New Zealand Herald speculates that Taylor Canfield's USA 21 challenge has been accepted.
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Bay Area Sailing
The weekend of December 8-9 was a chilly one on San Francisco Bay, but a northeasterly provided some fine sailing in the East Bay for racers, daysailors and junior students alike.
The Tables Have Turned
Here’s your December Caption Contest(!). This is another image that has floated around the Internet, making it difficult to credit.
If you're looking to challenge yourself in the Etchells class there's no better place to be this winter than the four-race Biscayne Bay Series in Florida. Jim Cunningham traveled east for the first regatta and took second place behind 2017 world champion Steve Benjamin.
When You're Socked In
A while back, the KQED podcast Bay Curious did a fun investigation of the Bay Area’s foghorns.
Many festive boats are lighting up the night this month, some in their slips and others in parades. The Lighted Yacht Parade on the Oakland-Alameda Estuary was held on December 1.
Yesterday, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission unanimously approved a settlement with Westpoint Harbor.
British solo sailor Susie Goodall has been rescued from her boat, dismasted in a Southern Ocean storm.
Yesterday, the Coast Guard came to the assistance of three sailors on a 35-ft sailboat about 30 miles west of Oceanside, near San Diego.
The professional racing on these classic — and formerly Olympic-class — boats in Nassau has been exciting to watch, and the coverage, including the graphics and play-by-play announcing is of a caliber equivalent to the sailing itself.
Solo Around-the-World Race
Susie Goodall's Rustler 36 pitchpoled and dismasted in the Southern Ocean some 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn today.
Near the End?
Tomorrow, the BCDC commissioners will vote on a settlement with Westpoint Harbor, marking the possible conclusion of a years-long conflict between one of the Bay Area’s newest marinas and a government agency that many people feel has gone astray of its founding mission.
Be ready to cruise the coast, Mexico, or all the way to Panama.
The Figure 8 Voyage
After he rounded Cape Horn on Thursday, November 29, Randall Reeves’ blogs took a little while to catch up.
Sailors will be keen to learn how Seipel (who just started on Monday) plans to chart the boating retailer's course.