Catch me if you can
As liquid-hot magma boils and cascades beneath the surface of the Earth, the magnetic North Pole seems to be following the whims of subterranean flows. This has potential implications for sailors, or for anyone who uses GPS on their phones, and is a head-scratcher for the scientific community.
Bay Area History
The trimaran that broke away and washed up on the east shore of Richardson Bay in Tiburon got me to wondering how many readers know Richardson Bay’s history. For instance, why 'Richardson?
The Latitude Movie Club
Captain Blood is one of those movies that is so much of a classic, you feel like you've already seen it. But alas, we had not, and on a chilly night in early November at Spaulding Marine Center, we finally sat down to watch the 1935 swashbuckling classic.
The California Advantage
One of our readers, a Bay Area racer and sailing instructor, sent us photos from his three-week winter trip to Oslo, Norway.
On Boats and Tillers
Latitude Nation — Two things: Mystery (Boat) Solved! On the mystery boat ID, the consensus seems to be that it’s a Lyle Hess-designed Balboa 20.
Taylor Canfield
While the Stars & Stripes America's Cup 36 Team is actively recruiting American sailors, the team's helmsman has signed on with SailGP's American team. Taylor Canfield…
Free Stuff
If anyone needed another reason to pick up the 500th issue of Latitude 38, consider this: There are a few Golden Tickets out there, the recipients of which will be the proud owners of  brand-new Latitude hats.
Trophée Jules Verne
As we mentioned in Friday’s ‘Lectronic Latitude, Yann Guichard, the French skipper of the Swiss maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2, contacted his technical team ashore to report damage to the structure of the starboard rudder.
Let's Have a Discussion
We want to re-rig our 30,000 lb. Kelly Peterson 46-ft sloop Esprit with synthetic — yes, plastic — standing rigging, but almost everyone we talk to (except ‘young sailors’ and ‘old sailors’ who have it already) are telling us not to!
Racing Around the World
Mark Slats, 41, took second place in the nonstop, round-the-world, solo Golden Globe Race last night aboard his Rustler 36 Ophen Maverick.
500th Issue
Where will you pick up your copy of the 500th issue of Latitude 38? The weekend weather looks pretty awful for sailing, but just about perfect for reading about sailing in the new issue of Latitude. Yes, you can read the entire issue online but, as they say…
Grand Prix Racing
SailGP is embarking on this, its inaugural season. The tour will come to San Francisco on the weekend of May 4-5. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, February 21, at SailGP.com/SanFrancisco.
Do It Yourself-ing
The problem is not severe. It can barely be called a problem at all. But if you're sitting down and helming on a long, slow run on my boat, you'll find that you have to hunch over — almost imperceptibly — to steer. You might even notice a little cramping creeping into your shoulders and back. The tiller seems as if it's just a little too low.
We Have a Winner
After almost 30,000 miles, 12 dropouts, something like four rescues at sea (are we forgetting one?), and the most grueling singlehanded racing in recent memory, the 50th Anniversary Golden Globe has a winner. 
Regatta Calendar
Southern California fleets get busy in February. Twenty-five clubs are gearing up to host the SCYA Midwinter Regatta on February 9-10 and 16-17.
Help Wanted
Latitude 38 is searching for a Marketing/Administrative Assistant who loves sailing.
Shorthanded Pursuit Race
This year's Three Bridge Fiasco, sailed on San Francisco Bay on Saturday, January 26, was nowhere near the Fiasco it could have been. For instance, during last year's race a raging ebb sucked most boats out the Gate, and only four entries out of 317 starters were able to finish.
News Nuggets
Jean-Luc Van Den Heede Nears Golden Globe Finish After leading the entire Golden Globe fleet around the planet pretty much since day one, Jean-Luc Van Den Heede is within 450 miles of the finish line.
San Diego Boat Show
Despite all the connections you can make and all you can learn through the digital world, there's nothing like actually being there. With that in mind we jumped on a Southwest plane yesterday morning at the Oakland airport for a day trip to the San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show.
San Francisco Bay Racing
"What the heck is the Berkeley Fan?" you might ask.
Weekend Racing
A low-pressure system blowing through the San Francisco Bay Area carried with it gusts up to 30+ knots from the northwest.
300 Boats?
Since Monday, entries have gone from 230 to 296 and counting. Today's the deadline (11:59 PST tonight). If you're sitting on the tideline wondering which way to go, now's the time to decide.
Government Shutdown
Tomorrow (Thursday, January 24) in Mill Valley between 3 and 6 p.m., there will be a collection for Coast Guard families at the Southern Marin Fire Protection District.
The Golden Ticket
It’s not as random as lightning striking twice, but it feels almost as close.
Anchor-Outs
Another unfortunate soul is in a tough spot after their trimaran came to rest on the west shore of Tiburon this weekend.
Shorthanded Pursuit Race
The chatter at yacht clubs this past weekend inevitably turned to strategy for next Saturday's Three Bridge Fiasco. "Which way are you going to go?" is the question on the minds of the skippers (and doublehanded crewmembers) contemplating this crazy race.
Jules Verne Trophy
This morning at 07:45 UTC, Spindrift 2 broke her own record to the equator by just over an hour. The maxi-trimaran crossed the equator in 4 days, 19 hours, 57 minutes.
A Blast from the Past
The sailing ships of old carried all sorts of cargos. But perhaps the most unusual shipment(s) ever carried by an American ship were loaded aboard 540-ton square-rigger USS Supply in the Mediterranean in the summer of 1855: camels.
Working without pay
With no end in sight for the longest government shutdown in American history, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced the “Pay Our Coast Guard Act.” In short, the bill would fund the CG during the shutdown, or in legal speak, “for any period during which interim or full-year appropriations for the Coast Guard are not in effect.” The bill was introduced into the Senate by South Dakota Senator John Thune, a Republican, and introduced into the House of Representatives by Oregon congressman Peter DeFazio, a Democrat.
Hands-on Seminar
Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey hosted the first 2019 US Sailing 2-day offshore Safety at Sea seminar on January 12-13. 
Help Wanted
Latitude 38 is searching for a Marketing/Administrative Assistant who loves sailing.