In this month’s Latitude, author Michael Kew brings us a dispatch from the South Pacific island of Yap, which could be considered the heart of the modest Polynesian Voyaging renaissance that’s taken place over the last four decades.
Nation — Another solo circumnavigator sent us an update. We were delighted to hear from the legendary Webb Chiles, who, after a unique transit of the Panama Canal, is about to embark on the last leg of his sixth circumnavigation.
To Catch a Thief
"A painting was stolen from the hallway at 125 Park Place in Point Richmond where I have my frame shop," says Pam Delaney, the daughter of artist Jim DeWitt.
I had been sailing Sampaguita, my 1985 Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20, for five years with a tedious setup for the gennaker, which meant I would rarely use it.
Message in a Bottle
It’s time for your monthly Randall Reeves-ing. Nation, last night, the solo-sailor extraordinaire sent you a message: Greetings from 47°S and 122°W.
When you leaf through old issues of Latitude, a few things might .
Come Party with Us
Make plans to attend Latitude 38's Crew Party, Thursday, March 7, 6-9 p.m. at Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco
Pacific Puddle Jump
“Fantastic first day,” reported Charles Wilding this morning from the UK-based Nautitech 40 Wilderness. “Spinnaker up all day; put in second reef at sunset. Winds picked up as predicted… gusting 25.”
The Round New Zealand is a coastal anticlockwise circumnavigation in four legs with multiple stopovers. And what a beautiful, challenging coast it is, with lee shores and a dip down to 46º south.
Better than a dating app
There have been too many people met, relationships forged and sailing bonds made at the Latitude 38 Crew List parties over the years to mention.
Shootin' the Breeze
“Changing Conditions” in Humboldt Bay If you’re planning on sailing into Humboldt Bay in the next few days or weeks, the Coast Guard is urging extreme caution.
One of the books that inspired us as kids was the story of Tinkerbelle, which chronicles the voyage of Robert Manry who sailed his 13.5-ft sloop from Falmouth, Massachusetts, to Falmouth, England, in 1965.
sailing open house
It was like going to your best friend’s house where they have every fun toy you can imagine in their toy box.
Hot of the Presses
Here are a few quotes from the March issue of Latitude 38, which is hitting newsstands as we write: “In some terms, there’s never going to be a chance again to sail on multi-million dollar boats with some of your best friends in the world and no owner, no one paying the bills, and no one paying you.
Free screening of Master and Commander at Spaulding Marine Center, Sausalito, Friday, March 1, at 7 p.m.
On the last day of February, US Sailing returned to the St. Francis Yacht Club to present the awards for 2018 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman (actually women) of the Year. Among sailing luminaries spotted in the crowd…
Changes in Latitudes
The Bocas del Toro archipelago of the Caribbean Panama is best known for its beautiful cruising grounds and surfing spots, but not so much as a racing venue.
Shootin' the Breeze
Well, it looks like it’s going to rain for the rest of time here in the Bay Area.
Most people don’t know how inaccessible our world is until they experience their own limitations with mobility or someone tells them about it. The RYC hoist project was inspired by a friend of many and force of nature. As an accomplished adaptive/para sailor…
Master and Commander
We hope that you join us this Friday, March 1, at Spaulding Marine Center at 6:30 p.m.
We’ve seen wild winter weather all over the West Coast in the last few weeks.
This isn’t a new story. It’s an old story that is evolving before our very eyes.
Spaulding Marine Center invites you to a free screening of Master and Commander.
Schedule of Regattas
Many Midwinter Series will sail their final races in March. You can find a pretty darn comprehensive list in our Calendar. At least one Beer Can Series will begin in March. Wednesday night racing in Santa Cruz resumes as soon as Daylight Saving Time begins.
When the schooners expected for the America’s Schooner Cup cross the startline, they will represent centuries of sea time and a living snapshot of the West Coast’s sailing heritage.
Bay Area Waterfront
On Monday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m., the City of Alameda will continue to discuss the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a boatyard operator at the new Alameda Marina.
Spring is for Sea of Cortez Charters & Lessons
Sail a Small Boat Day
On Saturday, February 23, Richmond Yacht Club is inviting anyone interested in trying out sailing on small boats to their well-rehearsed Sail a Small Boat Day. This successful format has introduced thousands of non-sailors to sailing the Bay. We should mention — it's free.
Where skippers meet crew
Is your fondest dream to sail the seven seas in a life of adventure and exploration? To demolish the competition on the race course, freeing the fierce warrior within?
Nonstop Around the Islands
It was the Multi70 Maserati in a duel against the MOD70 Argo. The two combatants ripped up the islands tour, hitting speeds of 30 knots. Maserati led at Guadeloupe by 12 miles.
Shooting the Breeze
Jeanne Socrates Is Out of Africa About two weeks ago (on February 4), we got an email from Jeanne Socrates.
Sailing San Francisco Bay
This winter has been pretty wet and wild. The forecast for the Corinthian Midwinters on February 16-17 was a little shaky. Right during the 13-division starting sequence on Saturday, a squall burst through the starting area.
Started by the California Division of Boating and Waterways in 1999, the Dockwalker Program encourages people to get trained as certified partners who “inspire and educate boaters to be safe and environmentally sound.
As we puttered along, the call suddenly went out to "Pull the sheet." In fact, along with the many large logs and other debris being washed into the Bay, was a large sheet of plastic that needed rescuing.
Drain the Swamp
Over the last few years, we’ve been reporting on the issue of privatizing weather forecasting.
Offshore Racing Rule
This Wednesday evening, the St. Francis Yacht Club will offer a free seminar, Understanding ORR & ORR-EZ Rating Rules.
Come to Latitude 38's Spring Crew List Party, Thursday, March 7, 6-9 p.m. at Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco.
Race to Hawaii
The 50th Transpac Race to Honolulu will start from Los Angeles this July, but the 100th entry came from the San Francisco Bay Area. Chris Welsh's classic Spencer 65 Ragtime…
If you are one of the many sailors making plans to participate in this fall’s Baja Ha-Ha XXVI — more than 10,000 sailors on over 3,000 boats have preceded you in the last 25 years — please note that the event will start a week later than in recent years.
SailGP racing on six foiling F50 catamarans is off and running. The event ran three races yesterday afternoon (February 15 in Australia). Three more races are on the schedule for today.
Always the 15th
The ad deadline for the March Classy Classifieds is today, February 15, at 5 p.m.