Because of continued ensnarement in environmental litigation, skyrocketing costs of waterfront real estate, and dogged declining participation in both the sport and lifestyle of sailing, a group of lawmakers has quietly been discussing an outright ban on recreational boating in San Francisco Bay.
Hot Off the Presses
But seriously, folks, the April issue is out today, and it’s one of our favorite Latitudes ever.
Race After Work
If you're new to racing, beer cans are a great place to start. Pick a series that's convenient geographically, but also consider the race's culture. Some are more competitive than others; some have series scoring; some have daily prizes; some have overall awards.
Another Bay Area Boat Rounds the Horn Just over a week after Randall Reeves completed his carousel circuit of the Southern Ocean and made his second rounding of Cape Horn, another Bay Area boat was on his heels.
Pacific Sail & Power
Latitude Nation — As you may or may not know, the Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show is coming next week, April 4 to 7, at the Craneway Pavilion and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor in Richmond.
Keep rain out
April Showers Us with Regattas: All of a sudden our race calendar has gotten quite full.
Nacra 15 Qualifier
"We were nervous going into the second day. When we saw the forecast, we were super-excited.” The forecast called for a 15- to 20-knot westerly — classic Bay racing conditions.
Let's Have a Discussion
About 10 years, ago we hosted a group of six folks for a charter aboard ‘ti Profligate in the Caribbean.
Stunning Corinthian Island Waterfront Estate
The pressure to climb the pyramid, at the expense of long-term participation and well-rounded skill development, has parents, instructors and program leaders looking to US Sailing for guidance and a different approach. They've seen too many kids drop out.
A steampunk sailing adventure to celebrate the last weekend of winter, and the first really nice weekend for months.
A case of the mondays
On Monday’s we like to surf the www-dots to see what kind of sailing news percolated over the weekend.
Marine Flea Market
BYC Nautical Swap Meet on March 31: Buy, sell, trade.
Round the World Race
Since it began last July, we’ve been calling the 50th anniversary of the Golden Globe Race the most grueling ocean racing event in recent memory.
Offshore Yacht Racing
Of the 31 boats entered, 24 completed the 800-mile race. The Swan 60 Good Call! made a good call to hunt for some breeze offshore. The move paid off.
We got the following email from Randall Reeves not long after we posted ‘Lectronic on Wednesday: Well, Mo is around and has passed for the second time this passage under Cape Horn, thus completing her circuit of the Southern Ocean via the Capes, non-stop and solo.
Rates, rental forms and details on what Brickyard Cove has to offer.
Baja Ha-Ha Flashback
Tim Dick of the Lagoon 42 Malolo, who sailed in last fall’s Baja Ha-Ha, wrote in to send a few favorite photos of the trip south.
Boat Show Raffle
You saw it here first. Jim DeWitt painted this original watercolor, titled Kids at Play, specifically for the cover of our April issue. You could take home the framed painting. We'll conduct a raffle, with the proceeds benefitting Bay Area youth sailing programs.
Aussie 18 Racing
California sailor Katie Love is a woman on a mission. “I want to prove that women can sail 18-ft skiffs just as good as men.” To that end, the 30-year-old skipper left her job running tugs on the West Coast and went to Sydney, Australia, to compete in this year’s 18-footer racing season and JJ Giltinan Championships.
Calls for help answered
A few months ago, a Latitude reader asked what they should do with their used flares.
Get certified for bareboat catamaran cruising.
First Day of Spring
Today is the vernal equinox, the first day of spring, and, for most, the start of the peak sailing season. It's the day the sun crosses the equator from the Southern Hemisphere to the North just as members of the Pacific Puddle Jump fleet are doing the opposite — they are heading north to south.
"The season began with a postponement, a game of Sailor Soccer, and a longer postponement back at the docks. 0.5 knots of wind with 4.5 knots of ebb made it hard to get a race off."
Like most sailors, our maritime interests extend beyond sailing. And that news cycle has been eclectic lately. Here are just a few of the odd things that we’ve read about in the last few weeks…
Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show
See KKMI in Booth BU1 April 4-7
National Offshore One Design
Checking in with San Diego Yacht Club from the past three days of racing in the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta shows three days of tight racing in 12 one-design fleets.
With a little luck, the Matthew Turner has been coming along just fine. Thanks to Latitude guru John Skoriak for this epic shot.
"During the Wednesday evening race, on his Moore 24, Morpheus, Rick Srigley and crew encountered heavy weather. Rick was washed overboard off the transom. His crew attempted to recover him while calling the Coast Guard."
Always the 15th
The ad deadline for the March Classy Classifieds is today, February 15, at 5 p.m.
Jeanne Socrates is 160 days into her attempt to become the oldest person to sail nonstop and alone around the world. As it turns out, 160 days is the halfway point.
Starts in Newport Harbor Yacht Club's Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas International Yacht Race began yesterday and conclude (with the two-boat Multihull Division) on Sunday.
The head coach of Stanford University’s prestigious sailing team was indicted yesterday for accepting bribes to recruit students.
The World Famous L38
Aaaaaannnnnnnnnd here’s your March Caption Contest(!). Good luck! You can send your entries here, or comment below.
Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show April 4-7. Use discount code LATITUPBS19 for $2 off tickets purchased online.
Have you been daysailing on the Bay or cruising around the coast but thinking of starting a racing program? "We've got a seminar for you," says the Yacht Racing Association.
Do you know boatyard discharge has to be cleaner than drinking water? The water coming out of the hose going into the Bay is illegal. The same water from the same tap going into our water bottle is deemed safe for human consumption.
Nonstop Solo Circumnavigation
Uku Randmaa crossed the finish line at 9 a.m. UTC yesterday in the Golden Globe Race. Thousands of spectators lined the river entrance to welcome the 56-year-old Estonian solo circumnavigator.
At the end of February, the Bay Area’s Alan Olson won the 2018 Leadership Award from Tall Ships America.
Brickyard Cove Marina
The Boat Show
The upcoming Pacific Sail & Powerboat Show has more to offer than looking and shopping.
Resourceful sailor Joshua Wheeler was looking for an easier way to handle his gennaker while sailing shorthanded.