Six Metre Racing
An 89-year-old lady recently won New York Yacht Club's Annual Regatta in Newport, RI. The lady in question, the Classic Six Metre Lucie, was skippered by Craig Healy.
"Here's how we ended our Transpac this year: Less than 188 miles to Diamond Head, we were forced to retire," says Don Ford, trimmer aboard the Beneteau First 40.7 Onde Amo.
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A Delivery up the Coast
Recently I was given the opportunity to sail from Santa Cruz to Sausalito aboard Call of the Sea’s schooner Seaward. Was I excited? You bet. I had never sailed outside the Gate.
The Latitude Movie Club
As the curtains drew back and the theater went dark, Maiden opened with footage of meaty Southern Ocean waves, old boats with archaic Kevlar sails, dramatic, crescendoing music, and the movie’s protagonist, Tracy Edwards, whom we caught silent glimpses of in the many countenances that defined her groundbreaking roles throughout the movie: determined, joyous, fierce, deeply stressed, and, occasionally, in tears.
Hot Off the Presses
Here are a few morsels from the soon-to-hit-a-newsstand-or-digital-device-near-you August issue of Latitude 38.
Late Monday, we got an email from Jeanne Socrates, who’s been aboard her Najad 380 Nereida for over nine months in an attempt to become the oldest person to sail alone, nonstop and unassisted, around the world.
Rowing for Awareness
Alex Bellini, a self-described adventurer, speaker and mental coach, is looking for a ride to the Pacific gyre, and he’s willing to pay his way.
The city of Sausalito is about to begin a pilot program that would place long-term anchor-outs in liveaboard slips in local marinas.
Accident on the Bay
On Saturday, the Coast Guard rescued three people near the Carquinez Bridge in Vallejo after their 36-foot motorboat collided with the eastern jetty near the entrance of the Napa River.
Huge savings are just around the corner. August 2-4, 10% off your regular price, anything in the store (restrictions apply).
So many races…
This month, a fleet of California El Toros sailed across the Pacific (aboard a container ship), headed for Kaneohe, on the east coast of Oahu, for their Nationals on August 1-4.
Love on the Water
“A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind,” said Webb Chiles.
Wooden Boats in SoCal
Santa Monica Bay is known for advocating RRS number 1 ("the wind shall quit immediately after the start of the race"). No such rule applied on the July 20th running of the wooden hull One More Time Regatta.
Photographers covering the Transpac Race to Honolulu often capture a scene that includes a finishing boat, a red buoy, and, in the distance and looking remarkably small, a lighthouse perched on a low ridge below the looming peak of Diamond Head.
What's in a Nombre?
Is there an unspoken tradition that some boat names have a certain amount of “punny-ness” to them?
Shootin' the Breeze
An Unconventional Lifesaving Measure A few weeks ago, we received a letter from a reader in San Diego about an auxiliary type of personal flotation device.
The Kamikaze Wind
Some wonderful photos, taken by Junichi Hirai, have been piling up in our inbox from the Laser Radial Worlds in Miho Bay, Japan. They are too good not to share with our readers.
Washing Waxing Varnishing
Westwind Washing, Waxing, Varnishing. Serving the Bay Area for more than 25 years.
Hawaii's Pineapple Island
We went to investigate what changes Larry Ellison has made to the island since he purchased a 97% stake of it in 2012. We met Joelle, who was hard at work cleaning up the neglect and transforming the slice of paradise into a functioning and well-managed marina.
A couple of days after the biggest and fastest yachts started to trickle into Honolulu in the 50th running of the Transpac race, the flood gates have fully opened with the bulk of the fleet beginning to arrive on Sunday.
San Diego Sailing
There aren’t many dinghy regattas that bring in hundreds of boats, have a mix of juniors and seniors, and sail the entire length of a bay over several hours.
Rates, rental forms and details on what Brickyard Cove has to offer.
Sacramento River Rally
It was a Dark ’n’ Stormys kinda night when the newest boat owner in the Bay Area J/24 fleet shared a bit about his family history and mentioned: “My family has a house on the Sacramento Delta. It has an excellent Jacuzzi.”
Early Arrivals in Hawaii
The festivities surrounding the 50th edition of the Transpac race have kicked into high gear with the arrival of the first four yachts into Honolulu.
Inland Cruising Rally
Sailors from Stewball, Jackie-Oh, Toucan, Hat Trick and Stink Eye represented the Delta Doo Dah at Saturday's Doo Dah Bach & Delta Artfest, hosted by Delta Bay Marina off the San Joaquin River on Isleton's Delta Loop.
Race to Benicia
Downwind sailing at its best. A 26-mile race from SF to Benicia on August 31. Enjoy warm weather and great wind.
Latitude Nation — A few months ago, we received a query from Ben Shaw, the host of the Out The Gate Sailing podcast and East Coast transplant: “I’m looking for advice from Latitude 38 readers — that learned, well-informed, enlightened, and competent community — about trucking boats.
College Admissions Scandal
What’s going on at the Stanford boathouse? It’s a question that the New York Times recently asked in the wake of the college admissions scandal that led to the firing of Stanford’s 11-year head coach John Vandemoer.
Arrivals Back in SoCal
While many teams are arriving back to California with wounded boats, or in the case of one team, no boat at all, a trio of MOD70s at the front of the fleet is beginning to line up their approach.
America's Cup Hall of Fame
The America's Cup Hall of Fame recently announced the induction of William T. Trenkle of San Diego. The first class of inductees included Trenkle's longtime America's Cup skipper, Dennis Conner.
Savings plus BBQ
Save the date for huge savings: August 2-4.
The World Sailing Trust has launched a global survey on women in sailing, looking at trends within sailing and the wider industry around gender disparity.
Understanding the problem
What's the best solution to the plastic plague endemic to our modern lives? If we could wave a magic wand, should we pluck up every last piece of plastic from the ocean?
Carnage in Race to Hawaii
Like the smaller boats that started Wednesday, the later starters have been plagued by rudder problems that have sent multiple boats back to port. None is more surprising than…
Ride 'em cowboy
Here’s your World Famous Latitude 38 July Caption Contest(!), brought to us by the fantastic Instagram account, Pitch Pole Central.
KKMI cures the Summertime Blues
Bay Area Classics
Saturday saw San Francisco Bay filled with classic sailing beauty and much excitement for the Belvedere Classic hosted by San Francisco Yacht Club (SFYC).
Sailing San Francisco Bay
The San Francisco Bay Area is a fantastic place to live, especially if you have a way to get out and sail.
The 50th running of the Transpac got underway on Wednesday afternoon in classic Southern California conditions, with light winds, flat water and sunny skies.
Jeanne Socrates has been at sea for 281 days. That’s over nine months, which represents the beginning, middle and end of several sports seasons, and gestation of a human being.
2019 Hurricane Season
In the 1990 film Havana, Robert Redford’s character says, “A butterfly can flutter its wings over a flower in China and cause a hurricane in the Caribbean .
When West Meets East
Bay Area resident and sailor Dick Enersen, who grew up sailing from age 8 in Tiburon, is back at it.