New Year's Stories
The afternoon of January 1 brought a slightly overcast 55-degree day with fickle winds between zero and 23 knots.
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Always Ready
Three sailors were rescued on Sunday after a joint operation by the Coast Guard and two good Samaritans on commercial vessels who retrieved the crew of the 42-ft sailing vessel Coco Haz III.
Daysailing into 2020
While several Master Mariners boats were sailing to and from Clipper Cove, several others sailed in to form raft-ups. Others were already anchored there, having spent the night to watch San Francisco's New Year's Eve fireworks.
Navigator Stan Honey
Just as 2019 draws to a close, so too does this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart race. Often referred to as "the great race," this 75th edition was once again proof of why.
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The Twelve Months of Latitude
We're about to launch into a new year and new decade with lots of sailing ahead. Before we do we wanted to share a look back at the past year.
My family and I have avidly followed YouTube channel Ran Sailing for several years since this Swedish couple, Johan and Malin, untied the lines and set sail from Sweden in winter 2016.
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January Preview
Though most Midwinter series in Northern California started in November or December, a few more join the fun in January.
Epic Racing Down Under
When we say "armchair racing," you might picture scooting armchairs around the living room in an attempt to be the first to the holiday gifts. Although that's an amusing visual, this is something to divert your attention when you've had a bit of holiday overload and are ready for a yachty distraction.
Buoy Wrangling
Buoys, whether on the ocean or the Bay, are ravaged by big tidal flows, big waves and occasional bumps by boats large and small, and sit in a corrosive saltwater environment. The combination of forces exerted on buoys means that they are sometimes dislodged from their positions, sometimes to be found lying on a Bay shore or sometimes never seen again.
This Is Not a Good Sign
Jim Hancock has been a busy guy. How do we know? He sent us the photo below of his dockline sprouting grass after our seasonal rains. That's not a good sign for someone we know who loves to be sailing the Bay.
San Francisco Bay Racing
Thirty-nine boats came out to enjoy some of the finest Midwinter racing ever. We were able to start on time. The 10-15 knots of wind came from the same place all day. It was fantastic!
But the fire is so delightful
It’s windy. And it’s gonna rain. Rapidly spreading crappy weather with a high chance for dreary later today.
A Shift in the Lineup
SailGP announced the addition of the Spain SailGP Team to the global championship’s Season 2 lineup. Replacing China, Spain will join Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States.
The Tall-Ship Circuit
Krista Swedberg caught the sailing bug early. Starting out as a little girl aboard her parents’ Santa Cruz-based Islander 40, she remembers trips every summer south to Monterey and north into the Delta.
The Call of the Sea
The annual West Coast Mexico migration covered in the pages and pixels of Latitude 38 has been on people’s sailing calendar for decades or even a lifetime.
One-Design Regatta in Miami
Although the California climate offers plenty of opportunities for winter sailing, many West Coast cruisers flee south to the warmer environs of Mexico and beyond. Another option is to head east.
Ron Holland Design
In the mid-'70s legendary yacht designer Ron Holland drew up a 40-footer for Belvedere sailor Dave Allen. Holland's then-brother-in-law Gary Carlin built her in 1976 in Florida.
Marketing Assistant Wanted
Latitude 38 is currently looking for an enthusiastic sailor to work with us full-time in our Mill Valley office as an assistant in marketing, communications and events.