Van Ommen Returns to Cape Charles
Last week we received a letter from Jack Van Ommen saying he is back in Cape Charles, VA after a four-month stint in the Caribbean.
A Fast Romp on the Bay
Ten family-crewed Islander 36s met under the western span of the Bay Bridge to take a tour of the San Francisco Bay to celebrate Summer Sailstice on June 20.
Racing Can Resume on San Francisco Bay
We were happy to get the notice below yesterday afternoon from Laura Muñoz of the Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay. The quick news is that racing is now allowed. But there are important details…
Angela Madsen, a 60-year-old paraplegic who was attempting to become the oldest woman to row alone from California to Hawaii, was found dead floating next to her boat approximately 1,000 miles from Hawaii, according to the New York Post.
Online Regatta for Kids
Although St. Francis Yacht Club may not be able to host its signature Opti Heavy Weather Regatta on the Bay, that doesn’t mean the kids can’t race. As with many regattas, this one has moved online.
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Blue Lanes
A bit of good news for cruising sailors out there: The South Pacific island nation of Fiji once again opens its doors to cruising yachts and super-yachts.
Singlehanded Sailor's Weekend Adventure
On Memorial Day weekend, singlehander Graeme Lowe decided to attempt a “crazy but incredible” race against time. The skipper of the Berkeley-berthed Baltic 38 Merope had been planning a solo passage to Drake’s Bay over late May's holiday weekend,
A Question for the Nation
“Attached is a photo taken from the El Cerrito hills, on the Bay, in the late afternoon of May 24 — I’ve seen this phenomenon many times but this is the first time I documented it,” wrote Larry Radcliffe.
Schedule Adjustments
We'll lead off with some good news: "A muffled cheer may be heard around the docks. The Coast Guard has resumed permitting of racing on the Bay…"
20th Anniversary
Summer will officially start this Saturday, June 20, and with it, on the longest day of the year, we celebrate the Summer Sailstice.
Virtual Regatta
This year’s Transpac Tahiti race had to be postponed, but nearly 42,000 'armchair racers' took part in a virtual version of the 4,500-mile competition.
The World Famous L38
Here’s your June Caption Contest(!). Don’t forget to check the July issue for the winner, and top 10 runner-uppers.
Global Celebration of Sailing
Summer Sailstice was founded to get more people sailing and to connect sailors to start their summer of sailing 'together' on the solstice
An Abrupt Sponsorship End
One of the most prolific sponsorships in all of sailing has come to an abrupt end. French insurance company MACIF has withdrawn from racing maxi-trimarans, cutting loose their skipper, François Gabart.
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Summer Sailing Camp Ready For Summer
The official start of summer is just around the corner, and for many young Bay Area sailors, this is the time they would usually put down their pencils — or these days, devices — pack their sailing kits, and join their friends for the seemingly endless days of summer-camp fun.
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For your viewing pleasure
Latitude Nation — For your viewing pleasure, here’s a mini-documentary of Sausalito super-sailor Lauren de Remer.
Summer Sailstice/YRA Photo Treasure Hunt
Recently, US Sailing VP Rich Jepsen recalled Bay Area legend Tom Blackaller saying, "Why would anyone ever just go sailing?" When racers are forced to relax they get all stressed out.
Misplaced AIS Vessels Hacker Theory
Sailor-turned-game developer Scott Goffman says he's working on a project in which he inadvertently replicated almost the exact opposite scenario from what he thinks may have resulted in the now-nicknamed "AIS crop circles."
Boat-in Dining
What are your favorite waterfront restaurants that offer space to tie up a boat or are located less than three blocks from a marina?
The Weekend Report
Sailors will no doubt debate the particulars of any given moment of weather, but there was some consensus that the preceding three days of wind, which blew from the north-northwest and was marked by 30-plus-knot gusts, was more characteristic of early spring than early June.
Saildrone
Scientists Turn to Alameda’s Saildrone This week is World Oceans Week. One of our friends shared this story on social media, and we could not resist passing it along.
Schedule Updates and More
Stockton Sailing Club and Richmond Yacht Club canceled June 6's Delta Ditch Run. However, someone forgot to tell the social-bubble crews of 10 Moore 24s and a Melges 24.
Solo Circumnavigator
At a time when organized racing has been curtailed and sailing with household members is the current guideline, we thought we'd remind you of the thoughts Webb Chiles shared…