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Refurbished and Ready to Sail
You may recall the story in the April, 2019, issue about the shipyard accident involving the historic working brigantine Vega. In a nutshell, during a routine haulout at a shipyard in Thailand, the carriage wheels on the marine railway collapsed and the 128-year-old wooden ship (built in 1892 in Norway as a Baltic and North Sea trader) rolled off and onto her port side.
Baja Ha-Ha
We hope to see you cruising in Mexico and enjoying La Buena Vida en El Mar. The people are fabulous, the country is gorgeous, and the cruising is fantastic.
Record Row Across Pacific Continues
Professional sailor Lia Ditton left San Francisco Bay on June 17 to embark on a  journey from the Bay Area to Hawaii. But instead of sailing, Lia is rowing the 2500 miles across the Pacific — solo.
USCG Invites Mariner Feedback
The USCG is conducting a Waterways Analysis and Management System Study on the Shallow Draft System (waters less than 12 feet deep), to make navigable waterways safer and more efficient.
T-shirt Winners Galore
Steve Lehmann is Latitude 38's latest Golden Ticket winner. Steve and his wife, Terri had spent the past five months in Utah. One of the first things they did when they returned to the Bay Area was pick up a copy of the magazine at Marina Village, Alameda. Inside was Steve's ticket to a free Latitude 38 t-shirt.
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Unusual Navigation Markers
There are a thousand reasons to keep a good lookout. Modern navigational aids and numerous digital devices continue to improve and reduce accidents at sea. Despite all that equipment, it remains very important to keep an eye ahead and even read the signs along the shore.
Crashboat Joins Bay Area's Historic Fleet
The San Francisco Bay area has many historic and treasured vessels of the World War II era: 'Jeremiah O'Brien' and 'Red Oak Victory', Potomac, and the submarine Pampanito. So when we received this story about the 1944 vessel 'Intrepid', we felt it was worth sharing with our sail-centric audience. 
Baja Ha-Ha
We hope to see you cruising in Mexico and enjoying La Buena Vida en El Mar. The people are fabulous, the country is gorgeous, and the cruising is fantastic.
Hurricane Season Active
This year's hurricane season is well underway, with five active disturbances being tracked in the Eastern Pacific and Atlantic regions. Earlier this week Hurricane Genevieve was listed as Category 4 but has been downgraded to a tropical storm as she moves northwest along the Baja coast.
Unmasking the Adjudicator Cohort
"It's not all 'masked men.' One thing that I love about this boat is the diversity and inclusion. We have an African American owner, a woman as a key part of our crew…"
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Marin to Caribbean to COVID
The Milum family, from Mill Valley, California, were in St.Thomas, looking forward to island-hopping through the Caribbean and back to the US in time for the fall school semester. Then COVID broke out...
Relief from the Smoke
When we think of clear, clean, fresh air the first thing that comes to mind is sailing on San Francisco Bay. Apparently that's also true for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
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Teenaged Cruiser Dies in Moorea
In a tragic accident in Moorea on August 10, a young cruiser was killed after being hit by a speedboat. According to reports, Eddie Jarman, 14, was checking the anchor on his family’s UK-based Discovery 55 September a.m. in Opunohu Bay when he was struck.
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The Drua Experience
Na Lesu Tale, which translates to The Homecoming, will be the first time that a Fijian Drua has sailed back to the Lau Group of islands in modern history.
Heat Wave Sailing
If you were fortunate enough to have access to a sailboat this past weekend, the Bay was the only place to be. It was simply the best you could do to avoid the heatwave swelter ashore.
Adults Enjoy the Sailing Bug
A recent field trip with Treasure Island Sailing provided the ideal opportunity to experience sailing a Bug — a boat that is not usually recommended for adults.
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Commentary
This November, Bay Area residents living in Ward #1 of the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) will have an important ballot choice to make for the Director of that ward. That seat was held for many years by Whitney Dotson
A New One-Design Class Racer
A yacht design icon and a construction icon will take a mid-size boat to Moore races in Moore places. “It’s going to be a sexy Italian-inspired hotrod!”
COVID Threatens Local Camp
Recently a participant in Call of the Sea's “Young Salts Adventure Camp” program tested positive for COVID-19. The person had shown no symptoms and was tested along with the rest of his family as part of their own precautionary protocol.
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Expansive water and San Francisco views are the star in the spacious great room, featuring a custom kitchen, dining, sitting, and game area.
Cruising South of the Border
Yacht clubs are wondering whether to run races, junior sailing programs are navigating proper protocols, boat shows are being postponed and racing has been severely curtailed. And the Grand PooBah is holding off until October 1st to decide on whether to run the 27th annual Baja Ha-Ha.
Mark Your Calendar
Even when San Francisco's summer chill returns, sipping a rum cocktail will conjure images of swinging in a hammock in a tropical anchorage.
The World Famous L38
Here's your August Caption Contest(!). This video and subsequent still photos went viral a few months ago, inspiring our non-sailing, non-boating friends to send us the footage.
An Actual In-Person Event
With all other in-person events canceled for this year's Delta Doo Dah, we were pleased that Delta Bay Marina in Isleton was able to welcome about a half dozen boats and 20 fleet members.
IOFF Goes Virtual
The 17th Annual International Oceans Film Festival is on now. The event which usually runs in March has this year become a virtual event. In addition to the online screenings, the IOFF is hosting livestream interviews, Q&A sessions, and panel discussions with filmmakers.
GPS Spoofing
Back in June we ran a couple of stories about GPS 'spoofing'  — a series of incidents in which AIS was showing boats circling off of Pt. Reyes, while the vessels themselves were actually hundreds of miles away.
Hobie 16 North American Champ
This is a profile of a young man who found all of this before he was even 10 years old. Ben Brown took his first ride on a Hobie 20 with his grandfather.
Sailors Enjoy Mexico Sheltering
We recently received an email from Mike Carran, a California sailor who has spent most of this year sheltering-in-place, in Mexico, or as some of us might say, sheltering-in-paradise
Sailing Snippets
Let no one tell you sailing is boring. Over the past couple of weeks we've come across some stories that show the more unusual sailing — things that go on outside the straight forward cruising, racing and day sailing realm. So we've put together some of our favorite snippets from local waters and afar.
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Good News for Doublehanded Crews
The Yacht Racing Association has been hard at work on behalf of clubs and organizations around the area, helping to launch dozens of races. However, they had yet to launch their own YRA races — until now.
AC System or Not
One of the stories that caught our eye this month's edition of Latitude 38, is Clark Beek's discussion on upgrading your boat's AC system. "My electrical system is built around being out cruising, away from the grid."
Latitude Readers are Winners
Every month, as the new Latitude 38 magazine is printed and bundled up for distribution, we insert some Golden Tickets between the sheets before sending the issues out. The winners can choose between a Latitude 38 t-shirt or cap.
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