Limbo Under the Golden Gate
Three of the largest cranes in the U.S. have a new home in the Port of Oakland. When the cranes are finally installed at the Port, they will soar more than 400-feet above the wharf.
New Year New Issue
We worked extra hard to ensure we kept bringing you a fresh edition of the Bay Area's favorite sailing magazine every month. And now we bring you the first 2021 issue of 'Latitude 38'.
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How to Race in the New Year
The new, 2021 race calendar is packed with events including the Three Bridge Fiasco, California Offshore Race Week, the Transpac, Rolex Big Boat Series plus midwinters, beer can races, offshore racing and a solid, line-up of fun and challenging weekends.
Hands Free Sailing
Natasha, who has quadriplegic athetoid cerebral palsy, left Gran Canaria, Spain as part of the 2020 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) fleet. And on December 11, the skipper and her crew crossed the finish line in St Lucia after 18 days, 21 hours and 39 minutes at sea.
Catching More Than Just The Breeze
Mike Pouliot had the good fortune to be out sailing on the Bay midweek, aboard his Yankee 30 'Emerald'. As an added bonus, he managed to catch a good feed of crabs along the way.
Nonstop Solo Circumnavigation
Whitall Stokes and his Open 50 Sparrow made it around Cape Horn on December 26 in an attempt to sail a singlehanded and nonstop eastabout circumnavigation starting from and returning to San Francisco.
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Still Thinking About Sailing
We're never far away from sailing, despite being far from the ocean, high in the mountains and surrounded by fresh snow. The neighbor next door has a Hobie Cat in the back yard, waiting for the spring.
January Events Preview
Midwinter race series continue, with some modifications due to the pandemic. Be on the lookout for late changes due to stay-at-home orders during this surge.
Winter days are good sailing days on the Bay, and you don't even need to own a boat to enjoy them. Dana Dupar crewed aboard 'Irie' and sent us these photos.
A Surfing Trip Gone Wrong
There were about 20 young Indonesian crewmembers — none spoke English, none knew how to swim, and all were in a state of panic, running back and forth.
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Riding to SF by Boat
In 2009, a new ferry in Berkeley seemed all but inevitable. One of the concerns with the 2009 proposal was additional dredging of a second channel angling from the main marina thoroughfare.
Solo Nonstop Round-the-World Race
More than 45 days into the ninth edition of the Vendée Globe, Yannick Bestaven on Maître CoQ IV continues to lead the race and now threatens to break away.
Merry Christmas sailors! We wish you all the best of fun and happiness for the days ahead, and we hope you get to go sailing.
The Bay Area Waterfront
As ferry service in the Bay Area continues to expand, Berkeley Marina is considering a new ferry terminal located on the now-shuttered University Avenue Pier to service a route to San Francisco.
What's Old Is New Again
The 36th America’s Cup began in earnest this past weekend with the Prada America’s Cup World Series on Waitemata Bay in Auckland, New Zealand.
Ewol Propellers introduces the E3, the smallest of the Ewol propeller line. Small but powerful, it’s suitable for boats from 6 to 10 meters and engines from 7 to 30 hp.
Fiji Reels In Wake of Yasa
The category 5 cyclone Yasa was originally predicted to go right over the main island of Viti Levu — meaning Vuda Marina and Port Denarau — and would have affected most of the cruising boats in the area.
Regatta Schedule Adjustments
"There appears to be little chance that the regulations will ease before the regatta date. Regrettably, we are canceling the January 1 regatta."
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Category 5 Storm
The South Pacific island nation of Fiji is recovering from what is being called the most powerful cyclone to ever develop in the region.
New Record Attempt
Some time ago traveling from New York to San Francisco by sail was a very popular thing. You only had two choices to get to the gold: Walk or sail.
Dock with Berkeley Marina and join a community that shares your love of the water. Escape the urban jungle and let the wind take you on your next adventure.
Finally the racing begins
The results are in from the first two days of the Prada America's Cup World Series Auckland. New York Yacht Club's American Magic and Emirates Team New Zealand are tied…
The Bay Area Shoreline
In late October, former Latitude 38 managing editor — and current freelancer — Tim Henry sat down with Out The Gate host Ben Shaw to discuss Tim's three-plus years on the local "waterfront beat."
To Mexico And Onwards
If you do a Baja Ha-Ha, or if you did the Nada Ha-Ha because there wasn't an official Baja Ha-Ha this year, be careful, because you may be in for a much longer adventure than you anticipated.
Keeping an Eye on Ocean Trash
If you see debris from your boat, during a beach walk, or even on a social media post, share the details using the Floating Marine Plastic Debris Accumulation Reporting Tool.
Spaulding Marine Center’s Boatworks 101 is an innovative new apprenticeship program for young apprentices who will spend nine months training at Spaulding Marine Center and six months rotating through partner-employer boatyards throughout the Bay Area.
It's airtime for the America's Cup
The Prada America’s Cup World Series Auckland and the Prada Christmas Race run from December 17 to December 20, meaning the racing starts this evening at 9 p.m. on the West Coast of the US.
Solo Race to Hawaii
The Singlehanded Transpacific Yacht Race had been scheduled to run in summer 2020. But the Singlehanded Sailing Society had to postpone it until 2021, mostly due to quarantine requirements on the Hawaii side.
Sailing in the Snow and Ice
It can be hard to understand why some would choose to sail north until you see the raw beauty of the anchorages. Yes, it's cold, but if you're looking to get away from it all, this is the way to succeed.
Getting the Rub on Protection
I added these chafe guards in the spring of 2016. They are still intact, serving their purpose after somewhere around one hundred evenings at anchor in a large variety of conditions, some of them quite extreme.
As an essential business, we want you to know that we are here to (safely) help you keep your boat ready to shelter in place on the Bay and beyond. Wishing you a safe, sane and happy Holiday Season!
On Friday, after a little more than 16 days at sea, skipper Thomas Coville and crew decided to end their try for the Trophée Jules Verne on Sodebo Ultim 3.
Dramatic Rescue in San Francisco Bay
Niklas Hache was singlehanding his 22-ft Santana outside Berkeley Marina when his boom swung and knocked him overboard. The current and the cold water quickly conspired to create a life-threatening situation for the 32-year-old sailor.
Latitude 38’s Classy Classifieds is the place to buy or sell boats – as well as marine gear, trailers, liferafts, boat partnerships, trades and more.
When Old Meets New
If you had been sailing or motoring on the Oakland Estuary in the past few weeks, you might have imagined you were seeing an apparition — not just one 19th-century tall ship in dry dock, but two.
Solo Nonstop Circumnavigation
Whitall Stokes and his Open 50 Sparrow are well on their way to Cape Horn and the Southern Ocean. If all goes well, he'll be back in San Francisco sometime in April.
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New Racing Rules for 2021
In the December issue of Latitude 38, Max Ebb and Lee Helm debated sailing rules as they appear in the new 2021 rule book. Did you take the quiz?
Meet the Sailing Press
"It's 5 o'clock somewhere..." Join Spinsheet's Zoom Happy Hour today at 2 p.m. and meet the sailing press. BYO Mai Tai!
Jean Le Cam on board Yes We Cam! is continuing his ultra-impressive Vendée Globe. He's waiting on a jury decision as to how much redress he will receive after rescuing PRB’s Kevin Escoffier.
The World Famous L38
December is here, and we're excited to bring you another fun Caption Contest(!). Give us your best shot ....
Shelter-in-Place Special: $10 for 3 Months
Our Shelter-in-Place special is back for the winter. Get Latitude 38 delivered to your home for January, February and March, and sip on whatever you like.
Taking a Different Stroke on Giving
This year the Santas are collecting toys for children who use the pediatrics wing of the St Anthony Foundation's Medical Clinic.
Aussie Skipper to Helm US Boat
Jimmy Spithill has signed as CEO and helm of the United States SailGP Team. Spithill will lead the American team vying for the $1 million prize…
Some but not all races canceled
After a relatively stable couple of months, the most recent health orders in the state of California and most Bay Area counties have race committees once again scrambling to adjust to the ongoing pandemic.
Getting to Know the Locals
I learned basics from my father, but did not really learn to sail until my junior year of high school, when I was invited by a couple of family friends to sail with them to New Zealand on the Cal 36 Flight.
Stars+Stripes Makes It Official
It's official — America's Cup 36 Challenger Stars+Stripes won't be headed to Auckland from Long Beach later this month.
Enjoy a 'One Week Take Over' vacation in Loreto, Baja California Sur.
Would You Sail to These Times?
What creates the anomaly in the time progression of West Coast tides?
Out and About with Latitude
Our sales crew, Nicki and Mitch, went on a socially-distanced expedition around the East Bay to catch up with and meet some of our 'Latitude 38' distributors and readers.