Another Boat Hits the Bottom
A sailboat exploded and sank on Richardson Bay, alarming nearby residents. Fortunately there were no serious injuries.
New Vessel to Tackle Floating Plastics
The SeaCleaners has unveiled the Manta, a giant catamaran designed to collect and process large quantities of floating plastic macro-waste at sea.
The California Boater Card shows that its holder has successfully taken and passed a NASBLA/state-approved boater safety education examination.
The Dilemma of Casting Off
Sailors often ponder the question of whether to stay put, or sail away. Some know the answer before the question even arises, while others take time to deliberate. What would you do?
America's Cup Commentary
The America's Cup Event (ACE) has stirred up a hornet’s nest in what seems to be an attempt to slow down Challenger of Record (CoR) Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli's march to winning the Prada Cup.
The Cost of Anchored Unseaworthy Vessels
So far this year, at least 25 boats have gone adrift in Richardson Bay, many of which were not operable and were unseaworthy.
Searching for a Mentor
I want to sail so bad my stomach gets butterflies just thinking about it in my small apartment in the mountains of North Carolina.
Shop Latitude 38's Blow Out Sale and grab a bargain, or three!
The Resourceful Sailor Series
Adjusting the fine-tuning dial and tapping on the face used to get it to work. No longer. The needle made a hard stop at about 11 volts, and I knew this was wrong.
The opening weekend for the Prada Cup ended with Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli sweeping the first four races in dominant fashion over INEOS Team UK.
Spirited solo sailor takes on the world
Pip Hare was one of five finishers who crossed the line in the last 48 hours and is now resting securely after 95 days of solo racing.
New docks, a new boat, a new Latitude 38 hat! What a great start to the new year!
Join a 360 three-hour boat parade around Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island beginning at noon — clockwise. All boaters welcome.
DIY Boat Projects
Chris and Marissa Neely decided to replace the toe rail aboard their Cheoy Lee 41 with a bulwark — a long process, but worth the effort.
Italy vs. the United Kingdom
By reaching the Prada Cup Finals in the waters off Auckland, New Zealand, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli and INEOS Team UK have arrived on the porch step of the America's Cup Match.
Latitude 38 Classy Classifieds
Our deadline for the March issue is quickly approaching, get your ad in by this Monday, February 15th at 5 p.m. to see it in print as well as on our new website.
Sailors Helping Out in Mexico
While the word cruising suggests lounging on the aft deck or reading a book in a hammock, Fiesta de Veleros continues a long tradition of cruisers who appreciate the hospitality of the local Mexican community and give thanks by giving back.
The World Famous L38
Here is your February Caption Contest(!). Remember to check next month's Loose Lips for the winner.
Discover San Francisco Bay and all that inspires those of us who live or visit here.
Keeping up to Date with Boater Safety
Discover the findings of a USCG boater survey, and sign up for a boater safety course — both are interesting and helpful.
Safety at Sea Certification
US Sailing has updated the Safety at Sea certificate requirements and expiration dates in response to the pandemic.
HazMat Team Responds to Spill
We just got word from Richmond Yacht Club that there's been an oil spill at the Chevron Long Wharf just south of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.
A Sailor's Search for Spirit
Bobby Popoff is looking for SV Spirit, a 66-ft modified Monk design previously owned and built by Harold A Jones, former owner of Vancouver Tug (now SeaSpan).
The Pelican Project
Spaulding Marine Center has received DAS accreditation for its marine-technician apprenticeship program, Boatworks 101, and is seeking volunteers for The Pelican Project.
Enjoy KKMI's sweetheart deals on rigging. Call us to book your project today!
A Latitude Profile
In the February issue of Latitude 38, we profiled the sailor, retired sailmaker and not-retired-yet artist Jim DeWitt. We're sharing more images of them here.
Regattas and seminars
Corinthian Yacht Club (the one in Tiburon) says they're "slowly creeping back!" They invite racers to "Gear up for Valentine's Day with a vaguely heart-shaped pursuit race."
Sailing to Hawaii was not even Plan B for Frank and Mary Grace Stitch when they took possession of their new HH55 catamaran, Ticket to Ride.
The Resourceful Sailor Series
It came to my attention that the pushpit mounted propane tank obstructed the stern light's visibility. I decided a redesign was in order.
Join Modern Sailing's 3-part webinar series to help you prepare for destination day sails and multi-day cruising in the Bay Area.
Do you remember Popeye the Sailor Man comic strips and cartoons? In recent months we've noticed a circulating Facebook post that says Popeye was based on a real person.
He was an actor too
Hal Holbrook's obituary in the New York Times didn't mention that Hal did the SSS race to Kauai in 1980.
Fixing things in exotic places
The glorious Sea of Cortez is calling. It is as beautiful as always and unaffected by the pandemic. However, ashore in La Paz, COVID restrictions are in full force with masks required indoors and outdoors.
Solo Circumnavigation Attempt
The quest of a sailing record for Californian Whitall Stokes and his Open 50 Sparrow may be history, but they still have to get home. Whitall checked in with stories about the many repairs needed and the final countdown to departure from Puerto Williams, Chile.
Washing, waxing, varnishing. Serving the entire Bay Area for more than 30 years. “Everything looks great! It was a huge relief."
How many sailors have, or will at sometime move their boat across the land? Sailboats need to keep moving lest they become just one more among the many neglected or abandoned sailboats left to rot in some faraway yard.
Somewhere on Planet Earth
If you ever have that feeling that what you're seeing on your chart plotter doesn't appear to match up with what you're seeing with your eyes, you should pay attention.
Pricey Recovery For Stranded Vessel
A casualty of last Monday night's stormy conditions, the 44-ft Bobbie Ann tore loose from her mooring and was pushed across the bay to Del Monte Beach.
The month in sailing from our readers
We hope you enjoy our new Sailagram feed full of photos submitted by our readers, the real sailors that make our community so amazing.
Blue Element is excited to be offering a club experience like no other, and all the joys of sailing without the complications of full boat ownership.
“We just opened the door and they took the opportunity and walked right through it,” said American Magic's Terry Hutchinson.
With California's Regional Stay at Home orders lifted and helpful new guidelines from the Yacht Racing Association, regattas can resume. But race organizers are having to make some adjustments…
February Magazine Hits the Docks
February is here, and so is our second Latitude 38 magazine for 2021. Check it out!
Solo Round-the-World Race
The frontrunners in the Vendée Globe have returned to a hero’s welcome in France. In an unprecedented series of events, the third boat to finish has been declared the winner.
Browsing Through the Archives
We first wrote about Inverness sailor Milly Biller in July 1979 when she was engaged in "hard labor", repairing boats and practicing her craft at the upper end of the Richmond Boat Works railway.
We don't try to be the biggest ... but we passionately want to be the best.
Another of Sailing's Greats Recognized
Jack van Ommen has been awarded the Ocean Cruising Club's 2020 Jester Award in recognition of his years-long journey to circumnavigate the globe before his 80th birthday.
Forecasting More Than the Weather
One of the big challenges for race committees has been understanding the ever-changing guidelines regarding what's allowed in the Bay Area. Thanks to the Yacht Racing Association, that's now become somewhat easier.
Figure 8 Sailor Honored
Randall Reeves has been awarded the Cruising Club of America's (CCA) highest honor for his "first-of-its-kind circumnavigation."
Sailstice Sails On
Saturday was a beautiful day for sailing, but it was also bittersweet as we said goodbye to the boat we've enjoyed for the past 18 years of Bay and Delta cruising, racing and daysailing.
Are you an experienced rigger? Contact KKMI for an immediate start.
When the tide is going out, which is usually stronger due to the amount of rainfall and numerous rivers, all that water mass wants to get out to sea. Look at the chart and imagine all the blue stuff headed west — don't fight it, ride it.
January Finish in the North Atlantic
The top five boats are within 200 miles of the finish after over 24,000 miles of racing, and the leader, Charlie Dalin on Apivia, is within 40 miles and sailing at 18 knots.