On Saturday, James Harden DeWitt passed away at the age of 92. He was a giant in the Bay Area sailing world as a racer, sailmaker and painter, a true Renaissance man who wore his passions on his sleeve.
From fiction to nonfiction, classics to underground favorites, history and how-to's, navigating and maintenance, racing and cruising, triumph, tragedy and the joys of cruising, there is something for every sailor and every season.
After departing from Berkeley Marina five days earlier, the final destination was Ventura. Santa Barbara had not been on the itinerary. I was struck by how close Santa Barbara was to the ocean.
Looking at the tall peaks on San Miguel, it was easy to imagine plate tectonics, geysers of liquid hot magma, and the fiery innards of the Earth rising into islands and mountains.
We will take this seasonal moment to contemplate the Channel Islands, and the mainland cities near them, as if we were back in 2020 when the "staycation" offered sailors self-isolated silver linings at local destinations.
After an Alameda houseboat marina proposed raising berth rates fees this summer, a series of events at both the city and state level have led to rent control for the majority of floating-homes — about 500 — in the Bay Area.
As we have mentioned before, we often use the "Osprey Cam," which can be found at sfbayospreys.org, to check the wind in the East Bay.
The United States spends more than 10% of its federal budget, and nearly half of its discretionary spending, on the military, and one of the apparent benefits of this staggering investment is the humanitarian component.
Ah, the majestic sea lion, nature's lethargic, barking pile of blubber, who — like a pack of sun-starved, snowbird tourists — can turn docks into lounge chairs and laze in the sun for hours. Sure, this might be an unflattering description of one of God's creatures (both sea lions and tourists), but there's no doubt that pinnipeds and sailors' habitats have a tendency to overlap. How close is too close?
In May, 'Margaritaville at Sea Paradise' set sail from Palm Beach to Grand Bahama, marking the launch of Jimmy Buffett's Margarita at Sea cruise line. "To me, the only thing better than being on a beach by the ocean, is to be on the ocean."
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