Second Annual #optsailing

We’ve been praying for rain, and it looks like we’re finally going to get it. Fingers crossed. The forecast calls for rain on Wednesday and ‘Black Friday’ — the day REI has designated as a day to #optoutside and that we’ve transmogrified to #optsailing. More »
Laser 28 Sonata

Meet Queen Alice

No, not that Queen Alice.© 2018 John Tenniel The Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay held their annual awards party at Berkeley Yacht Club yesterday afternoon. The switch from the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving to a Sunday afternoon was hugely successful. More »
Folkboat sailing

What’s Wrong with Folkboat Skippers?

We were browsing sailing photos from photographer and tireless race committee volunteer Roxanne Fairbairn when we noticed that something must be wrong with Folkboat skippers. It seems the crews do everything they can to get as far away from the skipper as possible. More »
Capsized trimaran

Capsize and Grounding in Route du Rhum

Hugo Boss Runs Aground The 11th edition of the Route du Rhum solo transatlantic race has continued to deliver thrilling surprises and heartbreaking blown leads, this time in the premier IMOCA 60 monohull fleet. More »

YRA Awards Party This Sunday

“It’s time for prize-giving for skippers and crew who sailed their boats well in a fairly windy year. The year started out with a bang — 33 knots of breeze with gusts into the high 30s for the first YRA Summer Series race,” reports Laura Muñoz, executive director of the Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay. More »
Gabart and Joyon

Astounding Route du Rhum Finish

The 11th edition of the Route du Rhum solo transatlantic race has been a barn-burner since the get-go, with just two boats in contention to finish first since the early stages. More »
Cal 20

Season of Women Sailors

The past few weeks have seen a flurry of women’s regattas in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Southland. Here we check in on a few of them. Linda Elias Women’s One-Design (LEMWOD) Regatta Team Newport Harbor Yacht Club won the 27th annual Linda Elias Memorial One Design regatta, organized and sponsored by the Long Beach/Los Angeles Women’s Sailing Association and hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club on October 14. More »
Dismasted Class 40

Carnage Mounts in Route du Rhum

This 11th edition of the Route du Rhum solo transatlantic race has been a challenging one for the competitors and their boats. Autumn has set in across western Europe and the North Atlantic ocean, and the weather pattern has been one depression after another. More »
Jean Luc Van Den Heede

Golden Globe Leader Suffers Knockdown

  Just as we were finishing up this morning’s ‘Lectronic Latitude, we received a “Stop Presses” email from the Golden Globe solo around-the-world race. Jean-Luc Van Den Heede (aka VDH) was leading his seven remaining competitors by more than 2,000 miles when he suffered a knockdown today aboard Matmut. More »
Charal, foiling

The Route du Rhum Spectacle

Perhaps the biggest race most Americans have never heard of is about to get underway in France. A spectacle like no other, the quadrennial Route du Rhum singlehanded transatlantic race begins this Sunday, November 4, in Saint-Malo, a Breton port city on France’s north coast. More »