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February Issue Hits the Docks

The flip of the calendar from January to February brings with it the February issue of Latitude 38, making its way around Bay Area docks today in advance of the next swarm of rainstorms. As always, it has also been mailed to subscribers and shipped to distributors throughout North America. It will also be posted online.

Our February cover captures the excitement of a J/105 race start.

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Within its pages you’ll find the return of our Boat of the Month feature, this time delving into the J/105 mystique. Reader response for How I Learned to Sail was so enthusiastic that we’ve split it into two parts, the first running this month. Next, we meet the French-American Screve family — the parents are cruisers while the sons are championship racers.

Sightings items include three round-the-world records broken, visits to Moore Sailboats and Berkeley Marine Center to view work in progress, info about April’s Pacific Sail and Power Boat Show and March 8’s Latitude 38 Crew List Party, and stories about jumping the Pacific Puddle and liveaboards racing to Clipper Cove.

In a collision of old and new technologies, Max Ebb learns how to use a digital camera as a sextant. Racing Sheet takes on the Rolex Sydney Hobart, various Bay Area midwinters and a SoCal tradition. World of Charter examines the Wonders of Windjamming in Downeast Maine and Caribbean regattas for bareboaters. Calendar, Letters, Changes in Latitudes, Classy Classifieds and display advertising round out the issue — but wait! There’s more! February marks the return of our Loose Lips column.

So now, when the rain comes, at least you have some reading material.

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While revving up to celebrate Latitude 38 magazine‘s 40th anniversary this spring, we’ve been reflecting on many past adventures of West Coast sailors, as well as unique Latitude offerings such as our long-established Crew List — which aims to connect potential crew with skippers in need.
Defending skipper Jimmy Spithill and challengers Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy, Dean Barker, Franck Cammas and … um, someone’s missing.