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Happening Right Now on San Francisco Bay

As we write these words and bang away on the keyboard, as the October issue of Latitude 38 is making its way to your local waterfront, mailbox and inbox, boats are making their way onto the water. Today marks the last day of the biennial International Folkboat Regatta, sailing out of Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon.

The Folkboat fleet makes its way onto the Bay as fog fills the horizon, suggesting a bit of wind is on the way. (The forecast suggests it, too.)
© 2023 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John

There’s actually a bit of wind in today’s weather reports — it may be summer making an encore and taking a bow with one final day of fog and snorting San Francisco sea breezes. Looking at today’s forecast, there is a sea of upper-atmosphere green enveloping the Bay around 2 p.m., suggesting a brisk 20 knots of breeze and the kind of conditions hearty sailors, wingers, kiters and windsurfers love and maybe even plan their lives around.

Today’s forecast, fast-forwarded to 2 p.m., shows a solid 18-22 knots of wind throughout the bulk of the Bay, with the breeze backing off in the evening — a classic San Francisco late- (very late-) summer day.
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As welcome as a last day of big breeze might be, we are also looking forward to the fall, Indian summer, and light, 12-knot breezes that do not require white knuckles, foul weather gear or reefs in the main. Fare thee well, summer. You were windy, cool, foggy and relatively smoke (and aberrant heat-wave) free.

Karl the Fog makes his encore, as seen from the Latitude 38 satellite offices in San Quentin Village.
© 2023 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Tim Henry

The wind is light right now, but every now and then, a puff fills in outside here in San Quentin Village and stirs the abundant leaves on the ground, sending them swirling and scratching over the concrete. It is truly a shoulder-season kind of day.

Hello, fall, you beauty. Hello leaves, football and pumpkin spice lattes. We’ve missed you. We look forward to crisp days and light breezes.

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