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Happy Holidays from Latitude’s Crew

Tom and Naty Marlow’s Ketch 22, towing her dinghy, was among the boats lighting up the Estuary on December 3.

© 2016 Fred Fago

In observance of the winter solstice, the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re sharing some photos of sailors brightening up the darkness. Ketch 22 was the overall winner of the 40th Lighted Yacht Parade on the Oakland-Alameda Estuary. We think the lighted dinghy makes a nice finishing touch on their entry. See more of Fred Fago’s photos at fredfago.smugmug.com/Oakland-Lighted-Yacht-Parade/2016-Lighted-Boat-Parade.

The owners of this sailboat used their mast to create a tableau of stars and a moon on which a child sits with a fishing pole deployed.

© 2016 Kara Hugglestone

Our correspondent in Half Moon Bay, Kara Hugglestone, reports that Half Moon Bay Yacht Club’s booth promoted youth sailing and other programs at the Pillar Point Lighted Boat Festival on December 10. "Ketch Joanne (a popular restaurant in Pillar Point Harbor) provided clam chowder, desserts and hot chocolate," she reports. "Boat owners shared hot chocolate and hot buttered rum in addition to nibbles. At one boat the kids said, ‘Trick or treat,’ while handing out bags of Famous Amos cookies — a fun turnabout on the usual!" The festival is a 29-year tradition.

At the HMBYC booth in Pillar Point Harbor, Davy Jones gave kids marshmallows to toast.

© 2016 Kara Hugglestone

‘Lectronic Latitude will take a holiday on this Friday. The Latitude 38 office will be closed from Monday, December 26, through Thursday, December 29, but we do plan to post our next ‘Lectronic Latitude edition on Wednesday, December 28. The January issue of Latitude 38 and the 2017 Northern California Sailing Calendar and YRA Master Schedule will come out on Friday, December 30. Then, we get a day off again on Monday, January 2, for New Year’s. From our crew to yours, Happy Holidays.

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