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January Issue and 2019 Calendar Out Today

“What in the world is that thing?” Max Ebb asked Lee Helm.

“Upwind Intuition.”
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Max Ebb

“Upwind Intuition,” Lee Helm grinned. “This is a hands-on device to address the first fundamental intuitive leap that new sailors have to take. After they play with this for a few minutes they will understand, at least sort of, how upwind sailing works and, like, why it’s even possible.”

In the January issue of Latitude 38 — which hits newsstands today — Max Ebb explores some of the exhibits that may fill the proposed Sailing Science Center here in the Bay Area.

An external rendering of the Sailing Science Center as it might appear in Hangar 3 at Treasure Island.
© 2018 Perkins + Will

In this month’s Sightings, we have an update on the ‘rush hour’ at Cape Horn with Randall Reeves, Jeanne Socrates, and a host of Golden Globers. (Side note: Reeves, who rounded The Horn in late November, recently crossed the Prime Meridian, as he posted on his blog yesterday.)

Randall Reeves is trucking through the Southern Ocean. “Yes, Mo and I have made it as far as the UK, although we’re a bit to the south.”
© 2018 Randall Reeves

Sightings also has what we consider the best book review ever written (by Changes in Latitudes editor John Riise) about Ron Holland’s wild life on boats and at sea, a profile of Express 27 Motorcycle Irene owner Zach Anderson, and a wrap-up of the bevy of America’s Cup challengers vying for a spot in New Zealand in 2021 — including California’s own Stars & Stripes Team USA.

In this month’s Letters, we explore the question: “Is using the motor ‘cheating?'” Spoiler alert: We don’t think it is — every sailor should, of course, do what feels best and safest for them. With that said, it’s been our experience that using the motor as little as possible is incredibly fulfilling in countless ways. You’ve probably heard the saying: Motorboaters are trying to get somewhere. Sailors are already where they want to be.

But wait, there’s more.

More Catalina stories, that is, with the recounting of a few reader experiences of where to anchor, where to drink, and where to go hiking on the island. We continue our profiles of the Season Champs, tell the story of an unexpected Transbac, and take a deep dive into the lives of cruiser kids while at sea, and how they fare once they go back to the real world.

As you well know, dear and faithful reader, you can read Latitude 38 any number of ways online, but we highly recommend the ‘real-life’, 3D, in-person version. Picking up a fresh Latitude at one of our 700 distributors (find one near you here) affords you the chance to go down to your local docks and see what’s happening. Or, if you’re a subscriber, you get that little rush from getting a package in the mail.

Oh yeah, and don’t forget that the 2019 Northern California Sailing Calendar and YRA Schedule is also hitting the stands today.

Here’s a raw image of this month’s cover, shot by Latitude’s own Mitch Perkins on the 25th-anniversary Baja Ha-Ha.

A scene from Bow Tied during this years Ha-Ha.
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Mitch Perkins

We’re always happy when someone from our staff manages to unchain themselves from their desk, get on a boat, and live the life that we all love.

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