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October’s Latitude is Ready to Read

Though the weather over the last few days has been decidedly summer-like, fall fell on the Bay Area last month . . . and you know what that means: Big Boat Series. In the October issue of Latitude 38, which is making its way to all the normal places today, you can read all about the ins and outs of one of the most challenging Big Boats in recent history, thanks to a historic lack of wind. The Melges 32 Worlds didn’t suffer the same fate, just a week later, and we have the photos to prove it! But it wasn’t all racing last month — dozens of southbound cruisers stopped in the Bay for a quick respite and we spoke with seven of them. We think you’ll find their stories fascinating. More southbound cruisers are also featured in the last installment of Baja Ha-Ha entry profiles. On top of all this, you’ll also find out how to circumnavigate the recession, what to do when an evil mahi strikes, the proper way to take a shower onboard, what Andrew Vik did on his summer vacation, and just how The Wanderer has managed to make it through 400 issues with his sanity (most of it, anyway) intact. Happy reading!

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"My name is Bob Schuler. I am a New York artist who, as part of the Tethys Project, has slowly been circumnavigating the globe and dropping sculpted granite cubes overboard every 100 miles along the way.