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Who Was Mingling at the Fall Crew List Party?

Thank you, Chris Gallagher and the Bay Model, for hosting the 2021 Latitude Fall Crew List Party! We certainly had a good time, and meeting all the sailors mingling, chatting and exchanging details, we’re certain everyone else enjoyed the evening as well. So thank you to everyone who came and made the night a success.

This year we sold around 200 tickets online, before the event, and with guests, sponsors, volunteers and staff, we estimate that over 300 people came to reconnect with sailing and one another at our first in-person Crew Party since our March 5, 2020, Crew Party at the Golden Gate Yacht Club. The entry line got long at the start, but after some patience and hustle everyone made it in for a good time, mixing it up with sailing friends old and new.

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The outdoor courtyard at the Bay Model was the perfect venue to host the gathered crowd of sailors and southbound Baja Ha-Ha cruisers.
© 2021 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

Attendees showed up from all over the Bay Area, and one even flew up from L.A. just to be there. Over 50 members of the 2021 Baja Ha-Ha fleet of 185+ boats were mixed in with racers and daysailors looking to connect with more sailing on the Bay. This was the live and lively version of our recently re-launched online Crew List, which, one week after launch, already has over 140 sailors and skippers signed up to connect to sailing.

The crew from San Francisco Sailing Science Center brought along a host of volunteers and information along with a grinding station that had teams and individuals racing each other against the time clock. The fastest time was rocked by Elliott James, with a winning time of 7:49 seconds.

Elliott James
Elliott James is signed up to do the Baja Ha-Ha aboard his Mancebo 31 Bloom County. Not sure that Bloom County will be in ‘cruise’ mode.
© 2021 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John

We had many first-timers at the Crew Party including Veronica, who became a sailor through working at Oracle. The story goes, since Larry Ellison is a sailor and so are many Oracle employees, we’ve always distributed a couple of bundles of magazines to their corporate offices. As Veronica described it, she would see Larry Ellison’s boat outside every day, and so one day she picked up a Latitude 38 at work and started to read. She became intrigued by sailing and kept reading. One day she decided it was time to learn, flipped through the pages of Latitude, and found Modern Sailing. She has since gone on to do multiple ASA courses and fully has the bug. It was her first crew party and she loved it.

Veronica picked up a copy of Latitude 38 at Oracle and ended up becoming a sailor.
© 2021 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Nicki

Spaulding Marine Center worked hard all night behind the bar selling drinks, with proceeds going to fund their nonprofit programming. They also displayed one of the S.F. Pelican sailboats that volunteers have been building this summer, along with information about their new Boatworks 101 apprenticeship program and community programs. Raffa from Marina Riviera Nayarit in Banderas Bay was there to share the latest news and information for sailors heading to Mexico, either with the upcoming Baja Ha-Ha or on their own. USCG Search and Rescue Specialist Douglas Samp and Petty Officer Loumania “Lou” Stewart brought a great display with safety devices, information booklets and giveaways.

Modern Sailing
What does the Modern Sailing crew do after a day of work? They go to a sailing party!
© 2021 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John

Patsy Verhoeven, of the Gulfstar 50 Talion, came along to talk with Baja Ha-Ha sailors about the cruising rally that will kick off in November. Thanks also to Tristan and Dore from Batiste Rhum for sharing samples of their outstanding rums with their own special cocktail, the ‘Light and Breezy.’ It’s good. If you enjoyed the drinks, remember to go check out their website for the latest updates and details on where to buy your own supply.

Latitude 38 Crew Party
Jean flew up from L.A. to join the Crew Party and thank Latitude 38‘s Nicki Bennett for making it happen!
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We’ll be following up with more stories from the party, and stories we heard from sailors, but in the meantime, we have a BIG question to ask you, dear readers. What connections did you make at the Crew List Party? Did you find a skipper who will sail you to Mexico? Did you find that elusive foredeck crew? Did you catch up with long-missed friends?

Latitude 38 Crew Party
What are those stickers on everyone’s chest? Monica makes sure everyone fills one out to show “I want to crew” or “I need crew.” Then blue sticker meets red sticker and they go sailing.
© 2021 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

We’d love to hear about and share your experiences from the party. You don’t need to write the perfect story, just share the highlights — who, what kind of boat, what type of sailing you do or are now looking forward to doing. We can take care of the rest. And if you took selfies, even better!

Please send your stories and photos to [email protected].



  1. JC Watkins 3 years ago

    Looks like a fun gathering.
    Sure, I was there, I was the “won’t work anywhere but the foredeck” guy that looked like Brad Pitt’s twin- Ha.
    No, not there but wish I could have been.

  2. teh_navajo 3 years ago

    Arrrgh, missed this CrewParty …,oddly coming back from Cabo! Now still need a ride on Nov.1 , on to Baja HaHa & back to Cabo ! If any Skipper still needs additional crew,
    Please email: ” teh_navajo at ”. Have owned a 45′ cutter kept in Carribean, B.V.I. at marina in Tortola . So, Sailed/raced much, all regattas, around Caribbean islands, including Antigua Race Week, Heineken Cup to Puerto Rico and InterAirLine Rally . Thanks.

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