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A Year in Caption Contest(!)s

Thanks to everyone for making another year of the World Famous Latitude 38 Caption Contest(!) such a whopping, quippy success. As many of you know, our expert panel of judges from across the world — who are recruited from the best comedy clubs, sitcoms and raucous bars known to humankind — select one winner and 10 runners up every month. We post the Caption Contest(!) around the middle of the month on ‘Lectronic LatitudeFacebook and Instagram, via smoke signals and Morse code, and, occasionally, as a message in a bottle. The winner is announced each month in the magazine in Loose Lips.

We thought that in the waning days of the year, this was the perfect opportunity to review 2018’s winners (and a few notable runners-up), and to remind said winners that you are now the proud owner of a Latitude 38 T-shirt. A confession: We don’t think we’ve sent out a single shirt the entire year. So please, if you see your caption and name under one of the following photos, please send us an email here and we’ll give you instructions on how to claim your prize. (Sorry, T-shirts are for winners only and not runners up.)

January

Doug mistakenly installs his new El Toro foils in an inverted position. — Steven Hartman
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Archives

February

The cocoon phase when a yachterpillar turns into a boaterfly. — Steve Marriott
© 2018 Jim Tull

“Now we can berth this baby without worrying about a fleet of Optimists in nine months.” — Mike Turner

“These pot greenhouses are popping up everywhere.” — Roger Briggs

March

Protest! Wrong crew recovered! — Christopher Mendonca

April

The blue and white kite? No, Dad. I don’t know what happened to that one. — Daniel L. Weyant

“The daymark kept people safe from the rocks while looking absolutely fabulous in this scarf.” — Wooden Boat Magazine

May

I swear they said they have a sailboat garage. — Elizabeth Aristeguieta
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Andy

June

Hey guys! I found the hole where we throw all the money! — Dan Larson
© 2018 Martha Blachfield

“The birth of a sailor!” — ” Becky Lacey Elmore

July

Can’t find a phone booth to change in anywhere these days. — Mike Mahoney
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC /

“This is why it’s called the ‘foot’ of the sail.” — David Demarest

August

Unbolt the compass and turn it around, we are clearly going the wrong way. — Jim Palermo
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Tim

September

Here we see the adult keelboat laying her eggs in the sand. Next spring, a new fleet of Optis will emerge, make their way to the ocean, and set sail. — Mark Bettis
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

October

Attacked by the great white squid, the crew pondered the ramifications of all that calamari they’d ordered. — D. Weyant
© 2018 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

“Oh, I thought you said you wanted a broach for your lapel!” — Michael Bender

November

If Evel Knievel had been a sailor. — Rebecca Borowski Jackson
© 2018 Maryland Natural Resources Police

December

It’s a bumper crop. — Klaus Kutz
© 2018 Facebook Yacht Club
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