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Sailing in the Times of Pandemic

While the current health drama unfolds we’ll do our best to keep this page up to date with news that we feel impacts our readers. Disclaimer: There is no way for it to be comprehensive or completely up to date but we’ll do our best to keep it helpful and as current as possible. If you have news you think we should post email it to editorial@latitude38.com. We’ll do our best to include given time and resource constraints.


Please heed official guidance and we also feel the advice of the president of French Polynesia is good for all of us: “I invite you all to the utmost rigor in your behavior. Avoid contact, limit travel to what is strictly necessary. Be responsible citizens to prevent the virus from spreading.” Edouard FRITCH, President of French Polynesia.

Latest News and Information

Bay Area Sailors Return to Mexico

By Monica Grant | October 19, 2020 |
Rich and Laura on the beach in Mexico

It had been seven months, and naturally, we were a bit apprehensive. I’m happy to say we were pleasantly surprised!

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The Race Goes On

By Nicki Bennett | October 14, 2020 |
Masked up at RYC

The days are getting shorter, but that isn’t stopping Richmond Yacht Club from running their Wednesday night beer can series for an extra month.

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West Coast Sailors Race in Fiji Regatta Week

By Christine Weaver | October 14, 2020 |
Anchorage at sunset

The 37th annual Fiji Regatta Week at Musket Cove has just drawn to a close in western Fiji. Boats and sailors from the Bay Area and West Coast left their mark on the regatta.

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Super-Tight Singlehanded Racing for Folkboats

By Christine Weaver | October 12, 2020 |
Folkboats on the run from the Golden Gate Bridge

Folkboats have been racing on the Bay since 1958. This weekend, they revived a singlehanded regatta the class has not held for a decade.

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Fiji Regatta Week Kicks Off on Friday

By Christine Weaver | October 7, 2020 |
Hobie Cat crossing

Back for its 37th running, the annual Fiji Regatta Week at Musket Cove will kick off on Friday in western Fiji. Like almost every sailing event of 2020, the fate of this year’s regatta was uncertain until…

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Mike Holmes Navigates Pandemics, the Pacific and Richmond

By John Arndt | October 5, 2020 |
Michael Holmes

Latitude’s newest driver, Mike Holmes, lives in Richmond, right where the deliveries were needed. As it turns out, Mike wrote our June feature story about his about his sailing adventures in this year’s Clipper Race.

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A Cornucopia of October Regattas

By Christine Weaver | September 30, 2020 |
Vallejo 2 start

As detailed in Monday’s ‘Lectronic, the YRA and Vallejo Yacht Club canceled the 2020 Great Vallejo Race. But that doesn’t mean there’s no racing. Au contraire!

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Are You Making Caribbean Charter Plans?

By John Arndt | September 28, 2020 |
BVI Anchorage

While travel remains somewhat complicated and confusing, it is not out of the question. The Bahamas are open to US residents, and the BVI, which has been closed, is scheduled to reopen on December 1.

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The 2020 Great Vallejo Race Is Canceled

By Christine Weaver | September 28, 2020 |
Entering VYC

The chairman of Vallejo Yacht Club’s board of directors, called us last week. “The city has us closed down. We can’t welcome people right now.”

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The Long and Short of the Corinthian Yacht Club Fall Series

By Christine Weaver | September 25, 2020 |
Big boat start with Angel Island in the background

With normal summer and fall racing suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Corinthian Yacht Club designed a new Fall Series.

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Announcements

3/23/20 Denison Yachts will be holding a live, virtual boat show on Friday, March 27th. Learn more here.

3/20/20 Call of the Sea announces suspension of school programs and upcoming charter programs. More here.

3/20/20 West Marine will remain open on a limited schedule. Read details here.

3/19/20 Treasure Island Sailing Center is closed until April 7th. Full details here.

3/19/20 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show is canceled. Sail America developing some supplemental, virtual alternatives. More to follow.

3/18/20 KKMI reports they are operating under restricted conditions. To learn more read here: https://www.kkmi.com/safety/

3/18/20 OCSC Sailing and Modern Sailing are closed until April 7th.