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WORKING WATERFRONT: West Coast

Latitude 38 Working Waterfront News Central

Since its inception, Latitude 38 has been able to cover, inspire and connect the people in our sailing community thanks to the businesses that support sailors and sailing. This includes boatyards, sailmakers, marinas, boat builders and numerous trades and craftspeople. Over the decades, the space available along our critical public waterfront continues to shrink.  Our Working Waterfront page is dedicated to covering these stories to bring awareness to the jobs, facilities and services that are vital to our nation's commercial and recreational maritime infrastructure. Enjoying the 12-month sailing season up and down the California coast is one of the prime features of living in the West. A working waterfront is one that works for all California citizens and retains space for these important waterfront facilities.

Alameda’s ‘Svendsen Maritime Park’ Officially Named

Svend Svendsen sailing

The Alameda City Council has voted to name the marina’s new park “Svendsen Maritime Park.”

A Time-Honored Tradition: Master Mariners Regatta and Luncheon

Water Witch in Master Mariners

Memorial Day brings lots of traditions. In the Bay Area. One of them is the annual Master Mariners Regatta.

Alameda Marina’s “Svendsen Maritime Park” Is One Step Closer

Svend Svendsen

The proposal to name the new park at Alameda Marina ‘Svendsen Maritime Park’ is coming before council at next Tuesday’s meeting. Your support can help!

Thinking of Heading to the Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show? Do It!

The Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show is open and ready for visitors with marine businesses and organizations ready to show and demonstrate sailing all weekend.

Sunday Brings a Port of Oakland Fire

Port of Oakland smoke from fire.

Sunday afternoon sailors on the Oakland Estuary had an otherwise beautiful day of sailing marred by a serious-looking fire that broke out in the Port of Oakland.

Explore the San Rafael Waterfront and Find a Copy of Latitude 38

I wanted the tactile satisfaction of holding the magazine in my hands, so I was on a mission to find a copy of ‘Latitude 38’ on the San Rafael waterfront.

Schooner Creek Boat Works Launches New Morrelli & Melvin Cat Destined for Hawaii

Schooner Creek Boat Works

Schooner Creek Boat Works is probably best known to San Francisco sailors for building Steve Randers’ Wylie 70 ‘Rage’ and Bruce Schwab’s Vendée Globe Wylie 60 ‘Ocean Planet.’

Saildrone Launches Its Largest Ever Autonomous Sailboat

Boatbuilding at scale has returned to Northern California, just not in the way we imagine.

Finding Sailing Friends at Svendsen’s Spring Fling Marine Expo

Tammy Walker and and Ken Chin - Olson 911S Kowloon

It was great to connect with so many sailors at the Svendsen’s Spring Fling.

Incomplete Coverage: A Partial Eclipse of Sailing News

Pacific Puddle Jump 2024

Even the moon can’t cover it all everywhere but, like the moon, we cover a percentage of the news — the sailing news!

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Working Waterfront Issues and Resources

Numerous groups and organizations around the country are working to help preserve maritime economic zones.  Working Waterfront Organizations:

National Working Waterfront Network

Sausalito Working Waterfront

San Diego Working Waterfront

Port Townsend Working Waterfront

San Francisco Bay fill map circa 1969.
Map of Bay fill and conversion to resevoir in 1969. San Francisco Bay might have disappeared or looked dramatically different without the attention of those who recognized and protected the Bay for all Bay Area citizens.

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