With 71% of our planet covered by oceans, there is no shortage of places to explore by boat. So when I landed recently on a page for the latest campaign from LOOK, which aims to identify the world’s most exotic sailing location, well, I had two reactions. What’s their pick? And how could we possibly choose just one from among our favorites? I asked the question on Totem’s facebook page and had a slew of interesting suggestions… so we started thinking more about ours.
As we’ve done a interviews for podcasts or print, the question of a favorite place typically comes up.… Read More
Day two of this year’s test-sailing program looked to be a bit snotty weather-wise, with the forecast early on showing wind gusting to 30 knots, rain, and a good chance of thunderstorms. Great conditions, in other words, for trying out the new Garcia Exploration 45. As things turned out, the weather was actually a bit more moderate than that, but we still enjoyed sporty conditions out on Chesapeake Bay during our first test sail, with the wind blowing about 20 knots true.
We sailed the whole test with two reefs in the Garcia’s mainsail and tried out both working headsails.… Read More
By Kimball Livingston Posted October 19, 2014 – Lead photo by Icarus Sailing Media
Halfway through, the 2014 Student Yachting World Cup belongs to England to lose. Accounting for a discard race apiece, Ireland and Italy on Sunday edged the USA into fourth, and that is the group that appears to be headed toward a battle for podium finishes.
Racing continues at La Rochelle, France in a fleet of 12 matched keelboats. The breeze has been light to killing light so far. But that may change.
Representing the USA for the second time is the California Maritime Academy, qualified off its win at the Kennedy Cup in Annapolis.… Read More
Posted October 15, 2014
It was an early-arrival, late-starting and slow final day, but the 17th Farr 40 Worlds made it to seven races, with Alex Roepers’ Plenty slipping in race seven to its only double-digit finish.
With four firsts in seven races, Plenty wrapped with a ten-point lead over Australians Lisa and Martin Hill and Estate Master.
Terry Hutchinson called tactics aboard Plenty, in waters where he has has success before.
Nineteen boats sailed the regatta, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club.… Read More
Posted October 15, 2014
The organizers of the Bermuda Gold Cup report of their fleet of IODs—
Hamilton BERMUDA, October 18, 2014 – The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club has announced that the Argo Group Gold Cup is still set to sail, albeit on a compressed schedule, starting Wednesday, October 22. Using the one-day-delay plan announced last Wednesday, the Argo Group Gold Cup will be compressed to five days of racing and organizers will take advantage of the fine weather expected after Gonzalo. Winds predicted to be in the 20kt range each day will help get the full event completed for the competitors and spectators.… Read More
Posted October 15
There’s nothing new about seeing odd ships at Pier 50, on San Francisco’s southeastern waterfront. But this weekend, if you see one that’s sinking, it isn’t. The M/V Tern has come for our drydock.
Ken Watson’s pic, above, shows the Tern in a different place, on a different mission. The word from Coast Guard Public Affairs:
San FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard is enforcing a safety zone Saturday morning for the motor vessel Tern, a 590-foot vessel, that will transport the Port of San Francisco’s Drydock 1 to a green certified ship recycling facility near Shanghai, China.… Read More
Posted October 15 by KL
During lunch just yesterday there was talk of collisions at sea between fast boats and the increasing mass of junk floating around in the ocean.
I don’t have numbers on this, but it’s my strong perception that, every transpac, there are more people arriving in the islands talking about hitting things, having to back down to clear debris, etc. This comes up because the Volvo Race story of the day goes —
ALICANTE, Spain, Oct 18 – Dongfeng Race Team lost the lead in the Volvo Ocean Race early on Saturday after the boat hit an unidentified object and broke their rudder.… Read More
San Francisco, CA, is on the leading, bleeding edge of environmental goodism — and we need more, much more of that, intelligently applied.
SF’s Mountain Lake Park is connected to the underground system, including Lobos Creek and it’s natural spring, that feeds 80 percent of the fresh water to the Presidio. This is playground central to one of the best family neighborhoods of the city.
Highway 1 roars past on the northern reach, with cars coming from, or going to, the Golden Gate Bridge.
Long ago, the first Spanish military mission camped here—because there was water—before establishing their first version of “The Presidio.”
And here is the story, as delivered by longtime SF Chronicle science writer David Perlman:
Recovering Mountain Lake Park.… Read More
By Kimball Livingston Posted October 17, 2014
And in case you didn’t know, come mid-October, all bets are off for breeze on San Francisco Bay.
And it’s not only “like.” It really is mid-October.
The seabreeze season has come and gone.
The Farr 40s have come, and they’re not gone yet.
One more day of racing remains for the 17th Farr 40 World Championship title, and Saturday promises to be better than Friday.
Friday was a long un-day of un-racing.
Even the pinnipeds were unimpressed, almost as unimpressed as if they had just heard the news that we’re probably still two months away from knowing the venue for the next America’s Cup match.… Read More
Just back from test-sailing boats après-show this past week at Annapolis. Five boats in two days in fairly strong conditions, with the wind blowing 20 knots at time. Once I even saw gusts to over 30. This is ideal! Normally we get light wind, which makes it harder to get a good sense of how boats behave. My first boat on day one was the Bavaria Cruiser 46, which really is just a new updated version of the Bavaria Cruiser 45. The hull and underwater appendages are the same, but the deck and interior have been modified. As you can see in that photo up top, she has a very wide butt and an enormous fold-down transom.… Read More