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November 28th

By Kimball Livingston Posted November 26, 2014

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The first time I saw a kid in a sweatshirt that said – MISSION HIGH SAILING TEAM – it made my day for a week.

This comes up because of my recent, published appraisal of the legacy of the San Francisco America’s Cup as “chopped liver.” I stand by that appraisal for the big picture. Citywide, chopped liver it is. But Valerie Santori, who manages Golden Gate Yacht Club’s youth program, rang my chimes to remind me that there are exceptions. Says Val —

“For youth sailing in Northern California, the America’s Cup legacy is huge.…

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November 28th

Holiday gifts for cruisers

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christmas afloat Shopping for a sailor? Getting ready to go cruising, and don’t want to spend on things you won’t use in your life afloat? Here is a list of suggested gifts we love (or wish we had!) that you can take with you…and some distractions to help you keep the cruising dream present while you wait.

Dream fodder

If cruising is in your future, here are some great reads to keep the dream alive, with tales directly from cruisers about their experiences afloat.

Blown Away, Herb Payson. One of the true classic cruising memoirs, this new edition includes the author’s hindsight on the aftermath of cruising.…

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November 28th

Podcast Across the North Sea, Pt. 4: Landfall

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This is Part 4 of Andy & Mia’s last big offshore passage on Arcturus from 2012, when they sailed direct to Sweden from Scotland. If you missed Parts 1, 2 & 3 they were  the last two Friday episodes, so you’ll want to hear these in order.

Thanks to the Blaggards for the music! Check them out at blaggards.com.

Want to come ocean sailing with Andy? New passages for 2015 announced on a Shnnon 43 ketch, a Swan 57 and a trip to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia on Sojourner! Visit 59-north.com/events for details and to register.

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November 27th

Time Flies!

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Hello LiveBloggers – I hadn’t realized just how busy I’ve been until I looked and saw the date of my last post. That’s simply awful, and I apologize to all of you who have been following this blog regularly and faithfully.
As you all know, I’m leading a group of new ICW cruisers south this fall. We left Hampton on November 1, and are now in Beaufort SC, destination Miami, on December 19. If you’d like to catch up on our adventures, you can check the blogging I’ve done on this event at SAIL Magazine’s ICW Snowbird Rally page. Don’t forget also that you can follow this trip on the Delorme Inreach unit I’m carrying, at Where’s Wally?

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November 26th

Written by Kees Verruijt on Nov 26, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

Last week there were two Panbots roaming the annual Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) floor. Henning Dürr and Kees Verruijt were there trying to find (some) of what was new and interesting. This first entry focuses on vendors that Henning visited.

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AIS MOB and SART with DSC
AIS MOB devices were once called Personal AIS SARTs and are the baby brothers to commercial lifeboat AIS SARTs, but with lower requirements for range and operating hours. The advantage is that they can be made smaller, small enough to be carried by individuals.…

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November 25th

Podast: Carib1500 Sailors Frank & Patty Fabian

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Frank & Patty Fabian are the philosophical opposites of last week’s guests, Ted & Claudia Reshetiloff. But their story is no less inspiring. Where Ted & Claudia packed up their working lives, yanked their young kids out of school and set off for new lives in the Caribbean, Frank & Patty took a more deliberate route. Learning the ropes for 17 years on their Catalina 30, they taught themselves ocean sailing, worked hard and saved harder, and finally bought a Leopard 48 catamaran – for cash – to set off with the Caribbean 1500 rally and realize a nearly lifelong dream. 

Newly retired, the Fabian’s told me their story from the luxurious cabin of Sunsplash.…

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November 24th

STANLEY PARIS: Record-Breaking Non-Stop Solo Circumnavigation, Take Two

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Kiwi Spirit

Let the record reflect (no pun intended) that on November 9, just one day after I finally departed Bermuda aboard Lunacy, Dr. Stanley Paris left Fort Lauderdale on his second attempt to circle the globe non-stop aboard his fancy custom performance-cruising sled Kiwi Spirit. I’m not really sure how I feel about this. I mean, I think it’s great he’s trying again, but I’m not sure I’m interested in the voyage. What I am, frankly, is a little annoyed that Dr. Paris has never given us a coherent account of what went wrong on his last attempt. I don’t see how he can expect us to follow his exploits when he doesn’t bother to tell us what’s really going on.…

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November 24th

The View from Team Alvimedica

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Amory-Ross

Amory Ross is the media guy aboard Team Alvimedica in the Volvo Ocean Race, and Amory is drawing kudos for this shot of the proceedings.

I like the pic.

I knew him when.

During the 2007 America’s Cup in Valencia, Amory was a talented kid looking to get his nose in. When Ford had a media day at the local race track, we got our hands on a then-new Mondeo and quickly proved that it wasn’t the car we really wanted for playing on the track. But you take what you can get.

This is Amory at the wheel . .

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November 24th

By Kimball Livingston Posted November 24, 2014

Apparently, it’s easy to cast stones at the Golden Gate Yacht Club, sixth trustee of America’s Cup, as we confront the prospect of a 35th defense to be sailed (apparently) outside US waters.

What? Not in the Alcatraz Channel, the spectators’ grand arena? With the big winds, the mountains and the backgrounds that the cameras just love? Right under the windows of GGYC? What are they thinking?

I’m pretty sure they’re thinking

Dammit.

Remember, GGYC back in the day had finance problems and —

GGYC in its moment of distress glommed onto the only lifeline in the water.…

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