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July 5th

Louis Vuitton Cup Explained

Posted by // July 5, 2013 // COMMENT (0 Comments)


If a picture is worth a thousand words . . .

Depending on what lens you’re holding to your eye, you can tell me who’s in the middle.

Now do you understand?

By the way, Louis Vuitton, which has supported this sport and this game—exquisitely—since 1983, deserves better than it’s getting at the moment.

The planned Fleet Race, downgraded to a parade and Time Trial, was scrubbed when early morning winds proved already in the mid-twenties, reminding all that in San Francisco, a heat wave is self-cancelling.

That is, the opening ceremonies on July 4 perfectly suited these two Latin-leaning ladies with their sun hats .…

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July 4th

Rush to the Race

Posted by // July 4, 2013 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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Yeah, yeah, I know we have an America’s Cup crisis, real or alleged, but I’m leaving my attempt at a crisis column in its present state of chaos to bring you instead a glimpse of the hurry-up work in progress at Pier 27 on July 3 as an army prepared for July 4 and the opening ceremonies of the 34th America’s Cup.

Bob Zimmerman in his juvelinia wrote, “I accept chaos. I hope chaos accepts me.”

What I like best: The shiny new sign atop the shiny new Cruise Ship Terminal

PORT OF SAN FRANCISCO

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July 1st

Sailmaker, designer, builder, skipper of 1974 America’s Cup defender Courageous, Ted Hood in 1994 bought back his 1959 ocean racer, Robin (“Sue, my wife, wouldn’t let me name any of the kids Robin, so it had to be the boats”) for $4,000. If anybody needs a reality check regarding the cost of old, wood boats, consider that this one, in Ted’s hands, had been fully restored, was still winning races, and over time had soaked up about $200,000. Ted kept her dry in winter, but not warm.

This was taken while driving through a Massachusetts snowstorm toward the Mount Hope Bridge .…

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June 25th

The America’s Cup Explained

Posted by // June 25, 2013 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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Define “is.”

Define “having.”

Define “adjustable while racing.”

Take two aspirin.

Call me in October.

Or please, please, cancel the hysteria about canceling America’s Cup 34 and going to the courts of New York instead. It’s distantly imaginable, I reckon. Define “distant.”

I MEAN, I CAN IMAGINE RETURNING TO THE COURTS.

And yes, it appears to be a fact, as you may have read elsewhere, that the mechanisms of resolving the dispute du jour between Emirates Team New Zealand/Luna Rossa and Oracle Team USA/AC Race Management do not stop short of the courts, unless a bargain is reached or someone gives in on something.…

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June 7th

Artemis Has a Word

Posted by // June 7, 2013 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

Leaving still a few questions about the practical implications for the event, Artemis Racing announces—

Alameda, CA – June 7, 2013 Artemis Racing is back at work following the memorial service for Andrew “Bart” Simpson. Starting on Monday, June 3 the team resumed its preparation in earnest to compete in the 34th America’s Cup.

The team is now working to ready its second AC72, which it expects to launch in a few weeks and which will undergo a rigorous testing regime. When the sailing team is satisfied that the boat can be pushed hard in race conditions, it will join the competition.…

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September 4th
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Over the last three decades, Bequia Easter Regatta has grown into one of the region’s most popular small island regattas, with visitors and competitors coming from all over the world to partake in the Easter weekend’s festivities.  Enthusiastic supporters and spectators gather at every available vantage point to see the boats demonstrate their legendary skill. Another annual sailing event is the Canouan Regatta, held every May-June. This festival includes boat races, sports and games, calypso competition and a beauty pageant. For more information on these events, visit www.discoversvg.com.…

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March 22nd

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EMERGENCY

That’s the prospect for Louis Vuitton Cup racing and then the America’s Cup, as the competitors imagine it, and that would include Artemis Racing skipper Terry Hutchinson. If I could summarize what the man had to say, on the phone from the Artemis base in Valencia, it would go:

It’s not what you got, it’s what you can use.

Terry posed the question, “How do we maximize the talents of Juan K and the rest of the design team but keep things reasonable when you’re going to be running into a boundary every 90 seconds?”

That’s a heap of tacks and a heap of gybes.…

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February 28th

A View of Peskin Point

Posted by // February 28, 2012 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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You know how, sometimes, you’d rather be wrong?

I seem to remember writing, If lead negotiator Stephen Barclay and his Americas Cup cohorts were a trifle nave regarding San Francisco politics when they first blew into town, trumpeting the splendors to come, an 11th hour lawsuit filed last week by former President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and still-local chairman of the Democratic Party Aaron Peskin should complete their education. This is a blood sport, and you dont have to be certifiably sane to play.

I remain on-message. The Americas Cup is going to be fine.

Unfortunately, if you also care about the San Francisco waterfront, then the news is less so good.…

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February 26th

Peskin Point

Posted by // February 26, 2012 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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“If” lead negotiator Stephen Barclay and his America’s Cup cohorts were a trifle nave regarding San Francisco politics when they first blew into town, trumpeting the splendors to come, an 11th hour lawsuit filed last week by former President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and still-local chairman of the Democratic Party Aaron Peskin should complete their education. This is a blood sport, and you don’t have to be certifiably sane to play.

I remain on-message, however. Relax. The America’s Cup is going to be fine.
Unless it’s the San Francisco waterfront you care about. Then you might worry. There’s still no Plan B.…

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February 24th

A San Francisco treat since 2004, the Ocean Film Festival is growing in new directions, and you should know.

Will it go international come 2013? Don’t bet against it, and meanwhile there is a pre-event on Friday, February 24 at the Aquarium of the Bay to launch their first Evening of Sailing with three shorts and two, um, mediums.

Nancy Ogden’s Madstreak is the feature of the evening. It’s the story of Clay Burkhalter’s Mini-Transat race, and you’ve probably read about that venture in the sailing media, but the film is aimed to please your nonsailing friends as well. Think 89 solo sailors, and for Burkhalter, a 23-day Atlantic crossing in a boat not much bigger than a shoebox.…

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