January 26th

Ok, I know I promised details on what it’s like to actually cruise in Cuba for this post, and we’ll get to that shortly, but first…

I attended a seminar on cruising in Cuba last week given by someone I expected would know what the current situation was. I was sorely disappointed – the information was incorrect in ways that would cause an American traveling in Cuba a great deal of inconvenience.
I’ve built my career as a writer and journalist on the basis of being accurate, because that’s what my readers expect of me, and in that spirit, a few of the errors I saw last week need to be addressed.…

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January 22nd

By Kimball Livingston Posted January 22, 2015

What would you do if you were the fastest sailor on water?

(Soft water.)

If you were coming off eleven years of obsessed design/build/test/fail/win and when you finally were a winner it was not by a smidgen, no, a winner by a country mile, a winner by a revolution, you could go away and stare at the trees for a while. Wait for a butterfly to flutter by. Read a book about anything but boats, aerodynamics, hydraulic drag. Take a little hike in the Antarctic. Maybe even think, never again.

It was more or less like that for Paul Larsen, whose absolute speed record looks secure for a while to come.…

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January 17th

The net is just buzzing with talk about Cuba since the release yesterday (Jan 16, 2015) of the new US regulations regarding the embargo. Everyone wants to go to Cuba – nothing new there – but just what do the new regulations actually say? That’s the real question, and it’s not being properly answered by most of the people discussing it.
For those of a legal bent, I’m going to include links to the new regs at the end of this article, so you can nitpick to your heart’s content. For the rest of us, it’ll be a bit more ad hoc.…

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January 15th

By Kimball Livingston Posted January 14, 2015

wanderbirdThe screening of a rough-cut documentary doesn’t always draw a crowd, but apparently there’s something about the Cape Horn rounding of the schooner, Wander Bird, and black and white footage that, for once, does not shrink the waves. They look really big. Or maybe the camera did shrink the waves, and they were really, really, really big.

(There’s this saying, How do you flatten an angry sea? Take a picture of it.)

Director Oleg Harencar and producer Don Zimmer embarked a while back upon documenting some of the great characters of the Marin waterfront.…

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January 14th
North channel

I’m a new face here on Sailfeed, but certainly not a new face to SAIL Magazine readers, as I’ve been writing for SAIL for nearly ten years. Nonetheless, I’m very excited about being able to speak with you here on Sailfeed, and I look forward to many conversations with you. First though, a bit of an introduction, to me, and to what to expect from me here.

I’m a full time cruiser living the dream, (and let’s be honest, occasionally it’s a nightmare!), out of Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay – truly some of the world’s best cruising grounds along with the North Channel of Lake Huron.…

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January 11th

Burling Rocks the Flying Moth

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Peter Burling (left) and Tom Slingsby. Photo © Thierry Martinez

Sorrento, Australia

It was a crazy day on the water. The word from ISAF —

New Zealand’s Peter Burling reeled off four straight wins to take the lead on Day 2 of the McDougall + McConaghy 2015 International Moth World Championship on Port Phillip in Sorrento, Victoria, sounding the warning bell for the other 159 competitors.

With the fleet split into Blue and Yellow, Burling was in the Blue group on a course closer to shore. Defending world champion Nathan Outteridge (AUS) was in the Yellow on a course further out and on the receiving end of bumpier conditions and scored 3-2-2-1 results.…

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January 4th

By Kimball Livingston Posted January 4, 2015

This photo that ran last week on Scuttlebutt Sailing News caused a stir.

Is this really “us” ?

It was shot dockside at the International Orange Bowl Regatta, sponsored by Coral Reef Yacht Club on the shores of mostly-lovely Biscayne Bay. With the US Sailing Center next door running the regatta “in cooperation” with CRYC, it makes you wonder.

Comments on social media ranged from simple outrage that garbage was thus strewn to huffy offense that a photograph was taken and run when the person commenting was sure that all that yucky stuff would have been cleared away quickly, because that’s how things are done at the Orange Bowl Regatta.…

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January 1st

The Hit at Avalon

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Photo credit KTLA Channel 5

Posted January 1, 2015 by Kimball Livingston

Harbor Patrolman Tim Mitchell died while attempting to save a 65-foot dive boat, the King Neptune, as it was being driven ashore at Avalon Harbor, Catalina on Tuesday night, according to a statement from the City of Avalon. Mitchell, a New Zealand native and naturalized citizen of the USA, had worked as a dive instructor at Avalon-based Scuba Luv which featured excursions aboard the King Neptune, and was close to its owners. He had been a dive instructor for ten years and joined the Harbor Patrol in May, 2014.…

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December 31st

So Long Barcelona

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By Kimball Livingston Posted December 31, 2014

Somewhere in that jumble ashore is Las Ramblas, and somewhere among the towers are the spires of Sagrada Familia. But for sixteen men on eight boats, the only thoughts are how to escape the Med and predictions of light air.

Everybody likes a fast start to a long race, and they don’t get any longer than Barcelona to Barcelona via the three capes. There’s plenty of wind waiting in the Atlantic, but how to get there?

Aboard Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes were first away, and don’t they wish that had long-term implications for a race that will run through January, February and March, 26,000 miles.…

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November 28th

By Kimball Livingston Posted November 26, 2014


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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