By Kimball Livingston Posted August 28, 2014
Hurricane Marie, in the Pacific off Mexico, has been downgraded from its 140-knot top wind speeds to the status of a tropical storm. But not without supplying some thrill rides to the boldest of Southern California surfers, not without flooding parts of Seal Beach, and not without beating up Catalina Island’s southerly-exposed harbor at Avalon and interrupting ferry service from the mainland.
The images here were circulated by the Catalina Island Yacht Club and have appeared in multiple news accounts. All or most of them can be credited to Erica Minuto. CIYC dates its Avalon shoreline location and pilings (but not the current clubhouse) to 1903.… Read More
By Kimball Livingston Posted April 30, 2014
Old and outdated?
Or a timeless classic?
I remember a day when that was a point of debate, but I think we’ve quietly gone beyond the handwringing that once went on over Southern California’s long love affair with its indigenous sail trainer, the tiny shoebox known as a Naples Sabot. It’s not just puppy love. It’s not over.
Sure, Sabots are regional, and you can find plenty of kids now in training programs that have moved on to the Opti, which offers international competition. But kids who grow up in Sabots and catch the racing bug and want to move on to Lasers or whatever find that their skill sets are “right there” with kids coming out of Optis.… Read More
Remember when? Team Korea (RIP) photo by Gilles Martin-Raget/America’s Cup
By Kimball Livingston Posted April 8, 2014
In the quiet before the storm—counting down to the release of a Protocol for America’s Cup 35—I note that the chatter-flurry about a nationality requirement has died away in the expectation that “something” will be done, even at the risk of consigning a raft of Kiwi pros to the unemployment line. The “we’re a highly international team” bit has not played as well as hoped, and yes, the American team was thin on yanks. In one facet of the big picture, however, a nationality requirement is kinda too bad.… Read More
Posted March 5, 2014 by Kimball Livingston
Polluted? Surely not Marina del Rey.
But, out of tests performed in ten harbors in America, on the day of the Rozalia Project’s testing in Marina del Rey, that spiffy enclave four miles north of LAX, and just south of hot, hot, hot Venice Beach, rang the bell as the most polluted harbor in America.
We’ll have to add qualifiers, so don’t stop reading here. But if you care about Marina del Rey, you need to know.
Because, yes, we’re talking about the Marina del Rey that was created in the days when any car worth having sported tailfins to the stars.… Read More
People often assume that we are fantastic sailors. After all, we have made it from the Chesapeake to New Zealand – we must be awesome, right? Well, I won’t claim that we haven’t picked up a skill or two along the way. But cruising is a different kind of sailing. In some ways, your boat turns into your car: a vehicle you use to eat up the miles in order to to reach faraway places. You can slip into the habit of being destination-focused. And that is a shame, because if sailing is good for anything, it is good for showing you the world very, very slowly. … Read More
An inspired video that is only tangentially related to sailing and water, but too good not to post.
So: this is for all the adventurous women out there. May more of you find your way onto a sailboat.
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Courtesy of the Sail Magazine Great Escape Contest winner, here is Elliot Crowder’s winning entry top 5 reasons to win a charter in St. Vincent and the Grenadines from TMM Charters:
1. Our family of 3 live and sail on the cold & rugged Oregon Coast. Our love of sailing has us out year round. When the wind is blowing sideways & the rain gauge shows 20 inches for the month an escape to a tropical paradise torn from the pages of Sail Magazine sounds like a dream come true!
2. Our 8-year old son is on the junior sailing team & is quite good at racing! He has been on boats since he was days old and loves charts and navigation.… Read More
We've often been accused of playing up our lack of sailing experience. People say things like, “They can't really be that dumb.”
To which we reply, “Au contraire, we most certainly can be that dumb.”
And I think, really, we all can be. The difference is that I don't mind admitting it. I got over impressing people a long time ago. What do I care if I appear to be a genius or an imbecile? If you need to act like a genius, it's a fair bet that you aren't one. Isn't it? And don't we all hate that guy anyway?… Read More