It was 1991, and we were three fools fresh out of San Diego State. Brian had bought an old Catalina 30, and we spent six months fitting her out. Against my protests, Brian changed her name to Break‘n Wind, a boat name I’ve encountered several times over the years, and never liked any better.
Brian’s artist buddy painted the new name and hailing port on the transom, along with some sorry-ass blue palm trees. I asked the artist, “Isn’t break spelled B-R-E-A-K?” He’d spelled it Brake’n Wind. The paint had already semi-dried, so we ended up with one E wedged in there somehow, and another E rubbed out with acetone, and it never looked quite right.… Read More
Story and Photos by Kimball Livingston
Published September 23, 2015
At our shoreside celebration on Huahine, one bright gazelle of a female child dashed to and fro, to and fro, leaping to the beat of the drums, infectious joy trailing in her wake. Was she a French local, in from Papeete for Tahiti’s annual gathering of the sailing tribes, the Pearl Regatta? Did she come by way of a long distance cruiser, with parents not satisfied to merely pass through but seizing the opportunity to play sailing games along the way? Did she come from one of the boats in the charter-racing fleet on a one week (and it’s never enough) vacation?… Read More
From the nice folks at DORADE.ORG
Defying critics who said it couldn’t be done, Dorade has completed a four-year campaign to repeat all of the major ocean races she won in the 1930s, finishing up on the podium at the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race, where she took second in IRC Class 4 and seventh overall out of 356 boats. A 52’ wooden yawl built in 1930 by Olin and Rod Stephens, Dorade was the oldest boat to compete in this year’s Fastnet and took home three of the event’s most prestigious trophies: the Sparkman & Stephens Trophy, the Iolaire Block, and the Coates Schofield Trophy.… Read More
Things are usually pretty tranquil at our 100-year-old family business, the Balboa Island Ferry. Despite our best efforts, every once in a while this happens: Read More
Sigh. Full story here. …
Posted June 29, 2015 by KL
Most boats making 12+ knots down the Transpac course to Diamond Head would be making good time.
But when it’s Hydroptere, doing the zig-zag thing, it’s not a good look.
For two years, Alain Thébault has been chasing his dream of a Transpac course record. Chasing, that is, the sponsorship to take a shot at what could almost have been a slam dunk, had the tradewinds of the Pacific provided the horsepower.
Alain’s enthusiasm is infectious, and he has a great group aboard. I can’t help feeling disappointed for them and for Alain, especially.… Read More
By Kimball Livingston Posted June 22, 2015
Care to crack a guess at what resides at 33.698825 – 118.291682 ?
If you said Point Fermin Lighted Whistle Buoy 6PF you’d be spot on, and you’d be right in tune with the folks from Transpac Yacht Club who set up a station today, ashore, at the Point Fermin Lighthouse planning to draw a bead on the buoy and thereby establish a starting line for Hydroptere’s run at the course record, Los Angeles to Honolulu, Point Fermin to Diamond Head.
Imasgine their surprise when –
Out of the breakwater and past Angel’s Gate comes Hydroptere, and down the coast from the opposite direction comes a Coast Guard buoy tender which proceeds to deploy its crane and lift Point Fermin Lighted Whistle Buoy 6PF right out of the water and onto the deck.… Read More
By Kimball Livingston Posted June 13, 2015
I saw only one helmet aboard the trimaran, Lending Club. That’s because only one person at a time goes up the mast. I didn’t notice any divots . . .
The lead photograph comes from Lending Club Sailing, btw. The other snaps are mine.
Originally a Groupama, later one of the Banque Populaires, Lending Club has a hole in the calendar after setting a new 635-mile Newport to Bermuda record that lops 15 hours off the old mark. Next in the racing sked comes a start on July 18 in the Transpac, Los Angeles to Honolulu.… Read More
By Kimball Livingston Posted April 27, 2015
Convergence is a book about sailing to Tahiti, and sailing in Tahiti, and breathing in a lifetime of dreams and tales, glittering imaginings, gritty realities, and indelible wanderings.
I read the book, or a lot of it, at 36,000 feet flying the opposite direction from California, en route to the Caribbean and St. Barth. Maybe that’s backwards, but hey, time happens on a plane.
Being acquainted with Sally-Christine Rodgers, the author, and with Convergence, the 66-foot Wylie-designed cat ketch that she sailed to Tahiti along with three children and three other adults, including her husband, West Marine founder Randy Repass, I was inevitably “along for the ride.” And I don’t propose to do a book-review-thingie here.… Read More
Posted April 22, 2015
“Everybody” wants to foil these days, including racing sailors headed offshore, some of them. Gitana has been talking for a while, and plotting and developing, and Baron de Rothschild’s team is on the cusp of going sailing to find the answers to questions that lab work just doesn’t yield.
Because you can’t really CAD-design to waves.
Offshore, should it be C-foils or L-foils? Howzabout one of each, for testing purposes?
The ride will be different from what we see above. KL
Here’s the word from the Gitana Team:
In refit since her return from the West Indies back in December, the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild left the cosy atmosphere of her technical base in Lorient this Wednesday morning to return to the liquid element.… Read More
Posted April 19 by Kimball Livingston
“What this will do is scare away the people who didn’t belong in the boat in the first place.”
Boat was upright and back on its mooring in about 90 minutes. There was damage to the mainsail, which may need a new headboard. It’s sailing to St. Maartin tomorrow and later to Antigua for the race week. … Read More