March 16th

Posted 3/16/2015 by KL

Southern California’s hard-working fleet of Catalina 37s — maintained and matched for the Congressional Cup first of all — serve other regattas too. When the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Yacht Club and California Maritime teamed up in 2008 to create the Harbor Cup, that was the logical go-to fleet. And it serves well.

Now who can crack Cal Maritime’s run? The Keelhaulers have won the last five:

The final day of the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup was a thriller, with stunning wins by Navy and Massachusetts Maritime, and a near-upset at the top tier.…

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March 14th

Pacific Fleet Pounded in Vanuatu

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Photo courtesy Unicef Pacific

Posted 3/14/15 by KL

Cyclone Pam has left a trail of destruction across the 65 islands of Vanuatu, dealing damage also in Kiribati and the Solomons.

Torrential rain was reported, backed with winds to 170 mph. With communications infrastructures also hit, news has been slow coming out of the South Pacific, but early reports confirm eight deaths. More seem inevitable in the wake of the storm that has inspired phrases such as “complete destruction” to describe the effects in some areas.

An Associated Press report quotes Chloe Morrison, an emergency communications officer with World Vision, speaking from the capital, Port Vila, “The damage is quite extensive in Port Vila but there are so many more vulnerable islands.…

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March 2nd

“Saving Sailing” or a Piece of It

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By Kimball Livingston Posted March 1, 2015

Right about now would be the perfect time for the National Sailing Hall of Fame to induct Paralympic gold medalist Nick Scandone.

I have every confidence it will happen one year or another. What puts the bang in the now is the way in which sailing was dropped from the lineup of events for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo — and the push to get sailing reinstated. The chorus is strong and the ranks are broad, but there remains a lot of convincing ahead if we’re going to turn the International Paralympic Committee around on this one.…

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March 2nd

Teeny Tiny Sailing

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Hello, everyone! Sorry for the prolonged absence. My lungs and I had a serious disagreement. They decided they would be happier outside my body, and attempted to cough their way to freedom. I was of the firm opinion that we would both be better off if they stayed inside my chest. That is just the kind of hard-line organ traditionalist that I am. Eventually they saw things my way, but it took three weeks and a lot of coaxing.

By Sunday, I was well enough for an outing. Erik saw his chance. He has been determined to try out the sailing dinghies we found, and mounted a campaign of persuasion.…

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February 13th

Hello, Young Lovers

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By Kimball Livingston

It’s such a common phrase, such a common feeling, that we take it for granted. The romance of the sea. Even those who dwell far from the sea are not immune to it. Red sails in the sunset. The very notion of sailing away to paradise. Those who heed the call, those who love the sea and sailing, will not find it strange that a sailor would choose Valentine’s Day to write a love letter to the sport.

rosesOnce upon a time there lived a young man so enamored of sailboat racing that he couldn’t look out from the deck of one raceboat to another race going on over yonder without wishing he could be part of that race, too.…

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February 10th

Posted by Kimball Livingston February 10, 2015

Dr. Sylvia Earle, oceanographer, diver, explorer and warrior on behalf of oceans stewardship, was chief scientist at NOAA until she figured out that the job came with a muzzle. Today she lends herself to many causes and runs Mission Blue, a nonprofit initiative aiming to ignite support for a global network of marine protected areas – Hope Spots, she calls them – large enough “to save and restore the blue heart of the planet.”

Dr. Earle is also a National Geographic Explorer in Residence. We each contributed to this project . . .

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February 9th

Carrying on Regardless

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Posted by KL – February 8, 2015 – Lead photo of Skud 18s racing in Miami by Walter Cooper

A week or so ago at the Miami Olympic classes regatta — ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami — I ran into Maureen McKinnon, back on the campaign trail. You should remember Maureen as the gold medal crew for Paralympic hero sailor Nick Scandone.

Just getting to the 2008 Paralympic Games in Qingdao, with Nick in the late stages of ALS, was a thin-line ride between a dream and a nightmare. But they made the finish line. They made the top of the podium, which, for Paralympians, is figurative rather than literal.…

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February 5th

Flyin’ Hawaiian Sinks of Monterey

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This boat was one of the many eyesores dotting Richardson Bay, where about 200 liveaboards anchor with apparent impunity to local, state, and federal laws regarding registration and holding tanks. I always assumed it was built just as a floating home, and had no inkling of the owner’s dream of sailing her to Hawaii. I’d heard about her construction, all from materials purchased at Home Depot. I kayaked around her one day with a friend and deemed her unseaworthy beyond the confines of greater San Francisco Bay, and maybe a stretch within.

More here in the Marin Independent Journal. …

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February 2nd

Seeing the mountains of Cuba, especially after leaving the flat and featureless Bahamas, is exciting. You know it’s going to be different, but just how different you don’t know. Equal parts of fear and anticipation, hesitancy and expectation, jitter about in your mind. It’s not at all like entering any other country.

As you approach, and generally somewhere about 9 or 10 miles out, the Cuban Guarda Frontera (coast guard) contacts you via VHF with a request you identify yourself and your intentions. This is it. You’re heading in and your entire cruising experience is about to be changed.



My first visit I entered at Puerto de Vita after a 65 nm crossing from Ragged Island in the Bahamas.…

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