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June 29th

Finns Go Deep on Rule 42

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As reported by the Finn Class regarding a problem area of the sport of dinghy racing. Posted June 29, 2015

A three day Rule 42 clinic was run by the Finn Class just before the Silver Cup in Valencia. Around 20 sailors competed at some point including the Juniors preparing for the week ahead as well as some seniors who were in Valencia for training.

Four on-the-water sessions were carried out along with de-briefings with videos from each day with detailed explanations from the judges. The clinic ended with two umpired medal races to give the sailors some experience of direct judging and the processes involved.…

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June 29th

Well Shucks, Hydroptere

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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.…

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June 22nd

A Tender Spot

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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.…

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June 13th

Busting Forty

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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 . . .

foulies

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.…

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April 27th

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.…

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April 22nd

Drought to Close CA’s False River

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Posted April 22, 2015 by KL

The long tidal slough known as False River is a popular, scenic shortcut for mariners traveling on the San Joaquin River in California’s Delta country. Its shallow spots are the stuff of legends, and having a personal (perhaps secret) route through is the mark of a river veteran.

By the way, there is more than one way to do it right, and there are many, many, many ways to do it wrong.

But that will not matter, apparently, in the summer of ’15. The California Department of Water Resources, concerned that False River is an intrusion point for extra salinity working into a dry river system, is seeking permits to temporarily dam the western end of False River.…

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April 22nd

How High Do You Fly ?

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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.…

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April 19th

Rightsiding the Wrongsided

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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.”
Peter Johnstone

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. …

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April 11th

By Kimball Livingston Posted April 11, 2015

The G4 Gunboat — the first full-galley foiling cat — was already a talking point in St. Barth before it beat its tender over from St. Maarten on Friday afternoon, and before a traveling cruiser dropped anchor too close on Saturday morning, dragged across the G4’s anchor rode, scooped it, rode up on it, wound up bow-to between the hulls, with the rode wrapped around the cruiser’s prop and —

With Peter Johnstone and crew looking on from a hill above the harbor, it did not make for a promising break of day.…

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