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August 28th

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.…

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August 19th

Racing Shorthanded: The Scene

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By Kimball Livingston Posted August 19, 2014

Maybe it means something that 20 percent of the 2014 Pacific Cup fleet is sailing doublehanded. Maybe it means something that the biggest annual race on San Francisco Bay is a goofy winter event for one- and two-person crews. And maybe it means something that the Singlehanded Transpac is simply an event on the calendar, as opposed to a point of controversy, as it was when it started 35 years ago. Shorthanded sailing is having a heyday in Northern California, and its driving forces fit into the big picture of sailing in 2014.

• The average raceboat has grown smaller.…

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August 19th

Sweden Makes AC Campaign Official

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Where will Rod Davis pop up next? The word from Artemis—

STOCKHOLM, August 19, 2014 – Today, Artemis Racing officially launched its challenge to win the 35th America’s Cup at an inspirational event in Sweden’s capital. Guests were treated to a rare chance of seeing the America’s Cup trophy first hand at the Moderna Museet, on Skeppsholmen Island at the heart of Stockholm’s proud maritime history.

Torbjörn Törnqvist, Team Principal of Artemis Racing said: “Sailing is my passion, and I’m very proud to once again represent Sweden in the America’s Cup. Given our experience from the 34th America’s Cup, what the team went through and achieved, we have an incredibly strong culture, a belonging to the team.…

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August 18th

Hammo Yes, Hammo No

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From Antarctica to Hammo, the whales have come.

And Hamilton Island Race Week is a big deal in the sailing life of Australia. Everybody but everybody goes to “Hammo,” the gem of a resort in the Whitsdunday Islands of Queensland that, officially, remains the Challenger of Record for America’s Cup 35. But the clock is ticking on that. Otherwise, you could figure that the world would be paying a lot more attention to the races that begin on Tuesday and run through August 27. Instead, we have whales. Thanks, Andrea Francolini, for the pic.…

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August 15th

MisionBlue

By Kimball Livingston Posted August 15, 2014

Dr. Sylvia Earle’s prescription for engaging the next generation to save the ocean that supports all life:

“No child left dry.”

In her own case, moving to the Gulf Coast of Florida as a child, and later discovering the early films of Jacque Cousteau, opened the floodgates to a passion that just won’t quit. As Earle puts it, the Cousteau footage, “inspired me to want to see fish swimming in something other than lemon sauce and butter.”

This comes up because the new Netflix documentary, Mission Blue, was screened recently in San Francisco at the Bay Institute’s Aquarium of the Bay and is now part of the library at Netflix.…

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July 30th

The newest round of names now added to the National Sailing Hall of Fame cover a range from Nathaniel Bowditch, who gave the world a new standard of navigation, to Carl Eichenlaub, who gave the world a lesson, and another and another, in how to live and give. As a mechanic, this man kept one after another US Olympic team’s boats working, and he didn’t hesitate to help out the competition, either. Because Carl loved winning, but more than that he loved the game and the people who play it. As a boat builder, he worked wonders, not the least of which was constructing Doug Peterson’s debut yacht, Ganbare, for the 1974 One Ton North Americans.…

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July 25th

Shaken and Stirred?

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Posted July 25 by KL

The announcement that the America’s Cup Challenger of Record, Australia’s Hamilton Island Yacht Club, will withdraw from further participation shook things up and unloosed an avalanche of negative press.

That stirred up a counter-push that is now under way, and it is being led by other challenging teams.

The joint statement reproduced below affirms a commitment to race, and if I read it correctly, holds open the likelihood of some serious horse trading yet to come, behind closed doors, shades drawn. But where in the “joint statement” is Team New Zealand?

JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE TEAMS LUNA ROSSA CHALLENGE, ARTEMIS RACING, BEN AINSLIE RACING AND TEAM FRANCE, WHO WILL BE CHALLENGING FOR THE 35TH AMERICA’S CUP.

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July 22nd

Pacific Cup: Winning Isn’t Everything

Posted by // July 22, 2014 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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Kaneohe Bay, HI, July 22, 2014 – Winning an ocean race feels great, but three boats – Mirage, Thirsty, and Free Bowl of Soup – are competing in the 2014 Pacific Cup race from San Francisco Bay to Hawaii with a goal more rewarding than just coming in ahead of the other competitors.

The father-daughter team Stan Perkins and Kerry Hallyburton have been competing in multiple sailing events since 2013 to publicize and raise funds for Remember Nhu, an international nonprofit dedicated to preventing the exploitation of children in the sex trade industry. More specifically, through their “Sail for Remember Nhu” campaign, Perkins and Hallyburton hope to raise $160,000 to build a new safe house for 60 children rescued from sex slavery.…

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July 22nd

By Kimball Livingston Posted July 22, 2014

There’s a movie I’ve seen too many times.

Scripts vary, but in movie-talk, the “arc of the story” is the same.

First, there is an America’s Cup match that is riveting, thrilling, inspiring and enthralling to a huge audience. It can’t get any better than this, you think. The sequel will be just as good, meaning great.

Then everything goes to hell.

In 2013 we went from (former San Francisco Supervisor) Aaron Peskin’s assertion that, “There is no record of a crowd showing up for a sailboat race” to race seventeen on September 25, when so much of San Francisco tried to pour out onto Pier 17 to watch the finish that the fire marshall closed the gates.…

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July 18th

Invisible Hand Visible at Hanalei Bay

Posted by // July 18, 2014 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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The latest from our friends at the Pacific Cup—

Kaneohe Bay, HI, July 18, 2014 – Frank Slootman’s R/P 63 Mini Maxi Invisible Hand (formerly Limit) is the first boat to finish in the 2014 Pacific Cup with a unofficial finish time of 12:44:11 PDT. The Hand has an all-star crew comprising America’s Cup and Olympic champions, sailmakers, and others with significant ocean racing experience.

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Invisible Hand left San Francisco Bay on July 11 as part of the last group of starters on the 2,070-mile crossing.

To see how the race is progressing, use the Yellowbrick race tracker on PacificCup.org.…

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