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January 22nd

By Kimball Livingston Posted January 22, 2015

What would you do if you were the fastest sailor on water?

(Soft water.)

If you were coming off eleven years of obsessed design/build/test/fail/win and when you finally were a winner it was not by a smidgen, no, a winner by a country mile, a winner by a revolution, you could go away and stare at the trees for a while. Wait for a butterfly to flutter by. Read a book about anything but boats, aerodynamics, hydraulic drag. Take a little hike in the Antarctic. Maybe even think, never again.

It was more or less like that for Paul Larsen, whose absolute speed record looks secure for a while to come.…

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January 16th

2016 Bermuda Race to go All-ORR

Posted by // January 16, 2015 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

AND it will be the 50th Newport Bermuda Race. The word —

By John Rousmaniere

When the Newport Bermuda Race is next sailed in 2016, it will be scored by one handicapping system, the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR). The ORR calculates each boat’s speed potential based on its dimensions, using a Velocity Prediction Program (VPP). The ORR has been used in the Newport Bermuda Race since 2006, following many years of handicapping under other VPP systems.

The announcement was made by Race Chairman A. J. Evans (Red Bank, NJ). He noted that the 2016 race will be a double anniversary year for the Newport Bermuda Race.…

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January 15th

By Kimball Livingston Posted January 14, 2015

wanderbirdThe screening of a rough-cut documentary doesn’t always draw a crowd, but apparently there’s something about the Cape Horn rounding of the schooner, Wander Bird, and black and white footage that, for once, does not shrink the waves. They look really big. Or maybe the camera did shrink the waves, and they were really, really, really big.

(There’s this saying, How do you flatten an angry sea? Take a picture of it.)

Director Oleg Harencar and producer Don Zimmer embarked a while back upon documenting some of the great characters of the Marin waterfront.…

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January 11th

Burling Rocks the Flying Moth

Posted by // January 11, 2015 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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Peter Burling (left) and Tom Slingsby. Photo © Thierry Martinez

Sorrento, Australia

It was a crazy day on the water. The word from ISAF —

New Zealand’s Peter Burling reeled off four straight wins to take the lead on Day 2 of the McDougall + McConaghy 2015 International Moth World Championship on Port Phillip in Sorrento, Victoria, sounding the warning bell for the other 159 competitors.

With the fleet split into Blue and Yellow, Burling was in the Blue group on a course closer to shore. Defending world champion Nathan Outteridge (AUS) was in the Yellow on a course further out and on the receiving end of bumpier conditions and scored 3-2-2-1 results.…

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January 4th
Georgetown University's Nevin Snow and Katia DaSilva demo a light-air roll tack

Georgetown University’s Nevin Snow and Katia DaSilva demo a light-air roll tack

Posted January 4, 2015 by KL

Rich Roberts’ Rose Bowl Regatta Report:

Sunday’s weather: Sunny; wind 2-8k NW-SW; temp. 61F.

Georgetown Romps While Newport Harbor Ends Pt. Loma’s Reign

Long Beach, California

While Georgetown University coasted to a comfortable defense of its College championship in the 30th Rose Bowl Regatta Sunday — skipper Nevin Snow and crew Katia DaSilva rocking a 37-point win over second-place Coast Guard Academy — Newport Harbor High School kept its foot on the gas to end Point Loma’s eight-year reign in the High School Gold class.…

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January 4th

By Kimball Livingston Posted January 4, 2015

This photo that ran last week on Scuttlebutt Sailing News caused a stir.

Is this really “us” ?

It was shot dockside at the International Orange Bowl Regatta, sponsored by Coral Reef Yacht Club on the shores of mostly-lovely Biscayne Bay. With the US Sailing Center next door running the regatta “in cooperation” with CRYC, it makes you wonder.

Comments on social media ranged from simple outrage that garbage was thus strewn to huffy offense that a photograph was taken and run when the person commenting was sure that all that yucky stuff would have been cleared away quickly, because that’s how things are done at the Orange Bowl Regatta.…

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January 4th

Georgetown Dominating the Rose Bowl Regatta

Posted by // January 4, 2015 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

Posted January 4, 2015

Here is Rich Roberts’ report:

Sunday’s forecast: Sunny; wind 5-10k NW; temp 67F.

Sunny but Snow-y for Georgetown

LONG BEACH, Calif.

Once the 30th Rose Bowl Regatta got underway in Saturday’s light, chilly breeze, “It went well,” Nevin Snow said.

From Snow’s standpoint, that was the understatement of the day.

The skipper and crew Isabelle Luzuriaza of the Washington D.C. school’s A boat won all four of their races in the College A class—a big jump toward defending the championship they won for Georgetown University last year.

The Hoyas’ B boat also led its class with two wins in four races.…

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January 1st

The Hit at Avalon

Posted by // January 1, 2015 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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Photo credit KTLA Channel 5

Posted January 1, 2015 by Kimball Livingston

Harbor Patrolman Tim Mitchell died while attempting to save a 65-foot dive boat, the King Neptune, as it was being driven ashore at Avalon Harbor, Catalina on Tuesday night, according to a statement from the City of Avalon. Mitchell, a New Zealand native and naturalized citizen of the USA, had worked as a dive instructor at Avalon-based Scuba Luv which featured excursions aboard the King Neptune, and was close to its owners. He had been a dive instructor for ten years and joined the Harbor Patrol in May, 2014.…

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December 31st

Tragic Wages of Big Wind

Posted by // December 31, 2014 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

Posted December 31, 2014 by K.L.

Both ends of California have been pounded by 30-knot winds and higher gusts as 2014 blows out the door.

At Avalon Harbor there were two deaths including a harbor patrolman lost trying to do his job. The patrolman, not yet named, was reportedly swept overboard and pinned between boats and rocks.

KTLA Channel 5 is running this photo:

KTLA

There have been no comparable dramas on San Francisco Bay, but high winds beat the waters to a froth, and the folks from Motor Lifeboat Station Fort Baker had their hands full rounding up strays that drifted off their moorings in Richardson Bay.…

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