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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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April 2nd

GetMyBoat and SailSFBay Partner in Life Jacket Exchange at Strictly Sail Pacific

Gear up for summer with a brand new life jacket!

Go ahead, make waves — with a brand new life jacket! GetMyBoat is thrilled to partner with SailSFBay and Summer Sailstice to host a life jacket drive at Strictly Sail Pacific on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Boaters need only to bring their used life jackets to exchange for a new, Type III personal floatation device (PFD).

“This life jacket drive is a great opportunity to help boaters get the resources they need to have a great, safe day on the water,” says Bryan Petro, CIO of GetMyBoat, the world’s largest boat-rental marketplace with 28,000 watercraft listed in 135 countries.…

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April 1st

Over the River and into the Woods

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By Kimball Livingston Posted April 1, 2015

Does Russell get his catamaran circuit or not?

That is the question.

I mean, the catamaran circuit he really wants, in the long run, even if it has to drag the America’s Cup with it.

It’s a question underlying all the chatter and all the undercurrents and all the dissension surrounding the outlook for America’s Cup 35 at this stage of the AC potboiler du jour. And, of course, the vote to move to smaller boats closer to the familiar AC45 model, and to keep all of the America’s Cup eliminations in Bermuda.

And you thought the Golden Gate Yacht Club, sixth trustee of the America’s Cup, was part of that conversation?…

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March 31st

Close Call for Some and, for One Someone Else

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Posted by Kimball Livingston March 31, 2015 Photos by Peter Johnstone

Above we see a cruising catamaran sitting in the Caribbean beneath a crane that self-sacrificed on the way down.

It was not supposed to come down.

Below we see the next generation of racer-cruiser catamaran, Gunboat’s G4, launched off the same crane not all that long before. Honest.


So, the latest addition to the Gunboat line just got a reprieve — and came a step closer to a season of Caribbean racing — and it could have been a different story. Work continues . . .


Peter Johnstone’s photos were downloaded from Facebook, where Latitude 38’s Richard Spindler chimed in with, “This is the crane we used to launch La Gamelle just a little while ago.…

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March 30th

Cup Rap: How Small is Big Enough?

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March 30, The word from AC:

The six teams entered in the America’s Cup will vote this week on whether to adopt a new America’s Cup Class that will significantly reduce costs.

The new America’s Cup Class under consideration is a wing-sailed, foiling catamaran between 45 and 50 feet. The boat would make its debut for racing in Bermuda in 2017.

“If these changes are adopted it seems certain new teams will join this edition of the Cup,” said Russell Coutts, the CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA).

“We’re trying to take as big a step as possible to reduce costs now and in the future.…

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