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CAT PPALU: Great Salvage Video

4 Apr

Ppalu sunk

Gotta hand it to Randy West. He knows how to bounce right back after getting slapped down hard. You’ll recall his classic 75-foot Peter Spronk catamaran, Ppalu, sank last month in St. Maarten during the Heineken Regatta. (This right after Randy got done with a 7-month refit of the boat.) Now you can watch a properly produced Rick Moore video on how the old girl was salvaged:

You’ll also learn a bit about the history of the boat, starting with when Randy was one of 200 people who helped pick her up and walk her into the water when ...

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Knox-Johnston Entering Route du Rhum

2 Apr

April 2, 2014

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, 75, will return to his solo ocean racing roots this November when he takes part in French single-handed classic, the Route de Rhum on his Open 60 entry, Grey Power.

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The British founder of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and first ever man to sail solo, non-stop around the world in 1968/69, will compete in the tenth anniversary edition of the 3,500 mile Transatlantic race from St Malo, France to Guadeloupe, which starts on 2 November 2014. Knox-Johnston last did this race in 1982 in his 70-foot catamaran Olympus, better known ...

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RIP Hobie Alter and Bob Billingham

31 Mar

By Kimball Livingston Posted March 31, 2014

The news hit me when I was living life to the full and feeling every minute of it.

Somehow, that seems right.

The last time I saw Bob Billingham, he was setting up to do America’s Cup commentary in a setting that, as Project Manager, he had orchestrated. He showed no sign of the cancer or the treatments that had been in his foreground for years, and I never heard a word out of his own mouth about them. Nothing slowed Bob down until he hit the wall, and he hit the wall ...

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Time Running Out to Nominate to the Sailing Hall of Fame

25 Mar

Preserving America’s Sailing Legacy * Engaging Sailing’s Next Generation

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The deadline is April 1 for nominations to the National Sailing Hall of Fame, Class of 2014.
The only way your favorite sailing great can be added to the list is with your nomination.

These sailing greats are already in. Who’s next?

Betsy Alison Peter Barrett John Alden
Hobie Alter Bob Bavier, Jr. Tom Blackaller
Charlie Barr F. Gregg Bemis Bill Buchan
Paul Cayard Stan Honey Starling Burgess
Dennis Conner Bruce Kirby Frank Butler
Nathanael Herreshoff John Kostecki Runnie Colie, Jr.
Ted Hood Mark Reynolds Dave Curtis
Gary Jobson Rod Stephens, ...

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A Different Sip and Puff Party

13 Mar

By Kimball Livingston Posted March 13, 2014

Yeah, yeah, you’ve been to the other sip and puff, but if you’re a regular reader you know the pride I take in the way that sailing, as a sport, has embraced disabled sailing. It took a while, but we’re there.

Sailing, after all, is one of the few activities in which a person reduced to not much more than the ability to breathe can get out and breathe fresh, fresh, fresh air, take action, make things happen and even compete. You can’t get much more impaired than the need to rely on ...

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FROM PRISON CELL TO THE SEA: Greg White and Jeff Bolster

13 Mar

Bolster and fish

You remember Jeff Bolster, right? He lives down the street from me here in Portsmouth, and I’ve crewed on his boat, and he’s crewed on my boat, and he doesn’t mind eating fish raw for breakfast. He teaches history at the University of New Hampshire and in a past life was a pro schooner jockey. I’ve heard from him the story of how his first scholarly tome, Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail (Harvard University Press, 1997), proved to be a major inspiration to a black prison inmate, Greg White, who consequently went ...

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CCA Annual Awards

12 Mar

The Cruising Club of America celebrated its outstanding sailors of 2013 during the Annual Awards Dinner on March 7, 2014 at the New York Yacht Club, where CCA Commodore Frederic T. Lhamon made presentations to the winners of the Blue Water Medal, Far Horizons Award, and Richard S. Nye Trophy.

Jeanne Socrates, left, below, accepted the 2013 Blue Water Medal from Commodore Lhamon for her completion of a solo nonstop circumnavigation of the world on her third attempt. Did we mention, third attempt?

Photo CCA/Dan Nerney

Photo CCA/Dan Nerney

Tom and Dorothy Wadlow accepted the Far Horizons Award for an admirable 18 years ...

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Changing Dreams in Midstream: Part II

10 Mar

By Kimball Livingston   Posted March 10, 2014

In Part I, we explored the story of young men, fresh out of the Navy at the close of hostilities in 1946, pooling their WWII discharge pay to buy and rebuild a 35-foot schooner. The mission: Embark upon a voyage from Nova Scotia to California. We had some fun with the fact that, like Dave Honey, I formed a “relationship” with, but never got published in, Yachting Magazine. If you haven’t read Part 1, consider it. That’s a much better place to begin.

We open now on the east coast of Florida, ...

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Changing Dreams in Midstream

7 Mar

The sailing ventures of Dave Honey and Dick Honey

Posted March 7, 2014 By Kimball Livingston

I have something in common with the brothers Honey. Separated by a generation, we never got published in the pages of Yachting Magazine.

Five minutes after the end of the Second World War, and even before they were discharged from the Navy, Dave and Dick were already knee-deep in plotting a getaway under sail, East Coast to West Coast of the Americas. I challenge you to imagine yourself as a young co-owner of a newly-purchased, old-school fishing schooner, walking into the deep woods ...

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