Kimball Livingston

Good News, Bad News

7 Jul

By Kimball Livingston Posted July 7, 2014

For decades, sailors crossing between the West Coast and Hawaii have observed a steady increase in “stuff” that doesn’t belong in the ocean. Of the three east-west races currently under way, the fleet farthest along is the Singlehanded Transpac that left San Francisco Bay on June 28. Those 20 boats are now grouped around the halfway mark, en route to Hanalei Bay. They got pounded for a bit, and becalmed for a bit, and now we have Brian Cline reporting from his Dana 24, Maris, “And just like that, the spinnaker goes ...

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Stanjek and Kleen Clean Up the Star Worlds

6 Jul

Malcesine, Italia – July 5th 2014

2014 Star World Championship - Day 1On Saturday, July 5th, the International Star Class World Championship was decided in dramatic style on the last leg of the last race. GER 8340 Robert Stanjek with crew Frithjof Kleen led by ten points going into the last race and held on in a nervy final race to become the new world champions and the first German world champion for seventeen years.

Clouds above The Dolomite Mountains and clear blues skies above Lake Garda provided classic Ora conditions, with 12 knots of warm breeze pumping from the south. The first Saturday in July ...

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Star Worlds: Pressure at the Top

4 Jul

Malcesine, Italia. July 4th 2014. Via

Today, July 4th, American team Augie Diaz with crew Arnis Baltins in USA 8465 have more to celebrate than their American holiday: Independence Day. In the pivotal, and ultimately dramatic Race 5, USA 8465 Diaz/Baltins won their first race of the 2014 International Star Class World Championship and after the calculation of a drop race, maintain a position in the top five of the overall standings.

As the 12:30 pm scheduled first warning time for Race 5 neared, the Northerly Peler wind began to die and the Race Committee was once again forced ...

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Grael Takes Race 2, Star Worlds

1 Jul

2014 Star Class World Championship - Malcesine

Malcesine, Italia July 1st 2014 Via

Race Day 2 of the 2014 International Star Class World Championship came to a thrilling end today after an intense battle between the top three boats and a near photo finish where only five seconds separated first and second place. The beauty, sophistication, and power of the Star Boats racing on Lake Garda this afternoon was only matched by the lake’s breathtaking scenery. The 87 boat fleet completed today’s race with great success beginning with a clean start, where Croatians Mate Arapov and crew Ante Sitic in CRO 7287 lead the fleet across ...

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Solo to Hanalei: Southish-Bound

1 Jul

Posted 6/30/2014

The Singlehanded Transpac is still in the set-up phase early in the race as skippers look toward picking a lane for the crossing from San Francisco Bay to Kauai. Looking at the tracks at race tracking, it’s telling that almost all the tracks were parallel as of mid-evening on Monday (there’s a three-hour posting delay, so that skippers can’t game someone else’s game plan).

The lone exception in routes in that report/time was Al Germain with his Wyliecat 38, Bandicoot. Germain took a sharper left turn than anybody else.

The fact is, Al won’t know for ...

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Long Beach Race Week: Doctor’s Orders

30 Jun


Long Beach, California. Posted June 29, 2014. Reported and photographed by Rich Roberts

The sailors with the best prescriptions survived the relatively windless distress of a difficult Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week—notably Bob Lane, the pharmacist who drove his familiar Andrews 63 named Medicine Man to first place in Random Leg PHRF 1 for the biggest of the 142 boats in 15 classes.

The 35th version of the West’s largest keelboat regatta was staged by the neighboring Long Beach and Alamitos Bay Yacht Clubs, and despite the absence of the familiar whitecapped race courses and breeze below the usual ...

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Solo Transpac On the Ocean

29 Jun

A crisp seabreeze on San Francisco Bay proved more than enough to get 20 entries in the Singlehanded Transpacific Race upwind and out the Golden Gate on Saturday, bound for Hanalei Bay, Kauai in the 19th edition of the event.

There appears to be a solid northwesterly flow over the near-Pacific west of San Francisco, and even with a three-hour delay built into the Yellowbrick tracking the early north-south spread of the fleet is evident.

Peter Heiberg is shown farthest south in his PJ-50, Scaramouche V, and Al Germain looks farthest north in his Wylie 30, Bandicoot. Right in ...

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Youth…American…Sponsored: It Can Be Done

29 Jun

By Kimball Livingston Posted June 29, 2014 – Photo of Alvimedica under sail © Daniel Forster/Team Alvimedica

Fair warning to my journo colleagues. If the America’s Cup goes to Bermuda, I have dibs on covering it for The Onion.
And if you don’t get that, take a slow walk around the block, or doublecheck your Bermuda sailing history.



Our news of the moment comes from the former home of America’s Cup, Newport, Rhode Island, where the USA youth team’s Volvo Ocean Race entry was christened over the weekend by former US Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin as ...

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Bermuda Race Wrapup

28 Jun

Daniel Forster/PPL

By John Rousmaniere

Hamilton, Bermuda, June 28, 2014: Actaea, skippered by Michael and Connie Cone from Philadelphia, PA and Shockwave, a 72-foot Mini-Maxi sloop owned by George Sakellaris from Framingham, MA, are the big winners in this year’s 49th Newport Bermuda Race.

The 635-mile race across the Gulf Stream had 164 starters on June 20 at Newport, RI, in five divisions, each for a type of boat. The race has no single winner (only division winners), although the winning St. David’s Lighthouse Division boat is generally regarded as the race’s top boat. The fleet was started in 15 classes, each ...

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Hardesty Leads E22 Worlds, Cunningham Rebounds

28 Jun

June 27, 2014, for immediate release

After a Day to Forget, Cunningham Has Two Races to Remember

NEWPORT, R.I. — The best sailors remember every detail of every race. But there are some days on the water that simply have to be forgotten. Day 3 of the 2014 Etchells World Championships, hosted by the New York Yacht Club in association with Sail Newport, was such a day for Jim Cunningham.

After waiting much of the day for a sailable breeze, Cunningham and his team of Jeff Madrigali, Mark Ivey and Bryn Bachman had a strong start and approached the first ...

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