Kimball Livingston

Saving a Folkboat for Us Folks

28 Apr

In which a Folksong hits a new note

By Terri Watson Posted April 28, 2014

The ad said, “One repair and she is ready to race. $5000 firm.”

The slide began when I asked, “So what is that one repair?”

My mother taught me better, the woman who counseled me to never, ever go to the SPCA just to visit the animals. The owner said, “Go take a look for yourself.”

I met Folkboat US95 tied to the dock at what was then Nelson’s boatyard in Alameda, where she had been taken for a checkup by Fred Andersen, the San ...

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Aerodynamic Wing Control and . . . Other Stuff

23 Apr

By Kimball Livingston Posted April 23, 2014

Suddenly we have anecdotal evidence in plenty that there’s nothing like a hot lime-colored wing on a sailboat to set people a’wondering, and we were able to address the collective WTF in our piece about Richard Jenkins’ prototype of a wing for a wind-assisted ferry of the maybe-future.

If you haven’t seen that story, and you want to, and if looking around the Home page is below your pay grade, you can find the story here.

Among reactions to the piece, there was a posting on the forum of BAMA, the Bay ...

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22 Apr

By Kimball Livingston Posted April 22, 2014

And not really, of course, but it’s not all that often that the Coast Guard’s Commander of the Pacific Area, Defense Force West, is promoted to the office of Commandant. That part doesn’t become official until ceremonies in Washington, D.C. a few weeks hence, but—

three-admiralsToday, the process began with a Change of Command ceremony at Coast Guard Island, Alameda, in which Vice Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant-to-be, handed off the Pacific Area command to Vice Admiral Charlie Ray.

(Go Razorbacks)

We’re in good hands. In the pic we see, left to right, Zukunft, ...

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Future Sailing – Wind Assisted Ferries

21 Apr

By Kimball Livingston Posted April 21, 2014

Eventually, someone is going to get “wind assisted” transport right.

Don’t bet against Richard Jenkins.

The same Richard Jenkins who spent his first ten adult years figuring out how to set a wing-powered landsailing speed record of 126.2 mph.

The same Richard Jenkins who recently, remotely, sailed a 19-foot, wing-and-solar-powered prototype drone from San Francisco Bay to Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, then to the South Pacific, and back, and who is now neck deep in developing his next generation Saildrone, capable of carrying a complete array of oceanographic research instrumentation to any coordinates on ...

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Belle Mente Drops Rig at St. Barth

18 Apr

Bella-MenteThings were looking good, and then they weren’t. Photo by Christoph Jouany. Posted April 18, 2014

No details. Just an announcement that the rig failed before the start of racing for the day at Les Voiles de St. Barth.

We do, however, have a word from Sean Doogie Couvreax.

The word is, “bummed.”...

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China Sea Race: Ragamuffin is First In

18 Apr

Rolex China Sea Race 2014“The” Asian blue water classic since 1962, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s 600-mile crossing to Subic Bay, Manila brings out the best hardware in that part of the world. Ever his own man, Aussie Syd Fischer is there, and “there” is already April 19 from a start on Wednesday, April 16. Here’s the word:

After 57h 31m 18s of racing, Syd Fischer finally steered his 90 foot Maxi, Ragamuffin 90, over the line to claim line honours for the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race. Having successfully maintained a boat speed of 9 to 13kts for
564nm, the boat hit ...

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Artemis Racing Bumps up Design Team

17 Apr

One of the questions I hear a lot goes, how many entries are we going to see for America’s Cup 35 – wherever it happens? My number for that is six, which is a bet that the French and the Brits both will get funding. Beyond that, I’m counting on the Aussies as challenger of record, New Zealand, the Italians of Luna Rossa, and the Swedish team of Artemis, which continues to operate out of its base in the East Bay of San Francisco Bay. Here is their latest—KL

ALAMEDA, 17th April 2014 – Artemis Racing announced today that it ...

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Under Sail on the EagleAll 22,000 square feet of sail

16 Apr

By Kimball Livingston

Once upon a time I was invited to sail from Portland to San Francisco on a rather special ship.

And that raised the question, what do you do with 22,000 square feet of sail? The Captain of the US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle said, “It’s basic sailing, just a lot of it.”

We were at sea for three days, downriver on the Columbia to salt water at Astoria, then south along the Pacific Coast from Oregon to California and the Golden Gate. Being a small-boat sailor, I had my epiphanies.

Imagine a medium breeze near or forward ...

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Canfield Takes 50th Congressional Cup

13 Apr

It is the signature event for the Long Beach Yacht Club, their spirit builder, their team identity, and it works. Without the Congressional Cup, Long Beach Yacht Club would be a first class outfit, but with no place on the international stage and, most of all, much less to define its unique “family values.” Over 50 years, through the developments and innovations of the Congressional Cup match race series, the Long Beach Yacht Club has rocked our world.

A deep bow is in order—Kimball

By Rich Roberts Posted April 13, 2014

Sunday’s weather: Wind 10k SW; high temp. 62F.


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The New America’s Cup Cat

13 Apr

The next generation will look much like this 2013 generation challenger from New Zealand, but they’re a new breed

By Kimball Livingston Posted April 13, 2014

Gino Morrelli believes the next generation of America’s Cup catamarans will revolutionize upwind tactics. He foresees the boats foiling through tacks without slowing down, and if there is no price for tacking, that’s a new calculus, isn’t it? A new game.

Smaller, faster, safer. It’s quite a package that Morrelli is talking about, and he knows a bit. His firm of Morrelli & Melvin wrote the design rule for what we will call, for ...

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