Kimball Livingston

The Congressional Cup at Fifty

6 Apr

Posted April 6, 2014

Half a century on from the inaugural, the 50th Congressonal Cup is a survivor and still a leader.

It’s a spirit thing that powers the heart of the Long Beach Yacht Club.

LBYC-lineup

Thanks to viewing from a pier and bleachers, it’s spectator-friendly.

And it’s a standalone. From its just-us-folks beginnings, this thing spiraled up in a hurry and made its own place in the world. Tying the Congressional Cup to a circuit just never worked out. Tying it to a title sponsor just never worked out. But we know now that those things never had to ...

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A Win for Sailing Yacht Research

3 Apr

Posted April 3, 2014

Or we could title this, Ambitious Programs R Us.

In 2014, the first $100,000 nets $200,000 for SYRF, the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation, and we’ll come back to that and—

I know you may not have heard of the Sailing Yacht Research Foundations, except, now you have.

SYRF-logoSYRF is carrying on the work of the MIT/Pratt project begun more than 30 years ago. That study generated what eventually became our ORCi and ORR rating systems of 2014, but as anyone would know who has ever had a conversation about yacht handicapping, there’s always room to improve....

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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.

RKJ winching (OnEdition) (2)

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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San Francisco Bay, Still the Wilder West

1 Apr

Illustration © Kiteboat Project

By Kimball Livingston Posted April 1, but we’re not joking

Four hundred sixty square miles on the surface at high tide, two trillion gallons in volume, more or less, twice a day, on the exchange of tides, that is San Francisco Bay. And a why-not ethos. As in, why not use kites to power boats? At the Kiteboat Project, the answer is, why not, indeed?

Going far beyond theory from its skunkworks on Alameda Island, on the eastern reach of San Francisco Bay, the Kiteboat Project has dazzled everyone who caught a glimpse of the results. ...

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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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Kelpie of Falmouth Poised to Launch

28 Mar

By Kimball Livingston Posted March 28, 2014

Put it in a frame and what is it? Art, accidental and un? Art, modern and traditional? A schooner in a plastic tent?

In her eighty-six years on the water, the schooner Kelpie has touched many lives. This weekend in Cornwall she relaunches as Kelpie of Falmouth in what promises to be a brilliant new chapter of her own life.

The name comes from a Scottish water horse—mythical, to certain skeptics—a water horse that will grab you and not let go. Whoever has been near Kelpie still feels the grip. And that’s no ...

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Four Emmy Nominations for America’s Cup

26 Mar

Released from ACEA on March 26

AC-screensMedia production for the 34th America’s Cup has received five Emmy Award nominations, including for Outstanding Live Sports Special.The five nominations come on the heels of a previous Emmy Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement for AC LiveLive.“When we started planning for the 34th America’s Cup in 2010, one of the initial priorities was to create an exciting television experience for viewers,” said Stan Honey, Director of Technology for the America’s Cup. “These nominations from the media production of the America’s Cup in 2013 are a clear signal that the America’s Cup is now being ...

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Brunswick Invests in Boatbound

26 Mar

Brunswick announces its financial investment in Boatbound’s latest funding round

LAKE FOREST, Ill., March 26, 2014 – Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) announced today the launch of a strategic partnership with San Francisco-based Boatbound, the leader in the peer-to-peer boat rental market space. The peer-to-peer model creates a new way to easily connect potential renters with owners willing to rent their assets, and is quickly gaining traction in the boating space.

(Read our story about peer-to-peer rentals)

This Brunswick and Boatbound partnership is based on the common belief that the peer-to-peer boat rental model encourages boating participation and trial, ...

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The Billingham Buoy

26 Mar

It’s all in the Bs.

The B Buoy on the cityfront of San Francisco.

Bob “Buddha” Billingham. And I know Bob’s not in love with that nickname . . .

Just as he knows he can’t quite escape it. This comes up because the renaming of the B Buoy became official on the night of March 25, at the St. Francis Sailing Foundation’s 2014 auction fundraiser—think Olympic sailors, disabled sailors, underprivileged youth—where the lion’s chunk of the $300,000+ take came, not in the form of bidding on stuff to take home, but in contributions ...

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