Kimball Livingston

Time Running Out to Nominate to the Sailing Hall of Fame

25 Mar

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


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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Peer to Peer Boat Rentals NOW

24 Mar

By Kimball Livingston Posted March 24, 2014

“Because you can only talk to so many crazy brides”

So there was Aaron Hall outside Dallas, at Lake Ray Roberts, one of those manmade lakes that mix fishing, skiing, sailing and the like in a not-quite-flat, rolling countryside interspersed with farms and freeways and clumps of forest and bees and junebugs and honeysuckle. That is to say, its own kind or paradise. And Aaron Hall was trying to rent a boat because this corner of paradise on this summer day was “Texas-hot and Texas-humid.”

Nothing doing.

“The marina had a few clunkers,” ...

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No Workout for Kotoum’s Repaired Strut

23 Mar

Light Air Flyers – Koutoum Wins

Even though Florida’s breeze never touched ten knots during Saturday’s edition of the US Moth Nationals at Key Largo, that was enough for liftoff. Veteran Anthony Kotoun led the standings into Sunday’s racing for these cutting-edge foilers, where the sailors continue to set standards for class spirit. Kotoun rushed off after racing to keep a commitment at a friend’s wedding, which could have been bad news for his prospects on the race course on Sunday. Sailing in after Saturday’s racing, Kotoun broke a carbon wing bar. But it was his fellow competitors who set ...

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If It Looks Strange to You . . .

21 Mar

By Kimball Livingston Posted March 21, 2014

If it looks strange to you, imagine how it looks to them.

Thanks to Lloyd Images for the pics.

A raft of AC players and would-be AC players, along with former AC player Alinghi, make up the Extreme Sailing Series, which is now in Muscat, Oman for the second installment of the series. AKA an Act.

Alinghi, the leader, is skippered by Morgan Larson, a California guy who has a number of good lines. My favorite would be: “I went to the University of Hawaii because the team travels a lot. I ...

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Women Sailors Complete Mumbai-Oman

20 Mar


March 20, 2014, from Oman Sail

Although they crossed the finish line in Oman last night, the official welcome took place at The Wave, Muscat earlier today. A huge gathering turned out to honour the two girls who now hold records for the first ever severely paralysed woman and the first Arab female sailor to make a trans-oceanic crossing.

The 850-nautical mile journey across the Indian Ocean started from Mumbai, India on Tuesday 11 March and took nine days to complete. The course generally took them up wind with winds reaching no more than 10-15kts, and the average boat speed ...

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First Monos Finish PV, Others Park

19 Mar

orionSan Diego Yacht Club’s 1000-mile race to Puerto Vallarta opened for the first time this year to official multihull entries, and the two that answered the call both found the conditions they needed to obliterate the existing course records held by monohulls.

Tom Siebel’s Mod 70, Orion, pictured at right, was first into PV at the blistering pace ot 2 days, 8 hours 33 minutes. And how does that compare to the monohull times? Well, son, the breeze on the course was cruelly slowing down for the monohull end of the fleet. In the early hours of Wednesday, March ...

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Sailors for the Sea: Pollution in Rio

19 Mar

Can one hundred years of pollution be cleaned in two?

By Tyson Bottenus, Clean Regatta and Marine Education Coordinator, Sailors for the Sea

“Talk not of Bahia de Todos los Santos – the Bay of all Saints; for though that be a glorious haven, yet Rio is the Bay of all Rivers – the Bay of all Delights – the Bay of all Beauties. From circumjacent hill-sides, untiring summer hangs perpetually in terraces of vivid verdure; and embossed with old mosses, convent and castle nestle in valley and glen.” Herman Melville, White Jacket (1850)

unnamedLast December Alan Norregaard, a Bronze ...

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Reading the Shifting Sands (etc) of the ICW

19 Mar

By Kimball Livingston Posted March 19, 2014

With snowbirds counting the weeks until their migration north along the IntraCoastal Waterway—assuming this winter really does have an end—their transit of the ICW will include all the challenges of navigating shallow waters and shifting features. But with new sources of help from technology.

It’s very 2014, incorporating crowdsourced data generated by the users of Navionics electronic cartography products for chartplotters and mobile devices. The result: daily updates for near-real time news you can use. The benefits are obvious along a route notorious for its changeability. Or, as Navionics’ Shaun Ruge pegs it, ...

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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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Sacto Bee Reports Delta-Damming Plan

12 Mar

March 12, 2014 Posted by KL

Sacramento Bee writer Matt Weiser reports that California is planning to dam a number of Delta sloughs to prevent, or slow, salt water incursion if the drought of 2014 persists—and I think we know, the drought will persist. The scheme promises positive outcomes for many, negative outcomes for a few, and, as Weiser notes, it heats up the paranoia (or maybe it’s not paranoia?) of those who fear it positions the state one step closer to shipping more water south, when the drought eases.

Recreational users of the Delta will note that one slough ...

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