Kimball Livingston

So Long Barcelona

31 Dec

By Kimball Livingston Posted December 31, 2014

Somewhere in that jumble ashore is Las Ramblas, and somewhere among the towers are the spires of Sagrada Familia. But for sixteen men on eight boats, the only thoughts are how to escape the Med and predictions of light air.

Everybody likes a fast start to a long race, and they don’t get any longer than Barcelona to Barcelona via the three capes. There’s plenty of wind waiting in the Atlantic, but how to get there?

Aboard Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes were first away, and don’t they wish that ...

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Shopping for Sailor-Stuff?

12 Dec


Sail Couture Holiday Gift Guide 2014!
By Kara Hugglestone

Few things are as satisfying as giving the perfect gift, something truly special that will be treasured.

This year we searched out unique gifts for the special sailor on your list and some even have a Sail Couture discount.


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America’s Cup Legacy: The Good News

28 Nov

By Kimball Livingston Posted November 26, 2014


The first time I saw a kid in a sweatshirt that said – MISSION HIGH SAILING TEAM – it made my day for a week.

This comes up because of my recent, published appraisal of the legacy of the San Francisco America’s Cup as “chopped liver.” I stand by that appraisal for the big picture. Citywide, chopped liver it is. But Valerie Santori, who manages Golden Gate Yacht Club’s youth program, rang my chimes to remind me that there are exceptions. Says Val —

“For youth sailing in Northern California, the America’s Cup ...

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The View from Team Alvimedica

24 Nov


Amory Ross is the media guy aboard Team Alvimedica in the Volvo Ocean Race, and Amory is drawing kudos for this shot of the proceedings.

I like the pic.

I knew him when.

During the 2007 America’s Cup in Valencia, Amory was a talented kid looking to get his nose in. When Ford had a media day at the local race track, we got our hands on a then-new Mondeo and quickly proved that it wasn’t the car we really wanted for playing on the track. But you take what you can get.

This is Amory at the wheel . ...

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America’s Cup, Whither Away?

24 Nov

By Kimball Livingston Posted November 24, 2014

Apparently, it’s easy to cast stones at the Golden Gate Yacht Club, sixth trustee of America’s Cup, as we confront the prospect of a 35th defense to be sailed (apparently) outside US waters.

What? Not in the Alcatraz Channel, the spectators’ grand arena? With the big winds, the mountains and the backgrounds that the cameras just love? Right under the windows of GGYC? What are they thinking?

I’m pretty sure they’re thinking


Remember, GGYC back in the day had finance problems and —

GGYC in its moment of distress glommed onto the ...

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San Francisco’s America’s Cup, the Legacy

21 Nov

By Kimball Livingston Posted November 21, 2014

There are forces afoot that, if the rumors (AC in Bermuda, 2017) are correct

And even if they’re wrong

Take to a new level

The old phrase, flag of convenience.


Not to name names.

And that picture doesn’t quite get it. Must keep searching.

And —

The triumph that the San Francisco America’s Cup competition became in its final few days never fully made up for years of high promises made along the cityfront, especially, but also to citizens’ groups citywide keen to pitch in, keen to build partnerships, keen to do ...

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Moving in THAT Direction

20 Nov

By KL Posted November 20, 2014

I reckon the first time that it really hit my radar screen to have a Western sailing team tied to an Asian or Middle Eastern flag was Valencia 2007. What had been a French effort that ran out of dough morphed into China Team with the avowed intent of developing, eventually, an all-Chinese crew for America’s Cup.

Didn’t happen.

Didn’t happen going into AC34 with the 45-foot cats, not for China, and not for Korea.

The Sultanate of Oham, meanwhile, is taking a different tack, building a small boat racing and sailing program, including ...

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The Really BIG SAIL

18 Nov

By Kimball Livingston Posted November 18, 2014

Want to get people out to watch sailboat races? Give’em that old college try. Give’em bands. Give’em the Big Sail.

Two years ago, during the Big Sail, Oracle Racing’s first foiling 72 augured in. A mile or so from the Big Sail, but still, it was quite a sight. No added charge for the show.

Big Sail as in four matches on the cityfront of San Francisco, the Tuesday before the local Big Game, Stanford vs. Cal, Cal vs. Stanford.

Varsity, Young Alumni, Masters and Grand Masters in St. Francis Yacht Club’s J/22s, ...

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