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Match and Point

September 18, 2014 admin

Shall we contemplate this thing called match racing?

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Add Foils, Add a Theoretical Future, Stir

By Kimball Livingston Posted September 17, 2014 Want to host a foiling AC45 regatta in 2018, the year after America’s Cup 35? Bidding is now open, but you needn’t sharpen your elbows. The real goal for America’s Cup developers (notice my phrasing) at the moment is setting venues for a racing circuit between now and

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Athene

50 Years on San Francisco Bay

There is one person who can tell the full story of the Rolex Big Boat Series, in amazing detail, starting from its humble beginnings. It is the man whose idea it was to start it back in the 1960s: St. Francis Yacht Club’s Staff Commodore (1975) Robert C. Keefe, who at the age of 84 has been a member for 65 years and remembers the early days of the then-called St. Francis Perpetual Trophy Series as if it were yesterday.

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International Canoes and the Individual Touch

The 19th International 10 Square Meter Worlds are under way on San Francisco Bay. But the class is older than 19 years. Canoe world championships happen every three years, only.

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Say What, AC?

G’day. As many of you know, there was a press conference last night (I mean, today) in London (London?) regarding plans for the next competition for the alleged America’s Cup, allegedly held in trust by the Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco. It won’t be appreciated in high places that the SFPD report on the death of Andrew Simpson (the Artemis breakup) went public today too.

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Tomcat

1 Year. 25 Years. Remembering Blackaller

Twenty-five years ago today, sailing lost one of its most colorful figures. One year ago, a miracle America’s Cup kicked off. Two stories, one thread.

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Catalina Takes a Beating

Hurricane Marie in the Pacific off Mexico has been downgraded to the status of a tropical storm. But not before it whacked Avalon Harbor hard.

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By Andrea Francolini

Hammo Yes, Hammo No

From Antarctica to Hammo, the whales have come.

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No Child Left Dry

Dr. Sylvia Earle’s prescription for engaging the next generation to save the ocean that supports all life:

“No child left dry.”

In her own case, moving to the Gulf Coast of Florida as a child, and later discovering the early films of Jacque Cousteau, opened the floodgates to a passion that just won’t quit. As Earle puts it, the Cousteau footage, “inspired me to want to see fish swimming in something other than lemon sauce and butter.”

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The newest round of names now added to the National Sailing Hall of Fame cover a range from Nathaniel Bowditch, who gave the world a new standard of navigation, to Carl Eichenlaub, who gave the world a lesson, and another and another, in how to live and give. As a mechanic, this man kept one after another US Olympic team’s boats working, and he didn’t hesitate to help out the competition, either. Because Carl loved winning, but more than that he loved the game and the people who play it.

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Shaken and Stirred?

The announcement that the America’s Cup Challenger of Record, Australia’s Hamilton Island Yacht Club, will withdraw from further participation shook things up and unloosed an avalanche of negative press.

The counter-push is now under way, and it is being led by other challenging teams. Then, reading between the lines . . .

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Suns New Jerseys