TAG: Environment

Define Heavy Weather?
In yet another example of racing when the most recent crop of America’s Cup boats would be huddled ashore, youngsters from up and down the West Coast spent last weekend sailing the Opti Heavy Weather regatta on the San Francisco ...
From Planks to Lams
We don’t have to explain it the way Obi Wan explains The Force to young master Luke, but just the same, everything is tied together. Including traditional boatbuilding and carbon fiber lamination. For today’s take we drop into Thames ...
Shaping Boats, and the Industry
Puzzling the problems of the day. Photo by KL Walking through door of the International Yacht Restoration School will likely affect you considerably. Speaking from experience. But I’ll let Jens Lange tell it his way. Jens is a grownup who had ...
First Flags First
History often leaves loose ends. I have my own copy of this flag, the Serapis flag, that I like to fly from time to time, and the thought comes to mind on Memorial Day of the years when the Republic, and ...
BCDC Loves You, Baby
In San Francisco today, Mayor Gavin Newsom’s office released a resolution passed by the Bay Conservation and Development Commission supporting an America’s Cup match on San Francisco Bay. Wow. This is huge. The Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is on ...
A Surreal Year (but let’s race)
A NOAA view of the Gulf of Mexico on a cloudy May 10 When Guy Brierre calls 2010 “a surreal year” that means something. I got to know this Finn (among other things) sailor in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a time ...
Recyclable Boat Makes Landfall
Plastiki, 39 days out of San Francisco and halfway to a final destination in Australia, arrived on Wednesday in the Line Islands. I gather it was none too soon. Arriving at the Line Islands. © Plastiki Co-skipper Jo Royle writes, “We ...
Turning the Tide, Turning the Tide
“Pacific Gyre? The problem is not in the middle of the ocean; the problem is in your refrigerator.” A Bryant Austin life-sized image on display in a whaling nation. © mmcta.org It’s been a long, long time since I saw anyone twist ...
Polaris Low on Horizon
What could be finer than to wake up at Les Voiles de St. Barth (good mawnin’ tradewinds!) and find on top of my inbox a note from the Mayor’s office a few thousand miles away in San Francisco, advising that ...
The Cup Stops Here
“Every year the City of San Francisco hosts Fleet Week, and we manage more than a million spectators on the waterfront. We have a history of managing the logistics, and with the America’s Cup the opportunity for a world-class spectator ...

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