SailWorld.com A fleet of 12 of the top teams from the U.S. will compete for the esteemed George R. Hinman Trophy at the U.S. Team Racing Championship, hosted by the Newport Harbor Yacht Club (Calif.), this Friday through Sunday, October 4-6. Once again, this year’s roster boasts former U.S. Team Racing Champions, college All-Americans, and an impressive pool of sailors who have had success in various disciplines and racing backgrounds. For the first time in many years, this will be an all American event. Team racing is one of the fastest growing disciplines in sailing. Over 100 races are sailed in just a few days. Each race or flight lasts under 30 minutes and normally, three flights are racing simultaneously with teams swapping out after each race. The intended format is a double round-robin followed by a knock-out series sailed between the eight teams who have recorded the highest number of wins during the round-robin series. Continue Reading......Read more
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Capt. John, Afishinados Charters - Afishinados.com AVALON, CATALINA ISLAND - Avalon is a port of call for more than a few cruise ships. Every Tuesday the Carnival Cruise Lines pulls into port and off loads a whole town full of visitors. This month has been an unusually busy one for such visitors. We have had our regulars and we have had a number of 'repositionings' resulting in new boats. This increase in activity has intensified the buzz around town, and I have heard on more than a few occasions, "that's a good cruise ship", and in some cases, "that’s a bad cruise ship". They look the same to me, so I started asking around to find out more. The more I asked the more clear it became; whether there really are good and bad cruise is a matter of impact. And believe me, these ships do have an impact on our little town, from the mayor on down. I...Read more
ABC10 News SAN DIEGO - The oldest sailing ship in the world set sail on the San Diego harbor Saturday. They rolled out the red carpet, with the star attraction being the Star of India. "It's an icon of San Diego, it really is," said Ken Andersen, vice chair of the board of trustees for the San Diego Maritime Museum. Andersen gave 10News a tour of the historic ship. Continue Reading... ...Read more
CBS San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Marine scientists looking for new ways to reduce the number of whales struck and killed off California’s coast by massive commercial ships have turned to a familiar tool: mobile devices. An app called “Whale Spotter” uses crowd-sourcing to gather data, allowing sailors, fishermen and marine scientists who spot whales to plot their location on an interactive map. The maps created could then be used by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Coast Guard officials to recommend different vessel routes. Continue Reading......Read more
TheLog.com There’s only one place on the entire Pacific Coast where you can see the West’s largest in-the-water collection of big yachts for sale: the Lido Boat Show. The 35th annual Lido Boat Show, Sept. 26-29 at Lido Marina Village, will offer a rare personal viewing opportunity, where show-goers can step aboard and compare the finest in luxury yachts -- including cruiseworthy motoryachts, offshore sportfishers, sleek sailboats, long-range trawlers and head-turning sport yachts. Continue Reading......Read more
By Ambrosia Brody - The Log SAN DIEGO -- Boat owners who are considering listing their vessels on “bed and breakfast” or “vacation rental” websites are warned not to follow through with those plans, as local marina managers are cracking down on those running such businesses from their slip. “There are legitimate ones (boat B&Bs) -- but these were not,” said Ken Guyer, marina manager at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. “These boat owners thought they could rent out the boat, and let their paid guests experience all the amenities (of the adjacent Marriott Marquis),” Guyer said. It’s a little comical.” Continue Reading......Read more
By Doug Hansen, Special to the U-TThis mid-September trip to Catalina doesn’t even compare with the last one I did, 25 years ago. What’s different this time? Everything. My wife and I have been traveling a great deal, and I’m familiar with 75 countries, but I have to tell you that our four-day stay in Catalina rivals any trip we have done.
During my last visit to Catalina, I made the mistake that many do — of just walking around Avalon, shopping and eating, spending the night and then leaving.Continue Reading... ...
By Alden Bentley - Yahoo! Australia SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Software titan Larry Ellison's decision to race the 34th America's Cup on high-speed 72-foot catamarans, which are harder to build and sail than keelboats, has been criticized for pushing the competition too far beyond traditional sailing and pricing out non-billionaires. But this is the America's Cup, Silicon Valley's style - it's all about technology, ideas and information - and advances made in preparation for the races are already being felt in television, aerospace and sporting gear. "The America's Cup has a long history of innovation on all kinds of levels," said Gary Jobson, the tactician on Ted Turner's 12-meter yacht Courageous when it won the Cup in 1977. "The boats have always had the leading edge of technology, whatever the technology has been." Continue Reading... ...Read more
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