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The Maritime Report: Sailors' Hands Across the Sea

In celebration of the America's Cup and the Artemis Racing team choosing Alameda for their local base, the seven yacht clubs of the "Island City" recently sent a letter (a real paper one) signed by all the Commodores to the head of the Lidingö Segelsällskäp in Lidingö, Sweden. As you may have read in this space before, Lidingö is one of Alameda's sister cities, appropriate as both are islands connected to a major city (Oakland and Stockholm, respectively). Read more >> about The Maritime Report: Sailors' Hands Across the Sea

The Maritime Report: The America's Cup Returns

It is less than two weeks until the America's Cup World Series returns to San Francisco Bay. Alameda's "home team," Artemis Racing, has been busy out there on Alameda Point getting ready for the October event, but has also been building the AC72 catamarans to be used in the Louis Vuitton Cup next year, and then (if they are successful in winning that regatta) in the America's Cup itself. Read more >> about The Maritime Report: The America's Cup Returns

The Maritime Report: Front Porches

Did you have a front porch on your house growing up? Do you have one now?

Much has been written by sociologists and urban planners about the impact that the loss of front porches, especially in suburban neighborhoods, has had on the closeness of neighbors and strength of their communities. (Alameda never seems like a suburb to me, but the town really did grow up as one.) Read more >> about The Maritime Report: Front Porches

The Maritime Report: In the Eye of the ACWS Hurricane

Here we are in the calm between those two halves of the storm, the Americas Cup World Series. The event held August 21-26 has been judged a big success. Just about everything worked; even the oft-maligned San Francisco MUNI transit system showed itself off with flying colors. The biggest complaint I heard was about a long line at the Oracle Gear store on Marina Green. (Not a problem for me, as I went to the next tent over to get the "first on my block" Artemis Racing hoodie!) Read more >> about The Maritime Report: In the Eye of the ACWS Hurricane

MARITIME REPORT: Looks Like it Worked!

Our first Bay Area America’s Cup event is now history, and it really does look like it WORKED. Thousands of people came out to Marina Green, and I would guess the vast majority had never watched a sailboat regatta before. They filled the bleachers, stood down the entire length of the Green, and packed the spit and rocks out by Golden Gate Yacht Club. Hundreds of boats came out to watch from outside the Coast Guard-specified restricted area; the folks I talked to as they returned all really had a great time out there! Read more >> about MARITIME REPORT: Looks Like it Worked!

The Maritime Report: Out on a Stake Boat - Guarding the borders of the America's Cup course

It was completely unplanned. At a large gathering of America's Cup fans Wednesday night at the South Beach Yacht Club in San Francisco, I ran into Gerry Cannon, the gentleman who sold my wife an I our first real yacht (in this case, defined as a boat with a real engine). Read more >> about The Maritime Report: Out on a Stake Boat - Guarding the borders of the America's Cup course

The Maritime Report: How to Watch the America's Cup World Series

It's finally here. Next week, August 21-26, the events leading up to the real America's Cup races next year come to San Francisco Bay. This is the "America's Cup World Series," an international training/development/demonstration series of regattas taking place over the two years leading up to the big races in 2013. The World Series is being sailed with the AC45s, the 45-foot catamarans that some of you may have even seen on the Bay in the past year or so. (The "real" races will use 72-foot catamarans that are being engineered and built as we speak.) Read more >> about The Maritime Report: How to Watch the America's Cup World Series

The Maritime Report: Dating at the Chandlery

Where do you go on a date with your spouse?

My wife Speranza and I have been married for 27 years. In that time we've been to movies, the theater, hundreds of restaurants and traveled quite a lot. Our work brought us together so we never really "dated," but we've always found some kind of special place we both wanted to go where we could share each other's true desires. Read more >> about The Maritime Report: Dating at the Chandlery

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