“The Ramp” Restaurant Closes Docks

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“Please no docking at The Ramp” reads the message on the website. It appears the days of sailing to San Francisco’s Ramp Restaurant for a beer and a meal are over: Not only is The Ramp’s dock off-limits, the docks…

AC62 Class Rule: Loopholes & All

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Version 1 of the AC62 Class Rule is public (here’s the link) , and there aren’t many surprises: 62 feet LOA, 38.5 feet beam, 9,480 pounds max weight, 83+ feet wing height. There’s a “no helium” clause: Section B 6.11…

Spithill & Dalton Start Sniping: Video

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The reaction to the Protocol for the 35th America’s Cup continues to be a big news item in New Zealand – TV 1 interviewed Oracle Skipper Jimmy Spithill, who said if the Kiwi’s couldn’t get funding prior to the event…

Coast Guard 11th District Gets New Boss

Rear Adm. Joseph Servidio (Left), 11th Coast Guard District commander, speaks with Rear Adm. Karl L. Schultz, former district commander, during a reception held after a change of command ceremony on Coast Guard Island in Alameda / uscg photo

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Rear Adm. Joseph A. Servidio assumed command of the 11th Coast Guard District from Rear Adm. Karl L. Schultz during a change-of-command ceremony Thursday at Coast Guard Island. As commander of the 11th District, Servidio will oversee…

Coca Cola “UpCycling” Campaign Video

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While this is completely off topic, it’s a fascinating video: Coke has developed a line of 16 “caps” that can be screwed onto old plastic bottles to turn them into everything from a plant mister to a sort of mega-sharpie…

Video: Coast Guard Rescues Sailor Off Monterey

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ALAMEDA, Calif. — A Coast Guard aircrew rescued a boater injured on his vessel approximately 35 miles southwest of Monterey, Calif., Tuesday night. At approximately 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco command center received notification…

35th America’s Cup Rules Released: Video

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The Protocol for the 35th America’s Cup has been released. Here’s the skinny from America’sCup.com, including a link to the AC 35 Protocol document: “We’re going to have our work cut out for us, that’s for sure.” So says ORACLE…

Video: America’s Cup Catamarans For Nerds

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The engineering secrets of the AC72 catamarans are laid bare in this video of a lecture given recently in New Zealand by Oracle’s Neil Wilkinson and ETNZ’s Andy Kensington. It’s revealed that ETNZ had 28 full-time designers working for three…

Mussel Sniffing Dog Visits Bay Area

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The Sonoma County Water District is calling on it’s favorite four-legged friend to help spot quagga and zebra mussels this Memorial Day Weekend. Here’s the release from http://www.scwa.ca.gov (Santa Rosa, CA) Beginning this Memorial Day weekend, Popeye the mussel-sniffing dog…