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TAHOE vs. TAH-OE: It Really Makes You Think

Monday, January 25th, 2016

I’ll have to look into this.

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I’m srsly – I don’t know the point this boat owner is making. I’m ignorant is what I’m saying.

I’ll update after I’ve Figured Things Out…

Not a Sport: “AMERICA’S CUP TEAMS VOTE TO DOWNSIZE BOATS” – Let’$ Hope This “Gentlemen’s Match” Never Come$ Back to Fri$co

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Well here’s the news:

AMERICA’S CUP TEAMS VOTE TO DOWNSIZE BOATS

See how that works? Our local, corrupt, Larry Ellison cheerleaders of the pre-2013 era praised the new big boats – they were going to Change Everything.

But things turned out deadly, and poorly for San Francisco.

And now, even Chuck Nevius, who saw “no downside” to granting 99-year leases to Larry Ellison, is against the AC.

So that’s good, but there’s always the threat of the 2020 Cup or whatever coming back, right? So let’s check in on how things are going in Bermuda these days:

America’s Cup teams have voted to reduce the size of boats to be sailed in the 2017 regatta in Bermuda, a cost-cutting move that could lead to the two strongest challengers dropping out.

So Larry Ellison gets to have his fun and increase his already-high chances of winning (defenders win 90-something percent of the time, historically) a game where he sets the rules.

And while smaller boats would mean reduced costs and a smaller crew, they could also mean less excitement for spectators. The 48-foot (14.65 meter) catamarans will be the smallest boats in America’s Cup history and aren’t that much bigger than other one-design classes sailed in less-prestigious regattas.

Oh, OK. So what was the deadly accident in 2013* for then? Mmm…

And here’s the purpose:

If Italy and New Zealand drop out, Oracle Team USA would conceivably have an easier shot at retaining the Auld Mug trophy.

Oh, and speaking of Frisco’s 2013 America’s Cup:

cheating scandal

Yep. That was our local “Wind God’s” scandal. He wants praise for his management, but he doesn’t want any criticism for his mismanagement, oh well.

And this is what I mean when I say that the America’s Cup isn’t a sport:

America’s Cup czar Russell Coutts, a New Zealander who heads both Oracle Team USA and the America’s Cup Event Authority, has verbally sparred with both the Kiwis and Italians in recent years.

Of course, CWNevius had just moved to town back in aught-ten when he started heedlessly / needlessly waving his pom-poms for what he called a “gigantic, global sporting event.”

But it aint no sport, and it aint gigantic. It’s just a match race betwixt Gentlemen, with the rules made by Larry Ellison, for his amusement.

And then he’ll try to send the bill to us, if we let him.

Anyway, as even Chuck Nevius might admit, in hindsight, you know, after it was too late, the vaunted boats were too big, and the whole thing was too expensive, for us. Let’s hope we never see Lil’ Larry’s boat race ever again…

*I suppose there was an investigation, of sorts. But in other countries where AC teams come from, there would have been charges of omicidio colposo or homicide involontaire, non?


				

Push-Me Pull-You Boat Looks the Same Going Forwards and Backwards – A Water Taxi Putts Past Alcatraz

Monday, November 16th, 2015

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Cosco Indonesia Meets Point Bonita Lighthouse

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

If you liked the Cosco Busan, you’ll love the Cosco Indo – it’s lots bigger:

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Hey, did you know that our U.S. Coast Guard is a branch of the U.S. military? Hey, you know who knew that at the time of the Cosco Busan Petroleum Spill? The crew of the Cosco Busan, hence the lack cooperation after one of our well-paid* bar pilots screwed up, big-time.

*Hey, who pays our bar pilots? You do. You do when you buy an iPhone, and other tings…

Science Corner: Standing Waves, COSCO Indonesia, Golden Gate

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

I guess that’s what they’re called?

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Color Photograph: Sunset or Moonrise? Telegraph Hill, Sailboat, Cruise Ship, Alcatraz, and Angel Island

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The answer will amaze you, or not:

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This is the sun, as seen from a span of our troubled San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

It looked like the moon though.

That could be the troubled Star Princess, which should be norovirus-free these days. Let’s hope so. And if it’s not the Princess, well, let’s hope it’s norovirus-free as well…

Yet Another James Bond Villain Yacht in SF Bay: Galeocerdo – A “Tiger Shark” with Three Turbine Engines

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

AKA WallyPower 118, AKA Wally 118.

This thing gets 15 gallons to the mile.

As photographed by Paul Kaplan at Gas House Cove in The Marina on January 2, 2015:

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And look, it super-impressed the SFMOMA in SoMA a decade back:

The WallyPower is … being honored by the San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art as the sole boat in its major architecture and design exhibition, “Glamour: Fabricating Affluence,” which runs from October 9 2004 to January 16 2005.”

And hey, did thing get pulled over by the US Coast Guard last year? I think so.

That’s your James Bond Villain Yacht In SF Bay Update.

Who’s Looking Out for San Francisco Taxpayers? The Republican Caucus of the State Senate – America’s Cup Fiasco

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Well, Larry Ellison has decided to take his little boat race to Bermuda for 2017. Now here’s the coda to his scandal-plagued 2013 effort in the 415. It was written last year but it’s still pretty much up to date:

Briefing Report: America’s Cup – The Economic Boon That Wasn’t

What a burn.

From the conclusion of the analyst’s full report:

Because both the America’s Cup Organizing Committee’s fundraising and tax revenues generated by the America’s Cup events fell short of the original projections, the City’s General Fund incurred net costs of nearly $6.0 million and the Port incurred net costs of nearly $5.5 million, totaling nearly $11.5 million.

Moreover, according to the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office, it would appear that San Francisco also failed to meet expectations of job creation and small business involvement:

The impact of America’s Cup tourism on hotel occupancy was minimal with increases in hotel occupancy rates during the events generally less than one percentage point versus prior non-event years.

The Event Authority did not notify or work with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) to recruit San Francisco residents for Event Authority Contracts in 2012.

The America’s Cup provided jobs for 517 city residents out of a total of 2,800 jobs (note original projections stood at 8,840 new jobs).

Neither the Event Authority nor OEWD sufficiently tracked small business participation in Event Authority contracts.

What an embarrassment.

Training Day: US Coast Guard 47-Foot Motor Life Boat at Mile Rock

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Semper Paratus:

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Black Friday Just Wouldn’t Be Black Friday Without the Hanjin Germany

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Heading into the Port of Oakland with 10,000(!) or so containers:

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