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2014 Festival of Sail San Diego

Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s Irving Johnson sailing off Pt. Loma.

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William Fife designed Bloodhound

Bloodhound is an exact re-creation of the racing cutter designed and built by William Fife in 1874 for the Marquis of Ailsa as a victorian era racing cutter. Photographed during the 2014 Yesteryear Regatta in San Diego.

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Steam Launch Amity

Portfolio site www.markalbertazzi.com One of the long time favorites at the annual San Diego Wooden Boat Festival is the 28-foot replica steam launch Amity. Designed, built and operated by Chuck Darragh, she features a plumb stem, fantail stern, and a full canopy that keeps the riders out of the sun and protected from flying ash. […]

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42.3583° N, 71.0603° W – Boston Harbor

How I went from reading the vows for a friends wedding in San Diego to looking down the hatch of a tall ship in Boston Harbor in the span of 16 hours is still a fog.  After a late night of revelry my travel day started with a 5 a.m. shuttle mishap, followed by a […]

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McNish Classic Regatta

Schooners, cutters and yawls searching for a puff. Morning fog begining to lift, a silvery canvas. Pre-start at the McNish Classic Regatta off the Ventura coast.

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Kettenburg Pacific Class – PC

The young commodore of the San Diego Yacht Club, Joe Jessop, approached his friend George Kettenburg and asked him about creating a sailboat for San Diego waters. They discussed what features this new one design boat might have to make them competitive for local conditions. Most importantly, the boat was to be built within the […]

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Pacific Voyagers – Te Mana o Te Moana

As a long time sailor of Hawaiian ancestry I’ve been captivated by the rebirth of Polynesian voyaging. And this past month I was part of a small contingent that gathered at Spanish Landing in San Diego Bay to welcome the Pacific Voyagers, Te Mana o Te Manoa, and the fleet of double-hulled Vakas.  Once ashore the […]

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California’s Channel Islands

Shelly and I have been fortunate to sail on several trips with our buddy Paul aboard his schooner Dauntless to California’s Channel Islands. Physically, the eight-island archipelago extends 160 miles from San Miguel Island, which lies beyond the shadow of Pt. Conception, south to San Clemente Island – roughly 65 miles west of San Diego. […]

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2011 Master Mariners Regatta

In 1867, the Boatmen’s Protective Association made an impressive contribution to the Fourth of July celebration by staging a race between the large coastal schooners and the sailing scows of the San Francisco Bay Area. These rugged workmen of the bay came forth not for the trophy, but to put on a show for their […]

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Oracle RC44 San Diego Cup

Following is a selection of images from the recently completed Oracle RC44 San Diego Cup. The RC44 is the brainchild of 4-time America Cup winner Russell Coutts and now attracts some of the world’s leading business minds as their owner/drivers. Its strict one-design racing format, with evenly split eight-man professional and amateur crew, is as […]

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