• PORTRAIT OF LUTHER BURBANK BY FRIDA KALLO

    If the highlighted words are true; this is a truly significant painting; beyond the association with Luther Burbank. Imagine if this was indeed a pivotal change in Frida Kallo’s style. Just the fact that these two met each other is remarkable by itself.

     

    Portrait of
    Luther Burbank

    1931

    Luther Burbank was a horticulturist best known for his unusual vegetable and fruit hybrids. In this portrait Frida shows Burbank himself as a hybrid: half man, half tree. When Burbank died in 1926, his body was buried under a tree on his California property.

    In this painting her work has turned away for the first time from the straightforward representation of external reality. Since this portrait was painted in San Francisco, her contact with Surrealism in San Francisco could partly account for the change in style. Or, it could be straight from her Mexican culture, where the metamorphosis of humans into plants or animals is a common theme in art.

    Burbank is shown holding an uprooted plant, no doubt one of his hybrids, but instead of planting it, he himself is planted. His lower legs are transformed into a tree trunk whose roots are fed by what Frida said was his own corpse. This painting is the first statement of a favorite Kahlo theme that would appear in many future paintings: “the fertilization of life by death“.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Oil on masonite
    34 ¼” x 24 ¼”
    Dolores Olmedo Patiño Museum
    Mexico City, Mexico

    Óleo sobre fibra dura
    87 x 62 cm.
    Museo Dolores Olmedo Patiño
    Ciudad de México, México

     



  • ICE AND WIND

    “Spindrift” ex “Banque Populaire” on standby for an Atlantic record.

    Spindrift 2: All dressed up but no wind to go

    The maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 left La Trinité-sur-Mer, France on May 26, arriving on June 3 in Newport, Rhode Island where the team has remained on standby to break the crewed 2880 nm North Atlantic record from New York to Lizard Point.

    Led by co-skippers Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard, they seek to better the record of 03:15:25:48 set by their 40m (131.23-feet) trimaran in August 2009, known then as Banque Populaire 5. To be successful, their average speed must be in excess of 32.94 knots over the distance.

    But now, after seven weeks on standby in Newport, there has still been no suitable weather window for which to launch their assault. As Guichard explains, these accomplished sailors have no choice but to accept the wait, unusual as it may be for an elite sportsman.

    “Despite enduring the standby at home, as opposed to on the quayside, we are fully alert and mentally ready to drop everything and jump on a plane as soon as possible,” explains Yann, who sends a message to his teammates every day to keep them informed about the latest conditions.

    “Dona and I are obviously following the weather very closely. Together, with team navigator Erwan Israël, we check the two daily American and European forecast updates. The first come in before 5am and, whilst there is still not really a departure window on the horizon, we inevitably check each weather update religiously. We are as ready as we can be with a good technical and sporting potential, but the weather is out of our hands. That is what makes record attempts so frustrating…but also so special. When you are on standby, it can at times be stressful, as any athlete waiting for a big match can understand. In addition, we know that when the day of reckoning comes, once we get out on the ocean, conditions will be extreme.”

    Among the obstacles blocking the route has been drift ice in the Labrador Current. A harsh winter has meant that icebergs are lasting longer than normal, and while they are slowly melting, the large ice sheets are only disappearing gradually from satellite photos.

    The other obstacle has been the Azores High, an anticyclone centred over the Azores and spread like an insurmountable mountain across the entire North Atlantic.

    “To make the crossing in record-breaking conditions you have to leave ahead of a depression on the American coast and ride it up to Newfoundland, where you pick up another and accelerate for the rest of the crossing. You then have to stay in front of the system, which must not catch you up or wane before you reach the finish line,” adds Erwan Israël. “With such a huge, powerful anticyclone at the moment, the depressions are not making any headway, and neither can we!”

    The team is prepared to remain on standby through to mid-August if necessary to find a suitable departure window. Updates here: www.spindrift-racing.com/atlantic



  • WHERE WERE YOU JULY 20 1969?

     

    I was aboard “Carina” having finished the trans-atlantic race to Ireland, we were headed to Cowes for the Admiral’s Cup and Fastnet races. ( The US team won the Admiral’s Cup that year). I remember it being cold and foggy as we huddled around the radio at the nav station to listen the the BBC which stayed on beyond their usual sign-off time of mid-night to carry the news of the moon landing.

    I will add that when I returned to the US at the end of the season; my college roommate was coming to pick me up at the airport, when another college friend passed me and asked: “how was Woodstock?”. I replied: “what was Woodstock? I was probably the only one of my generation not to have gone, much less not to be aware of the event.fastnet log 1969 2384 fastnet log 1969 3385

    FASTNET ROCK, RICHARD S NYE, STEPHEN LIRAKIS
    FASTNET ROCK, RICHARD S NYE, STEPHEN LIRAKIS


  • AC CHALLENGER OF RECORD WITHDRAWS

    While this is an official announcement from the Australian challenger of record for the next America’s Cup; I had been told the day that they announced, while I was in San Francisco that the Australian challenge was a straw challenge and would not ultimately be the challenger of record. I believe that Luna Rossa will receive this honor.

    America’s Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal
    ‘Team Australia AC45 – Sydney, Australia’    Andrea Francolini    Click Here to view large photo
    Hamilton Island Yacht Club CEO, Iain Murray told Sail-World that the decision to withdraw from the 35th America’s Cup was only made in the last 48 hours.

    ‘This challenge has grown to the point where the gap between the commercial side and the competitive costs’ are out of HIYC’s comfort zone

    ‘The Cup campaign has grown into a far bigger cost and potential risk, with which they are not comfortable.’

    Team Australia’s CEO, Iain Murray – in his previous role as 2013 America’s Cup Regatta Director -  Chuck Lantz ©   Click Here to view large photo

    ‘We’ve had a detailed assessment of the campaign, and have had expert advice from a lot of expert companies that deal in the commercial area. Even though I think the commercial feeling is very positive towards the America’s Cup, the timeline is the killer in this Cup.

    ‘Sponsors want to know where the venues are, and the dates. The gap gets pretty wide trying to get the sponsors to commit against the timeline of the expenditure.’

    Murray’s comments come after the shock withdrawal of the Challenger of Record for the 35th Match – the second time in the last two America’s Cups that this has happened.

    Protocol process is clear
    Under the Deed of Gift, the 19th-century document that governs the ongoing conduct of the America’s Cup, the first Challenger to file a letter of Challenge with the Defender becomes what is known as the Challenger of Record.

    That yacht club then undertakes the process of sorting out the terms of the Match with the Defending Club, in this case the Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco. Those terms are known as the Protocol, which runs until the America’s Cup Match has been sailed, when the process starts again. The Protocol contains the provision for there to be more than one Challenger accepted, and they sail off in a Challenger Selection Series better known as the Louis Vuitton Cup.

    The Challenging process is carefully arranged so that a friendly challenge is accepted, under pre-arranged circumstances. In this case, the Challenge was made by a business representative of the Oatleys soon after the end of the 19th race in the 2013 America’s Cup. A second, back up challenge is believed to have been filed at the time.

    The club challenged with a 90ft monohull for a match to be sailed in early September 2017. All aspects of the Match, including the boat, can be varied by Mutual Consent between the Challenging and Defending Clubs in the Protocol.

    If the Challenger of Record drops out the mantle falls to the next Challenge received. Overall there is little effect, at this stage, other than the number of Challengers reduces by one. During the Match as one Challenger of Record is eliminated, they are replaced by the next entered team who is still alive in the regatta.

    The primary advantage of the role is the ability to negotiate a Protocol and to have the power of veto in any changes. The initial Challenger of Record has never won the America’s Cup, and the role is widely regarded as being a Poisoned Chalice.

    The Protocol for the 35th match was announced on June 3, eight months after the conclusion of the previous Match.

    Significant issues between two groups
    During the negotiation there were significant points of disagreement between then Challenger and Defender being the split venues, the media rights, costs. Those still remain plus the lack of oversight by the International Sailing Federation.

    Murray would not confirm that two Challenges have been lodged to date. Sail-World’s sources say that Luna Rossa and Artemis Racing lodged Challenges ahead of the August 8, deadline set in the Protocol.

    Iain Murray, Matt Belcher (skipper) and Sandy Oatley – Team Australia launch -  © Andrea Francolini Photography   Click Here to view large photo

    Murray said the decision to not proceed further in this America’s Cup regatta was made only in the last 48 hours, and after the Competitors Meeting held on Los Angeles last weekend. That meeting was called by Hamilton Island Yacht Club, not by the Defender.

    ‘The Competitors meeting was the last stage in a world trip,’ he said. ‘We were initially focused on commercial opportunities. When we arrived back in Australia, we reporting on that exercise and the Competitors Meeting. The Board took the position they have just announced.’

    Murray says most of the key points from the Competitors Meeting are already reported.

    ‘I have to say that I thought it was one of the best meetings we have had of all the teams. I thought there was a very good collegiate atmosphere, along with the desire and will to work together. More so than I have seen in the last three years, which was great.

    The Challengers are looking to work with the Defender for them to understand all the difficulties that are in front of all the competitors.

    ‘All the Challenger teams are looking for commercial support – even the ones with substantial people behind them.

    Murray mentioned the issues surrounding the concept of a separate Qualifying series at a separate venue, if there are more than four Challengers. The preliminary series has been a contentious issue, on a number of fronts.

    ‘I don’t think that anyone favors the split venue. The split venue is a difficult piece. With a large number of Challengers, it makes some sense. But it certainly adds cost to the campaign.

    ‘There’s a lot of Catch-22’s in the way this America’s Cup is set up.

    ‘Teams want to know what they are doing before they commit, and the defender wants teams to commit before he can do his commercial side. It’s a difficult situation for everyone. The numbers, the fees and commitments that are at stake are substantial.’

    Relationship with Coutts:
    Murray would not be drawn on his working relationship with Russell Coutts, who is currently heading up the America’s cup Events Authority (ACEA) I spoke to him yesterday for the first time in three months.’

    Russell Coutts leads the ACEA charged with Event Organisation for the 35th America’s Cup -  ACEA – Photo Gilles Martin-Raget_©   Click Here to view large photo

    ‘I am sure Russell is disappointed we’ve withdrawn.’

    We have spoken to most of the teams, and they are all disappointed. As I said, there was a very good feeling of strength between the Challengers at the Meeting and wanting to do the right thing by the event. It’s a bit sad for that to be diluted. Everyone has seen and known this group for a long time and know that they take their yachting very seriously. This hasn’t been an easy decision.’

    To many observers there appears to be a chasm of aspiration between Challengers and Defender.

    Coutts seems intent on creating what is becoming known as the Commercial Cup. The collateral damage seems to be at the expense of the Challenger interests.

    Murray won’t be drawn to comment.

    Having laid the groundwork for a successful event formula in the 34th America’s Cup, with the change to the AC72 wingsailed multihull, the stadium course at San Francisco, and the fresh regular breeze, why does Coutts want to walk away and start something new?

    Murray doesn’t have the answer.

    ‘I think that view is shared by a lot of people. There is no doubt that San Francisco is a great place to sail. Can the commercial issues be overcome there? I don’t know.’

    ‘Obviously to run these events, they cost a lot of money. But you have to have competitors who can reach their financial goals as well. In the next edition of the America’s Cup, I think most people expected a progression from San Francisco. I am not sure if that is what we have got right now.’

    Second AC62 not raised
    Murray denies that the Competitors Meeting resolved to send a letter to ACEA outlining the concerns of the group. ‘No letter has been sent yet. ACEA was represented at the meeting, and they heard it all first hand,’ he adds.

    The vexed issue of a second AC62 for the Challenger teams was not discussed at the Competitors Meeting. ‘It was never put on the table,’ says Murray. ‘I don’t think any of the Challengers think that it is a materially damaging position to be in. Not one Challenger has said to me ‘why did you do that?’

    ‘It has been discussed fairly extensively how the Defenders can use their second AC62 and for what they can use it.’

    ‘The issue was not raised at the Competitors meeting, and I think that is indicative of how big a deal it is to them,’ Murray concludes.

    A surprise packet in the venue list for the 35th America’s cup has been the inclusion of the tax haven of Bermuda, a British Overseas Territory located 650 miles from the US coastline.

    While many were surprised to see the island on the initial list of four venues, even more surprising was to see it make the final two. Coutts’ decision to keep Bermuda in the viewfinder has caused real concern amongst most, if not all Challengers.

    ‘Certainly a concern of ours is that the opportunities to commercialize around Bermuda are certainly more difficult,’ Murray explains. ‘It’s on the opposite side of the world from where we are, and the issues start from there. We haven’t been able to find companies that are excited about Bermuda.’

    The Challengers would be happy with a return to San Francisco as a venue for the 35th America’s Cup. -  Chris Cameron-ETNZ©   Click Here to view large photo

    Whether Team Australia/Hamilton YC are the only team to exit the America’s Cup remains to be seen. Six Challengers attended the Competitors meeting in Los Angeles – UK, Australia, France, Italy New Zealand and Sweden. The Defender USA was also present along with ACEA.

    ‘There were six teams, at the meeting plus Oracle. We’ve spoken with the Russians and the Chinese from last time – who are different from the Chinese we have all heard rumours about. I don’t know of any others,’ Murray told Sail-World.com

    The transition to a new Challenger of Record is expected to be a carefully managed process as prescribed by the Protocol.

    ‘We have given 90 day’s notice of our intention to withdraw as we are required to do under the Protocol,’ says Murray.

    Given that there is either a backup Challenge believed to be from a Canadian club or either Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet (Artemis Racing – SWE) or Yacht Club Italiano (Luna Rossa – ITA), the new Challenger of Record will be named by the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club.

    That club will then be invited to sign the existing Protocol, or negotiate a new one. KSSS, on 2013 form, are widely regarded as a soft touch for Golden Gate YC, while Luna Rossa will be difficult.

    ‘I think it is time for all the parties of interest, Defenders and Challengers, to all work together for the best outcome,’ is Murray’s signature comment. 


    by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz


  • CARINA 1971

    THEY WAY WE WERE STEPHEN LIRAKIS, JACK CUMMISKEY, MARTHA SMITH, RICHARD B. NYE, CHRIS WICK
    THEY WAY WE WERE
    STEPHEN LIRAKIS, JACK CUMMISKEY, MARTHA SMITH, RICHARD B. NYE, CHRIS WICK

     

    A recent post by Ian Walker about a visit from the New “Queen Elizabeth” while crossing the Atlantic to Newport in preparation for the next Volvo race reminded me of our past encounters with the “France”, and the “Queen Elizabeth II”; in each case they passenger ships altered course to come by and chat with us.

    As indicated by the log entries we were far enough north that it was almost always damp and cold. Martha Smith, was our cook for the crossing and somehow imagined it would be much warmer and packed a bikini.

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    AIR TEMP: 50 WATER TEMP: 48 CABIN TEMP: 55
    AIR TEMP: 50
    WATER TEMP: 48
    CABIN TEMP: 55
    LOG ENTRY QE II
    LOG ENTRY QE II
    MARTHA SMITH DRESSED FOR A TRANS-ATLANTIC CROSSING
    MARTHA SMITH DRESSED FOR A TRANS-ATLANTIC CROSSING
    QUEEN ELIZABETH COMES ALONGSIDE FOR A CHAT MID-OCEAN
    QUEEN ELIZABETH COMES ALONGSIDE FOR A CHAT MID-OCEAN
    STEVE COLGATE AND LARRY HUNTINGTON
    STEVE COLGATE AND LARRY HUNTINGTON
    AGROUND
    AGROUND
    ME AT THE HELM CROSSING PROSPECT
    ME AT THE HELM CROSSING PROSPECT


  • FILOLI, ROSES AND VISITOR’S CENTERS

    As some of you may be aware there is a controversy in Newport over the visitor’s center planned for on the grounds of the Breakers, one of the houses of the Preservation Society of Newport County. The proposed visitor’s center will be placed inside the fenced property on a site that had been an important garden. Like many Newporters, I believe there is a better solution.

    My wife and I visit many museums and gardens all over the world. I always look not just at the collections, but how the public is received and treated. The quality of the food and service. How friendly and helpful the guides are.

    I believe the Preservation Society of Newport County is violating their own mission statement which is to preserve these houses in their entirety.

    Today we visited, for the second time “Filoli” south of San Francisco. The visitor’s center is just off the parking, obscured from all angles from the main house and gardens. Food is served; it is good and fresh. As you see there is no food allowed on the grounds.

    The visitor sees the house and gardens as it was meant to be seen.

    NO FOOD ON THE GROUNDS
    NO FOOD ON THE GROUNDS
    THE GARDEN
    THE GARDEN
    FILOLI
    FILOLI
    ITALIANATE
    ITALIANATE
    VISITOR'S CENTER OUTSIDE
    VISITOR’S CENTER OUTSIDE
    VISITOR'S CENTER INSIDE
    VISITOR’S CENTER INSIDE