Kiwis win first real Cup race

Originally published July 15, 2013 in the San Francisco Bay Guardian.  After a week of one-boat “races,” an argument over rules, and an angry sponsor making waves in international media, it would be easy to write off the America’s Cup as the lamest party in town (so lame, in fact, that the organizers have ceased … Continue reading Kiwis win first real Cup race

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Hi-tech in the tidal zone

Originally published March 6, 2013 in Capital Times.  On a recent Friday afternoon I donned the filthiest life jacket I’ve ever seen, stepped aboard a flat steel punt dusty with concrete, and went to a place few ever go – the cool, dark underworld beneath Queens Wharf. Here, the water glows an eerie nuclear green and … Continue reading Hi-tech in the tidal zone