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The creator and director of one of our favorite short sailing documentaries ever weighs in on an issue few mariners are paying attention to, and one we will all be paying for when it inevitably goes wrong: Donald Trump’s expanded offshore drilling proposal, which was unveiled Jan. 4. The public has until March 9 to weigh in on the proposal, and you can learn more at the end of this guest editorial.
I remember holding the tiller for the first time with my late great Uncle Bob, Robert Keleher, a racer of the San Francisco Bay. “You have to feel it, Barbara. Then you’ll find the groove.”
It’s taken me over 30 years to find that groove and maybe we’re all beginning to feel it now.
With the threat of offshore drilling looming over us, we sailors of the San Francisco Bay should be feeling the threat of our precious coastlines and waterways that have been our playground, a place where we got to feel those powerful elements of wind and water, a reason to come together as a community to revel in love of the water. And now there is reason to come together as a community to revel in a responsibility as our oceans face acidification, off shore oil drilling and more because of our landlubber habits.
In 1981 there was a great union strike, the air traffic controllers stood up to President Ronald Reagan in order to speak for honesty, as campaign promises had been made and then not given. Those following years proved disastrous for my family with high  levels of guilt and anger as my father was labeled a federal criminal for striking against the federal government. I hated my father for years for his decision to strike, to follow his ego instead of being a family man, as my grandfather, a sailor himself, had said to me. We suffered great financial difficulty for years. I was just 13 years old.
I grew very close to my Uncle Bob, who had proven himself to be the saltiest, grouchiest and most critical person in my family. He had offered me sailing lessons in my twenties, but I refused them because I felt I was too busy with landlubber responsibilities. But when he died, my mother gave me a photo of him sailing, along with a 1st Place silver platter from the St. Francis Yacht Club he won in 1962 with his boat Magic Bear. That’s when I realized I had lost out of the gift of learning from a master racer who could have taught me how to navigate The SF Bay, one of the toughest places to sail, as some say.
I set off to learn how to sail.  I took up dinghy classes with the nonprofit Sailing Education Adventures, and quickly learned the power of wind and water and how incredibly liberating and beautiful the sport of sailing is. A ten year love affair began with running the nonprofit,  teaching, racing regattas and an ocean voyage.  The most beautiful day? When I got to sail Magic Bear, owned by the Maloney Family. I sailed her across The Bay, through the wicked onslaught of youth Red Bull catamaran racers of America’s Cup series, straight to The Maritime Museum, for the annual Bear Boat festivities. While people watched America’s Cup excitement, I instead laid on the docks and looked straight up the Bear boat masts to a blue sky, a feeling of heaven of having discovered a beautiful family heritage and fantastic Bay Area sailing culture  that I had known nothing about just years before  – sailing blood can go deeper than even family blood.
Life began to change for me after that point. I started to discover a different story in our collective national history.  Reagan’s economic and environmental policies have actually led us to a horrific path, one leading to ocean acidification, global climate change and our incredible economic disparity, policies that have given the wealth more wealth. As I began to understand these policies, I also had to apologize to my father and tell him “Dad! You stood up to a miserable president! That takes guts.” And that is powerful family heritage!
This newfound truth led me to a new passion, as I learned hard truths about our oceans. I cowrote and produced an ocean documentary film called Racing with Copepods, understanding we have a duty to the next generation. Dr. Sylvia Earle, the world’s famous oceanographer joined those efforts, as did the sailing writer Kimball Livingston, the very announcer of America’s Cup. I personally call him Neptune. I had never made a film before and I’m pretty sure Neptune blessed its success.
I lived with a lot of anger and hatred toward my father for years until I discovered something profound. Anger creates more anger. And it’s best to let it go and instead live with love.
As sailors, we have a love for the ocean and this is the time to take a stand for it. And show the landlubbers the beauty, freedom and courage that the ocean has given us during our pursuits of trophies and racing honor.
It’s time we take to the water, with a message of peace, love and harmony. And share with landlubbers, that a wave hitting us over deck won’t make a good helmsman and crew wince when they are on a true course. It’s time we sailors take lead on what will be the greatest battle on our oceans since the days of Sir Francis Drake . . . and the trophy waiting for us? Integrity and freedom. 
Barbara McVeigh is the author of Redemption, How Ronald Reagan Nearly Ruined My Life. Her film Racing with Copepods is now free on line. Her next film, The Man Behind The White Guitar will be released this summer, a message of peace and harmony with world musicians.

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Comments can also be made by mail, in an envelope labeled “Comments for the 2019-2024 Draft Proposed National Oil and Gas Leasing Program” and mailed (or hand delivered) to Ms. Kelly Hammerle, Chief, National Oil and Gas Leasing Program Development and Coordination Branch, Leasing Division, Office of Strategic Resources, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (VAM-LD), 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, VA 20166-9216, telephone (703) 787-1613. Written comments may also be hand delivered at a public meeting to the BOEM official in charge.  

January 22nd, 2018 by admin

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We were a little surprised at just how long it took, but El Naranjo Grande might have just made all those US-Cuba yacht races nothing but a memory with the help of sneaky “Little Marco” Rubio.  The Atlantic (and most other logically minded folks) expect Trump’s new policy to fail miserably at whatever it hoped to accompish, but hey, Florida!

SORC says the Miami to Havana race is still on, but to expect a lot more red tape.

The SA Department of Magic 8-Ball Fact Checking rates that statement ‘ask again later’, but given how difficult the race already was for organizers and the new, strict restrictions on doing any business at all with GAESA-owned properties (like all marinas in Cuba) we’d advise you to not hold your breath!


June 16th, 2017 by admin

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As the new US administration prepares to pull out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the biggest iceberg in recorded history is almost ready to break off from Antartica.  If you own property near the water, get ready for rising prices on your property.  If you own property on the water, get ready to swim.

You can do a little about climate change yourself, but if you really care about the future of the planet, you’ll need to tell them at the ballot box sometime around November 2018…


May 4th, 2017 by admin

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The US stock market continues to celebrate the election of an anti-tax billionaire while the rest of us search for more substantive silver linings in the cloud that is a Trump presidency.  One small positive for sailors came minutes ago with the announcement of new Education Secretary Betsy Devos to his cabinet; Devos is a sailor herself as well as a member of the multi-billionaire Amway-founding, Quantum Sail owning Western Michigan family that’s put so much time and money into sailboat racing over the past couple of decades.  Betsy is wife to Dick Devos, helmsman of the big MaxZ Windquest as well as the Quantum Racing TP52 and Melges 32, but while he was messing around trying to be Governor, she’s been quietly and relentlessly pushing to radically change school systems for a long, long time.  Whether or not you agree with the politics (and we do not – ed.), it’s always good to have sailors in high places and we wish Devos the best of luck with a tough job.

Unfortunately, that scintilla of good news comes with news of another appointment with potentially ugly repercussions for yacht racers in the Southeast; the lawyer who crafted Bush’s rules ending the last open era with Cuba was just named to Trump’s transition team.  He’s called Mauricio Claver-Carone, and he ran a group vehemently opposed to Obama’s recent moves to end America’s closed-door policy with Cuba.  Clearly Trump did something to run up his Latino vote in crucial Florida, and if the appointment of Carone an indicator that he’ll pay back the anti-Castro bloc with a hardline policy in Cuban relations, you’ll be very happy if you bit the bullet and raced to Cuba in 2016, because it ain’t gonna happen for at least 4 more years – if ever.

Maybe there’s time for one more race to Havana, before mid-January…


November 23rd, 2016 by admin


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