Please select your home edition
Edition
North Sails 2019 - NSVictoryList - Leaderboard

FAST Forward Slowly (but surely)

by Kimball Livingston 14 Jun 08:00 PDT
US Sailing's Facility for Advanced Sailing and Technology (FAST) facility on San Francisco Bay is training tomorrow's Olympic hopefuls © Kimball Livingston

Paige Railey spent the second week of June doing what a hard-traveling Olympic hopeful does, sailing. In this case, she was back on San Francisco Bay at what she cheerfully calls "the new home base" of the US Sailing Team, Treasure Island. The build-out of FAST, the Facility for Advanced Sailing and Technology, has not been as "fast" as intended (does that happen?) when it was announced in 2018. However, the build out continues through a temporary this and a temporary that. A temporary Quonset hut here and a temporary Airstream there, for example, while Oracle Racing-donated containers-the former America's Cup base from Bermuda-await footings nearby in what will be a temporary compound in its own turn. Add a few years, and a permanent base will be completed on the familiar grounds of TISC, the Treasure Island Sailing Center.

What may be hard to picture is that all 577 acres of this man-made island in San Francisco Bay are targeted for long-term transformation as part of an ambitious city-of-the-future project. Major work is under way, and every move at FAST has to be coordinated within the big picture.

Fenced off with the Oakland-Bay Bridge in the background, a truly big pile of dirt awaits its future on San Francisco's Treasure Island

The Sailing Center and the US Sailing Team have carved out a place for themselves in the long-term vision, and this should not be said without recognizing 20 years of dedication on the part of TISC board chair Carisa Harris Adamson. Twenty years against the wind and against the odds, and she's winning. The missions and outreach of community sailing are now joined with what Railey calls "a hub for the best sailing athletes in the US," and that includes Bay Area youth who are invited to train as part of the Olympic Development Program. Can you spell, inspiration?

During the school year, fourth-graders from the San Francisco public school system are bused in for STEM learning at TISC. All summer, there is a mix of adult and child sailing, part of a continuum that peaks with Olympic-level coaching. And some things never change. Alongside the high-end training, as TISC's first summer class of the year got under way, lunch break was a reminder that kids just want to play, like to play, gotta play.

Sail-World.com extends a special thank you to our longtime friend, mentor and America's Cup guru Kimball Livingston for contributing this guest editorial. Plenty of people try to write as well as "KL", precious few succeed, and we are darned happy to have his voice on this important topic.

Related Articles

Winter Vashon, 49er & Nacra 17 Worlds, and Ultims
Latest Sail-World USA newsletter from David Schmidt There's something about sailing that's downright addictive, even when conditions fall considerably short of the term “Champagne Sailing.” Take this past weekend's Winter Vashon Race here on Puget Sound. Posted on 10 Dec
Pretty handy
Some years ago we started looking at Mixed Two Person Offshore Events It wasn't too long after driving the first of Beneteau's impressive Figaro 3s a couple of years ago that these miscellaneous ramblings started to look at the Mixed Two Person Offshore Event for the Olympics. Posted on 8 Dec
Henri-Lloyd Frostbite Challenge
The sport of sailing at its very best Henri-Lloyd's Chairman Hans Eckerström wanted to put the 2020 range to the test. Not the standard factory and model tests of materials, fit and wear, but the kind which really put the kit through its paces. Posted on 6 Dec
Chickens and Eggs
You know the real answer is I have no idea which came first You know the real answer is I have no idea whether the egg was before the proverbial chicken, or the other way around. Equally, I'm not sure whether the ‘end of life' boats triggered this editorial, or perhaps it was the repurposing of sails Posted on 4 Dec
Olympic class news and an Ultim class showdown
Latest Sail-World USA newsletter from David Schmidt As the Midwest and East Coast shovel their first big storm of the year, as Northwest skiers cry that all the snow is being wasted on the flats, and as everyone grapples with last week's consumption, things are happening in Olympic sailing circles. Posted on 3 Dec
Tom Bowler on the 2019 Wirth M. Munroe Race
Interview with Miami to Palm Beach Yacht Race chairman I checked in with Tom Bowler, event chairman of the 2019 Wirth M. Munroe Miami to Palm Beach Yacht Race, via email, to learn more about this exciting early-winter race. Posted on 3 Dec
Richard Hamilton on the Jamin Jamaica Invitational
An interview with Richard Hamilton about the Jamin J/22 Jamaica Invitational I checked in with Richard Hamilton, regatta chair of the 2019 Jamin J/22 Jamaica Invitational, via email, to learn more about this competitive warm-water regatta. Posted on 2 Dec
Salvage Rights?
Does it work on land something like it does at sea? Does it work on land something like it does at sea? Is it akin to it being a mooring minder? No. Land based law is very different to that of the sea, where much of it harks back to the 1600s. Posted on 1 Dec
Barton Marine's Quick Cleat
We speak to Suzanne Blaustone at METS 2019 Mark Jardine speaks to Suzanne Blaustone, Managing Director of Barton Marine, about Quick Cleat - an innovation that provides the best alternative to tying knots, securing numerous items around boats, trailers and marinas. Posted on 29 Nov
Rolex Fastnet Race to finish in Cherbourg
We speak to Eddie Warden Owen Mark Jardine, Managing Editor of Sail-World.com and YachtsandYachting.com, caught up with RORC Chief Executive Eddie Warden Owen to find out more about Cherbourg becoming the finish destination of the Rolex Fastnet Race in 2021 and 2023. Posted on 26 Nov
Naiad 660x82px_RescueVaikobi 2019AUG - Footer 1North Sails 2019 - NSVictoryList - Footer