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- Belize Blues (3/1/2019) - Given the weather in Boston, it’s no shocker that a story about Belize caught my eye. It was about Belize’s Great Blue Hole, and more specifically, about a mission to explore it that took place late last year. The mission got a lot of attention at the time because the crew included Richard Branson and … Continue reading Belize Blues
- Gone Beaching! (7/4/2019) - It’s high summer here in North America, and it’s also the time for “official” national holidays, so a lot of people are hanging up their proverbial gone fishing signs. However, I tend to be more the type to hang up a gone beaching sign. Since I live in the Boston area, and I’m also a … Continue reading Gone Beaching!
- Great Eyes o’ the Sea (6/28/2019) - The news is full of stories about how a giant squid was filmed in U.S. waters for the first time. Here’s a slightly enhanced version of the clip that has caused all of the commotion and a link to the companion article by ABC7 that published this clip. Wondrous 10-foot giant squid spotted deep in … Continue reading Great Eyes o’ the Sea
- Island Escapes (1/3/2018) - One of the more entertaining stories to hit the net over the New Year’s weekend was a tale of some hearty Kiwis who successfully got away from a local alcohol ban by building their own island in nearby international waters. New Zealanders build island in bid to avoid alcohol ban (BBC News) To Avoid New … Continue reading Island Escapes
- Jellyfish Therapy (1/24/2019) - Feeling stressed out and need to relax? How about a nice swim in a swarm of jellyfish? What, that’s not a remedy for stress, you say! You mean by using imaginative thinking, right? Well, no, I do mean it literally. There’s an actual place called Jellyfish Lake on Eil Malk island in Palau where you … Continue reading Jellyfish Therapy
- Niagara’s Dare (11/8/2019) - Last week, on Halloween night, the semi-famous Niagara Scow threatened to join the long list of things that have gone over Niagara Falls. Many media outlets picked the story up, so you may have heard it too. Here’s a segment from NBC Nightly News. When I heard the story, it struck me that people who’ve … Continue reading Niagara’s Dare
- Strange Stays (8/30/2019) - I concluded my last post about Sand Art with highlighting how Booking.com offered the chance to stay in a sandcastle as a promotion for Coney Island’s Sand Sculpting Competition. Here’s a link with more on that unusual “opportunity.” Giant Coney Island sandcastle offers sleepovers (Summer Delaney, WPIX) That may have sounded like a one-off type … Continue reading Strange Stays
- Tall Ships (6/17/2017) - Over 50 Tall Ships are in Boston as part of the festivities related to the Rendez‑Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, a transatlantic race to six countries taking place over the course of five months. The race started at Royal Greenwich in Great Britain on April 13 and will finish in Le Havre, France between August … Continue reading Tall Ships
- Under the Ice (6/14/2019) - To paraphrase J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous words in The Lord of the Rings, “It’s a dangerous business, clicking on a link. You glance at a story, and if you don’t watch out, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” This week I innocently clicked on a link to this story from the American … Continue reading Under the Ice
- Yellow Submarines (6/21/2019) - My last post was about an adventure with seals doing science in Antarctica. This adventure begins where that one left off, but this is a very different, and fun excursion that happened because Boaty McBoatface surfaced in my news feed. In case you never heard of him, Boaty’s a submarine that got his name via … Continue reading Yellow Submarines
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nautical : of, relating to, or associated with seamen, navigation, or ships — Webster
sailing : the technical skill of managing a boat — Webster
Sailing employs the wind—acting on sails, wingsails or kites—to propel a craft on the surface of the water (sailing ship, sailboat, windsurfer, or kitesurfer), on ice (iceboat) or on land (land yacht) over a chosen course, which is often part of a larger plan of navigation.
A course defined with respect to the true wind direction is called a point of sail.
Conventional sailing craft cannot derive power from sails on a point of sail that is too close into the wind. On a given point of sail, the sailor adjusts the alignment of each sail with respect to the apparent wind direction (as perceived on the craft) to mobilize the power of the wind. The forces transmitted via the sails are resisted by forces from the hull, keel, and rudder of a sailing craft, by forces from skate runners of an iceboat, or by forces from wheels of a land sailing craft to allow steering the course. — Wikipedia
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- Boat of the Year Trials Conclude With Clear Winnerby Dave Reed on October 26, 2021 at 5:37 pm
Thirteen new-boat nominees were put to the test in Annapolis in October, and thanks to ideal sailing conditions, one clear winner emerged as Sailing World's 2022 Boat of the Year—to be announced in December.
- The Enduring E Scowby Gary Jobson on October 26, 2021 at 5:10 pm
The E Scow dinghy, its devotees and its history.
- In Good Company with the MC Scowby Dave Powilson on October 26, 2021 at 4:41 pm
A story about the E Scow dinghy, its devotees and its history.
- The Race to Break the Speed Recordby Kimball Livingston on October 26, 2021 at 3:10 pm
How several European engineering teams are developing foiling craft to break the outright speed sailing record.
- Records Fall in Rolex Middle Sea Raceby Rolex Middle Sea Race Media on October 26, 2021 at 1:36 pm
The MOD70 Argo and the 100-footer Comanche sail to line honors and race records in the 2021 Rolex Middle Sea Race.
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- New Solace 41 Equipped With Volvo Aquamatic Systemby Randy Vance on October 27, 2021 at 6:40 pm
The new Solace 41 will be equipped with Volvo's Aquamatic system which features twin D6-440 diesel sterndrives.
- On Board With: Mike Guanci and J.T. McCarthyby Pete McDonald on October 27, 2021 at 6:11 pm
Insight into starting your own charter business.
- Must-See Electronics at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale...by Jim Hendricks on October 27, 2021 at 1:10 pm
This year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is sure to be stocked full of the latest in marine electronics.
- Three Best Fuel Additives for Boatsby John Tiger on October 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm
We compare three different fuel additives for your boat.
- Formula Boats Chairman Emeritus, Vic Porter, Dead...by Kevin Falvey on October 26, 2021 at 2:44 pm
Victor B. Porter proved instrumental in formulating the manufacture and delivery of high-quality fiberglass recreational boats.