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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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- Voices Heard (and visions of trimarans dancing...)by By Phillip Steggall on November 20, 2020 at 4:36 pm
A story that originally appeared in Sailing World Magazine in February 1989 about amateur sailor Phil Stegall's multihull campaign with the 60-Trimaran "We" during the late 1980s.
- Defender Reveals its Weaponby Emirates Team New Zealand on November 20, 2020 at 4:26 pm
Emirates Team New Zealand launch their second AC75, Te Rehutai to defend the 36th America's Cup.
- Downwind Finishes with Asymmetric Spinnakerby Steve Hunt on November 20, 2020 at 4:15 pm
A how-to from expert Steve Hunt about how to finish properly when racing with an asymmetric spinnaker.
- Thomson’s Time Has Comeby By Ed Gorman on November 20, 2020 at 3:59 pm
With a new set of foils keel system, Hugo Boss sails to the Vendée Globe start port in Les Sables d'Olonne in October.
- The Automated Race Committeeby Dave Powlison on November 17, 2020 at 5:02 pm
Dave Powlison reports on the development of an automated racecourse management system, with remotely adjusted racing marks and competitor communication system.
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- The High-Flying Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour...by Wakeboarding Magazine on November 19, 2020 at 4:48 pm
After three online, "virtual" stops, the Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour concluded with an in-person, albeit fan free, live contest. The top professional wakeboarders and wakesurfers battled it out behind the Supra SA 550 for a chance at the victory, as well as the overall PWT titles.
- Five Big Bowriders Testedby Boating Tech Team on November 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm
In this comparison, the editors of Boating, the world's foremost powerboat experts, pit five big bowriders against one another so that boaters shopping for a boat in this category can make a better buying decision.
- Canal Boating: A Unique Way To Cruise Social...by Rachel Cohen on November 10, 2020 at 7:18 pm
Boating might be the ultimate socially-distanced recreation activity that families can enjoy together.
- Miss November and December: Daniah R.by Staff on November 2, 2020 at 7:11 pm
Daniah R. is Boating's Icom Cover Girl for November and December, and her photo shoot took place aboard the Monterey 255SS.
- Yamaha 275 SD Boat Testby Randy Vance on November 2, 2020 at 2:18 pm
The 275 SD is Yamaha’s biggest jet boat, and it delivers beaucoup power, sophistication, comfort and fun. Boating's top crew of editors sea-trialed and evaluated it so that boaters---boat buyers especially-- can learn the in-depth details about this boat's performance, construction and other features. Is it the right boat for you? Read on.