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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
- 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
These are organized by a classification scheme developed exclusively for Cosma. More…
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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Sailing’s Olympic Marathon
by Daniel Smith/World Sailing on August 20, 2019 at 7:46 pm
The Figaro Beneteau 3, designed and built for the annual shorthanded race in France, could be considered equipment for the new distance racing discipline for the Paris 2024 games.
A Prescription for Better Upwind Speed
by Erik Shampain on August 20, 2019 at 6:25 pm
A cause-and-effect guide to getting power in your sails when you need it and adjusting for when you don’t.
Medal Races On Tap for Tokyo Test Event
by Brittney Manning/US Sailing on August 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Five of the ten classes have wrapped the Qualifying Series at the Ready Steady Tokyo – Sailing, Olympic Test Event. The top ten athletes in the Men’s and Women’s RS:X, 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 will compete in the first round of Medal Races, tomorrow.
Gear Test: Velocitek Prism
by Dave Powlison on August 20, 2019 at 3:30 pm
if a digital compass is all you desire, Velocitek’s simple device gives you exactly what you want.
Rules for Boats in Traffic Separation Schemes
by Dick Rose on August 6, 2019 at 10:40 pm
Author Dick Rose discusses the rules of a Traffic Separation Scheme.
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What To Look For When Buying Boat Fenders
by Staff on August 20, 2019 at 8:49 pm
The right fenders will protect your boat or PWC from damage while at the dock. Use these tips to select the ones that are best-suited for your craft.
Three Reasons To Buy New Marine Speakers
by Staff on August 20, 2019 at 8:22 pm
Bring your boat's sound system back to life with a new set of modern marine speakers.
Three Things To Look For In A Marine Stereo
by Staff on August 19, 2019 at 11:36 pm
Searching for a new stereo for your boat? These tips can help you make the right choice.
Water Fun and Water Safety
by Steve Griffin on August 16, 2019 at 8:13 pm
Having fun on the water is easy. All it takes is a bit of gear, a yen for adventure, a touch of learning, and a rock-solid foundation of boating safety.
National Boating Industry Safety Awards Launched
by Staff on August 16, 2019 at 4:49 pm
Inaugural "National Boating Industry Safety Awards" will honor top boating safety programs in four separate categories.