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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 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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Maritime Center (Martindale’s Reference Desk)
Nautical Portal (Wikipedia)


nautical : of, relating to, or associated with seamen, navigation, or ships — Webster

OneLook, Free Dictionary, Wiktionary, Urban Dictionary

sailing : the technical skill of managing a boat — Webster

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Roget’s II (, Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, Visuwords


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



Kylander’s Sailing Manual
The Basics of Sailing (Hobie)
Sailing (Discover a Hobby)


WolframAlpha, DuckDuckGo



Maritime History Reference Resources (Library of Congress)
History of Maritime Transport (Wikipedia)


Simith’s Master Index to Maritime Museums


Maritime Digital Archive (Ibiblio)


WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library




OER Commons: Open Educational Resources



American Boating Association


Top 10 Boating Magazines (All You Can Read)
Boats (
Sailing World
Boating Magazine




Maritime Law Guide (WWW VL)





The Queen Mary Hotel (Long Beach, California)


OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form


Song Lyrics



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  • Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Marblehead 2021: Sunday...
    by Dave Reed on July 25, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    There were mere points between the top boats in several classes and one tie that needed to be broken on the morning of the final day of the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta at Marblehead Race Week. The race committees set up with best intentions of running a few more contests, but as soon as the warning signals started, so too did the squalls and 25-knot gusts that forced competitors back to safe harbor.

  • Widnall’s Javelin Wins IODs and Coveted Cressy...
    by Dave Reed on July 25, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    There were mere points between the top boats in several classes and one tie that needed to be broken on the morning of the final day of the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta at Marblehead Race Week. The race committees set up with best intentions of running a few more contests, but as soon as the warning signals started, so too did the squalls and 25-knot gusts that forced competitors back to safe harbor.

  • Top Results for Buckingham and Pascual on Olympic...
    by Courtesy of US Sailing Team Sperry on July 25, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Charlie Buckingham and Pedro Pascual start strong in their Olympic races, but Paige Railey in the Radial ends the day with a pile of points.

  • Helly Hansen NOOD Marblehead 2021: Saturday Photos
    by Dave Reed on July 24, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    On the second day of the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta, the sun was shining and the breeze cooperate enough to get in more races for Lasers, IODs, Townes, J/70s, J/105s, Rhodes 19s, Viper 640s, and RS21s and Etchells.

  • Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Marblehead 2021: Friday...
    by Dave Reed on July 24, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    Photo highlights from Friday's races at the 2021 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Marblehead. Official photographer, Paul Todd, capture the action on beautiful summer day.

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  • SeaDek Dek Magic Test
    by Kevin Falvey on July 20, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    In this video, Boating Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Kevin Falvey, details the steps to clean SeaDek coaming bolsters. SeaDek is installed in many forms aboard many boats, and may be coaming bolsters, decking, cushioning and more. Keeping it clean is essential to keeping a ship shape boat.

  • Electronics Mounts for Boats
    by Randy Vance on July 16, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    These adjustable electronics mounts offer flexible mounting options for your GPS unit and other screens.

  • Using a Hydrofoil to Improve Efficiency
    by Alan Jones on July 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    We pit an Aquila 36 Sport Hydro Glide power catamaran with 600 hp against a nonfoiled 36 Sport powered by 800 hp. Did this new hydrofoil work as advertised, or did we bring a blade to a gunfight?

  • How to Create Proper Terminal Crimps
    by Jim Hendricks on July 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Learn how to create proper terminal crimps and keep wires from working loose or water from getting in.

  • 2021 Boston Whaler 250 Dauntless
    by Randy Vance on July 12, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    Boston Whaler's 250 Dauntless mixes fishability with on-the-water family fun.