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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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A Happy Obsession
by Dave Reed on June 3, 2020 at 2:29 am
The first real sea trials in Newport Harbor on the newly-acquired and nameless O’Day Widgeon confirms the potential of this once neglected craft.
Around the Sailing World, Episode 8
by Dave Reed on June 2, 2020 at 3:17 pm
We get the first-ever virtual boat tour of the new Melges Performance Sailboats 15-footer with Andy Burdick and Eddie Cox.
Sail-Shape Controls: What Does What
on June 1, 2020 at 8:32 pm
Erik Shampain explains the basics of sail controls.
Askews, Brothers of the Watch
by Gary Jobson on May 26, 2020 at 4:28 pm
Gary Jobson explores the success of Peter and David Askew's successful offshore racing program on the yacht "Wizard."
by By John Schellenbach on May 26, 2020 at 3:43 pm
Chicago’s small-boat sailors found a way to kick-start their racing season.
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Evinrude Outboard Engines Discontinued
by Kevin Falvey on May 28, 2020 at 2:19 pm
Bombardier Recreational Products announced today that it will discontinue production of E-TEC and E-TEC G2 outboard engines.
Suzuki Marine Announces New 140/115 Outboard...
by Jim Hendricks on May 28, 2020 at 2:12 pm
Suzuki Marine announced this week a new engine platform for its 140 and 115 hp outboard categories.
2019 Father’s Day Gift Guide
by Staff on May 21, 2020 at 5:15 pm
Searching for a nautical-themed gift for your dad this Father's Day? Use our Father's Day Gift Guide to find the perfect present for your favorite boating dad.
Engine Repower 2020: Part 5
by Kevin Falvey on May 18, 2020 at 8:00 pm
The day your new engine or engines get mounted on your boat’s transom is exciting, but there’s more to this seemingly simple act than meets the eye.
Top New Boats
by Jim Hendricks on May 15, 2020 at 6:08 pm
Check out our list that features some of the best boats for 2019. These top new boats cover a variety of categories and price points.